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Pasture Bites: June 2017

31/05/2017 by Jill Griffiths

Worm management is an important aspect of rotational grazing and cross grazing pastures. There will almost always be some worms in the pasture and in the horses; the management aim is to minimise loads and prevent adverse effects on the horses from worms. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 1

31/05/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant,

In this new and exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg will take you on a journey of discovery of the grazing life of horses, exploring how herbivores and plants have adapted to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive. 

Identifying Horses with Laminitis

31/05/2017 by Dr Luke Wells-Smith, BVSc,

It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare - arriving home to see your horse standing at the bottom of the paddock, not running up for his evening feed.  You walk down to him, he’s not stuck in the fence, he is standing on all four feet, but shifting his weight from one foot to the next. You put the head collar on, but he is very reluctant to walk. What could be wrong with him? 

Five Things I Learned From Having my Nails ‘Done’

31/05/2017 by Sarah Kuyken, PhD student, MAnSci, BAnSciMgt, Dip EPT,

Sarah Kuyken is a busy hoofcare professional, specialising in the latest horseshoe alternatives to metal.  Sarah’s niche involves the use of glue-on shoes and shoes made of polyurethane and, in this article she shares the hoofcare lessons she learned from having her own nails ‘done’ by a technician - for the very first time.  

Equine Permaculture: Composting!

27/04/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services,

Sometimes, permaculture is as simple as changing the way we look at things. This month we bring you a perfect example:  Instead of looking at all that manure your horses produce daily and the hard work you do cleaning it up as ‘waste’, you can see it as your best opportunity to obtain a valuable resource to help you achieve the holy grail of permaculture - building healthy soil to support your horses’ and your land, helping both become more resilient.


Everyday Horse Heroes

31/05/2017 by Horses and People Magazine

Featured on our cover this month are Tanya McDermott and her Standardbred trotter Kyvalley Mac (better known as Noddy), photographed by Louise Sedgman. 

The Horse's Advocate

31/05/2017 by Alex Mullarky

It had been nine weeks since Cienna had dislocated her shoulder, but when Ang Lea of Horse Fix was called in, the mare was still hobbling on three legs. On top of that, the adjustment in how she was carrying herself was causing secondary problems in her hind end. Cienna’s vet had fixed the dislocation, but referred the owners to Ang for ongoing care. 

New Forage Feeding Recommendations: Part 3, Amount and Texture

31/05/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppS (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr,

While many horse owners are quite aware of the importance of providing roughage to our horses - either from pasture and/or conserved forages - there are different aspects to consider when deciding on what conserved forage you should feed to your horses and how much you should provide (e.g. quality versus quantity).

The ‘Head Down’ Lesson Made Easy

31/05/2017 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons),

If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you! 

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 4

31/05/2017 by Leonie Lee, BA (Arch), BArch (Hons),

This exclusive series of articles on Horse Facility (re)Design prompts you to (re)consider and (re)evaluate the status quo when it comes to stables, shelters and other equine facilities. 

Rebuilding Confidence

31/05/2017 by Tanja Mitton,

So many riders lose their confidence, due to a negative experience or their horse’s behavioural problems. We often look at what the horse did thad led to the rider’s loss of confidence, but have you ever thought of that your horse may have lost his or her confidence first?

What is the Best Joint Product for My Horse to Use?

31/05/2017 by 4CYTE,

There are two primary reasons for this question:  Treat an issue they have noticed in their horse, and Provide to their horse as a possible preventative. As easy as this question is, it is often one that veterinarians don’t like answering because there are just so many options available.


31/05/2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Hops Biological Name: Humulus lupulus Parts Used: Strobile (the fruiting body)

Breakfast Bar

31/05/2017 by Horses and People Magazine

A little preparation at home before you head off can make the world of difference to making life easier on the road - and also save you money.

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