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Author: Lisa McKendry

Well unfortunately 2020 is just not working out for us at all and I just want 2021 to hurry up and get here. Just as we were gearing up to finally getting out to our first event of 2020 at the start of August, Trusty has picked up a very mild check ligament strain. We are still early on in terms of injury as he only did it 2 weeks ago but there is always good and bad sides to these injuries although this one is more of a good than a bad sandwich!  The good news is so far it looks to be extremely mild with no sign of a tear or hole, it is just presenting as slightly bigger than the other leg under the scan.  The bad news is this still needs to be treated with ultra caution and proper rehab to prevent any further injury to the leg meaning several months of very strict rehab work which means we are not going to be able to go eventing this year. Not only that, it probably rules all competitions out for the rest of the year The second good news sandwiching it however, is that by taking all these precautions it should mean that he will be back up and running next year and it won't affect his ability to compete in the future. We're not sure how he did it, it could have been jumping the day before it got picked up or even a silly moment in the stable but we're going to be on our best behaviour and do everything the vet tells us to, even if he is already bored of box rest yet again! Sadly being a one horse owner, these events really do bring you down as I don't have anything else to go and play with now we're allowed to compete again after lockdown, and by the time Trusty is in ridden work again it'll be practically Winter so bring on the wind, rain and snow! To add insult to injury I've just invested in a new 3.5t horsebox as I've downgraded from the 7.5t I used to have to try and save some money. The day before Trusty showed an injury it had just come back from the coachworkers all ready to go out on adventures! It'll have to settle with trips to the vets for the foreseeable future sadly. I have to keep positive though and start planning for next year and having a bit of a plan for rehab for the boy helps as well, it's just a shame as 2 years running now we've not quite got off the ground competing wise. But onwards and upwards, we will no doubt keep you entertained with how to keep a fit event horse happy on box rest and me trying to not be trampled when I start hand walking. Jenna Hastings...

This is becoming a much-discussed topic at the moment and I'd like to give you some of my top tips for staying safe when out and about. As someone who is forced to use roads for her own hacking, I try to keep myself and my horse as safe as possible. Always wear high visibility clothing. This may seem like a given; however, a lot of people still don't do this. I would even say it doesn't matter how much or how little you wear - something is better than nothing. It is a well-known fact that drivers can see you much earlier with hi viz on than without. I also always have in the back of my mind that if anything happened to me where I ended up parting company with my horse and hurting myself, I'm far easier to spot in hi viz than without Be courteous to other road users. People are far more likely to be respectful if you are considerate and thankful towards them. Always say thank you, try and give way to traffic when you can and try to avoid areas/times of day where you are going to cause a lot of disruption by being on the road. Sometimes it is unavoidable to not use busy stretches of road but by planning your timing of using them you can keep yourself safer and keep other road users happier Don't be afraid to use your hand signals! If you need someone to slow down or stop and wait for whatever reason, be bold and use your hand signals. It is something all road users need to know and they should be respected. Don't feel like you need to let traffic by whatever the consequences - it is always better for someone to wait a couple of minutes to keep everyone safe If you are involved in an incident or a near miss, please report it. The BHS is working hard to obtain a better understanding of what horse riders face every day when they are using roads. Without your information, they can't do this Use a camera. These are becoming more common place across all areas of road users with dash cams and body cameras used by drivers, cyclists and horse riders. It is something that will help in the event of an incident happening on the road and gives an unbiased view of events - it can greatly help in any claims made by any road user and will assist the police if they need to become involved Get involved in a pass wide and slow campaign. Education is everything when it comes to sharing the roads and the more, we can spread the word of keeping everyone safe and happy the better! Jenna Hastings...

One moment you're happily sitting upright in the saddle, legs on either side, the next, you're headed at speed towards the ground with a half-tonne animal about to land on top of you.  It's every rider's worst nightmare and one of the things that inspired me to found FOMO after seeing many top eventers and friends alike suffer such injuries.  It’s also the type of thing that you don’t really think will happen to you. ‘A freak accident’. There has been a lot of discussion among the eventing community about how to prevent rotational falls — a fall where the horse hits a fence with its front legs or chest and its body somersaults over the fence with the fence acting as a pivot point. In a rotational fall, the rider usually is thrown out of the saddle and goes over the jump before the horse. In a worst-case scenario, the horse can land on the rider.  Another incident that can be traumatic is when a horse falls backwards on top of you, whilst this might not be quite as common in eventing it does happen and is often just as severe. Show jumping or hunting on grass are just two examples of disciplines where slips may occur. The Statistics It was found that 1 in 536 starters at a FEI event had a rotational fall in 2015. That translated to 1 in 16,080 jump approaches, assuming 30 jumps per start. In British Eventing, there were over 68 thousand cross country starters during the 2016 season. On average, there were 118 competitors per course, with BE100 and BE90 courses being the most popular. In 2002 frangible elements were introduced into fences to reduce the chance that a horse somersaults due to the way in which it impacts a cross-country fence. If the impact with the fence is large enough, the frangible element is designed to break, making the fence considerably safer. There were 754 fences with frangible elements in 2016. Twenty-two falls occurred at these fences, only one of which involved the horse somersaulting. Injury Prevention The introduction of safer fences and course building as well as initiatives implemented by BE has meant that there was a 27% reduction in the number of falls per thousand jumps between 2002-03 and 2016, indicating that safety has improved substantially over this time. Safety and injury prevention in sport can be done in one of three ways 1) Better equipment 2) Changes to the rules 3) Relevant safety standards Here at FOMO we can only help influence 2 and 3 but we can do something about 1.  Designing better equipment that puts safety at the forefront is what I have spent the last 5 years working on.  As a sports engineer, I understand the mechanics behind what is involved in designing sports equipment and our body protector FAZE, which is just about to be launched, has been tested over and above the industry standard.  However, at FOMO, we also believe being safe is also about comfort.  If you are comfortable and unrestricted, you are able to move more freely and perform much better. Which is why with FOMO there is no compromise. Carmen Cummiskey...

Our ambassador Jodie Campbell and her husband Fraser tell us of their experiences of accidents they have had and why they believe safety wear is so important. Being an ex point to point jockey I have had many experiences first hand in the importance of safety wear.  I could talk about several situations I have been in but one race that comes to mind that is extremely relevant to talk about during BETA safety week is a fall I had at Warwick. I was riding in a fast paced 2 mile 4 race when the horse I was on took off outside the wings, causing it to land head first on the top of the fence and cause me to have a rotational fall.  This in itself is dangerous enough however I landed heavily under the horse was then  continuously knocked by the other horses in the race. Due to the safety equipment I was wearing I managed to walk away from that fall with only a concussion and bruising, however I was very lucky not to have had more serious injuries and beleive that safety should never be an after thought when it comes to horses, no matter what the activity. It really is a life saver! Fraser    In my 20 plus year's experience I have had my fair share of thrills and spills and safety is something I take really seriously when on the yard and competing. A couple years back when my horse, Lincourt Max, was still showjumping, we took quite a heavy fall at Blair. We were having a really nice round until we met a dodgy stride on the way into a combination. This caused us to well and truly crash the 2nd part. I crashed head first through the poles closely followed by poor Skinny, we both came out unscathed, but my hat took a massive knock! If i hadn't been wearing it, or just as importantly, if it hadn't been fitted correctly I know the outcome would have been much worse! Correctly fitting safety wear is invaluable when your life is so precious! No matter how well you know your horse, accidents can happen and preventing injury is far better than having to cure it. Jodie ...

I think it’s safe to say that during lockdown we have all had a bit of a taste of what stable life must be for our horses and in most cases we have been lucky enough to have a wealth of entertainment at our fingertips from tv, radio, books and internet, some of us may have been fortunate enough to have a garden to sit in and someone to share our confinement. Horses on the other hand are often kept confined to their stables for up to 24 hours a day for a variety of reasons from injury to lack of outdoor space. Now think about that, just imagine being stuck in one room for that length of time with only hay and water for entertainment. People often think that stable toys are just a bit of fun but now we have all had a bit of a taster of isolation, it’s clear how important it is to  provide some variety to your horses’ life once their basic needs have been fulfilled. The Likit Challenge System is a unique range of activity toys, designed to suit a range of different personalities and situations. From the Likit Holder which is the easiest toy to use, ideal for new users to the Boredom Breaker, our most challenging toy, ideal for food motivated horses or those that can’t get enough of playtime. To compliment the toys, we have a variety of different flavoured licks, the core range made from glucose (a simple form of sugar also found in grass), to our new long lasting Likit Granola. For horses on restricted diets we also offer salt based licks that can be used with our range of toys so there really is something to suit every horse. Why not head over to our website and take the Likit Personality Test to see which toy would suit your horse: https://www.likit.co.uk/product-selector/ ...

I joined Forces Equine a fair few year ago now when it was very much in its infancy. It was an organisation that brought together riders and like-minded people from similar backgrounds - armed forces and emergency services.  As a police officer, we did not really have a centralised body where we can all connect with each other as equestrians whereas the armed forces do. FE gave us this opportunity. Through FE I have been able to compete at some amazing venues - Hickstead, Arena UK, Blenheim to name a few. They've also sent teams to Royal Windsor, Bolesworth and Jersey. The opportunities that are presented to members know no bounds, for example, for two years running we've sent one officer to the Longines Global Champions Tour to compete . But more importantly than that, it gives a sense of belonging. I've met people I would never have crossed paths with. I've made connections with people who helped me get to the position I hold today. Most importantly, I've made some amazing friends. FE is open to those that wish to be competitive but also to those who just want to have fun. Our social gatherings are famous - one member even has a self-built bar in a skirt locker of her horsebox that we gather round on stay-aways! Members are also there to help one another, whether it's assisting in moving horses from one end of the country to another, to finding horses to buy, to helping out with a broken-down box on the way to a show. We've grown from a small organisation to a wider membership that welcomes all walks of life - serving members to retirees to friends and family of. We've also become a registered Riding Club which presents even more opportunities for riders. We've joined forces with Arena UK as our base and we've got some amazing ambassadors who help promote our sport. I am proud to wear kit stating I am a member of FE and will continue to support this organisation as long as I can. It's more than being competitive, it's about having a great time whilst doing it. Jenna Hastings...

At the beginning of lockdown, the team at FOMO, like many companies, were wondering what the future would hold.  However, rather than sit back and do nothing, we have been working hard behind the scenes to carry on with finalising our certification for FAZE and progressing well with the development of FLIP, our children’s body protector.  Like many businesses found, social media was a good outlet to keep in contact with our followers and to make sure we kept them up to date with what was going on. However, the team also wanted to have a bit of fun and cheer up as many people as possible and we have been trying to come up with fun and different content.  In late March, we were in touch with The East Lothian Pony Club and through Kim Williams, one of the mother’s and committee members, we decided to run a FOMO Pony Club Olympics for the club.  This involved the club creating teams’ of 4/5 members, varying in ages, who were then set daily challenges over a 14-day period.  These included ‘the best home workout’, ‘best working from home photos’ to ‘the cleanest tack before and after’ as well as the very popular ‘funky fashion’ challenge.  We gave the teams the option of selecting one member to do the challenge due to the fact we were in lockdown, and they couldn’t meet together, however almost all the teams always pulled a video collage together with them all participating.  We created a closed group on Instagram for this and gave access to all the parents so they could see all the entries.  We received some lovely comments and feedback from parents, saying how much the children were enjoying it and how it had helped them connect with fellow club members.  We would like to thank everyone at East Lothian Pony Club, committee members, parents but most of all the teams who took part.  They were all winners and we look forward to coming through to the club as soon as we can and meet them in person. Below are some of the thoughts from the winning team...

East Lothian Pony Club was established in 1952 and is part of Pony Club Area 19 covering central and the south of Scotland. We have almost 60 members and we try to teach children at all levels in the correct way of riding while ensuring that all our members have fun and enjoy their riding. We regularly hold rallies and competitions for riders of all abilities, from lead rein to championship teams. The success of the Club comes from active participation by children, the help and support of parents / helpers and the excellent training provided by our instructors.  The whole is greater than the sum of its’ parts...

Hey lovely FOMO followers, thank you so much for coming to learn a little bit more about who we are at DVR Equestrian Sport! My name is Danielle, and I am the owner of DVR. As the founder of a small business, as much as I would like to think of my main role as being designer, I spend far more time running the rest of the business! From marketing, to accounts, to customer service and packing your orders, 90% of the time it’s all me, although I do have rather lovely people that I call upon for specific jobs or when things are getting busy! We are a UK based, up-and-coming, luxury equestrian sport and lifestyle brand.  Wow that was a mouthful! We are known best for our efforts to be as eco-friendly as possible throughout all aspects of the business, with most of our products being made from recycled materials. This is something I as an individual have always been passionate about. I’ve always been brought up to look after things, fix things, never throw away food, re-use plastic bags and bottles etc etc, we’ve always lived in a very eco-friendly way. Coming into the fashion industry and realising the extent to the waste that is produced and the volume of cheap clothing that we make in this world really threw me, even to the point where I had to consider if I wanted to do a brand at all because I (still do) feel that we already have too many clothes in this world. But, to inspire the change you want to see, you have to get yourself onto a big enough platform to do so. If we can do something positive like be taking ghost nets out of the sea to produce our clothing, and inspiring other brands to think, then we will hopefully help in encouraging this new revolution of producing clothing that is kinder to the environment. We strive to be a leader for sustainable change within the equestrian-wear industry, opening both business’ and consumers’ eyes to the damage the fashion industry and our daily lifestyles have on our world, encouraging and helping everyone to do what they can to help and change. Some of our sustainability initiatives include using recycled and organic fabrics wherever possible, using sustainable fabric mills, offering a complimentary repairs service, and using biodegradable and re-usable packaging. Our main goal through design is to challenge current ways of thinking, with reason and purpose, and to consistently broaden people’s imaginations of what equestrian-wear can be. Aiming always to deliver designs clever in both style and function, and to excite people. We offer men’s and women’s designs as well as a small range of horse-wear and accessories. We are also known for our STYLE VIS range, which was our debut range when we launched the brand. This range is designed and marketed to redefine views of visibility-wear and offer sportswear designs incorporating fluorescent materials and reflective, idea for runners and cyclists alike. If you’d like to learn more, or to take a look at our products, you can find us at www.dvrequestrian.com Thank you so much to the FOMO team for letting me share a little bit about our own brand. We are wishing FOMO a bright and successful future!    ...

Tannoch Stables was established in 1989 with one acre, no livery and no arena. Roll on 30 years they have 4 outdoor arenas, 2 indoors 50 horses at full livery, 20 riding school horses and 100 acres of land. We caught up with owner Dawn Harrison to find out more… To reach our current stage was very hard and the company was started on the 40 a week government scheme.  I didn’t even start to compete until I was 30 as I couldn’t afford to. I now love to event, compete at medium level dressage. I also just bought a 3-year-old to take on that should be arriving within the next week or so. Dawn placed 2nd overall in Scotland in 2019 BE80 with horse Bratton Tourmaline (Rain) Based in Cumbernauld, Central Scotland, we are a friendly, extensive equestrian centre offering horse riding lessons and horse livery with top class facilities and instructors. The numerous paths throughout the Palacerigg Country park nearby also provide excellent hacking facilities for both the novice and the more experienced rider. A full complement of cross-country fences and show jumps are also available. Tannoch is set in the heart of the Lanarkshire countryside and is 5 minutes from the A80 and 15 minutes from Glasgow. My fondest memories of owning Tannoch is bringing Sprout who was only 6 months old to her new home.   No stables, no land and uninhabitable house with no windows. Absolutely loved it. Sprout was a well loved and will be sorely missed member of the team Most difficult time was having so many ideas and no money but soon realized if I wanted something, I had to save to get the pennies as the banks thought I was too high a risk. Currently, I have the best team of staff and Instructors I have ever had.  The liveries are a great strength and supportive.  We are all on the same page. I am confident that whatever is ahead good or bad we will get through it. I’m personally enjoying my horses and love to compete at every level. I thrive on teaching people to have a passion as strong as I have for horse riding. Onwards and upwards. Dawn x...