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A Grass Farmers Best Kept Secret: The Equicentral System

October 2018 by Jane and Stuart Myers

If you still think managing your horses and your land responsibly is difficult and expensive hard work, think again! All over the world, more and more horse owners are embracing the principles taught by Jane and Stuart Myers through their Equiculture Responsible Horse Owners Resource, successfully implementing them in their own properties and situations.

Earth Care, People Care, Horse Care by Design: Part 2

October 2018 by Dr Mariette van den Berg

In this, two-part series, we are revisiting the basic permaculture principles and how to put them into practice on your own horse property. Whether you are starting with a blank canvas or you want to make gradual changes to an existing setup, this article provides action steps and links to further, useful information to help you realise your property layout. From theory to practice

It's Foaling Time!

October 2018 by Dr Craig Simon

So, it is now time for your mare to foal! All the sleepless nights have come to this. Hopefully you get to witness the event. But, what should you expect? What is normal? What is not normal? Should you seek further assistance by an experienced person or your local veterinarian?

6 Ethical Ways to De-Spook Your Horse

September 2018 by Dr Andrew McLean

Horses are flighty and suspicious by nature but they can also easily get used to (habituate to) things that would normally cause them fear. A thorough understanding of the behavioural science that explains the learning mechanisms which result in habituation has enabled Dr Andrew McLean from Equitation Science International, to adapt this natural process into six reliable training methods that work with all horses and make habituation faster, safer, and much more reliable. What is habituation?

For the Love of Sarah

August 2018 by Sally Harding

This story is very personal to me. I did not know teenager Sarah Waugh who fell from a bolting horse and died at Dubbo TAFE in 2009, but I know - and deeply admire - her parents, Juliana and Mark Waugh. Our lives entwined through ‘happenstance’, when I reached out to them after becoming a pariah in my horse community for being passionate about improving safety.


Just Follow Your Dream

October 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor

Featured on our September 2018 cover are Shana Majdak and her Off The Track Thoroughbred gelding Melman, beautifully photographed by Olya Tutova from 42beats. At 19 and passionate about teaching, Shana is determined to do what she loves and follow her dream of - one day - owning a horse property and running her own riding school.

Horses and People in Art: Ancient Connections

October 2018 by Dr Georgina Downey

Xenophon’s texts on horsemanship written around 350BC were considered, for a long time, to be the earliest extant works on equitation. For the training of the military horse, Xenophon set the pattern.

H-Line Covered Riding and Lungeing Arenas

October 2018 by H-Line Structures

‘Equitent’ by H-Line Structures - provide the strength and permanency of a mainstream building, with a faster install, and the flexibility to relocate! Our Riding Halls (Arenas) and Lunging Halls (Round Yards) not only have impressive aesthetics and supreme functionality, but also meet the highest of Australian safety standards, including protection against wind, fire and snow.

Respiratory Conditions Part 3: Non-infectious

October 2018 by Dr Linda Dillenbeck, BVSc (Hons)

This is the third and final part of the series on respiratory conditions of the horse. In March, Part One focused on the airway anatomy and clinical signs of horses with respiratory disease. Last month, Part Two focused on infectious respiratory conditions. This month, we discuss non-infectious respiratory diseases.

Feeding Foals, Weanlings and Yearlings, brought to you by Hygain Feeds

October 2018 by Dr Tania Cubbitt

Fewer topics in equine nutrition stir more controversy than feeding the growing horse. Many factors add to the confusion of providing nutrition throughout these critical stages of life. For example, growing horses may have different commercial end points. Some will be shown in halter futurities where maximum growth and condition are required at a young age.

Veterinary Costs: Where Does Your Money Go?

October 2018 by Dr Mike Pownall, DVM

We love our horses. We love the companionship, the lessons they teach us, the ability to compete and the joy of new foals. There is a universal appreciation of the horse shared by all horse people, and even those that just like to watch them in a pasture, racing, or in the show ring.

Enteroliths: Is Your Horse at Risk?

October 2018 by Karen Richardson, BSc (Hons), MSc Equine Science

Enteroliths are stones that can form in the large intestine (right dorsal colon) of the horse that may cause partial or complete blockage of the intestine. They are one of the many causes of colic in horses. This article reviews the dietary factors associated with the formation of enteroliths.

Equine Joint Support Formula Two

September 2018 by Dr Georgina Learmonth

Why choose Joint Performance? Quite simply – our joint health supplements provide the optimal blend of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for your horse or dog. Joint support supplements can be thought of as nutrients or ‘food’ for joint health.

Developing Focus

September 2018 by Tanja Mitton

We can ride with focus or we can ride while being distracted. The difference will be enormous. The distractions can come from your mind as well as from your environment. First step: The first step in improving your focus while riding is to become aware of the distracting thoughts. I am talking about all your, what ifs should dos have to dos These need to stay at the gate.

Lavender Essential Oil

September 2018 by Hetty Tapper

Name: Lavender Essential Oil Biological Name: Lavendula angustafolia     Parts Used: Flowering tops. Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam distillation. Essential Oil Scent: Classic, fresh, floral, slightly fruity, herbaceous and sweet. Constituents: Beta-caryophyllene, cineole, farnascene, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, linalyl acetate, linalool, ocimene and terpinenol.

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