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LOOKING for the perfect Christmas gift to suit that special hobby? The North East is home to some of the finest horse-riding services around.

Amanda Maclaren Horse owners today have an everincreasing selection of veterinary diagnostics at their disposal and we're delighted to announce that the North East is the latest area to benefit from the expansion of SyncThermology (formerly known as Equiscan).

SyncThermology launched a North East branch in July and is represented in the region by North East Thermographer Amanda Maclaren.

Based in Hexham, Amanda covers the North East from Durham to the Borders, plus Scotland and North Yorkshire when required.

SyncThermology are the only company in the UK to provide a medical-grade thermology service to veterinary practices, using technology designed and built specifically for physiological testing.

Their background in human medicine has given the company a substantial grounding in the field and their screening service is carried out by their trained Veterinary Thermographers who collect, prepare and correlate data needed for interpretation. This is forwarded to their team of vets, who are specialists in the analysis and reporting of this imaging technique. This is the key to using thermography in a veterinary capacity. Nick Freeman BSc(Hons) BVMS MRCVS of Intake Vets in Hexham said "We are very happy working with Amanda and SyncThermology. Thermography is a new technique and needs to be used appropriately.

"The analysis of the scans is critical; there is more to the technique than just pointing a thermal camera at a horse! SyncThermology are working hard with vets to make sure the scan results are accurate and diagnostic."

Paul Proctor MRCVS of Simply Horses Equine Vets in Durham commented: "We have just started using this innovative diagnostic technique and were lucky enough to compare the results with the tried and proven imaging modality of nuclear scintigraphy.

The horse in question had multiple problems but in particular a painful back. Back conditions in horses as in people can be very hard to diagnose, however the correlation of SyncThermology's imaging report with the scintigraphy scan was very impressive.

"We will be using this technique again but remember not all thermology technologies are the same and interpretation must be very carefully done to avoid a lot of false diagnoses causing a lot of stress to owners and vets. Having been a sceptic we were pleased with the outcome and feel this will become a valuable tool for lameness work-ups."

For further information, visit www.syncthermology.co.uk or call 0845 519 5971 for a consultation. Their service is also available through many veterinary practices in the region.

North Acomb Farm North Acomb stables provides luxury DIY livery in the Tyne Valley, situated just off the A69, five miles east of Corbridge and one mile from Bywell, surrounded by quiet Northumbrian countryside.

A good range of riding is available, from off-road on their farm ride to quiet hacking along country roads. They are also convenient for Bywell schooling days held throughout the year. North Acomb is an organic farm with all-year gazing on established permanent pastures, while the rest of the farm provides haylage and straw for the yard.

Purpose-built spacious five-star boxes are housed in a self-contained yard with a large mess room that has facilities to enjoy a coffee and one of the North Acomb farm shops homemade cakes or pies in a friendly atmosphere with other yard members.

There is ample parking close to boxes alongside the floodlit arena and permanent round pen.

Houghton Equestrian Christmas is here again and so is the return of Houghton Equestrian's Christmas shopping days. This year, they are on December 3, 10 and 17, with mince pies and mulled wine in the evening.

These days are always popular as they're the perfect place to grab a Christmas bargain or gather ideas for last-minute stocking fillers. This year there's also 10% off everything (in store only) as well as extra discounts of up to 75% off on sale items and one-of specials. They have something for every member of the household (except the hamster, sorry!), whether human, equine or canine so make sure everyone is delighted on Christmas morning.

For the men of the household there's everything from Joules Boxer Shorts to waxed jackets, Dubarry Boots to waterproof socks; something for every discerning country gent.

Women are spoilt for choice this year with a huge range of clothing from Aigle, Joules, Ariat, Musto and many more.

There's great gifts for the kids to give mum too, including fluffy socks, furry headbands, Hunter keyrings, boot liners and lots of new lines in country footwear to keep her feet warm and dry all year long.

Don't forget there's 10% off everything as well. The kids aren't forgotten with Hunter wellies, mittens, slippers, sweatshirts and more, and why not grab a rug for the dog and some treats for the horse while you're here too.

As well as our great offers we're also running two competitions this year; one to win a pair of Ariat Grasmere Boots (worth PS249) and the other to win a Rambo Duo Turnout Rug (worth PS340).

To enter the Ariat competition, but any Ariat clothing or footwear before December 17, like-wise to enter the Horseware competition buy any Rambo, Rhino or Amigo rugs or any item of Horseware clothing to be entered into the draw.

Claire's Saddlery, in High Spen, is open seven days a week, Claire's Saddlery stocks a large range of winter clothing and is very competitively priced.

There are lots of Christmas gift ideas, winter accessories including gloves, hats ear warmers, snoods, waterproof and winter footwear. Be safe, be seen with their reflective and fluorescent riding equipment.

EXPERT Amanda Maclaren is based in Hexham
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Date:Nov 24, 2012
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