They conjure up a world of plump girls urging their equally plump ponies over the jumps at their local gymkhana.

But it now appears that life is increasingly imitating the much-loved cartoons of Norman Thelwell.

Vets and animal welfare officials have warned they are increasingly concerned by the sight of riders who are simply too heavy for their steeds.

Experts believe the problem is caused both by riders becoming too fat and choosing the wrong size horse to ride.

British show jumping authorities have now launched a study to determine the maximum weight a rider should be in proportion to their horse.

That would allow show officials to disqualify or exclude riders who are clearly too heavy for their animal... READ MORE

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A horse rescue centre in Spain has come up with an innovative way to help its horses,  and those who want to learn about equine care at a rescue operation.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Costa Blanca is offering a handful of eight-week internships, with participants helping cement the operation’s future stability, both by lending a hand with day-to-day equine care and bringing in crucial funds to support facility upgrades.

During the internship, participants will be invited to help care for more than 90 rescued equines, going deeper than being a tourist to make a positive difference at the frontline of animal welfare in Spain.

Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding said the non-profit rescue centre – located south of Alicante near the township of Rojales – would accept a maximum of just four interns at once, who will be guided through a comprehensive eight-week work and study program designed to teach crucial equine handling and care skills... READ MORE


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