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There is a moment in every couples’ holiday when things could go disastrously wrong. It’s the ‘holiday hiatus’ in which the words ‘I hate you’ will be murmured through gritted teeth, as each is obliged to enjoy their partners idea of their perfect holiday.
Unfashionable as it is, there is a holiday divide here: women ride, most men don’t. But now help is at hand, thanks to The Riding Company – http://www.theridingcompany.com – who offer combination winter sporting holidays in Italy and Austria.
By catering for every possible whim, where there are activities organised for keen riders as well as the non-riding members of the party in equal measure, such as golf, skiing, wild-life watching or hunting, white-water rafting, mountain biking, hiking or whatever – everyone is happy.
To find out more about our top breaks this winter; situated in some of the most beautiful resorts in Europe visit http://www.theridingcompany.com/uk/choose-a-holiday.htm#winterridingandskiing

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Is it that time already you may be thinking, but Christmas is fast approaching and these quirky horsey Christmas cards are sold in aid of Breast Cancer Haven (Charity no. 1061726).

These fabulous horse-themed cards were created with one of Minter Kemp’s colourful and amusing designs. There are 12 Cards in every pack and they cost just £6.50.

Visit http://www.justhorsegifts.com for more information.

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This autumn the Brooke, the UK’s leading charity for the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in the developing world, launched a new campaign, HelpBoth, which draws attention to the humanitarian side of its work.

The campaign, which leads with the headline “the animal charity that helps people too”, emphasises the interdependence between animals and people, illustrating that the role of working equine animals is central to human welfare. With one donation to the Brooke, supporters can help them both.

The Riding Company donates £2 to The Brooke for every holiday booking made. You can keep up to date with snippets of news and our involvement with The Brooke here on our blog.

For more information including ways in which you can help see: http://www.thebrooke.org or http://www.helpboth.org

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Zara Phillips broke her collarbone in a riding accident, where her horse died.

The Queen’s granddaughter was involved in a cross-country event near the French Pyrenees at the weekend, when her horse Tsunami II fell over a fence breaking its neck.

Zara was taken to hospital and her horse had to be put down.

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A horse was killed and two people were injured, after a car crash in Sussex earlier this week.

Three horses escaped from a field near Hastings. One of them later collided with a Vauxhall Vectra, before hitting a Fiat Punto travelling in the opposite direction.

A man in his 30’s who was driving the Vectra was seriously injured and the Punto driver, a woman in her early 20’s, suffered with minor injuries. The horse died instantly.

The two escaped horses have still not been found. Anyone who witnessed the scene should call Sussex police on 0845 607099.

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As the temperature drops, many of the nutrients such as vitamin A and C in the hay are lost, due to the lack of sunlight.

Therefore it’s important that all of those good nutrients are replaced. One option is trying a vitamin supplement, with flaxseed oil or combining alfalfa with hay. This will raise protein levels; protecting the hair, skin, muscles and hooves, as well as improving the horses immune system.

It’s also really important during those winter months that your horse keeps up its water levels. Trying warm water can encourage your horse to drink more of it.

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Former Olympic gold medal-winning horse rider Yogi Breisner picked up The Queen’s Award for Equestrianism by the British Horse Society.

The award was presented by The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace last week. Yogi was chosen by the British Horse Society board of trustees for outstanding services in the equestrian world.

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