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The Annual Round Up of Spain's Marsh Mares

25/09/2017 by Associate Professor Kirrilly Thompson, PhD (Social Sciences), CQUni Appleton Institute, South Australia

The Doñana National Park in Huelva province in southern Spain is one of Europe’s most important wetland areas. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, it is a haven for fauna, such as the Imperial Eagle and the Pardel Lynx. 

Equicentral: Part 4

25/09/2017 by Jane & Stuart Myers, Equiculture,

Grass Farmers: October Equicentral System Design Solutions The Equicentral System is Jane and Stuart Myers’ complete approach to property layout, and provides practical solutions for sustainable horse and land management on your property. 

Long-Reining: Part 1

25/09/2017 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!  Each article walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting. Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.  

Goal Setting Made Easy

25/09/2017 by Tanja Mitton,

Setting goals is essential in order to achieve success.  Goal setting is like creating a road map that serves as a guide to follow the path that sets us up to achieving what we are aiming for. Too often, we set goals, but never end up achieving them.  Here are some of the key things to consider that makes goal setting not only more specific, but will set you up for succeeding in your goals. Find its purpose Firstly, check your goal has a purpose.


25/09/2017 by David Stang, PhD,

For a long time, it didn’t occur to me that horses had friends.  I would notice my horse was often standing near another particular horse when I’d fetch him for a ride and I’d notice they’d often whinny to each other as we walked off. But, my play with my horse was never on his terms. I never lingered in his pasture or played with his friends. I was very me-centric. 


Steady as She Goes

25/09/2017 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

Featured on our front cover this month are Tania Patrick and her nine-year-old Quarter Horse mare, Sedona, photographed by Olya Tutova from 42beats photography. 

Small Horses, Big Dreams

25/09/2017 by Alex Mullarky

Six thirty in the morning. The sun is rising over the Greek village of Magazia; the Aegean Sea laps at the shore beside whitewashed buildings. Hooves pound the sand as a bay horse streaks past with a rider on board. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Final Part

25/09/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg has been uncovering the grazing life of horses - exploring the ways in which herbivores and the plants they eat have adapted to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive. 

Rattles in Foals

25/09/2017 by Dr Christine Myers, BVSc, DACVIM, Registered Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Rattles, a lung infection that affects foals between two and five months of age, is one on the most researched diseases in horses because of the significant affect it can have on foals being reared in intensive situations, such as Thoroughbred breeding farms. 

Understanding Obesity

25/09/2017 by Tania Cubitt, PhD, HyGain Feeds,

Obesity has been defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems. Now, let’s talk about equines specifically.

Tucker's Barefoot Transition

25/09/2017 by Maja Stocker, Equine Podiotherapist

When barefoot trimmer Maja Stocker first met Tucker, a 17-year-old Standardbred, and his lovely owner, Anna, he looked rather weary.  While Maja admits to being naturally biased towards ‘blaming’ the hooves, this kind horse seemed to be feeling discomfort all over his body. 

On the Beat

25/09/2017 by Jess Whinfield

Horses have been part of policing in Victoria since 1836. Today, despite the advent of high-tech law enforcement involving drones and advanced software, the Mounted Branch of Victoria Police continues to play an integral role in the organisation - and Sergeant Michelle Turner believes technology will never replace police horses.

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 6

25/09/2017 by Leonie Lee, BA (Arch), BArch (Hons),

In earlier articles of this series, we discussed horse facility design in relation to species-specific requirements, both physical and behavioural. This article continues this interpretation of equine environments, but now with a focus on planning, and the challenges that site and environmental context brings. 


25/09/2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Biological Name: Petroselinum crispum. Parts Used: Leaves, seeds and roots.

Learning from Our Mistakes

25/09/2017 by Jill Griffiths

There was a lot going on around the vet ring and Dante didn’t like any of it. He’d had enough. He wanted to be left alone. I’ve learnt his default when it all gets too much for him is to become pushy and, by the time we were at the vet ring after our second official endurance training ride, Dante had well and truly had enough. In his defence, he was stressed, tired and hungry.

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