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Your Horse (UK) - - Editor's Letter - Ed­i­tor, Aimi Clark PS: It would be great to hear from you, so feel free to email me at aimi.clark@bauer­me­dia.co.uk or fol­low me on Twit­ter @Aim­i_clark

Can you be­lieve that women have only been al­lowed to vote for 100 years? It seems like no time at all, and to mark the an­niver­sary of that mon­u­men­tal mo­ment we’re cel­e­brat­ing some of eques­trian’s lead­ing ladies (p24). When we first dis­cussed the fea­ture in a plan­ning meet­ing, there was a real buzz (and no, we’re not an all-girl team). There have been so many fe­male-gen­er­ated mile­stones that we could have filled the en­tire is­sue. Of course, it means we’ve had to leave some wor­thy women out, but we hope you en­joy read­ing it as much as we loved re­search­ing and writ­ing it. I chal­lenge you not to be moved by our in­ter­view with Suzanna Hext, who talks about her rise to para dres­sage glory on p18. Her life changed dra­mat­i­cally in a split sec­ond and, even when faced with a painful, bleak fu­ture, she bat­tled on. She’s truly a won­der woman in her own right. Our Horse Care sec­tion kicks off with a great piece about nat­u­ral liv­ing (p66). Grow­ing up on a farm meant my horses en­joyed their life mostly in a field — or a barn when it was par­tic­u­larly cold and wet — and I’m still re­ally keen on pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that suits my horse, rather than me. It’s a con­stant bat­tle though, isn’t it? What­ever your sit­u­a­tion — liv­ery, yard owner or oth­er­wise — our fea­ture shows that there are sim­ple lit­tle changes you can make to take your horse’s qual­ity of life up a notch. The turnout op­tions, in par­tic­u­lar, make for fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing. Fi­nally, I spent a day with Ja­son Webb to film the DVD at­tached to this cover. He has worked won­ders on myr­iad equines with be­havioural is­sues, and I was par­tic­u­larly struck by his ef­fec­tive, kind method for work­ing with a horse ner­vous in traf­fic. Give it a watch — there’s some­thing in there we can all learn from.

MAG­A­ZINE It’s 50 years since Jane Hold­er­ness-Rod­dam won Bad­minton (above, p24). Suzanna Hext (above left) is a gutsy girl too (p18)

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