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NEWSInsider ‘Amazing police’ step up in fight against dog attacks on horses A community resolution scheme signed by both horse and dog owner meant both were satisfied with the outcome after a rider was injured in an incident THE positive outcome of a dog attack on a horse has demonstrated how the law can work for all concerned. Viv Spencer fell when a loose dog spooked her home-bred mare Toynton Zaraah at her home in Lincolnshire on 17 January. Both escaped serious injury, although Mrs Spencer’s new riding hat was “totally smashed”. Mrs Spencer reported the incident to police, who paid the owner a visit and asked him to apologise to Viv, which he did, also giving her a cheque to cover the cost of a new hat. “The police were amazing,” she told H&H. “Apparently, he told them he’d seen me limping off so thought I was ok. They went to see him straight after they came here and he came round that night. “The policeman who took my statement asked me what I wanted to happen: they could do nothing, or start this community resolution, which you both sign. I said I wanted him to agree to keep the dog on a lead and maybe pay for a new hat, and they went straight round to see him. I can’t praise the police enough.” The British Horse Society (BHS) announced last year that three riders and 18 horses had died as a result of dog attacks since 2010. The statistics were released after a parliamentary report called for responsible dog ownership to reduce attacks on livestock. The report was instigated following concerns about the “apparent increase in incidences of livestockworrying by dogs”. It found ensuring responsible dog ownership should be a focus in tackling the issue. BHS director of safety Alan Hiscox said the BHS was not By ELEANOR JONES aware of many cases that have been resolved in this way. “It was really good to see Viv had a positive experience with the police after her incident, and we are pleased she and her horse are recovering well,” he told H&H. “Although some riders have reported that police haven’t pursued an incident where it’s an animal-on-animal attack, it is our understanding that the law does cover these attacks. It states that it if the owner or keeper has allowed their dog to be dangerously out of control and as a result, injured or caused fear of injury to the rider through alarming the horse, then there will be an offence under section three of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991). “We would recommend anyone who has had a dog attack to report it to the police or dog warden. We also urge people to report incidents to us, as our statistics help us lobby the government.” For the purposes of the above Act, a dog has to be considered “dangerously out of control in any place… so that there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person, whether or not it actually does so”. The dog’s actions could cause the horse to react and injure the rider. CIVIL CASES EQUESTRIAN solicitor Hannah Bradley said if police do not prosecute, and the owner of a dog involved in an attack does not offer adequate compensation, riders can claim for damages. “One route is under the provisions of the Animals Act 1971,” she told H&H. “Section 3 of the Animals Act provides that where a dog causes damage by killing or injuring livestock [which includes horses], any person who is a keeper of the dog is liable. It is also possible to bring a claim for damages for losses such as personal injury or ‘It is important the victim is happy with the outcome’ LINCOLNSHIRE POLICE Riders whose horses are attacked by dogs have different options for action damage to property under the Act. “A civil claim will be long and stressful but, if you are left with significant losses and the dog owner refuses to reimburse you, it may be the only option. You should check home or equine insurance to see if you have legal expenses cover for the costs.” A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the incident could have been investigated as a dog being dangerously out of control. “But the victim was content we sought a restorative solution,” she added. “A restorative solution can only be effective, and is only applied, in less serious cases. It is also important the victim is happy and that the accused has shown remorse and a willingness to abide by the conditions agreed.” PC Robert Hauxwell, who dealt with the incident, said the dog owner was “very apologetic”. “It’s great to hear how satisfied the horse owner was,” he said. “It’s fortunate she was not seriously injured, and happy to engage in the resolution, which enabled us to get the incident resolved quickly and with an outcome which suited both parties. The dog owner felt what was being requested was reasonable given the situation caused by his dog.” PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Former cabinet minister and MP for North Shrewsbury Owen Paterson has broken his back in a riding accident. He was taken to hospital after his horse fell and is on “complete bed rest”. French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has retired after a 41-year career. Criquette trained dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion Treve. “It was a tough decision,” said the 70-year-old. Dressage rider Lucy Straker is aiming for grand prix this summer after recovering from a serious injury. She smashed ribs and punctured a lung in 2015 while loading a youngster. 8 Horse & Hound 8 February 2018

The scheme is aimed at young people Pictures by the BHS, Mark Fairhurst, Allstar Picture Library/Alamy, Selene Scarsi, Peter Nixon and Getty Images A year on, scheme is Changing Lives British Horse Society initiative is living up to its name, a year after its launch IN its first year, the British Horse Society’s (BHS) Changing Lives Through Horses has lived up to its name, with 71% of participants “re-engaging” with society. The initiative, launched last January, has more than doubled in size, with 30 participating centres from an initial 12. Its aim is to support young people who are, or are at risk of becoming, NEETs — not in employment, education or training. Participants work with horses, with the aim of getting them back into society. More than 100 young people have accessed Changing Lives so far and the BHS wants to expand, with more coaches and centres and supporting more participants. “We want it to grow as much as possible, but it relies on donations and sponsorship, so we can only grow as fast as funds allow,” programme leader Katie Field told H&H.“What’sso important, from the start it’s been quality over quantity; making sure centres are comfortable and coaches supported so they can support the young people. “We need to monitor and evaluate to make sure it’s having the effect we want it to.” Ms Field explained this would mean the scheme’s success would be “proved”, and ensure its aims By ELEANOR JONES and methods will be consistent with government policy. Asked what would be the best thing a participant could say, Ms Field said: “Just that they wouldn’t be where they are now without it. “Then we know it’s having the impact we want — and we do hear that, frequently. “All the success stories are massive but some — the selective mute who said his first words to a horse and his parents heard, or students who thought they’d never achieve anything but are doing their GCSEs — are monumental.” BHS CEO Lynn Petersen said the charity is “deeply pleased”. “The horses gave [the young people] confidence and motivation to change the course of their lives,” she said. “We are proud of the young people, and of the horses who gave them support when they needed it most.” Melissa, who was unable to cope in mainstream schools owing to a disability, is back in education and working for her exams, since accessing the programme. “We really can’t believe it,” her mother said. “It’s life-changing, completely and utterly.” ● Visit: changinglivesthroughhorses ,W GRHVQ̵W PDWWHU LI \RXU KRUVH LV D WRS FRPSHWLWLRQ DQLPDO RU D YHWHUDQ HOG RUQDPHQW KH ZLOO EH SULFHOHVV WR \RX 7DON WR 6(,% ZH KDYH EHHQ ORRNLQJ DIWHU RXU FOLHQW̵V SULFHOHVV IULHQGV IRU RYHU \HDUV ,QVXUDQFH QRW D QHHGOHVV H[SHQVH EXW D SULFHOHVV FKRLFH Dutch Olympic showjumper Maikel van der Vleuten broke a bone in his hand at Jumping Amsterdam. His horse Salomon suffered a tendon injury. The pair are hoped to make a full recovery. Former Hovis CEO Martyn Wilks has been appointed senior independent director of the British Equestrian Federation board. He is also a non-executive director of Netball England. +256( 321< _ +256(%2; 75$,/(5 _ /,9(5<

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