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Photo courtesy of Team Brakewell.

We’re saddened to report that the great Over To You passed away this week at the grand age of 34. Jack was a stalwart competitor on the British Eventing Team for many years, and was spicy up till the end of his very long and beloved life with Jeanette Brakewell and team. He won an astounding eight championship titles, including an individual silver at the 2002 WEG, and made an appearance at seven total British championship team events, making him the most capped British eventing horse of all time. We loved watching you years ago, and we’re glad you got to live an incredible retirement, Jack!

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Fans of the FIFA World Cup, now is your time. The most popular sport in the world, soccer, could have something to offer equestrian sport: feedback on footing. Many soccer fields and stadiums utilize a tool that looks similar to a lawnmower for objective feedback in five areas: shock absorption, hardness, energy resistance, rotational resistance, and vertical displacement. Soccer professionals seek to assess these areas in an effort to address injury prevention, ball performance, and promotion of surface uniformity. The HiPSter machine also may be of use to help assess the quality of riding surfaces, said Dr. Menke Steenbergen of Ipos Technology in the Netherlands. The information the machine offers may lead to better equine performance and fewer musculoskeletal injuries. [How Can Soccer Teach Us More About Horse Footing]

Horse Nation writer Katelin Parsons reflects on her experience with kissing spines surgery and shares what she’s learned since having her horse undergo the procedure. It has been almost two years since her horse had surgery to correct kissing spines. In that time, she learned so much. If she could go back, she would not put her horse through surgery again. Surgery is extremely invasive and it is much more likely to be successful if a horse is rehabilitated slowly and correctly. If a horse continues to move in the same manner that it did before surgery, the kissing spines can redevelop. On the other hand, if a horse is taught proper movement on the lunge line and under saddle, kissing spines can be prevented and even reversed without surgical intervention. [Why I Regret Putting My Horse Through Kissing Spine Surgery]

There was a standing ovation as Nicola Wilson took the HorseDialog Inspiration of the Year title at the 2022 Horse & Hound Awards. The eventing European champion walked on to the stage this week, with her husband Alastair, nearly seven months after she was seriously injured in a fall at Badminton Horse Trials. Nicola spent more than four months in hospital undergoing intensive physiotherapy and rehab, and returned home in September. This week, she shared a video of herself walking at home. [Nicola Wins Well Deserved Inspiration of the Year Award]

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