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Getting back on the horse

30/11/2016 by Lindsay Spencer-Matthews, Registered Psychologist, www.greatchangemaker.com.au

Fear is a very real and legitimate example of the broad range of emotions available to warm-blooded animals, including humans and horses.  From the perspective of both rider and horse, the encouraging reality is fear can be managed and treated fairly effectively, regardless of its origin. This article explores the very reasonable fear in both horse and rider following a fall.

Does Your Horse Need Salt?

30/11/2016 by Karen Richardson, BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Nutrition), Richardson Equine Nutrition Solutions

Owners or trainers of hard working performance horses are generally aware of the need to provide salt to meet their horse’s daily requirements and to replace electrolytes lost in sweat during a strenuous workout.  But, what about horses with less strenuous exercise regimens? For example, the weekend trail riding horse, the daily plodder or the much-loved paddock ornament. Do they need salt added to their daily diet too? 

Surviving the Summer Heat

30/11/2016 by Dr Katelyn McNicol, BVSc (Hons), WestVETS

Summer is upon us, and no doubt we have all noticed the temperature and humidity steadily creeping up. Whilst many of us are able to hide away from the heat in air conditioned homes and offices, most of our big, four-legged friends are not so fortunate and have to tough it out in the elements.  This article will help highlight some of the dangers of living in a hotter climate, as well as provide some management tips that can help your horse through the Summer months. Temperature control

Super Fibres and Hydration

31/10/2016 by Karen Richardson, BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science), Richardson Equine Nutrition Solutions

Horses can become dehydrated for a number of reasons... For example, during Summer when the weather is hot and horses naturally sweat more, or during Winter when the water may be too cold to drink. Additionally, horses may be required to travel substantial distances to competition venues and, during or following travel, horses may exhibit signs of stress, such as sweating.

Researchers Warn About Widespread Over-tightening of Nosebands

15/08/2016 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

At the recent International Equitation Science Conference held in Saumur, France, new statistics were released showing competition riders are more likely to over-tighten nosebands than adjust them correctly. The traditional standard recommending nosebands are adjusted loose enough to allow two fingers to slide between the nose and the strap is being followed by just 7% of riders.

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Managing Your Horse's Condition

30/11/2016 by Dr Jennifer Stewart, BVSc, BSc, PhD, MRCVS, Dip BEP, AAIM, Jen Equine

Obesity is becoming a major health concern in horses (and people) all around the world, and is increasingly recognised as an equine welfare issue because it compromises both health and performance, so can you recognise if your horse is too fat or, for that matter, too thin? 

Pasture Bites: December 2016

30/11/2016 by Jill Griffiths

Summer means heat. In southern Australia, it also generally means drought or at least dry times. But in other areas, summer rains - often in the form of storms - predominate. 

A New Lease of Life

30/11/2016 by Alex Mullarky

We live in an exciting time in which more horse owners than ever are stepping up to take responsibility for the impact their horses are having on the land. Not only does it make sense - healthy land makes healthy horses - but it is also a truly positive step for the environment and the public perception of horse owners. 

A Simple Aid to Enhance Core Training for Riders

31/10/2016 by Alexandria Bailey, BAppSc, BEd, GradDipEd, Cert III (Equestrian Coach), EquiCanine

Horses and riders have immensely different brain-body systems that must communicate in order for the two to work together as a team. Communication occurs through voice, hands, legs and the multifaceted mechanical coupling of the rider’s pelvis with the horse’s back.

Moving Welfare Forward

31/10/2016 by Dr Lesley Hawson, BSc, BVSc, PhD

Animal welfare science has, since the 1970’s, relied on the concept of the Five Freedoms as a means to make sense of what an animal might be experiencing and what its welfare might be. 

Ponies Don't Live Forever

31/10/2016 by Andrew Bowe, BAppSc, Cert III (Farriery), Cert IV (Vocational Training and Assessment), Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre

Everyone who shares a connection to Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Jenny Wren, the pony who graced the cover - and indeed inspired - our book about repairing laminitis-affected horses, titled ‘The Pony That Did Not Die’. Her passing was unrelated to her past laminitis episodes and was unexpected.

Cleared for Landing

31/10/2016 by Dr Amy Little

As you flip or scroll through horses for sale advertisements, you’ll often notice that critical little abbreviation tucked away after the horse’s name - (imp.) - meaning the horse was imported.  We all accept this usually means the horse will have a few extra zeros after their price tag or, more likely, have that little three letter acronym POA. 

Equine Permaculture Design: Part 6

31/10/2016 by Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), RAnNutr (Equine Nutrition), PhD, MB Equine Services

Following on from last month’s look at how the shape of the land influences design and layout of a property,  in this Part 6 of this exclusive Equine Permaculture Design Series, Mariette van den Berg gives some practical solutions for managing water run-off and controlling erosion - one of the major problems on horse properties.  

Subzero: The People's Horse

31/10/2016 by Alex Mullarky

In 1992, a grey horse led the field past the post to take the Melbourne Cup: Subzero, trained by Lee Freedman and ridden by Greg Hall. It was the crowning achievement of his racing career, but for four-year-old Subzero, it was only the beginning of his story. 

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