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The Happy Place

22/11/2017 by Sally Harding

There might be Western saddles in the tack shed at TJ Ranch, but the horsemanship and humanity is universal. Shelley Purcell has national titles in barrel racing and roping, and her son, Jack, is the youngest competitor to take on the Equitana Brumby Challenge. 

Racehorse Medication Ethics in American Horse Racing

22/11/2017 by Dr Sid Gustafson, DVM

In the midst of Australia’s Spring Racing Carnival, Americans celebrated their own Thoroughbred racing end-of-year Championships under rules that allow horses to train, as well as race, on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications.  Veterinarian and journalist Dr Sid Gustafson reports from the 2017 Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar, California, for Horses and People Magazine on racehorse medication ethics.

Summer Heat: Help Your Horse Cope and Recover

22/11/2017 by David Marlin, PhD, www.davidmarlin.co.uk

With another hot Summer ahead in the Southern Hemisphere and last year’s record temperatures, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on the latest, evidence-based advice on prevention of dehydration, heat stress and heat exhaustion.

Laminitis Rehabilitation: A Case Study

22/11/2017 by Sally & Dennis Cherry, Ironbark Barehoof Trimming, www.ironbarkbarehooftrimming.com.au

“Horses and ponies with serious laminitis are routinely euthanased because the disease has traditionally been considered incurable. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Laminitic horses can be healed.” This is a statement from the book ‘The Pony That Did Not Die: Healing Laminitis with Barehoof Rehab’ by Nicky and Andrew Bowe of Mayfield Barehoof Rehabilitation Centre. 

Racehorse Medication Ethics at the 2017 Breeders Cup

31/10/2017 by Sid Gustafson, DVM

In the midst of Australia's Spring Racing Carnival, Americans celebrated their own Thoroughbred racing end-of-year Championships under rules that allow horses to train, as well as race, on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications. Veterinarian and journalist Dr Sid Gustafson reports from the 2017 Breeders' Cup in Del Mar, California, for Horses and People Magazine on racehorse medication ethics.

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Dreaming of Horses

22/11/2017 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

On this issue’s cover, we feature a dreamy photo, by Olya Tutova of 42beats, of young Kay Sturzaker and her Quarter Horse mare, Chattahoochee - better known as Missy.

Summer Grass Farmers

22/11/2017 by Jane & Stuart Myers, Equiculture, www.equiculture.net

The Equicentral System is Jane and Stuart Myers’ complete approach to sustainable horse and land management on your property.  It is a system that 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. 

Managing Pastures for Soil Health: Part 2

22/11/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant

As horse owners, we care for large herbivores and, in order to support them with the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land.  Making the right land management decisions - ones that will create healthy pastures, and adequate food resources for our horses and for ourselves - is often easier said than done and certainly not something you can buy off the shelf. 

Skin Deep

22/11/2017 by Dr Chris Heislers, BVSc (Hons), The Veterinary Surgery

As with all species, skin disease in horses is common. Whereas sometimes symptomatic treatment of the clinical signs results in a successful outcome, many cases are more complex. Good treatment outcomes rely on an accurate diagnosis, along with multifactorial treatment and/or management approach. 

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work? Part 2

22/11/2017 by Dr Georgina Learmonth, BSc, PhD, www.jointperformance.com.au

Immunity - or the immune system - is something we often hear about, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is and how it works? 

Feed Balancers: Does Your Horse Need Them?

22/11/2017 by Larissa Bilston, BAgrSc (Hons), Animal Nutritionist

Many horse owners understand the importance of supplementation. We know hay and pasture alone does not provide horses with a balanced ratio of vitamins and minerals. We also know these are included in commercial feeds, but is buying a bag of feed from the produce store enough?

Feeding Your Horses in Summer

22/11/2017 by Tania Cubitt, PhD, www.hygain.com.au

In Australia and the tropics of Asia, horses endure severe extremes in temperature and humidity. This can dramatically affect their health and performance if not managed correctly.

Step-By-Step Guide to Skyrocket Your Confidence

22/11/2017 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons), www.kandooequine.com.au

The Cambridge Dictionary defines confidence as:  “The quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans or the future”. 

Identifying Your Purpose

22/11/2017 by Tanja Mitton, www.tanjamitton.com

I believe many riders struggle because they haven’t identified their purpose. Purpose is knowing why you are doing what you are doing.  Your purpose is your why - it gives you drive and keeps the fire going within you. Your purpose also helps you to stay on track and follow your path, rather than get sidetracked by someone else’s path.

Vervain

22/11/2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park, www.chakrapark.com.au

Biological name: Verbena Officialis Parts used: Aerial parts Contains: Alkaloids, bitters, citral, geranoil, glycosides, iridiods, limonene, minerals, mucilage, phosphates, saponins, tannins, verbenin, verbenalin and volatile oils.

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