While thousands of marathon runners pounded pavements around Millwall Park on 22 April in the heat, Mudchute Equestrian Centre’s finest were undergoing a different type of endurance event at the Frensham Sponsored Horse Ride.

Beckii Byrne and Lorna Roxburgh who are known for their love of animals at the stables and farm were on the podium at Stockbridge Farm in Farnham. They both raised funds for The Hedgehogs; a local Farnham charity (helping people and organisations in need) with Beckii taking first prize and Lorna third in the Seniors class. Both Beckii and Lorna thanked all those who supported their campaign to raise sponsorship, prepare for the event and logistics.

Once Beckii was adorned with her first prize tri-colour sash, gold silk cap and Lorna wore her bronze silk cap, Becca Evans joined the ‘Three Musketeer’ from the ‘Mudchute Cowboys’ to complete the 10 miles hack through Frensham common and surrounding farmland with 44 optional jumps. Here they are at the start line, left to right with Lorna on Bruno, Beckii on Maple and Becca on Treasure.



Other members of the ‘Mudchute Cowboys’ included the Mangans with Jaime on Treasure who completed the ‘Children’s in-hand’ cross-country course, and Emma on Silver. Adam provided transport and Beckii’s family Laura, David and April Byrne cheered on everyone.


Photos: (FSHR2018)


Today our horses and ponies were due for a checkup form the dentist! Healthy teeth are key to a healthy horse and horses and ponies need regular checkups to ensure their teeth are wearing properly. Young horses need even more regular checks to ensure things are developing properly. You can find out more about Equine Dentistry from the British Association Of Equine Dental Technicians.

Fitting the dental speculum.

Fitting the dental speculum.

mudchute-stables-0694In addition to the checkup, the horses also get any sharp or uneven edges on their teeth ground down in a process called rasping. This will make them more comfortable and prevent irritation. There are hand-powered and electric tools which help grind down the teeth safely. As you might imagine, the tools in equine dentistry are quite a bit larger than those you’d see in a human dentist’s office! And to help the horse keep it’s mouth open and the equine dental technician safe, horses are fitted with a dental speculum which you can see in many of the photos below. Some horses are quite happy to have their teeth ground down and seem to enjoy the process, while others require a light sedative to relax.

A horse dental chart!

A horse dental chart!

As you might expect, it can be a slobbery job, but went very well today. Thanks Charlotte and everyone who helped out!