News Page

Throughout this page we will maintain to keep you up to date of what's happening, important forthcoming events and of course with the news as it happens.    We would ask of you to please bookmark this page so that you can stay constantly up to date.

The Trustees of Horse Rescue Scotland kindly request that you just do not wander onto our site.   There are many reasons behind this polite request; the most important is that of Bio Security.   If you wish to see one of the rescued equine here please kindly make an appointment via the and we will endeavour to assist.    It’s really important you please comply with this request.  Thank you.


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   Sunday 14th June 2015

"On Saturday 13th June 2015 four brave volunteers bungee jumped off the Titan Crane in Clydebank to raise funds for Horse Rescue Scotland.  A huge "brave" thank you to Eilidh, Laura, Beccy and Rachel for their fantastic efforts on our behalf.  Thank you also to Highland Fling Bungee at the Titan Crane."   We also have a link to the youtube video for the bungee jump.

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 Saturday 13th June 2015

"Trustees and Fundraisers Penny McIntyre and Elaine Wightman abseiled 165ft off the iconic Forth Bridge on the 7th June 2015, raising over £1,200 in donations.  The event is organised by the Rotary Club of South Queensferry and we are very grateful to them for allowing us two places on today's event, and also for making space in their charity village for our stall.  Both ladies enjoyed their experience immensely and wish to pass on their thanks to all their supporters, for donating, and for cheering them on from Hawes Pier."

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 Wednesday 27th May 2015

Horse Rescue Scotland attended the Fife Show on 23rd May 2015 for the first time and the team were very grateful for the warm welcome and interest shown from those visiting the show.

We managed to raise £105 whilst meeting and talking to some very interesting people who share the same passion for the care of horse and ponies.   Horse Rescue Scotland would like to thank the organisers of the Fife show for enabling us to take part in the day.

We would also like to say thank you to Morag and Louise from Proper Clobber in Stonehaven ( who generously donated a t-shirt to our stall to help raise funds.

If you would like to help with future events or have any ideas for fundraising please contact

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Saturday 20th April 2015

Horse Rescue Scotland had the pleasure of attending the Glasgow Vet School Rodeo on Saturday 18th April, and what a fantastic day it was - even the sun was shining.

We had the opportunity to meet some fascinating people and make some very important connections for Horse Rescue Scotland, as well as raise a few pounds! 

We would like to thank all those people who visited our stall to have a chat with us for making it a very positive and worthwhile day. Thank you also to our trustees and volunteers who supported us in preparing for the event and who manned the stall.

Please do get in touch if you would like to get involved with the charity, raising awareness or fundraising.

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   Saturday 28th February 2015

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4 HND Equestrian Students currently studying in Thurso, part of their course they have to manage is an event which takes part during the 7th and 8th of March.   So far approximately 60 people will be in attendance.    All the money raised goes to charity and they have chosen Horse Rescue Scotland to donate all the monies raised. We are hoping to raise as much money as we can.    Everyone here at Horse Rescue Scotland wishes you success on the day in the help of promoting our cause for those in need of assistance and support.

   Sunday 26th October 2014


The Trustees of Horse Rescue Scotland will hold their first Annual General Meeting at 7pm on the evening of the 9th December 2014 at the Garfield House Hotel, in accord with Clause 22 of the Constitution.   To download the Notice of the AGM please click on the pdf file below, thank you.

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   Thursday 16th October 2014

BEVA clarifies regulations on equine dental procedures (source BEVA News)

Despite the plethora of information available there still appears to be confusion amongst some horse owners, veterinary surgeons and equine dental technicians (EDTs) over who can do what in a horse’s mouth.  A recent poll of BEVA members indicated that more than half are unaware of the dentistry techniques that EDTs are permitted to perform and the levels of veterinary supervision required.  In response, BEVA has put together a new information leaflet explaining the regulations surrounding equine dental care and describing where recommended practice differs from the letter of the law.

All diagnostic and treatment procedures in the horse’s mouth are Acts of Veterinary Surgeryunder the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.  The only exception is the manual removal of small dental overgrowths and sharp enamel points with hand instruments.

However it is acknowledged that there are a limited number of procedures that, despite being considered Acts of Veterinary Surgery, may be delegated safely to suitably qualified EDTs without compromising the horse’s welfare and safety. In 2009 the RCVS, with assistance from BEVA, BVDA and BAEDT, listed these processes and categorised all dental procedures into three groups:

Category 1 – Procedures that are not Acts of Veterinary Surgery

Category 2 - Procedures that are Acts of Veterinary Surgery but can be safely delegated to suitably qualified EDTs

Category 3 - Procedures that are Acts of Veterinary Surgery and cannot be safely delegated

Despite there being no legal basis supporting non-vets performing Category 2 procedures, the RCVS has stated that there would be no public interest in prosecuting vets who collaborate with suitably qualified EDTs to perform non-invasive (Categories 1 and 2) procedures.

BEVA recommends that, for their own protection, all vets who deal with horses:
   •Are familiar with Category 1 and Category 2 procedures (see below and
   ◦Ensure they know whether or not any EDT that they are collaborating with is qualified to perform Category 2 procedures (i.e. has a “Defra approved” qualification -   

   ◦Report to the VMD instances of non-vets supplying oral sedatives or other prescription only drugs.

Vicki Nicholls, equine vet at Wright and Morten in Cheshire, chair of BEVA council’s Paraprofessional Committee and member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT) said: “The lack of awareness is alarming and clearly emphasises the need to make vets and equine dental technicians fully conscious of current regulations regarding equine dentistry. Non-adherence to the regulations is a serious matter and could lead to prosecution of the veterinary surgeon, EDT and/or owner.”

The number of vets taking the BEVA/BVDA exam in equine dentistry has increased in recent years with about 15% of those who have passed the exam being vets. This is indicative of the growing awareness, amongst owners and vets, of the importance of dental health. It also reflects a desire to develop and demonstrate both practical skills and a theoretical understanding of equine dental care to augment the vet’s broader medical knowledge.  Expertise in equine dental care has, for many veterinary practices, become a valuable asset.

   Wednesday 8th October 2014

Continuing Horse Rescue Scotland's crucial fundraising activities we are pleased to announce LOT 2 within our Silent Auction page.    Online Course "Introduction to Equine Health Care".   Please pop over to the Silent Auction Page and see if the Lot 2 is for you and help make that difference.

   Saturday 4th October 2014

Pork Sausage Sold in Londis store is 50 Per Cent Horse Meat (source the Daily Telegraph)

London Company Expo Foods Limited fined £5,000 after it imported sausages containing almost 50 per cent horse meat and failed to test them

At Dartford Magistrates' Court yesterday, the company pleaded guilty to a charge under the Food Safety Act.    As well as being fined £5,000, an award of £2,500 was made towards the council's costs, plus a £120 surcharge.

Mr. Strawson said: "This is the first prosecution in the UK of this nature, relating to horse meat sales. We are obviously concerned that this product was found on sale in Kent.    "We are aware of the sensitivities amongst the public concerning eating horse meat and therefore feel our actions were necessary to ensure that they can have confidence that what they eat is accurately described."

   Tuesday 30th September 2014

Our new Treasurer has sent out an e-mail to our current volunteer list updating them all of what we have achieved to date.   For our loyal readers and those who have kindly donated please vistt our Volunteer Information Page and the Donations and Sponsorship Page for the full update.  Thank you.

   Monday 29th September 2014

For the eagle eyed readers you will have spotted a new page in place.   Silent Auctions.   Part of Horse Rescue Scotland's crucial fundraising activities we are pleased to be able to host a Silent Auction during October for some fantastic lots.    Therefore please pop over to the Silent Auction Page and see if the Lot is for you and help make that difference.

   Wed 25th September 2014

1.   TWO Tickets for sale (seated, together!) … ALL proceeds go to the charity! PLEASE SHARE!!! TWO Tickets for sale (seated, together!)   ALL proceeds go to the charity! PLEASE SHARE!!!

2.   We now have in post a new treasurer, Penny McIntyre BSc (Hons), PGDip, PGCert, FCIPD
       Penny graduated from Sheffield Hallam University and then went on to study for a Post Graduate qualification at the University of West        Sussex in Human Resource  

       Management, where she was also able to gain her chartered status with the Institute of Personnel and Development.   Penny has had a successful career in HR

       and has worked across a number of diverse industries including airlines, road transport and rail; which means she literally has been involved with 'Planes, Trains

       and Automobiles'! Penny has also had the opportunity to work within the public sector, re-joining Sheffield Hallam University as an employee and Human Resources
       Manager. Penny currently holds a senior Human Resources position and is a member of the Executive Group for a division within the rail industry. She has  

       responsibility for all HR functions within the business, which covers a large territory across Scotland and the East Coast of England.   As a child Penny was an

       active rider, in her native Yorkshire, and rode throughout her childhood years in the local riding school.   Since moving to Scotland, she has rekindled her passion for all

       things equine and is actively seeking to use her role at HRS to improve the lives and welfare of horses throughout Scotland, but also the lives of everyone who comes

       into contact with them.   Penny lives with her husband and stepdaughter in Glasgow, both of whom also have a keen interest and passion for horses.

3.   Fund Raising day started with naming the new Gelding He is now called "Buddy" and Peter the chairman presided over the naming ceremony assisted by Catriona who
       is a volunteer kindly drew the name out of the bag. Thank you to everyone who contributed to naming Buddy. The money raised will buy him a set of shoes, thank you.  
       (Update) Total for the amount collected yesterday £511.10.   This does not include the 'cash for clothes' collection or the online auction. More information to follow

4.    A slide show of photos taken at our Open Day, 20th September 2015 Thanks to everyone who helped out, donated and had fun

   Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Trustees and Horse Rescue Scotland Team are planning our open day event on 20th September and more details will follow. In the meantime, we are looking for raffle prizes if you would like to donate something?   Part of our open day on 20th September we will also be holding a 'Cash for Clothes' collection and ask that you please donate items that our team can take to a local collection centre - they accept Ladies, gents, children’s clothing, Bedlinen, towels. Paired shoes, Console games, souvenirs, Handbags, belts, hats, accessories   Please contact us either by messaging us here on Facebook, or by emailing .   Thank You!

   Monday 7th July 2014

Week 6 in both Summer and Zara's new rehabilitated life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here and be amazed to just how well they are both doing.

   Tuesday 1st July 2014

Week 5 in both Summer and Zara's new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here and be amazed to just how well they are both doing.

   Monday 30th July 2014

Latest in from Edinburgh University.

Equine Science Courses at the University of Edinburgh (2014-2015)

Thank you for your interest in our Equine Science programme at  The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. This online distance learning programme is the first and only to be mounted within an international centre of veterinary excellence.
Recruiting now
We are currently taking applications for this programme, which will commence in September 2014.  Interested students are encourage d to apply as places are limited and demand is extremely high. Click here and join us at one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the world.
The programme is delivered fully online using a blend of online learning methods supported by the University’s award winning online learning environments.  It is a distance learning course, but you won’t feel isolated – you will have the opportunity to work closely with your fellow students and tutors in a properly supported, collaborative and vibrant online learning environment. With access to the internet, you will be able to study at the times and in the places which suit you best.
The programme consists of the following taught courses: scientific methodology, equine digestion and nutrition, equine behaviour and welfare, equine orthopaedics, equine reproduction , equine exercise physiology, equitation science, plus the dissertation course.  For further information on these courses please
Flexible Learning
Online and part-time over a period of three years for the masters (two years for diploma, one year for certificate), this programme is ideal for people who wish to gain a world-class award whilst maintaining busy professional and personal commitments. The full MSc Equine Science programme can be completed within two years if students wish to study several courses at any one time so all taught courses are completed in one year and the second year is devoted to a dissertation project. Alternatively students can take up to 6 years to complete the full MSc programme and there is also the option to graduate with either an Equine Science postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
We are now also offering PPD which are short, focussed credit-bearing courses which provide very specific training on particular subjects and lead to a University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Award. The modules are offered through an interactive online distance learning medium. You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of modules through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme.  These credits will be recognised in their own right as a postgraduate-level award, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.   A choice of any of the courses that are described in the programme content above can be taken as a PPD.
Entry requirements
Open to students with a biological science background; for example a degree in: veterinary science, biological sciences, zoology, animal/equine science, and pharmacology/pharmacy. Candidates with a relevant background and alternative qualifications should contact us for further details.
Our current students rate the programme very highly. Their comments include:
"I chose the MSc in Equine Science because it is a unique programme offered by one of the top univer sities in the field. The flexibility of online classes enabled me to balance my personal and academic ambitions."(Christine Filion, 3rd year)
"I am thoroughly enjoying studying the online MSc Equine Science and the fact that it can be carried alongside my career means that it really is enhancing my knowledge whilst working in the equine industry. The distance learning also means that it fits into the everyday schedule around work, socialising and most importantly the horse too!" (Kate Mee, 3rd year)
Tuition fees
The tuition fees for 2014-15 are approx £11,880 for the full Masters programme (£3,960 per year).  Fees can be paid on a modular basis at £1,320 per 20-credit course.  For further information please visit:
For information on scholarships please visit:

   Wednesday 25th June 2014

The latest information just in from Animal Behaviour and Welfare by The University of Edinburgh on Coursera.  

Now here is the catch – it’s free.  Yes you have read correctly it's free.  

Please take time to read the brief introduction below and then click on The University of Edinburgh Coursera Page or Animal Behaviour and Welfare MOOC


Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Animal welfare has been described as a complex, multi-faceted public policy issue which includes important scientific, ethical, and other dimensions. Improving our understanding of animal welfare, involves the fascinating study of animal behaviour as well as the challenge of accessing the emotions of animals.

About the Course

Animals occupy a huge part of the planet and our lives, and although we rely on them for all aspects of our own wellbeing - food, draught power, medical advances, clothing, sport as well as pleasure, protection and comfort - often their quality of life is questionable. Appreciating how animal's experience the world they live in and the different behavioural needs of the various species we interact with, enables us to gain a better understanding of their welfare requirements, so that long term improvements to animal lives can be made. 

There are now more than 60 billion land animals raised for meat each year around the world, and with increasing human populations and a rise in meat consumption in many parts of the world, these figures are set to double by 2050. Added to this is a huge and growing world population of dogs and cats, many of whom are strays with associated health and welfare issues.  International concern for animal welfare continues to grow with rising demand for measures to protect animals and improve their care and wellbeing. The link between animal welfare and human wellbeing is clear, and yet we still have a long way to go if we are to address welfare needs globally. Finding ways to achieve higher standards of animal welfare, is therefore a key priority for any developed and developing nation. Due to gaining in importance internationally, there is increasing recognition of the need for animal welfare issues to be addressed objectively in a scientifically credible manner.

In this animal behaviour and welfare course, you will learn about animal welfare and why it matters, develop an understanding of some of the main welfare issues animals have to cope with as well as gaining an insight into the behavioural needs and the emotions of dogs, cats, farmed animals and captive wildlife.

   Monday 23rd June 2014

Week 4 in both Summer and Zara new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here

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   Tuesday 17th June 2014

Week Three in both Summer and Zara new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here

Threat Of Removal Of CEM and EVA From Notifiable Disease Status (Source Beva News)

The threatened removal of notifiable disease status for CEM and EVA was raised recently in the House of Commons

Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds) (Con): The removal of notifiable disease status for contagious equine metritis and equine viral arteritis is causing much concern in the world-class blood stock industry in this country. Is the Minister aware that the export of horses from the UK to Hong Kong, India, Qatar, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries is likely to be hit because notifiable status is a prerequisite for horses in those countries?

George Eustice: I had the opportunity to meet my hon. Friend and my hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock), the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, with a delegation from the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. I understand the points they are making. Although those two diseases have a low impact and can be prevented through the application of the industry's codes of practice, there could be some concerns about the impact on trade. That is why I have asked officials to look at the matter closely, to reassess the impacts on the trade, and to investigate alternative ways forward, such as burden sharing with the industry. I can assure my hon. Friend that we are looking at this closely and will take his views into account.

UK's First Equine Disease Prevention Guide Launched (Source Beva News)

The launch of the UK’s first equine biosecurity booklet, Plan Prevent Protect is set to help bring the equestrian world into line with farm and human health disease prevention, according to the collaborative authors, XLEquine and the Animal Health Trust (AHT).   The result of months of development between the AHT and XLEquine practice members, the information booklet provides a step by step practical guide for horse owners and yard managers to work through with their XLEquine veterinary surgeon, to minimise disease risk on yards , and maintain the health and welfare of the horses in their care.

Speaking at the recent launch at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, Mark Tabachnik MRCVS, of XLEquine member practice, Wright & Morten Veterinary Surgeons explained the significance of the launch: “For many yard and horse owners, biosecurity is just not on their radar. It only becomes important after they have had an outbreak! Strangles in particular can have devastating effects which impact not only on horse welfare, but the disruption and paralysis of animal movement has significant consequences with relationships on the yard, not to mention the financial costs in some cases."

“We wanted to develop a practical guide that pre-empts these issues by helping owners to set in place simple and in many cases common sense, plans and procedures to prevent a disease outbreak, along with practical steps should the worst happen, and an outbreak occurs,” explained Mr Tabachnik.   “Our veterinary farm colleagues and the medical profession are well ahead in terms of biosecurity measures. It’s about changing people’s mind-sets.   For example the NHS “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” campaign has been highly successful in adapting our thoughts and actions towards disease spread, and consequently many of us are more aware of the importance of good biosecurity in one way or another.”

Mark covered the top 10 tips for good biosecurity which include completing the guide’s risk assessment with your vet and setting up an isolation area. “These areas don’t have to be big or expensive and all yards have somewhere this can be done, even the corner of a field can suffice.

“Vaccination is important, as is having a policy for new arrivals, but simple things like designated headcollars and regular hand washing can all help."   “Early indications are that people love the booklet and the opportunity it gives them to talk to their vet and discuss practical solutions to suit their situation. Using the ‘red, amber, green’ traffic light system set up for use in an outbreak has gone down well, it’s very visual!” he added.

Dr Richard Newton Head of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, AHT was also involved in the development of the booklet and believes that changing the thinking and habits of horse and yard owners in the way they think about biosecurity is going to be crucial going forward. “Practical biosecurity measures are an insurance policy, but contrary to many beliefs most of it is simple, inexpensive and common sense.

“Large multi horse owner yards with a ‘hands off’ yard owner are the most challenging because usually there is no one to drive things forward collectively. But a good starting point in these situations is to talk to your vet.

“I hope that this will encourage all equine practices to raise their game, it is so important for the whole equine community,” added Dr Newton.

Called ‘Plan Prevent Protect’, the booklet provides an introduction to the contagious diseases affecting horses, including some exotic ones we might see at some point in the future in the UK. It includes a centrefold risk assessment guide for owners to complete with their vet.

The booklet is available to all equine clients of XLEquine member practices, or it is available to view at, however Mr Tabachnik strongly recommends that owners seek support from their vet in completing the risk assessment and putting a plan in place.

   Saturday 14th June 2014

Zara and Summer came into care 4 weeks ago.   It’s been a very slow process though the reward in weight gain has been phenomenal as we can see below. 

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    Friday 13th June 2014

A Note for all our current Loyal Volunteers,

Horse Rescue Scotland have been invited along to Horse Haven Riding School, (Avenuehead Farm, Avenuehead Road, Gartcosh, Glasgow G69 8HN) to an event they are holding on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th June 12014, where they are having a ridden show between 6pm to 8pm both evenings and are allowing the charity to be at the event with collection buckets for raising much needed funds to help and assist with the costs of care and attention for Summer and Zara as well as other equines that come under the guardianship of Horse Rescue Scotland.

You're probably wondering why we are contacting you. Well, in order for this event to run smoothly and raise funds, we need some volunteers who can assist on these evenings. Ideally we would need at least 2 volunteers each evening. During these two events there will be spectators and we would ask that our volunteers help with collection buckets, arranging donations or sponsorship.

If you can attend on either of these evenings between the above times please let me know and confirm what night and time suits you best. This is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of what it is Horse Rescue Scotland do. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by return or send an email to or

   Wednesday 11th June 2014


The stellar results of the British Showjumping team in the last couple of years could have been aided by research carried out by leading equine experts, including those based in the Equine Centre at the Animal Health Trust. The study was commissioned by the British Equestrian Federation prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.   The study, supported by the UK Sport lottery-funded Equestrian World Class Programme, was carried out to increase our knowledge of the physiological responses of horses during jumping, with the aim of identifying areas in which improvements could be made to the welfare and performance of competition horses.   Now for the first time the results will be made public when they will be presented at the upcoming International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress.

The Scientific Advisory Group of the British Equestrian Federation World Class Programme, consisting of John McEwen (Director of Sports Science and Medicine for the World Class Programme), Rachel Murray (Animal Health Trust), Colin Roberts (Cambridge University) and Pat Harris (WALTHAM Equine Studies Group), worked with a number of collaborators (as below) to investigate how horses respond during high level jumping competitions. One area that was investigated was the influence of horse fitness on performance during longer international competitions.

Sarah Armstrong, World Class Programme Manager and Jumping Project Administrator commented; “The success of the project has been two fold. Not only were the recommendations able to be implemented in the run up to 2012, but from a wider perspective the science behind the study has been rolled out across all our Programmes. Thanks to the generous funding of UK Sport, the research has given us another educational tool to use across the disciplines.”

John McEwen commented; “I think the jumping project gave us an evidence-based approach to enable us to advise riders and trainers on core areas covering the warm-up, preparation and competition. I’m very grateful to the riders who brought really great horses during the project and enabled us to study this with such accuracy. We are always looking for marginal gains, and this project allowed us to provide the factual information to back up our advice. We were also able to gather a lot of information from the project which has been transferable to other disciplines.”

Results of the study will be presented at the ninth ICEEP conference in Chester, 16-20 June 2014 and at the BEVA Congress in a session entitled, ‘The Science and Practice behind the medals’, held 10-13 September at the IC, Birmingham.

To view the full Scientific Programmes for the events, please visit the official websites - ICEEP: and BEVA:   The work of the jumping project was supported by the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme, which is itself funded via UK Sport, by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds.

Study collaborators: C. Armstrong, M. Bronsvoort, R. Cnockaert, Dodson & Horrell Ltd, N. Evans, D. Hodgson (ETB Pegasus), T. Goosen, R. Guire (Centaur Biochemanics), I. Handel (Edinburgh University), R. Hoekstra, D. Lee, C. Roberts, J. Spear, V. Spalding, C. Tranquille, S. Thomas, V. Walker and athletes from the BEF World Class Programme.

   Tuesday 10th June 2014

Ketamine reclassified as a Class B drug (Source Beva News)

Changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 come into force today (June 10), including the reclassification of ketamine as a Class B drug and changes to the control of tramadol.

Ketamine is now a Class B drug under Schedule II of the 1971 act, meaning the maximum penalty for unlawful possession has increased from two to five years in jail.   Widely used in the veterinary profession as an anaesthetic and analgesic, the drug is also used recreationally.

A report released earlier this year revealed heavy and frequent misuse of ketamine is linked to various physical and psychological problems, including chronic toxicity to the bladder leading to numerous reports of individuals having to have their bladders removed.   In its 2014 review, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs said 120,000 individuals are estimated to have misused the drug between 2012 and 2013.

As of today, tramadol has also been classified as a Class C drug under Schedule 2 of the 1971 act, meaning the maximum penalty for unlawful possession is two years in jail.

The drug has also been added to Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973, meaning it is exempt from the safe custody requirements.

Tramadol is of significant medical use in treating moderate to severe pain. Overdose results in drowsiness, agitation, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and vomiting.   According to the Home Office seizures are more common with tramadol overdose that with other opiods, occurring in up to 15 per cent of cases. In cases of severe poisoning, coma, seizures and low blood pressure can occur.

Defra/AHT/BEVA Equine Surveillance Report 1Q 2014 (Source Beva News)
The latest Defra/AHT/BEVA equine quarterly disease surveillance report is now available and has been launched in a new format. The report covers the period January to March 2014 and has been uploaded onto the AHT website and is accessible via the following address

Please note that all reports produced to date are available online at /disease_surveillance.html  They can also be accessed via the Animal Health Trust's home page at and clicking on the Disease Surveillance link under “What we do”.

Last but not least and possibly the most Interesting

E-News Quick Poll Results (Source Beva News).   Do you think enough is being done to stop fly-grazing? (30th April 2014 E-News)   All Members Results - Yes (0%) No (94%) Maybe (6%)

Food for thought!

   Saturday 7th June 2014

Week Two in both Summer and Zara new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here

   Monday 2nd June 2014

Its been two weeks now since Two Mares (01052014 Case ID 0004 and 02052014 Case ID 0005) were brought into our care.   A lot has happened over these two weeks and both Mares have come along in great leaps and bounds.    In order to make this a little bit different, we thought that it would be nice to see what a lifestyle change has been from their prospective.  

Therefore moving onto 01052014 Case ID 0004 renamed as Summer please click on the url and see what has been happening.  

02052014 Case ID 0005 renamed as now Zara please click on the url and see what has been happening

   Wednesday 28th May 2014

Two Mares (01052014 Case ID 0004 and 02052014 Case ID 0005) recently brought into our care were starving, emaciated, dehydrated, riddled with worms, and physically lame due to poor hoof care.    Both equine are very nervous and extremely cautious even in the hands of a very experienced grooms.  Each equine has been scarred with rain scald very badly across its back and down their hind quarters.    There will be a lot of work required over the coming months.  We will update you our readers appropriately.    In the meantime we would kindly ask that you support our URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDS.    Funds received to date will go towards initial care, including veterinary treatment, but we urgently need your help in raising funds for their ongoing care and rehabilitation.    Please pop over to and donate helping us in any way you can.   Thank you.

To see the pictures of each Case ID please click here of head over to our Case Studies and Research Papers Webpage

    Tuesday 27th May 2014

Grass Sickness Discussed On Farming Today (Source BEVA NEWS)

BEVA's Keith Chandler was invited to speak with the BBC's Farming Today regarding Equine Grass Sickness. The item was the first on the programme on Sunday 27th May and the full show can be listened to

   Saturday 24th May 2014

Bogus vet sought by police after failing to appear at court (Source BEVA News & Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons News Page)

A bogus vet who pleaded guilty to a number animal cruelty and fraud offences is being sought by Humberside Police after he failed to appear at court for sentencing.   See more at:

New Cadbury's Twirl advert features a chocolate pony (Source BEVA NEWS)

The new Cadbury's Twirl advert features a chocolate pony

   Wednesday 7th May 2014

The Tripartite Agreement (TPA) governing the movement of certain categories of horses between the UK, Ireland and France has recently be revised and the new rules come into force on 18 May.   (Source Beva News)

What is the TPA?   The TPA is a derogation (agreement to amend) to the European Community Regulation governing the movement of horses. The agreement is between the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) of the three signatory countries, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland. The CVOs must be assured that it is effective in managing and tracing movements of horses to control the spread of disease. The TPA enables horses which are of demonstrably higher health status than the general horse population, and therefore at lower risk of transmitting disease, to travel under the TPA without veterinary health certification.

How is the TPA that comes into force on 18 May different from the previous TPA?   In addition to a valid identification horse passport, each horse will now need to be accompanied by an additional document known as a DOCOM. These documents confirm the high health status of the horse and record the movement on the European Community’s (EU’s) animal movements database, known as TRACES.

Who is responsible for the TPA and who administers it?   The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are responsible for making the TPA function effectively in the United Kingdom. The equivalent government departments and agencies in France and Ireland are likewise responsible. For 2014, Defra has approved three horse industry bodies to manage the TPA on its behalf; these are:

1. Weatherbys and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) jointly

2. British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

3. British Equestrian Federation (BEF)

In turn, these approved bodies have delegated the responsibility for producing DOCOMs for people who plan to transport their horses under the TPA to their approved transporters/shippers/shipping agents (shippers). See later for how to apply to become an approved shipper.

Which horses can travel under the new TPA?   Only horses that have a high health status can be moved under the new TPA. These are:

1. Registered General Stud Book (GSB) Thoroughbreds, or which are registered in   Weatherbys’ Non Thoroughbred Register (NTR) or Autre Que Pur Sang (AQPS) horses for breeding, sale, training and racing in France

2. Sport horses and ponies entered into Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) governed competition in France.

These two groups of horses have been assigned a high health status because of the regularity of veterinary checks they undergo and their compliance with their governing bodies’ vaccination policies and veterinary regulations.

Which documentation must accompany horses travelling under the TPA?   If you are moving a horse to France under the TPA, you will require a document to accompany your valid identification horse passport. This document is called a DOCOM and can be obtained from an approved shipper by completing a Consignor Declaration form (CONDEC). A fee will be payable for production of this document. Fees may vary between shippers.

How long does a DOCOM last?   A DOCOM’s duration is 10 days from the date of issue. If a horse stays in France for longer than 10 days a return DOCOM must be issued by an equivalent approved shipper in France

Do I need a DOCOM to travel between Ireland and the UK?   No, this is not needed because these two countries are considered as a single epidemiological unit for equine health purposes.

How do I apply to be an approved shipper?   By application to the relevant approved body for the category of horses you wish to transport. This could be Weatherbys/TBA, BHA or BEF.

What to do if a horse cannot travel under the TPA.   If your horse does not comply with the high health status requirements of the TPA, you will need to obtain a Health Certificate or Health Attestation in addition to your valid identification horse passport before you can travel (as defined in Council Directive 2009/156 EC). For details on how to obtain a Health Certificate, contact AHVLA Carlisle, details below or an equine shipping agent, who will be able to advise.

What if a horse is in Ireland or France?   For the movement of French or Irish resident horses, please check the requirements with the relevant government department or agency before travelling.

What about the requirement for an AHA certificate or Export Licence?   The law has not changed in respect of the requirement for these documents.

For general export and travel queries please contact:

Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA):
T: 01228 40360001228 403600

For a list of approved shippers or to apply to be an approved shipper, please contact:

Thoroughbred horses:
Breeding and Youngstock – Weatherbys

T: 01933 44007701933 440077

Racing and Training - British Horseracing Authority
T: 0207 152 00900207 152 0090

FEI sport horses:   British Equestrian Federation
T: 02476 69887102476 698871

   Thursday 1st May 2014

The TRSS Facebook page is now LIVE. (Source Newtonmore Riding Centre)

Please Share this Page and LIKE it too. Please share with your clients and staff too please.

Government needs your help with survey on horse care services (source Beva News)

The Government is calling on all horse owners to participate in a quick online survey to find out more about dental care, hoof care and musculoskeletal therapy for horses. The results of the survey will provide the basis for discussions on how equine healthcare services undertaken by non-vets should be managed in order to best protect the health and welfare of horses in the UK.

Over recent years there has been growing concern that the number of individuals offering equine healthcare services, and the breadth of those services, has expanded without there being any system for ensuring that the standards of care offered are what owners expect and horses deserve.  The current regulations covering veterinary and farriery activities were drawn up decades ago before many of today’s services were routinely available and there is now an opportunity to review whether or not the current controls are fit for purpose.

David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA who are coordinating the survey, explained: “There is concern that in 2014 many horse owners simply aren’t aware of the level of skills, knowledge and protection that they are paying for and that this could open the door for unscrupulous individuals (or even well-meaning individuals without appropriate training) to set up in business and put horse health and welfare at risk. We are appealing to all horse owners to complete the survey to help make sure that the most appropriate care is provided for all their horses at all times. ”

The survey is a part of the Review of Minor Procedures Regime (RMPR) project, set up by Defra. It is investigating the most effective ways to govern various activities undertaken by non-veterinarians in the future, without over-burdening either the practitioner or the horse owner with unnecessary red tape, but ensuring that the welfare of the horse remains the priority.

The Survey closes on Sunday 15th June 2014. It should take no more than five minutes of your time to complete and all submissions remain anonymous. Visit to do your bit to help.

   Tuesday 29th April 2014

Equine Surfaces White Paper Source (FEI BOOKS)


The FEI has since 2009 supported research into the effect of arena surfaces on the orthopaedic health of sport horses. The document you can access below summarises the findings of this research.


The white paper focuses on arena surfaces within the broad context of providing training and competition arenas for sport horses that facilitate maximal performance while minimizing the risk of injury. It includes a description of the physical properties of the surface that determine how the horse perceives the footing and the effects of the footing on the horse’s physiological and biomechanical responses. It also covers aspects of composition, construction, and maintenance that are necessary to build and maintain arenas with the desired physical properties. Current methods of measuring the physical properties of the surface are described using terms that are easily understood by riders, trainers, course designers and arena builders. It is hoped that this information will provide a basis to guide future progress in this area.


This white paper has been drafted as a collection of published scientific papers and data. It is considered a work in progress and will be updated as new scientific studies and surface data become available.


To download the document as pdf, click here

Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Trial (Source BEVA News)

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) have launched an Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) Vaccine Trial website.   Following the successful completion of a small pilot vaccine trial in 2013, the AHT are now enrolling horses and ponies for the full-scale nationwide EGS vaccine trial.   The website allows users to sign up for the trial, as well as all of the information they may need for EGS.

Click here on this URL to view the website.

    Monday 28th April 2014

The Second of our Current Free Advice Papers has arrived with us called "Essential Vitamins and Minerals".   This Advice Paper has been written by Dr Jo-Anne Murray of the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and now one of Horse Rescue Scotland Trustee's is one of the UK's leading experts in equine nutrition and has a whole host of publications to her name.  More importantly, Dr Jo-Anne Murray is passionate about equine welfare generally and has pioneered various training courses for Vets and others on the subject of good husbandry practice for horses and ponies.   A superb addition to Horse Rescue Scotlands Board of Trustee's

For the complete article on Dr Jo-Anne Murray's paper on Essential Vitamins and Minerals click on this URL  

   Saturday 26th April 2014

Today celebrates World Veterinary Day (WVD) that takes place annually on the last Saturday of April and this year vets from around the world join together on April 26 to highlight the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding and promoting animal welfare.

This year’s theme of Animal Welfare was chosen by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to highlight the role of veterinarians in animal welfare in line with OIE standards and the great contribution of the veterinary profession to animals and society around the globe.

In celebrating World Veterinary Day, BVA President Robin Hargreaves commented:   “On World Veterinary Day 2014 it is fitting to recognise the part played by the veterinary profession in leading the way in animal welfare advocacy and calling for effective animal welfare legislation to be developed and enforced around the world.   “The skills, knowledge and compassion of the veterinary team place us in a unique position in society and we should never be afraid to speak out on animal welfare issues.   Closer to home animal welfare has been high on the agenda at BVA in recent months with much focus on issues from non-stun slaughter to the humaneness of the badger cull pilots, from the illegal trade in puppies to the keeping of exotic animals as pets".

Highlighting the work of the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Robin Hargreaves continued:   “We are also looking forward to the AWF discussion forum in London on 12 May where we’ll be discussing topics ranging from animal transport legislation to the problem of animal hoarding. Now firmly entrenched in the veterinary calendar this annual event organised by the BVA’s own charity has raised the profile of many serious animal welfare issues and led to both new research and the development of BVA, UK and EU policies.

"In addition the AWF has published a range of informative and accessible guides for pet owners. Welcomed by veterinary surgeries across the UK, the advice helps to educate owners, safeguard pets and support vets in their daily work.”

   Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A big Horse Rescue Scotland welcome to its newest Trustee joining the Board of Trustees

DR JO-ANNE MURRAY.   PhD, PgDip, PgCert, BSc (Hons), BHSII, RNutr, FHEA

Dr Jo-Anne Murray is a senior lecturer at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, which is part of the University of Edinburgh.  Jo-Anne has been involved with horses since a young girl and after many years of working on different yards and attaining her British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor qualification, Jo-Anne completed a degree in Equine Science in 1998.  Jo-Anne then went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Animal Nutrition and then a PhD in Equine Nutrition.  After attaining her PhD, Jo-Anne began working at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, which is part of the University of Edinburgh.   At the University of Edinburgh Jo-Anne has developed the first online Equine Science programme and has extensive experience of teaching online having attained a Masters in E-learning from the University of Edinburgh.  Jo-Anne is also a register Nutritionist with the British Nutrition Society and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Jo-Anne has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is invited to speak at major equine conferences around the world.

More news will follow on DR JO-ANNE MURRAYS professional skills which complement the Horse Rescue Scotland.

   Saturday 19th April 2014

MRSA in Europe's horses could affect global equine population (Source: The Horse)

A strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus commonly associated with livestock has emerged as the main cause of MRSA infection in horses in some areas of Europe, and horses could facilitate the spread of the pathogen. ST398, as it is called, is believed to have originated in humans but has been found in pigs, cattle, poultry and now horses. In horses, infection manifests at surgical sites, in the lungs as pneumonia, at catheter sites and more. Horse owners and veterinarians should take basic precautions to help prevent the spread of the bacteria.

Rise in cases of fatal equine illness (Source: Horse And Hound)

Horse owners are urged to be on the look out for signs of the fatal condition atypical myopathy this spring, as experts in Belgium anticipate more cases across Europe.   The often fatal illness weakens the muscles of the skeleton and heart and can present with colic-like signs.

“From the retrospective studies we have learned that, when a large number of cases of atypical myopathy was recorded in the fall [autumn], many new cases are encountered in the following spring,” said a spokesman from the University of Liège.   “Unfortunately, spring 2014 could record a large number of deaths.”

The university recorded 415 cases across Europe between last autumn and this spring, and has recently been told of 3 more cases.   Last year, research by the university linked the mysterious fatal condition to the sycamore tree (news, 27 June 2013).    In the autumn, British vets put out a warning to keep horses away from these trees, after a rise in cases (news, 5 December 2013).

And now, with the current climatic conditions, seeds have begun to germinate. Victims are usually young horses, often kept on sparse pasture where dead leaves are on the ground.   “Owners need to be aware of the possible risk of grazing near suspect trees, such as sycamores,” said H&H vet adviser Karen Coumbe.   “It appears that the chance [of picking up the condition] is lower if there is good grazing, when horses are less likely to eat tree seeds or leaves. These may contain the toxin hypoglycin-A — which has been linked with atypical myopathy.

“This toxin is not always present in every seed, or in seeds from every tree. This makes it difficult to predict whether a particular horse will become ill when exposed.

“As the weather improves, the chance of cases occurring may diminish, but care must still be taken.”

Signs of atypical myopathy include:
•Colic-like symptoms

Research for the condition is not subsidised. 

   Sunday 13th April 2014

The first of many of our own articles for you to download and readTHE CRISIS IN EQUINE WELFARE, ANIMAL RIGHTS AND THE PATHWAY TO RESOLUTION

   Saturday 12th April 2014

A few words from our Chairman, Mr. Peter MacDonald  "On behalf of Horse Rescue Scotland I was delighted to attend the Equine Welfare Conference organised by BHS Scotland and hosted by World Horse Welfare at their prestigious Belwade Farm facility. The message that came through loud and clear is that the need for people who genuinely care about equine welfare to step forward and be counted has never been greater".

   Tuesday 8th April 2014

Some Important Information where Horse Rescue Scotland need your help and support

We are hoping to win a funding award for a major educational programme.   If successful, Horse Rescue Scotland will use this award to support up to 63 volunteers of all ages to undertake equine management studies and form the nucleus of our volunteer task force.

Part of the award application process requires your generous vote.   Voting commences on the 8th April 2014 through to 31st May 2014.  We ask of you to please take 5 minutes to vote for the Horse Rescue Scotland Volunteer Training Programme.   To find out more at:

You will require to register on the site, but this is very simple and only takes a minute or two.   Your support is very important to us.   Please vote, and ask your friends and family to vote as well in this worthy cause.   From all of us at Horse Rescue Scotland, and the current rescued equine, we thank you all for your continued support

   Sunday 6th April 2014

The Yorkshire Building Society (Dunfermline Branch) has become the first of our corporate sponsors.   A cheque for £630.00 was handed over by Marion McFadyen representing the Yorkshire Building Society to Peter Macdonald the Horse Rescue Scotland Chairman.    Peter Macdonald the Horse Rescue Scotland Chairman was delighted with the Yorkshire Building Societies generosity saying “this will go a long way towards the aid of our next rescue and rehabilitation equine that comes into our care”.

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   Saturday 5th April 2014

Some Important Information were we need your help and support

We are hoping to win a funding award for a major educational programme.   If successful, HRS will use this award to support up to 63 volunteers of all ages to undertake equine management studies and form the nucleus of our volunteer task force.

Part of the award application process requires your generous vote.   Voting commences on the 8th April 2014 through to 31st May 2014.  We ask of you to please take 5 minutes to vote for the HRS Volunteer Training Programme.   To find out more at:
You will require to register on the site, but this is very simple and only takes a minute or two.   Your support is very important to us.   Please vote, and ask your friends and family to vote as well in this worthy cause.   From all of us at Horse Rescue Scotland, we thank you for your continued support

   Friday 4th April 2014

Saddle study reveals high degree of lameness in sports horses.   (Source BEVA News)  

Hind limb lameness is the biggest cause of saddle slip in horses and there is a startling frequency of lameness in the general sports horse population, reveals a new study on the relationship between lameness, saddle slip and back shape.

Saddle slip is usually blamed on poor saddle fit, a crooked rider or asymmetry in the shape of the horse’s back but the first phase of a long-term research project, which was first published in 2012, showed that in fact hind limb lameness is frequently the culprit.

The second phase of the study, conducted by Dr Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and Line Greve, PhD Student at the AHT, has gone on to look at the frequency of saddle slip in and the reasons for it, in a large cross-section of the sports horse population.1

Of the 506 normal, working sports horses assessed, 46% were classified as lame or having a stiff, stilted canter. Saddle slip occurred in 12% of cases, predominantly in those with hind limb, as opposed to fore limb, lameness. There was minimal asymmetry of back shape in the horses studied but 37% of the riders sat crookedly, possibly as an effect of the saddle slip rather than as a cause.

“Given these figures, horses with hind limb lameness and gait abnormalities are more than 50 times more likely to have saddle slip than other horses,” said Line Greve. “Furthermore with nearly half of those studied being lame, many horses with lameness are clearly going unrecognised. This study has reinforced our previous work and suggests that further education of riders and trainers is needed, to help them identify saddle slip as an indicator of lameness.”

The full results of the study will be presented at the second Saddle Research Trust International Conference, to be held in Cambridge on 29th November 2014 at Anglia Ruskin University. The conference is supported by World Horse Welfare (WHW) and is approved by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). Advance tickets are £100 but you can take advantage of 15% discount if you book by 1st June, £75 for SRT, BEVA, WHW members and students or £150 on the door. Email or telephone 07775 91220207775 912202 to reserve your place. To find out more and to download a copy of the programme visit

BEVA launches new online learning site.   (Source BEVA News)  

BEVA has launched a new online learning site to help busy practitioners gain all their equine CPD in their own time and at their own pace.

The new site is the official online home of BEVA education. It provides a substantial library of presentations given by some of the leading experts in the equine veterinary world. Every month a new webinar will be added to the library and presentations from the internationally renowned BEVA Congress will also be made available annually.

All the sessions are available on demand, with the option of subscribing to an individual talk or a whole package. It’s easy to pause, forward, rewind each session at any point so that viewing can be paced to suit the individual. At the end of each presentation there is a CPD certificate to download.

David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA said: “Whether you are an equine specialist dealing with top flight competition horses, a new graduate coming to terms with equine practice or a mixed practitioner looking to keep on top of the essentials, has something for you.”

It is quick and easy to register for The webinars are totally free to BEVA members and there is a 50% discount for Congress lectures. It makes BEVA membership better value than ever at just £238. Visit to register or to find out more.

    Friday 21st March 2014

The first of many Research /Advice Papers has arrived with us called "Feeding the Fuller Filly".   This Research /Advice Paper has been written by Dr Jo-Anne Murray of the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies one of the UK's leading experts in equine nutrition and, has a whole host of publications to her name.  More importantly, Dr Jo-Anne Murray is passionate about equine welfare generally and has pioneered various training courses for Vets and others on the subject of good husbandry practice for horses and ponies.

For the complete article on Dr Jo-Anne Murray's paper Feeding the Fuller Filly please click on this url

    Tuesday 18th March 2014

AHT Launch New Grass Sickness Vaccine (source BEVA News)

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) is launching a ground-breaking nationwide trial of a vaccine for the prevention of a frequently fatal disease affecting horses; Equine Grass Sickness (EGS).

Following the successful completion of a small-scale pilot study in 2013, and with generous funding from a number of sources including Neogen Corporation, Animal Welfare Foundation; Horserace Betting Levy Board; Racing Foundation; Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund; Hong Kong Jockey Club; Dodson and Horrell; South Essex Insurance Brokers; British Horse Society and EB Moller Charitable Trust, we are now in a position to start recruiting horses to be enrolled in the trial. The trial will be conducted by the AHT in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, Liverpool and Surrey.  

EGS is a debilitating and often fatal disease affecting horses, ponies and donkeys. EGS occurs predominantly in northern Europe and Britain has the highest incidence worldwide.  Almost all cases of EGS occur in horses with access to grazing and it is thought they are exposed to some form of noxious agent in the soil ingested as a contaminant of grass.


For more information please click here or cut and paste the url into your browser

   Saturday 15th March 2014

IMPORTANT FUNDRAISING NEWS UPDATE : We are delighted to advise that we have been given the opportunity to fundraise at Cineworld Falkirk, Central Retail Park, Old Bison Works, Falkirk, FK1 1LW. This will be held next Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 2.00pm. If any of our volunteers are able to provide some assistance for a short time on this date, with our collection buckets, can you please contact our administrator for further information or confirmation that you can assist? Please e-mail to :

   Wednesday 12th March 2014

A short note for Volunteers that have already offered assistance

Dear Colleagues

When Horse Rescue Scotland was launched on the 6th January 2014 you all very kindly contacted us to offer your services as volunteers.   We have had a fantastic response which we have found to be deeply gratifying.   We are now in the position of designing a series of volunteer training programme and would like to invite you to give us your own ideas to the training needs development you would like to see in place.


What we ideally would like to see in every volunteer receiving accredited ABRS/BHS training courses and would welcome your views on that.  Accreditation with ABRS/BHS would provide recognised national qualifications.   However we fully appreciate that not every volunteer is in a position to provide physical assistance.


We have been truly astonished by the volunteers contacting us to say that they cannot provide “hands on” help but are more than happy to provide professional advice and services for free – reducing the costs and overheads of Horse Rescue Scotland considerably.   One example – one of our volunteers provided free training courses to several Horse Rescue Scotland Trustees in aspects of social media presentation. The value of this was considerable.


We would like to ensure that all of our volunteers gain something out of their association with Horse Rescue Scotland and accredited training would seem the obvious route – but not the only one.  So please contact us with your ideas and help us to find a valuable and positive role for you.  

Please e-mail with your suggestions.  Thank you


Kind Regards – The Administrator for Horse Rescue Scotland


   Saturday 8th March 2014

Hot News from our Treasurer, Mr Stewart Murray.  " I am delighted to be able to advise that HMRC have written to confirm that they have now recognised Horse Rescue Scotland as a charity for tax purposes in line with the 2010 Finance Act.   This is effective from 3rd October 2013.  HMRC have also confirmed that, for tax purposes, Horse Rescue Scotland is a charitable company".  

   Saturday 1st March 2014

British Equestrian Federation Hoof News - Flood funds and Available Grants


Flooding.   Home-owners and businesses alike have been suffering from the devastation caused by the flooding across England – we have been very concerned to hear about the riding centres that have been affected by the adverse conditions. The Government announced last week that there will be ‘repair and renew’ grants available for businesses and farmers who have been hit by the floods, as well as 100% business rate relief from business taxes for 3 months and Business Supports Schemes in place. Find out more about the different flood funds available HERE

   Friday 28th February 2014

Would you like to study Equine Science online at the University of Edinburgh?    They have standalone 10 week courses available as well as our full Equine Science Masters programme.   The courses are and start:

Starting April 2014 (recruiting now):
Equine Exercise Physiology

Equitation Science  


Starting September 2014:
Equine Digestion & Nutrition

Equine Orthopaedics

Starting January 2015:
Equine Reproduction

Equine Behaviour & Welfare

For more information please take a look  at University of Edinburgh Veterinary Schools Website: or download the pdf below for further information


   Tuesday 18th February 2014

Equine Welfare Conference takes place on Thursday 10th April 2014 at the World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Belwade Farm, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.   The Conference Title "The steps we need to take to better protect Scotland’s Equidae".   Equine Welfare Conference is supported fully by the Association of British Riding Schools, the British Horse Society, Scottish Government, Treking and Riding Society of Scotland and World Horse Welfare.  For more information on the Conference Schedule and to book and pay for your ticket please download the pdf form below sending it off to the address on the form.


   Saturday 15th February 2014

Our Case Studies and Research Papers page has been updated with a few case histories.  More to follow soon

  Wednesday 12th February 2014

“Saying Goodbye”, a guide helping pet owners through the euthanasia decision.   The British Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Foundation has just released a very precise pamphlet to help owners of all pets out.   ‘Saying goodbye – the ultimate kindness’ is written by vets to help pet owners understand why putting their pet to sleep may be the most caring thing they can do for their pet and to discuss the choices they have.   

More information please click here

To directly download the pdf pamphlet please click here

   Monday 7th February 2014

World Horse Welfare Reveal that horses and ponies slip through the cracks to possible slaughter as UK borders fail to check live exports

"Today the results of an investigation led by international charity World Horse Welfare will reveal that horses and ponies are leaving British shores under the pretence that they are for leisure or sport – but may in fact be sold for slaughter, in a programme due to be aired on BBC Inside Out (East and South East) on BBC One at 7:30pm Monday. - See more at:

  Wednesday 5th Febrauary 2014

Help horses by supporting the National Equine Health Survey between the 18th  – 24th May 2014 at Thank you.

   Monday 27th January 2014

World Horse Welfare has just announced some ground breaking news on their Facebook page that the Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 has received Royal Assent – meaning that it will come into force tomorrow. This new legislation should help Welsh local authorities to act decisively and swiftly when horses are fly grazed.

   Friday 24th January 2014

Donations and Sponsorship pages have now been updated with new Bankers Standing Order forms for Donations.   These new forms now include our ability to recover “Gift Aid” donations.  We thank you all in advance for every donation made.

Headlines Story from the Liverpool Echo Pony burned with cigarettes during horrific attack at Merseyside stables.    -    RSPCA launches investigation into the “terrible act of cruelty” in Hooton, Wirral.   More information on this story please click here   We all need to be very cautious of who is about your stables.

   Wednesday 22nd January 2014

We have our first sponsored event.  

One of our Trustees - Elaine Wightman has created her own personal fundraising page on    Elaine intends to walk the 101km of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals Towpath, over 6 differing stages, during February and March. For more information Elaine’s Just Giving page is here at

Another superb method in donating to Elaine’s Canal Challenge is by text.    Simply text the code HRST99 £3 to 70070.   Elaine’s thanks in advance you to everyone that donates

Hot News from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies concerning Sudden Equine Death Research yields clues.  

Research at the Dick Vet, funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), is yielding some clues regarding the provenance and risk factors for sudden death in equine racehorses. 

For the complete story please click here

   Saturday 18th January 2014

Guaranteeing a proud Scottish Nation, demonstrating to the international community where every horse is appropriately protected and cared for.    This is an expensive task.   Help us to care for them, endlessly, for one and all.   We have the opportunity to make a real difference with your help. Your donations are vital to our work. Making a donation will allow us to do more to improve the lives of horses.


There are many ways to support our work, giving a regular donation to our funds, volunteering your time, or by making a lasting difference by making a gift in your will (more details to follow).


Alternatively you can visit to donate easily, quickly and securely.


Ultimately there is also something that Horse Rescue Scotland can guarantee - The guarantee that we can deliver to our regular and corporate sponsors is two-fold:   Every penny of your much needed investment will be spent in Scotland, and, we will account to you for every penny spent.

   Monday 13th January 2014

3D Printers are the complete must have equipment within specialised industry components.  

Now we see a twist in the use of the 3D printer.   Horse with Laminitic Foot Benefits from 3D Printed Titanium Shoes   It was inevitable this was going to happen.  Which Veterinary School and specialised farrier will be the first to have this amongst their remit of equipment?

   Sunday 12th January 2014

A free short online resource for horse owners on equine nutrition and feeding course is available.   The course is run by Dr Jo-Anne Murray, Director Postgradute Taught, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.     Over the five week period the course covers, the Anatomy and physiology of the equine gastrointestinal tract, Feed Composition, Equine nutrient sources, Equine dietary management and Equine clinical nutrition.  

About 26,000 (mostly horse owners) worldwide did the course the first time around and really loved it, and it had the highest completion rate of any MOOC globally.  Dr Jo-Anne Murrays details and how to apply for the course can be found at

   Saturday 11th January 2014

Facebook numbers have now reached a massive 413 likes and Twitter a phenominal 509 followers.   We are absolutely delighted at the level of support we've had this last week, particularly following our announcement of charitable status.   Please help us to grow exponentially, could you also 'share' our Facebook page and posts, and 'retweet' us on twitter, thank you.

   Friday 6th December 2013

Horse Rescue Scotland recieved consent for registration as a charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator