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A Haven for Horses and the Land

March 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

At the foot of the Toowoomba ranges, on a quiet and winding country road lies Split Rock Mountain Premier Horse Agistment, a place where horses can have ‘a holiday in the country’ and more importantly, where they are allowed to be horses in a safe and secure environment. 

March Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 2

March 2018 by Jane & Stuart Myers, Equiculture,

In this 3-Part series, we discuss the different ways horse owners can manage manure in their horse property to reduce pollution, parasites (worms), weeds, labour and costs. In Part 1 last month, we discussed the pros and cons of picking up manure from the pastures, and we also discussed the dos and don'ts of harrowing.  This month, we look at cross grazing as a beneficial pasture and parasite management strategy. 

9 Steps for Giving Intramuscular Injections

March 2018 by Jess Whinfield

Although often the domain of the veterinarian, there are occasions when horse owners may need to give injections too.  When such situations arise, the vet will likely explain to the owner how to safely and correctly give an injection. Dr Jenni Bauquier has given many thousands of injections as a vet with the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Equine Centre. Jenni offers her knowledge on how to make this simple procedure as safe and stress-free as possible.  The basics of injections

Between Sweat and Shiver: How to make rugging decisions

March 2018 by Dr David Stang, PhD,

Everywhere they live, horses have an opportunity to get too cold or too warm, and owners have an opportunity to underdress or overdress their steeds. We cannot trust local custom to decide when to blanket, because local custom varies so widely from place to place, so how are we to make the best decisions for our horses?

Starting Romeo: Part 1

March 2018 by Kate Fenner, Kandoo Equine, BEqSc (Hons),

In this brand new, exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine will take you deep into starting a horse under saddle. Join us for the whole of 2018 and watch the un-started, five-year-old Friesian gelding, Romeo, gradually work through each of the foundation lessons and, why not follow along with your own horse?


Learning to Trust Again

March 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

Featured on our cover this month are Kathy Cohalan and her Clydesdale-cross mare, Lola, beautifully photographed by Ann Killeen of Equus Photography.  Kathy purchased Lola for just $200 from a girl who found her at the sale yards sometime earlier, but she remained untrained and, eventually, unwanted until Kathy came along. 

Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath

March 2018 by Dr Georgina Downey

Few race horses have been as masterfully painted in their winning moment as ‘Gimcrack’. Here, Stubbs paints this fabled grandson of the Godolphin Arabian in front of a Newmarket ‘rubbing house’, or race-day stable, flanks heaving, veins popping, sweat drenched, held by his trainer, with a stable boy putting down straw for him to urinate on. 

All About Soil: Part 2

March 2018 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant

In this Equine Permaculture series, we ‘dig deeper into soils’ and explore what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web. 

Feeding the 'Hot' and 'Fizzy' Horse

March 2018 by Dr Stephen Duren, PhD, HyGain Feeds Pty Ltd,

Most horse owners have heard the terms ‘feeling their oats', ‘high’, ‘fizzy’, ‘hot’ and ‘hyper’ all used to describe the effect grain or certain feeds seem to have on the behaviour of some horses.  Does feeding management or individual feed ingredients really influence the behaviour of horses?  

How to Avoid Kissing Spines: Lessons from the Old Masters

March 2018 by Dr Sabina Holle, VS, PhD , PGDip VA, SH Acupuncture Integrated Therapies and Training

Adams’ 'Lameness in Horses' (1987)1 describes kissing spines as a condition of the vertebral column in horses caused by overlapping and/or impingement of the dorsal spinous processes (DSP) in the thoracic and/or lumbar vertebrae. 

Management Tips for the Laminitic Horse or Pony

March 2018 by Dennis & Sally Cherry, Ironbark Hoof Trimming,

Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae - the finger-like structures connecting the hoof wall to the pedal bone within the hoof capsule. In many areas of Australia, laminitis is typically associated with a diet that is too high in sugars, or non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs). 

The Horses of the Spanish Bullfight

March 2018 by Associate Professor Kirrilly Thompson, PhD (Social Sciences), CQUni Appleton Institute, South Australia

What is mounted bullfighting (rejoneo)? It is easy to condemn the things we don’t understand, but without understanding, there is little hope for change.  The bullfight is one of the most contentious animal-related activities in the world, but it is not the only one; eating meat is another, as is Thoroughbred horse racing. 

A Jump Ahead: From Basics to Big Jumps

March 2018 by Horses and People Magazine

For professional coaches and aspiring jumping riders, internationally renowned equestrian coach Jen Marsden Hamilton imparts her wisdom attained from a 45-year coaching and competitive career in her debut book, ‘A Jump Ahead: From Basics to Big Jumps’.

Controlling Your Horse

March 2018 by Tanja Mitton,

Many riders are struggling trying to determine what the correct rein contact is or should be. As riders, we don’t want to develop ‘hard hands’ and, therefore, many riders are often too scared to take up a contact at all. Here are some handy hints about contact and how to develop a sensitive connection to the bit...

Witch Hazel

March 2018 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Witch Hazel Biological Name: (Hamamelis virginiana) Parts Used: Young leaves, twigs and bark. Contains: Bioflavonoids, bitters, essential oils, gallic acid, gallotannins, proanthocyanins, resins, saponins, tannins and traces of volatile oil.

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