5th MARCH 2020 - Page 63



HORSEWEEK
FARMWEEK
JANUARY 23 2020
63
Dressage Day for North Coast club
N
CONGRATULATIONS: Tommy Millar, chairman, congratulating
top prize winners in the Preliminary 2 class of the North Coast
Riding Club Dressage competitions at Eglinton Equestrian
Centre. Pictured are Andrea Gallagher, Pettigo, on ‘Sven’ (third
place), Clodagh Barry, Newtoncunningham (second place with
‘Betty’) and Claire Kirkwood, Eglinton, who took first place on
‘Domino’. (FW04-538DL)
PICTURES: David Larmour
ORTH Coast Riding
Club
held
their
rst
competition
of 2020 at Eglinton
Equestrian Centre
on Sunday, January 19.
Despite the frosty conditions,
Rachel was on hand with her
complementary soup to keep
everyone nice and toasty
inside, with all donations
going to Foyle Hospice.
The club would like to
welcome all those new
competitors who supported
the show and look forward
to seeing everyone again
on February 23 at the next
dressage competition at
Eglinton.
Thanks to Kelly Kerr for
judging on the day and also
to Comfort Gut for providing
prizes for each class.
RESULTS
Sunday, January 19
Dressage Day
Lead Rein Intro B: Daryl
YELLOW RIBBON: Andrea Gallagher, Pettigo, and ‘Sven’ made
impressive progress to secure third place in the Preliminary 2
class at the North Coast Riding Club Dressage competition at
Eglinton. (FW04-536DL)
IN THE RIBBONS: Lauren McLaughlin, Harrigan, and ‘Actinium
Lily’, came fourth in the Preliminary 2 class at the North Coast
Riding Club Dressage competitions at Eglinton. (FW04-537DL)
Quigley, Jazz.
Intro B: 1) Isobell Bell,
Mercy75%; 2) Kenzi Potter,
Tara 72.4%; 3) Gwen Dolan,
Isla 71.9%; 4) Riona Doherty,
Tonto 69.3%; 5) Grace
Rodgers, Kildrum Boy 67.8%;
6) Ciara Holmes, Dixie 64.6%.
Prelim
2:
1)
Claire
Kirkwood, Domino 70.5%; 2)
Clodagh Barry, Dark Dilema
70.1%; 3) Andrea Gallagher,
Sven 68.8%; 4) Lauren
McLaughlin, Actinium Lily
68.3%; 5) Trish Warren,
Shannaghmore Ring Master
65.5%; 6) Nicola Coxford,
Danny’s Dream 64.3%.
Prelim 13: 1) Florence
Campbell, Ben 79.2%; 2) Claire
Kirkwood, Domino 74.4%; 3)
Trish Warren, Shannaghmore
Ring Master 72.7%; 4) Nicola
Coxford, Danny’s Dream
72.3%; 5) Lauren McLaughlin,
Actinium Lily 71.7%; 6)
Andrea
Gallagher,
Sven
71.4%.
PLACED: Ciara Holmes, Derry, and ‘Dixie’ placed sixth in
the Intro class at the North Coast Riding Club Dressage
competition at Eglinton. (FW04-535DL)
Novice 27: 1) Kristine Lynch,
Evie 78.9%; 2) Gillian Holmes,
Paddock Clover Flight 74.8%;
3) Florence Campbell, Ben
73.3%; 4) Clodgah Barry, Dark
Dilema 67.5%.
CONCENTRATION: Jo McCartney, Buncrana, and ‘Zaitsen’
competing in the North Coast Riding Club Dressage
competition at Eglinton Equestrian Centre. (FW04-534DL)
BEVA launches colour-code scheme to tackle equine obesity
T
HE British Equine Veterinary Association
(BEVA) has launched a pilot project to
tackle equine obesity. The scheme uses
a trafc light colour system of vaccination
reminder stickers, which vets can place on
the front of passports at each vaccination
appointment. Pending the success of the sixmonth pilot, the initiative will be rolled out
across the UK in the summer.
Obesity is one of the biggest problems facing
equine welfare in the UK but, despite the best
efforts of numerous equine welfare charities
to address the issue, a signicant proportion
of owners are either not recognising obesity
in their horses, or not being motivated to
subsequently take action.
BEVA decided to confront the problem
in a different way, using knowledge gained
from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)
– a government think tank specialising in
behavioural economics and psychology.
Lucy Grieve, President Elect of BEVA and
part of the association’s obesity campaign
working group, explains: “Determined to look
at new ways to positively engage with horse
owners, we harnessed the BIT’s experience
of what methods work most effectively and
came up with a simple, practical scheme
revolving around vaccination visits, which
could be affected by vets themselves.”
The idea is to utilise the routine annual or sixmonthly vaccination visit as a time to assess
a horse’s body condition. A trafc light colour
system of vaccination reminder stickers can
be stuck to the front of the passport with the
objective of genuinely reminding the owner
of when the next vaccination is due, but with
additional information too.
PILOT PROJECT: BEVA has launched a new
pilot project to tackle equine obesity.
(FW04-503NN)
A green sticker indicates a ‘healthy’ body
condition. Amber means the horse is carrying
too much fat tissue and needs moderate
changes to diet, exercise, management,
rugging and clipping regimes. Red implies
that the horse is carrying excessive amounts
of fat tissue, which are placing the horse in
morbid danger.
The aim of the colour coded stickers is to
instigate a conversation about the horse’s
weight as part of the scheme, sparking
discussion about the potential impact on
the horse’s health and how any issues can
be addressed. If there is insufcient time
to discuss the matter in full during the
appointment, the sticker provides a colourspecic QR code, which the owner can use
to access additional information via their
smartphone in their own time.
One of three short, colour-specic videos
will explain the reason their horse has been
designated the colour of sticker on their
passport, leading to a link to more specic
advice on what the owner needs to do next.
Having swotted up on the background
information beforehand, the owner can then
discuss the various management options with
their vet at a convenient time. Taking into
account individual circumstances, together
they can come to a joint decision on what is
the most suitable weight-loss programme for
them and their horse.
“The rst challenge is helping owners
recognise when their horse is overweight.
Once this has been established, then we
can make a plan to correct the problem as a
team.” says Lucy. “The owner needs to be on
board and committed in order to carry out
the tough task of reducing the weight of their
horse. We hope that owners will be ‘nudged’
by the sticker intervention to consider the
information they have been offered and start
to tackle the problem before it causes lifethreatening disease.”
Nine equine veterinary practices were
invited to participate in the pilot scheme,
including Deben Valley Equine Veterinary
Clinic in Suffolk. Practice Principal Helen
Whitbread said: “Obesity is a welfare
challenge and it is important that owners
know about laminitis risk as well as the many
other detrimental health issues.
“Fat on the outside is matched by fat on the
inside of the horse, around important organs,
such as the liver - people often don’t realise
that. I hope this scheme will direct owners to
look at a reliable source on the BEVA website
and digest the information in their own time
and realise we are here, willing to help them.”
Loch Leven Equine Practice in Kinross are
also taking part in the pilot. Managing director
Liz Somerville said: “We have been focusing
on equine obesity for the last couple of years
including running a #FitnotFat campaign last
year to try to highlight the growing obesity
problem in our horses.
“Unfortunately, it sometimes feels that we
are banging our heads against a brick wall,
so when BEVA came up with a new approach
to try and get the message through to our
owners, it was too good an opportunity to
miss.”
The pilot will run for six months and will
then be assessed in terms of how it worked for
the vets involved, what proportion of owners
used the QR codes, visited the advice pages
and sought guidance from their vets.
Success will be measured by assessing
whether the stickers resulted in more owners
recognising that their horse is overweight not
by the number of kilograms lost. To achieve
such data at this stage would be a much more
difcult task.
“Hopefully we’ll see some success from
the pilot and, using the feedback we receive,
we will then make changes as required
before rolling the project out across the
membership,” said Lucy.
Vets can nd out more by visiting www.
beva.org.uk/ Resources-For-Vets-Practices/
Clinical-PracticeGuidance/
Obesity-inhorses
Horse owners who are concerned about
their horses’ weight are advised to speak to
their vet for further information.

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