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  KEY HEADLINES   UK: Latest DEFRA / AHT / BEVA Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report         UK - Birmingham - NEC: BETA International 2014     LATEST WEATHER FORECAST 


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Left on the verge
The horse owning public is being asked to email their MP's by welfare charities asking for support in dealing with what could become a ‘horse crisis’ in England and Wales. 
The charities are under immense pressure due to the increasing number of horses and ponies needing their help. There are 2,800 equines in rehoming centres, which are now at capacity, and it is estimated that a further 6,000 horses are at risk in England and Wales. There is real concern that should there be another harsh winter, they will be physically unable to cope with the number of horses needing urgent care.
World Horse Welfare, the RSPCA, Redwings, The Blue Cross, The British Horse Society and HorseWorld are working together with the support of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to try and overcome this crisis, and have produced a report showing the problem and their proposed solutions.

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15/01/13 - UK - BHS - Horse owners to benefit from a 'friend at the end'
A new initiative launched by The British Horse Society will ensure that no horse owner has to face the loss of their equine companion alone.
The charity has introduced a new scheme, ‘Friends at the End’, in response to pleas from owners who felt isolated and unsupported during the time every horse lover dreads. 

The most common cause of multiple deaths and injuries to horses is fire.
Many stable fires are entiely preventble.
A quick rescue is key, but fire prevention is more important.
Click on the "Fire" link above to see what you can do to prevent a fire at your yard.
In 2013...
 1   Equestrian related fires     
 0   Suspected or confirmed cases of arson     
 0   Horses seriously injured or killed
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13/01/13 - USA - Kansas - Attica: Barn destroyed, horses safe 

A wood framed barn containing two horses was destroyed by fire - the cause of which has been blamed on an electrical fault. The horses escaped unhurt but farm machinery was destroyed. The fire was reported at 3.14 p.m. and took two hours to bring under control. Damage is estimated at $200K.

Source: The Buffalo News



All change at the BHS

Lynn Petersen takes over from Graham Cory as Chief Executive of the British Horse Society.  Graham was Chief Executive for eight years and leaves to persue a PhD.

Lynn, who was formally Chairman of the BHS is superseded by Claire Aldridge.


Details of legal updates and cases...


18/01/13 - UK - Suffolk:  Council and Owner to be prosecuted over carriage death
THE Health and Safety Executive will prosecute St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the owner of a horse and carriage over the death of a partially-sighted grandmother at a Suffolk fair ground.
The case, will open at West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on February 7.
Source: EADT24

UK: The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities.  They do this through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, inspection, investigation and enforcement.

HSE redesigns website for ease of use

The HSE has recently redesigned its website to ensure that visitors can find the information they need quickly and easily.  Key information is now accessible directly from the hompage.
Whether new or established, equestrian businesses may find the following pages useful:
  • New to health and safety? Things you need to do
  • The health and safety toolbox: How to control risks at work
  • Farmwise
  • Get free leaflets from the HSE - Clear and simple advice on a range of health and safety issues

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    Riding hat specialist Charles Owen & Co is to sponsor the Horse Demonstration & Seminar Arena at BETA International 2013, where it will introduce The Charles Owen Learning Centre to showcase live-action product displays and retailer information sessions. 

    Charles Owen will present an essential and interactive guide to hat manufacture, testing and fitting, with the help of Charles Owen sponsored riders and Q&As with members of the audience.

    BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing and pet products markets. It will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 17 to 19 February. Entry is open to the trade only and free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com.


    Last year, BETA International visitors were teated to a performance from Topthorn, a life-size black stallion puppet from the West End hit production War Horse. The following video Riding Safely captures their performance which demonstrates how the puppeteers breathe life and a sense of reality into the stallion puppet.




    This section contains information on the latest reports released this month.  For archived reports "click" on the  REPORTS  heading above.


    UK: DEFRA / AHT / BEVA Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report - Volume 8, No.3: July – September 2012 (Latest)

    Highlights in this issue:

    • Equine Infectious Anaemia in Europe

    • Equine Herpes Virus in the United Kingdom

    • Focus article: Biosecurity at the 2012 Olympic Games


    Our Essentials pages are currently being updated, but once completed will provided essential health, safety and welfare information for:


      Horse Owners and Keepers




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