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Foals and Beads: Zebra Conservation Across Two Continents

February 2018 by Jess Whinfield

Considering the distances involved, it’s perhaps suprising there’s an intimate connection between a gift shop on the outskirts of Melbourne and communities 11,500 kilometers away in Northern Kenya. Another potentially unexpected aspect of this relationship is that it’s founded on beads.

Grass Farmers - Managing Manure: Part 1

February 2018 by Jane and Stuart Myers, Equiculture,

In previous articles, we have outlined practical aspects of The Equicentral System, a complete approach to sustainable horse and land management on your property.  The Equicentral System uses your horses’ natural behaviours as an advantage. It enhances the health and wellbeing of the horses themselves, the land they live on and the environment at large. 

All About Soil: Part 1

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

In this brand new Equine Permaculture series, we will ‘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.  Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of soil tests, in the lab and DIY, interpreting these soil test results, and how they may assist our soil and pasture management on the property. 

The Pros and Cons of Protective Boots

February 2018 by David Marlin, PhD,

The most common piece of protective equipment riders use on their horses is some form of protection for the lower legs. Orthopaedic problems are one of the most common reasons for a veterinarian being called to examine or treat a horse, and this does not really differ between disciplines or level of competition. But, can boots do more harm than good? 


February 2018 by Dr Jane Groenendyk, BVSc (Hons), BSc, WestVETS,

‘Splint’ is the common name given to an inflammatory condition of the splint bones involving injury to the interosseous ligament, or to the periosteum (the soft tissue covering bone) of the splint or adjacent bones.  It usually occurs in young, growing horses involved in heavy training, but can also originate from tearing of the interosseous ligament, external trauma to the bone or as a secondary condition to healing of a fracture. 


Under the Spell

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

For this first issue of 2018, our front cover features a lovely Summer image by Louise Sedgman of Joy and her 13-year-old registered Appaloosa gelding Destiny’s Power, better known as Merlin. 

A Royal Expectation

February 2018 by Georgina Downey

Welcome to ‘Horses and People in Art’, a regular column where we explore the history of horsemanship in art through the lens of rider position, equitation science, horse management and key horse world issues. 

Are You Adding Salt to Your Horse’s Diet?

February 2018 by Dr Claire Thunes, PhD, HyGain Feeds,

An average 500kg horse has a daily requirement of 10g of sodium and 40g of chloride on a cool day with no work (NRC, 2007).  Bump the work level up to moderate and those requirements increase to 17.8g and 53.3g respectively, and this does not account for hot weather. 

The Importance of Saddle Fitting

February 2018 by Rebecca Feasey, BEqSc, DipEqPodio, DipBus(Admin), DipHort

Traditionally made of wood, leather and now synthetic materials, the saddle tree is the solid structure around which the saddle is constructed - varying in the length and width of the tree - the padding surface and the angle of the lateral parts of the tree.

The Confident Horse

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

We talk a lot about confident riders, about losing our own confidence with horses and about strategies to re-gain confidence, but what about the horse’s confidence? Surely that’s just as important. After all, our horse is the other half of the partnership. What is confidence?

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 8

February 2018 by Leonie Lee, BA (Arch), BArch (Hons), Equitecture,

There are many ways to develop an equine-orientated property and the various activities it can support. In the previous articles, we have examined the behavioural and physical requirements of horses, and how the application of equine science and equitation research should inform the design of the facilities our horses inhabit. 

Tribal Behaviour

February 2018 by Tanja Mitton,

To get the most out of your riding, you have to trust your own instincts. You do this by listening to what feels right and what feels wrong. These days, we get bombarded with information via social media, blogs and newsletters, as well as clinics, demonstrations and online videos.

Horses, Boys and Girls

February 2018 by David Stang, PhD,

In many parts of the world, hobby horses are for women, work horses are for men. To get an estimate of the sex composition of any discipline, get out your pencil and count the number of males and number of females you see in Google Images when you search for various words or phrases.

Rescue Remedy

February 2018 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Rescue Remedy - Five Flower Essence

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