Di Arbuthnot, Chief Executive
T: 01488 648998
Retraining of Racehorses
75 High Holborn
London WC1V 6LS
UK Registered Charity No: 1084787
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A great opporunity to join Vicky and Bryan Smart for this special Q & A evening from 7pm at Richmond Equestrian Centre (REC), Breckenbrough Farm, Brough Park, Catterick, Richmond, North Yorkshire.
The evening will cover a range of topics to help you with care and retraining your RoR including vetinerary, dentistry, training & horse feed, and about RoR giving you the chance to ask questions about yoru RoR.
Price £ 10.00 with all ticket proceeds going to raise money for RoR and for Great North Air Ambulance. Please note spaces are limted so booking in advance is essential. Please contact Donna at REC on 01748 889347.
Great opportunity to try out Horseball at the RoR's " Have a go session" with Derby Horseball at Ivanhoe Equestrian, Ashby de la Zouch. Emma Lebutt is very kindly giving us the hire of the venue for free, so it's just £15 per horse for the session. To book now complete this BOOKING FORM and return with payment to the address shown on this form.
International Rider Nicky Patrick is holding a dressage clinic at Wing Dressage and Jumping Centre, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. The cost is subsidised at £25 for RoR horses, £35 for non-RoR horses.
There will be an Arena available for riders to warm up and cool off before and after their 30 minute individual sessions with Nicky at the Centre's other Arena. To book now please complete and return this BOOKING FORM together with payment in full to the address shown on this form.
Event rider Colina Pickles has been Bill Levetts Head groom for the past five years will be running this RoR jumping clinic at her home yard at The Lodge, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9DF on Saturday 29th November. The cost is £15 for a RoR registered horse (£20 if not registered - see below) and this cost is payable in advance. To book now download the BOOKING FORM. Please note places are limited.
Please remember that retraining and unafilliated competitons are now open to all ex racehorses - regardless of where they have raced or if they are unraced. So if you haven't registered with RoR then please do click here now and if you have Registered your unraced or non GB raced horse please email RoR to request a registration number - these are now being issued for non GB raced horses.
RoR Flatwork Training Clinic with Charlotte Ridley provides you and your horse with a chance to learn and improve in a wonderful setting with expert tuition. Park End Equestrian Training Centre in Hexham. RoR members just £25 and to book please contact RoR Northern Regional Co-ordinator, Jackie Storey on 07912 898740 / 01228 675168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New RoR Dressage Clinic with Louise Robson on 15th November at Thoroughbred Dressage, Eastlands Livery, Eastlands Estate, Plummers Plain, Nr Handcross, W. Sussex, RH13 6NY. This clinic will cater for all levels - don't worry if you are only just starting out in your retraining as it is one of the best times to have tuition to make sure you are putting the correct building blocks in place. These will be 45 minute individual lessons and will cost £25.
Louise has an impressive ex-racehorse CV having competed her ex racehorse Mr Glum (owned by HRH The Queen) up to Prix St George and had him working and Grand Prix level at home before his retirement. She has competed and been placed with the ex racers at; High profile/Premier league shows, Hickstead Masters Semi Finals at varying levels, Regionals, PetPlan classes, YH classes, Talent Spotting finals and U21 Search for a Star Finals. (first ex racehorse to attend Talent Spotting and U21 Finals). Click here to read more.
To book your place on this clinic please email email@example.com asap
Flatwork training clinic with Amy Bannister at Tushingham Arena, Tushingham House Farm, Wobbs Lane, Tushingham, Whitchurch, SY13 4QR. Amy is a BHSi SE & SM, and predominantly coaches and rides along with dressage judging, competing and producing a small number of homebreds. The cost is £25 per horse for RoR registered horses. To book now complete the Booking Form and return with payment asap. Places on a first come first served basis.
Congratulations from RoR Wales and Severn region to Scott Marshall and his 5yo former racehorse Jimmy The Lollipop, winners of the BE90 RoR at Pontispool. Clare Poole says; “Well done to both and thanks Scott for sharing this amazing photo too!”
Jimmy the Lollipop, who was formerly in training with Martin Pipe and then Ian Williams and since retraining with Scott, the pair has been successfully competing at 3 BE100s and says Scott; “My plan going is to step him up to Novice.”
RoR Regional Co-ordinator Clare who finished with a brilliant 3rd place at HOYS this year, would also like to congratulate two other RoR members. Well done to Mandy Owen and her horse Montena, the only RoR competing in the 100 open class at Milton Keynes ODE, for finishing in 3rd place.
Another great result too for Andrea Cox and her veteran RoR James Dee, who thanks to Amanda Birch’s help with music choices, came 8th at the BRC Dressage to Music Championship in the Elementary Freestyle. There is another potential RoR Dressage to Music Clinic with Amanda Birch on 7th December 2014 – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more now.
The North East's ROR Musical Ride team put on their second ever performance at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 18th October taking part at the prestigious Qipco British Champions Day. Vicky reported that everyone enjoyed a very exciting day.
"There were a few worrying moments when we realised that the 20m x 60m arena that we had asked for and had been training in was not only 20m x 42m but on a slope and the dressage markers were not complete! However, our hardy team of helpers stepped in and managed to completely rebuild the arena, while Kathy Boothman and I headed off down the M4 on Friday evening to source the remaining dressage markers!"
Vicky said that despite the urgent last minute preparations, there was a plus side as when they returned via the strict access areas of Ascot they were got to see the stands and displays for Champions Day still being built. Vicky says; "I can tell you that Ascot Racecourse lit up in the dark looks amazing!!"
Champions Day dawned bright and the rain stayed away and the eight strong Musical Ride including the original Bishop's Burton team of six Roger’s Revenge, Attacca, Moyenne Corniche, Shaydream Believer, MIddlebrook and Markestino, joined by two new team members former racehorses, Polurrian and Time Traveller, all really did themselves and RoR proud. Congratulations to everyone involved including Charlotte Wilson and Karrie Gardener.
Also proudly watching the performance was owner of Roger's Revenge, Jackie Fieldhouse. Jackie said: "It went brilliantly and the horses and riders performed so well. I’m so proud of them and especially proud of Roger. I strongly believe that this is a unique and important way of showcasing how ex racehorses can succeed in retraining and deserve the chance go on to live long, happy and fulfilling futures."
After the performance, the team all enjoyed a lovely tea in the Queen Anne Rooms and even saw HM The Queen drive past on her way to watch Estimate in the first race. The horses behaved beautifully and arrived home late on Saturday night courtesy of top transport company C & C.
Vicky said that; "For all the riders it was a dream come true to be able to perform on their ex racehorses at such a prestigious place and I am sure that many happy memories will have been made on Champions Day!"
The unaffiliated show at Richmond Equestrian Centre on Saturday 18th October 2014 was well supported and says Vicky everyone seemed to have a good time with their ex racehorses.
In hand champion was Heather Tweddle and Barry the Cracker and Ridden Champion was Rachel Robson and Harry’s Double. There was also a variety of jumping classes and it was good to see people getting in some practice for the ROR Challenge. Pictured here are the winners of the 65cm jumping class; 1st Gail Armstrong riding Grayhope, 2nd Ruth Pennell riding Maskapony, 3rd Carla Hogg riding Road to love.
"Congratulations to the winners and everyone who supported and took part," says Vicky Smart. Visit our Facebook photo album for this event to see more photos.
At Thornton House Farm near York we held another ROR clinic with Adele Mason and as usual this was well supported and enjoyed by everyone. This was one of a series of three clinics with Adele and those who are able to attend them are really seeing an improvement in their horses’ way of going. The next clinic with Adele is Saturday 15th November - see adjacent Forthcoming events for more information.
The Regional Wnter Dressage Points League for East Midlands will again run for 2014/15. FREE for any RoR registered horse to enter, you can earn points for your percentage scores at ANY unaffiliated dressage competition at Prelim, Novice or Elementary Level.
To enter simply submit proof of your scores to Claire Stringer by e-mail to email@example.com to join the league covering competitions from 1st October 2014 up to the closing date of 31st March 2015. League Tables are posted monthly and Rosettes and other prizes will be awarded by RoR at the end.
This new RoR Central Winter Dressage League allows riders to earn points on any score sheets in Unaffiliated Dressage competitions between October 2014 and March 2015 (inclusive).
To take part riders must register with the League and then submit any score sheets for verification (either scanned or copied by e-mail). Points will be awarded as follows:-
55 - 56.99 - 1 point
57 - 58.99 - 2 points
59 - 60.99 - 3 points
61 - 62.99 - 4 points
63 - 64.99 - 5 points
65 - 66.99 - 6 points
67 - 68.99 - 7 points
69 - 70.99 - 8 points
71 - 72.99 - 9 points
73 + = 10 points
Register Now! Email RoR Central Regional Co-ordinator Karen Beaumont to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, horse's registered details (including racing name and registered address). The league table will be updated monthly.
Please note: The League will run for Intro, Prelim & Novice with horses not to hold any BD Points for Intro & Prelim and under 45 BD points for Novice. Final date for submitting any eligible score sheet/sheets is 5th April 2015.
Ian Starke Equestrian Centre will be holding a Winter Show on November 30th 2014 and classes to be included will be a Tattersalls Scottish Series qualifier for the Highland show 2015 and a Retrained Challenge Class, which is a qualifier for Royal Windsor 2015. Further details of the schedule and entries can be found at Ian Starke Equestrian's website - http://ianstarkequestriancentre.co.uk/fixtures/
Another date for our popular David Gatherer Clinics is at High Armsheugh, Nr Irvine KA11 2AW on Saturday 15th November. To book for this clinic download and complete this Booking Form and return to Carol Magee at the address shown above.
You can be a beginner with your ex-racehorse, or more experienced, instruction is designed to cater for all levels. At just £20 for a lesson, the clinic provides a great opportunity to bring along your ex-racehorse for some coaching with David.
RoR are delighted to announce a partnership with the Thoroughbred And Retired Racehorse Association (TARRA) for the show series in 2015. RoR will continue to support the rosettes with the addition of prizes and there will also be an exciting final, which will take place at the RoR show Championship at Aintree in August 2015.
The TARRA classes will continue under the same rules where racing injuries and blemishes are ignored, shows and results will be on the RoR website shortly. An important change is that the series will be for amateurs only - those employed in racing will be allowed to compete.
RoR are delighted to have secured slots at all of Francis' Show Jumping Clinics this year and early into 2015 at Heathfield Stables, Spout Hill, Crowborough, E Sussex, TN6 3QX. Experience modern instruction with one of Britain’s most up and coming event riders!
These lessons will be in groups of 4 and will be indoors. Cost per rider is £20 when quoting your RoR number (if you have an unraced or foreign raced horse that you have registered for RoR but do not have an RoR number please contact the RoR Office for a number before you book).
The dates available in 2014 are 22nd November and 20th December, and 17th January and 21st February in 2015. Book direct to http://www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk/venue.htm quoting your RoR number.
A new unaffiliated dressage series for RoR's at Merrist Wood EC, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PE. The two highest placed RoR registered ex racehorses in the designated qualifying class (see schedule click here) will qualify for their Championship.
RoR Rosettes will be awarded at Merrist Wood's Championship only. Rosettes will not be awarded for being the highest placed ex racehorses, you will instead receive a sticker on your test sheet notifying you of qualification. To view scheduling info and for entries please visit http://www.merristwood.ac.uk/TheCollege/OpenToThePublic/RidingArena/MerristWoodRidingArena.aspx. Please ensure when you enter you state your RoR registered number on the entry.
Merrist Wood is also a South East Area League signing venue - to register for the league email you name, address, horses name and RoR number to email@example.com
The Regional Dressage Points League for Wales & Severn will again run for 2014/15. FREE for any RoR registered horse to enter, you can earn points for your percentage scores at ANY unaffiliated dressage competition at Prelim, Novice or Elementary Level.
To enter simply submit proof of your scores to Clare by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the league covering competitions from October 2014 up to the closing date of 31st March 2015. League Tables are posted monthly and Rosettes and other prizes will be awarded by RoR at the end.
Now in its third year and increasingly growing in popularity, the 2014 RoR Meriel Tufnell Racing to Hunting Challenge will run again at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 16th November at 9.30am before the day’s racing at the Open Meeting.
Created by Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) in 2011 for retrained racehorses who now hunt but may not necessarily compete at a high level, the Challenge attracts former racehorses who have also enjoyed success in the other RoR Series’ including all of the RoR showing series and RoR/Bedmax Eventing Series.
Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive is delighted with the success of the Challenge to date; "This is really what the RoR is all about - life after racing and this is a fantastic day, which everyone enjoys taking part in as well as watching.”
Ian Renton, Regional Director, South West region of Jockey Club Racecourses said; “We are delighted that the ROR Meriel Tufnell Racing to Hunting Challenge is returning to Cheltenham on the Sunday of The Open. It is great to see some of the retired racehorses competing in their new skills at the Home of Jump racing.”
Commentator and former Badminton competitor Mike Tucker will again build the course, which will include cross-country fences already on the track, as well as some additional obstacles – a gate to open and shut and competitors will also be asked to take a glass of port from a tray. A section of the course will be timed and there will also be a style mark.
The First prize is £500 and the Meriel Tufnell Challenge Trophy.
All horses must be registered with RoR and have raced in the Great Britain. Hunters must be hunted regularly – horses team chasing in 2014 are eligible. Horses currently point-to-pointing are not allowed take part in the Challenge. Closing date for entries is 10th November 2014. There is a £22.50 entry fee per horse/rider. For more information and to download the Entry Form visit click here
Earn points towards an RoR South East Area League and qualification for the RoR South East Area Championship Show whilst competing at your normal unaffiliated Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training competitions.
The league will run from 1st January 2015 to 31st August 2015 at participating venues - please click here for a full list of RoR South East Area League signing venues. You can register your horse by emailing your name, address, horse's name and RoR number to email@example.com. You never know you could be the Dressage, show jumping or combined training champion for 2015!
Lynn Russell 'Showing Masterclass' on Saturday 21st March at Durfold Farm, Plaistow Road, Dunsfold, Surrey GU8 4PQ. Lynn has been involved with the retraining of racehorses for several years and the event is run in association with RoR. This clinic was great fun and informative last year and this year, Lynn will be adding in an assessment of each horse that attends for side saddle. So if you are going to show your horse next year and would possibly like to try side saddle in the future, then this clinic would be great for you.
This clinic is being subsidised by RoR by £30 so you will pay £45per horse/rider. Places are strictly limited and will be on a first come first served basis. Full details on what is covered and information on how to book can be found at http://www.topcobs.com/ror_master_classes_2015.htm. Please quote your RoR number when making your booking (if you have an unraced or foreign raced horse that you have registered for RoR but do not have an RoR number for please contact RoR Office for a number before you book in).
A NEW Winter Show Jumping League for the South West will run from 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015. All you need to do to take part with your RoR is forward a copy of the scoreboard or your results to Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org . Points will be awarded for taking part and for getting placed. There will be final rosettes for the final league placings alongside prizes!
Claire Blackham will again be running a South West Winter Dressage Points League for the South West region.
FREE for any RoR registered horse to enter, you can earn points for your percentage scores at any unaffiliated dressage competition at Prelim, Novice or Elementary Level from 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015.
To enter now simply submit proof of your scores to Claire by e-mail to email@example.com to join the league.
League Tables will be posted monthly and Rosettes and other prizes awarded by RoR at the end of the series on 31st March 2014 with rosettes and prizes for the group league winners and for the overall points winner.
Congratulations to the three highest placed ex racehorses (27th August 14) at Red Horse Dressage in Faversham, Kent), who have already secured qualification for the 2015 Red Horse Dressage Championship Final:-
Intro B - Vicgernic – Tina East - 4th with 59.78%
Prelim 13 - Indian Spring – Charlotte Forde - 5th with 65.83%
Novice 27 - Indian Spring – Charlotte Forde - 5th with 66.32%
Congratulations to all the RoR's took part in the 2014 Red Horse Dressage Series Championship. Results as follows:-
Intro A - Vicgernic – Tina East – finished 2nd overall with 66.96%,
Prelim 14 - Just Dashing – Jane Mansell - finished 8th overall with 69.58%; Sally Bruce – Rosie Gilbert with 62.29%
Novice 27 - Just Dashing – Jane Mansell - came 7th overall with 67.32%.
The 2014 RoR/BEDMAX Racing2Eventing Series Winner is Elaine Tragett and her 16 year-old thoroughbred turned eventer, Special Constable and taking 2nd place in this year's competition is rider Abigail Sparkes on her fomer racehorse The Jolly Miller.
Following the news of her win, the 2014/RoR Bedmax Winner has also been invited to take part in the RoR Parade of Equine Champions on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse this weekend, Saturday 18th October. This special RoR Parade includes seven other Champion horses and aims to showcase to racing audiences the versatility and success of the thoroughbred adapting to their second careers.
Originally purchased and retrained by top event rider Pippa Funnell, during his four year racing career in training with Ben Case, Special Constable ran 10 races over hurdles and fences. Special Constable, known as Midge, was retrained and competed by Pippa in 2006 & 2007. He was then a stable companion to Pippa’s other great Eventing horse Ensign. Elaine took him on in 2012 following his two-year rest and recovery period due to a neck injury.
Elaine, who works full-time as a major Account Manager for 365it in Reading and lives in Royal Wootten Bassett, said that; “ Winning the RoR Series is fantastic and to also be parading at Ascot is a dream come true for me too! Being there at the racetrack, on this prestigious occasion, completes a full circle of his life. He came from racing and returns back to his roots to show others that a race horse can truly turn his hoof to anything with time, love and trust.”
If you would like help with the preparation of Freestyle to Music test or just something fun to school your horse to the join Amanda Birch on 19th April 2015 at Preston Farm Stables, Lower Road, Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4EF £20 per rider. Come and have some fun with your RoR with dressage to music. You can use this clinic in two different ways.
You can prepare your freestyle to music test and get it ready so that you can compete in freestyle to music competitions over the summer ready for the RoR South East Championship Show's Dressage to Music Championship class on the 12th Sept 2015. Find out what music your horse likes to work to, this can aid rhythm and over all enjoyment of your schooling sessions. To book you slot please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Horse Dressage in association with Willow Farm, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0RS are again running an unaffiliated dressage series for RoR during 2014/15. The tests, which will be marked on its schedule as RoR, will be at intro, prelim and elementary levels.
The highest placed RoR ex-racehorse will qualifiy for the ex-racehorses classes at their 2015 Championship Show. Rosettes will not be awarded for being the highest placed ex racehorses, you will instead receive a sticker on your test sheet notifying you of qualification.
RoR rosettes will be awarded at the championship show but not for the qualifying classes. Find out when the next competition is and for more information then visit www.redhorsedressage.co.uk.
Red Horse Dressage is also a south east league signing venue - to register for the league email you name, address, horses name and RoR number to email@example.com
These cross country clinics proved so popular in 2014 that we have organised slots again within Francis's clinics. These clinics are in groups of 5 and you are grouped in appropriate levels. Francis works on calm quiet XC schooling, teaching horses to think about what they are doing and where their feet are. The dates and venues for these clinics are:
Littelton Manor Equestrian Centre, Littleton Lane, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LB:- 27th January 2015 and then 17th February 2015
Munstead, Heath Farm, Heath Lane Godalming Surrey GU7 1UN
28th February 2015
Groups of 5 to book please direct visit http://www.whittingtoneventing.co.uk/venue.htm, quoting your RoR number (if you have an unraced or foreign raced horse that you have registered for RoR but do not have an RoR number for please contact RoR for a number before you book in). Please also drop an email to Pippa at firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your RoR number and date you have booked for. Please title your email Francis XC.
Congratulations to the winner, Flaygray, owned and ridden by Faye Hesketh at this year's SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse, and to all of the finalists who did so brilliantly in the international arena at HOYS on Sunday 12th October 2014.
Also congratulations to the Reserve Champion Chouxdamour, owned by Mr Robert Oliver and ridden by Claire Oliver. RoR Regional Co-ordinator, Clare Poole finished in third place with her former racehorse Buckingham Boys. The full result from HOYS:
1st - Flaygray - Faye Hesketh
2nd - Chouxdamour - Claire Oliver
3rd - Buckingham Boys - Clare Poole
4th - Jack the Giant - Allistair Hood
5th - Astrobrava - Rebecca Lowe
6th - Valentine Jak - Donna Bamonte
7th - Decimate - Lynn Russell
8th - Ingleby Hill - Shelley Heywood
9th - Midnight Chase - Sally Hayward
Faye told Horse and Country TV that: “It means a lot to win at HOYS when you work week in, week out,” said Faye. “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed of a day like today, but you never think it’s going to happen."
Flaygray was trained by Chris Grant during his racing career, which saw him run 12 times and achieve three wins. He then had 12 months off, before starting his career as a show horse. Prior to his win at HOYS, the gelding was Supreme Champion at the Area NPS as a show hack, and won the Racehorse to Riding Horse at Aintree, Windsor and the North of England Show, where they also qualified for Hickstead.
Another chance to join experienced instructor and now an RoR panel judge, Jo Callwood at Crow Wood Equestrian Centre, Burnley, Lancs, BB12 0RT for a unique training session. Places are on a first come first served basis and must be booked and paid for in advance. The cost is £20 per RoR horse. To reserve a place, please complete the BOOKING FORM and return to Anne Walker (nee Parkinson) with full payment.
RoR Central Region is thrilled to have booked Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics to do a Rider Analysis Clinic on Sunday 25th January at Willicote Equestrian Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon by kind permission of David & Yvonne Stephenson.
The rider analysis sessions are designed for riders of all levels to help improve the rider's position and horse's way of going. Each session will be discounted to £55 for RoR horses if booked by 30th November 2014. Thereafter the cost will be £65 if space allows.
Each 45 minute session will provide:-
- Evaluation of your position on your own horse
- Exercises to help improve your position
- Training to improve your position and horse's way of going
- Instant (whilst mounted) Video Feedback so that you can see the difference!
N.B. Should you wish to receive a USB stick with slow motion software and videos from your session then please add £10 for this and mark clearly on the Booking Form.
Places are strictly limited and will only be confirmed once payment has been made - to book please complete and return this BOOKING FORM with your payment.
Russell is a UK CC Coach who has competed in both show jumping and dressage. He has carried out extensive research in rider positioning and saddle fit. He works with the British Equestrian Federations World Class and excel Talent Programme, and travels internationally holding clinics around the world.
New for RoR North West region are these individual lessons with instructor Kath Pinnington on Saturday 22nd November at Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Lancaster. The one to one lesson will focus on ground work, including long lining and lunging etc, as well as ridden flatwork. Cost per lesson is £25 for RoR registered horses. Please complete and return this BOOKING FORM to Anne Walker (to the address provided on the form).
The firework “fortnight”, as we call it, is nearly here although some people are already reporting fireworks going off in their locality.
Whilst some horses are quite indifferent to the noise and flashes, happily grazing, laying down or even seemingly to watch the spectacle, others do clearly become distressed to varying degrees.
RoR Ask the Expert Horse Care and Training Helpline, run by Fred and Rowena Cook of Equine Management and Training, has put together some great advice here on things you can do to make this period less traumatic for your horse and yourself.
• Be mindful that on a clear, still night the sound of fireworks can echo for miles and flashes light up the sky as lightening does. Similarly a prevailing wind can cause sound to carry.
• Ask your immediate neighbours in advance if they intend to release fireworks, explaining your concerns so as to gain positive co-operation.
Remember that not everyone realises the distress which fireworks can cause if their own pets (if they are pet owners that is) are not affected.
• Check your local press, the village shop notice board, local clubs, etc. for advertising of larger, commercial displays in your locality.
• In the run-up to an event you could use a “calming” product. A purely magnesium based one will not be necessarily be so effective if your horse does not have a magnesium requirement; products such as RelaxMe (From Horse First) and Zylkene (Online Pharmacy/Veterinary Surgeon) may produce better results.
There are also some general safety precautions you should take including:-
• If fireworks are going to be released close by it is a good idea to have some water buckets and sand on hand - just in case. Make sure hay and straw is covered.
• On a livery yard make sure there is a procedure in place in case of any issues with stray fireworks, distressed horses.
• Emergency numbers should be to hand.
• If someone else is taking care of your horse in your absence make sure they have all necessary contact information and are advised on what to do should an emergency arise.
Here are a few further tips to help you:
• If you suspect your neighbours will be letting loose and you suspect your horse will get upset out in the field it is best to stable him rather than having his tear around the field in the dark.
• Leave light on in the stable and also the yard if possible so as to help dumb down the flashes.
• Put a radio on - quite loud – to help deaden the sounds.
• If you know your horse gets upset by loud noises consider using earplugs/cotton wool (check he will accept them first).
• Make sure your horse has food but don’t worry if he won’t eat or just picks as not every horse will eat when anxious. To this end if you normally feed from a bucket on the floor this may get knocked so best feed when he is calmer. Put hay/haylage in the net so that it doesn’t get churned up with the bedding.
• Ideally another horse should be stabled next door for company and reassurance.
• The anxious horse becomes a warm horse so don't be tempted to over-rug
• Remove anything from the stable the horse could injure himself on.
• If possible remain close by so you can keep an eye on your horse as knowing you are around will have a calming and reassuring effect. It is a case of knowing your horse as some will like your presence in the stable, whilst others are better if your remain outside the stable.
• Closing the top door works for some horses but others become more anxious if they cannot see out; it is a case of deciding what your horse is happiest with.
• For horses that do get very uptight then a little sedation is well-worth considering. However products such a sedalin should be given whilst the horse is still calm as it will have no positive effect if the horse is already uptight. Sedalin does not work for every horse so discuss this with your vet beforehand.
The next morning
• Before turning your horse out the following morning check your field for fireworks debris.
If you cannot stable your horse or you feel he will actually be better outside, then remember:-
• Check to the best of your ability that your fencing is secure.
• Make sure any rug is securely fastened.
• 2 horses out together are better than one but if possible try and avoid a group being left out together as this is more likely to lead to a galloping about which may result in a “panic” situation.
• Stay nearby to keep an eye.
• In daylight check your field for any firework debris that may have landed.
Please contact the Retraining of Racehorses Helpline if you wish to discuss this matter further or have any other training or management issues. Telephone: 01780-740773 or Email: email@example.com