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Contraceptive app Natural Cycles is under investigation over unwanted pregnancies

Natural Cycles is a popular contraceptive app which tells women which days they can have unprotected sex by tracking their temperature.
The app is under fire in Sweden after a hospital reported 37 women who had been using the app to avoid pregnancy became

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The Yale Outlet Sale 2018

We have an appliance and lighting outlet in our Boston location which includes floor displays, discontinued products, returns, and overstock. For this sale, appliance products could be marked down 20-50%

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13 things you’ll remember if you were pony-mad in the 80s

This week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (11 January 2018) is dedicated to nostalgia — celebrating those stars of yesteryear. So what better reason to remember being a pony-mad child in the 80s…

Master Craftsman and Ginny Elliot

1. You avidly followed the exploits of Fred, the Horse & Pony pony. You may even have owned a share in him.

2. You had posters of iconic grey racehorse Desert Orchid all over your bedroom.

3. Your heroes were Virginia Elliot (nee Leng), pictured above, and Harvey Smith.

4. You sneakily got hold of your mum’s copy of Jilly Cooper’s Riders and fell madly in love with Rupert Campbell-Black, even though you were a bit embarrassed by all the sex stuff.

5. You had a jute rug for the stable, which you’d thatch (pack) with straw to keep your pony warm on cold, wet days, and a New Zealand rug to keep him dry in the field.

6. Your favourite books (that you were actually allowed to read, unlike Jilly Cooper) were by Josephine Pullein-Thompson, or the Ruby Ferguson ‘Jill’ series. You wished you owned Black Boy and Rapide.

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7. You had the original My Little Ponies that actually look like horses (albeit multi-coloured ones), but went off them when they got wings and fish tails and silly stuff like that.

8. Your mum answered your plea for a pony by buying you a Sindy pony. Sadly, you couldn’t quite hide your disappointment.

9. Your riding instructor spent some time each lesson teaching you how to do round-the-worlds and scissors.

10. Your riding hat was basically a cardboard and velvet shell with a chinstrap.

11. You used to hack out for hours with your mate and her pony and a saddlebag full of Disco crisps and Wagon Wheels.

12. Hardly anyone had trailers, so you used to hack to local gymkhanas (some of us still do that, mind you!)

13. You got a copy of the Pony Club annual in your Christmas stocking every year.

Don’t miss this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (11 January 2018) for our nostalgia special, where we celebrate the stars of yesteryear

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4 Simple Ways to Overcome Designer’s Block

Designers combine in their work technical skills with the creative process, therefore their productivity is trickier twofold. On top of technical challenges they have to tackle, there adds a problem that all creatives encounter, sooner or later: the oh-so-dreaded creative block. Unlike the writer ’s block, which is proverbial, designer’s block is not as well […]

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Nintendo's president said the Switch is a console 'with a long lifespan'

Nintendo has sold more than 10 million units of its Switch console so far.
Nintendo’s president Tatsumi Kimishima announced last year that the company wants to reach 14 million consoles sold by the end of the fiscal year in March, and also set next

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15 Web Design Trends to Watch in 2018

What Are Current Website Trends?

Bold Typography
Cinemagraphs
Brutalism
Saturated Gradients
Vivid Layers of Color
Text-Only
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Individual versus group turnout: what’s the verdict?

While horses are obviously herd animals and living out with other horses satisfies a number of their emotional needs, many owners are now bucking this ideal and opting to turn their horses out alone.

For some owners, including a number of top riders, the risks and complexities associated with turning multiple horses out in the same paddock are proving just too great.

Less risk of injury

“At the moment all of my competition horses have individual turnout,” says Paralympic gold medallist dressage rider Sophie Wells.

“I had a bad accident in the past with one horse kicking another and felt it wasn’t worth the risk. They are all next to each other, even the stallion, so they can still socialise and are given the opportunity to groom each other in controlled safe situations as I still feel social interaction is important.”

Event rider Georgie Spence agrees: “I know horses are designed to go in herds, but sadly they are too valuable now and also the cost of vets fees or time off work or out of competition is too high.”

Less risk of injury is not the only reason people are preferring solo grazing, particularly at livery yards. It makes pasture management, feeding times and taking your horse in and out of the field much more straightforward. Arguments over whose turn it is to poo-pick the field or pull-up the ragwort are eliminated and there’s more chance that your horse’s rug will come back free from rips and tears.

The BHS’s view

However, the British Horse Society’s (BHS) official advice remains for horses to be turned out together.

“Horses are herd animals and therefore prefer to live together in a social group, which provides many advantages for them such as company, feeling of protection and mutual grooming,” says BHS welfare education officer Emmeline Hannelly.

“If choosing individual turnout be aware that a principle element of companionship has been removed for these horses and additional care may need to be provided.”

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Eventer Emily Llewellyn makes the decision on whether her horses go out alone or in company on their individual temperaments.

“If they are boisterous and bolshy then we will put them out on their own, but if they are kind and gentle we will put them out in pairs,” explains Emily. “Some like interacting and playing and that’s great because then I can put them out together and they can switch off and be horses. My top horse Emirati Nightsky went out all last year with shoes on with another horse and it really helped him to chill out.”

Temperament is one way to separate horses in a group environment, while other methods include by sex, age or workload.

“It’s especially important for the younger ones to be out in groups so they have the social interaction,” says international showjumper Yazmin Pinchen. “We turn our broodmares and youngstock out together in groups of three, that way if we have to take one away then there are always two left together. For competition horses we prefer individual small turnout paddocks to protect against injury.”

Whatever your preference or circumstances regarding turnout, it is important to look at your horse as an individual and make the decision based on what is right — and works — for them.

For all the latest equestrian news and reports, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, out every Thursday

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‘I loved him the moment I saw him’: Farewell to ‘incredible’ event horse

Izzy Taylor riding TREVIDDEN in OI Section T at the Lincolnshire Horse Trials on the Lincolnshire Showground near Lincoln in Lincolnshire UK on 19th March 2017

A horse his owners hoped would go on to represent Britain at championships has been put down after he sustained a seemingly minor injury at Burghley Horse Trials.

Izzy Taylor’s ride Trevidden (“Joss”) underwent emergency surgery eight weeks after the event but had to be put down just before Christmas.

The 11-year-old Fleetwater Opposition gelding was owned by Dr Patricia Turner and competed up to CCI2* by Sara Horrell, whose mother Dr Georgie Horrell is agent for Dr Turner’s horses.

“He was just the most incredible horse,” Dr Horrell told H&H.

“His strong point was the cross-country; he was really brave and fast, you didn’t have to ride him for the time.

“But he was also the sweetest, gentlest horse, really bright and lovely. It’s heartbreaking.”

Sara was a young rider when Dr Turner bought Joss at the age of seven but felt she had taken him “as far as she wanted to go at that point” so the ride was given to Izzy in summer 2016.

She rode him in two Nations Cup competitions, in which they finished fourth and seventh, and last season the combination won Bramham and Cappoquin CIC3*s.

“For us he was absolutely irreplaceable,” Dr Horrell said. “I think horses like him come along once in a lifetime.

“He and Izzy were a very good combination; she’s very experienced and he was her sort of horse.

“Sara had always said he was the most incredible horse so it was fantastic to see him performing in that way; we all felt really thrilled. I know [Dr Turner] had high hopes, that he would make the British team, and go to the World Equestrian Games.

“I remember when we went to see him, he was trotted up and he was so full of life and expression.

“I loved him from the moment I saw him.”

Izzy said the horse will be “sadly missed”.



“It was obviously a huge blow for all who were involved to lose such a talented and enthusiastic horse who never got to fulfil his true potential,” she added.

“Although I only rode Trevidden for a short time, he was a horse I rated very highly.”

For all the latest news analysis, competition reports, interviews, features and much more, don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine, on sale every Thursday

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Top Five Pest Concerns for 2018

#5 FLEAS & TICKS
The cat flea, by far is the most common flea in the United States. Besides feasting on cats, the cat flea also is known to infest dogs, humans, mammals and avian hosts. Fleas

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Sweden could be the first economy to introduce its own cryptocurrency, called the e-krona

Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, could become the first to introduce its own cryptocurrency.
Cash usage in the Scandinavian nation is dropping rapidly, making Sweden a prime candidate for an “official” cryptocurrency.
The introduction of the e-krona could come within a couple of years, although

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