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News 2011

Important News over the period

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No one likes an accident. Those featured in this section come from media sources and often lack detail of the complete circumstances. Even so, by being aware of past accidents may help to prevent similar accidents occurring in the future.


The most common cause of multiple deaths and injuries to horses is fire.
Many stable fires are entiely preventble.
Click on the "Fire" link above to see what you can do to prevent a fire at your yard.
In 2011...
 2   Equestrian related fires     
 0   Suspected or confirmed cases of arson     
 6   Horses seriously injured or killed
If you know differently let us know

12/03/11- Udhagamandalam - India:  Fire at Ooty race course, horses safe

A fire that broke out in a shed filled with hay adjacent to the stables at Ooty race course is thought to have been started by a cigarette. 
"Although the shed was damaged, it is fortunate that none of the horses were injured", said fire station officer T Purushotaman.

Source: The Times of India


14/02/11- Cypress - Texas - USA: Intense Texas Barn Fire Claims Six Horses

Source: click2houston.com 


Details of legal updates and cases...


capture.jpgWith possibly the dullest name on the internet, this free reference resource from the National Archives  will be useful for students or anyone wanting to check a piece of legislation.  Whilst not everyone will want to check out every law passed in the UK over the last 800 years or browse the 6.5 million PDF documents when you're looking for a particular piece of legislation (such as the Animal Welfare Act) you'll be able to find it easily and quickly.
Check it out at www.legislation.gov.uk

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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 Myth of the month – October 2010

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Safety Products new to the Market 
Riding Safely is always pleased to publicise new  products to the market that appear to be of merit with the potential to improve equestrian safety. Please see our important information.
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Safety issues being discussed through Forums...


Horse and Hound Forum Posted:  04-03-11 A Police Plea to Riders Hacking alone!


UK - London: Free Legal Seminar - 26 May 2011

Hardwicke is a barristers’ chambers with a niche area of expertise in Equine Law.  They are running a seminar on the 26th of May covering the legal liabilities of horse ownership.  Find out more >





  UK - British Horse Society: Hi-Viz Survey

  The British Horse Society is running a survey to gather information about what hi-viz items equestrians use – or not as the case may be!  It is very interested in the reasons behind the choices and will use the answers to guide a national campaign later this year.

Sheila Hardy (BHS Senior Executive Safety) said “The survey went 'live' on Facebook at lunchtime on Wednesday 30 March and has already received over 600 responses - if you are amongst those who have responded already, many thanks.  It will run until the end of May and there will be a free BHS Gold membership and 20 BHS bookshop voucher for one lucky person.  Every response is giving valuable information”.

The survey will run until the end of May 2011 and a summary of the findings will be available later to those who request it.

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/bhshi-vizsurvey2011



Defra/AHT/BEVA quarterly disease report

UK: DEFRA / AHT / BEVA Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report - Volume 7, No.1: January – March 2011 (Latest)

Highlights in this issue:

  Surveillance of viral, bacterial and other causes of equine abortion in the United Kingdom: 2006-2011

  Equine Granulocytic Anaplasmosis: a tick-borne threat?


Strangles Campaign

Breaking the Strangles hold - Update

In February 2007, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and British Horse Society (BHS) launched a nationwide Strangles Campaign.  There were two aims; the first was to raise awareness of the disease, and the second was to gain support for the research programme.

The target was to raise 250,000 to fund research into the next stages of the development of improved means of diagnosis and prevention – ultimately to eradicate this terrible disease.

The campaign was launched by the President of the AHT, HRH The Princess Royal, at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

The ‘Breaking the Strangles Hold’ campaign reached its fundraising target of 250,000 in just two years, demonstrating how important, to horse owners, getting to grips with this terrible disease is. 

By 2008, money donated from the general public, along with funding from The Horse Trust, allowed scientists at the AHT to develop a diagnostic blood test to screen for exposure to the infection. Since then more than 6,700 samples have been tested and many new outbreaks averted. 

The success of this diagnostic work has attracted further funding from the Wellcome Trust in the form of a Translation Award, the first of its kind to be awarded to a veterinary project. The award of more than 580,000, will enable our scientists to develop another diagnostic test that detects minute quantities of DNA specific to the strangles bug. Their goal is to reduce the time taken to diagnose the disease and ultimately produce a point-of-care test that vets can use on site to get a diagnosis in 30 minutes. Earlier diagnosis will allow owners to isolate horses sooner and minimise the spread of infection.

For more information about Strangles and the campaign visit www.strangles.org

World Horse Welfare (formerly ILPH) 'Make a Noise' campaign

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