BHS S&E Kent Committee and British Riding Clubs Area 10 worked together to put on this event at Priory Home Farm, Bilsington and, despite the freezing weather conditions, a small number of hardy spectators were able to observe a wide variety of horses from ponies, cobs, event types and a point to pointer.
Firstly the horses visited the Spillers nutritionist for feeding and body condition scoring advice and were then weighed on the mobile weighbridge, the result being compared with their weight as recorded by a weigh tape. Without exception, the horses made no fuss when asked to step onto the weighbridge and were rewarded with a pack of treats in their party bag. For the owners, a weigh tape, money-off vouchers and product information completed the bag.
David MacDonald MRCVS, of Milbourn Equine then checked pulse and respiratory rates before and after work. Owners were able to discuss the significance of the difference in these readings, together with the time taken for them to return to normal in the recovery phase. As the better weather arrives this knowledge will help riders to monitor their horse’s level of fitness more accurately.
The final visit was to Joanne Knaggs, local Shiatsu practitioner. Joanne explained the principles of her techniques and examined each horse. Several horses already had regular treatments of one kind or another and Joanne was able to confirm problem areas, also identifying issues which explained problems riders had been experiencing with their horses.