Video reveals cross-country fences are being made safer

By: Horse Deals

Video reveals cross-country fences are being made safer

A new video has been released by World Horse Welfare and British Eventing, which explains some of the work that British Eventing has been doing to continue to make the sport safer.

World Horse Welfare visited the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May to film BE’s frangible pin* being tested with the BE testing pendulum and rig as part of BE’s on-going safety initiatives.

Chief executive of World Horse Welfare, Roly Owers says: "World Horse Welfare fully supports the responsible use of horses in sport and as such we have been an independent welfare adviser to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for the nearly 30 years. We recognise that when we use horses for anything, especially in sport, there will always be an element of risk, but there is so much we can do to reduce the risks as far as practically possible.

"We were present at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials to find out about the latest work of British Eventing to make the cross-country phase as challenging a test for horse and rider whilst also being as safe as possible. One of the improvements that British Eventing has developed, based on many years of research, is the use of frangible pins that reduces the risk of injury to horse and rider from falls whilst still keeping the integrity of the fences. And this year we saw a very good example of how effective these pins can be, providing a great example of British Eventing and the FEI putting welfare at the heart of the sport."

BE chief executive, Mike Etherington-Smith says: "BE continually strives to find ways of improving safety across the sport. This video is a great showcase of our commitment to safety to the outside world and it is fantastic to be recognised for this by World Horse Welfare."

Click here to watch the video from World Horse Welfare and British Eventing.

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