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Super Fibres and Hydration

31/10/2016 by Karen Richardson, BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Science), Richardson Equine Nutrition Solutions

Horses can become dehydrated for a number of reasons...

Ponies Don't Live Forever

31/10/2016 by Andrew Bowe, BAppSc, Cert III (Farriery), Cert IV (Vocational Training and Assessment), Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre

Everyone who shares a connection to Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Jenny Wren, the pony who graced the cover - and indeed inspired - our book about repairing laminitis-affected horses, titled ‘The Pony That Did Not Die’. Her passing was unrelated to her past laminitis episodes and was unexpected. Death, unfortunately, is not fettered to any calendar.

Cleared for Landing

31/10/2016 by Dr Amy Little

As you flip or scroll through horses for sale advertisements, you’ll often notice that critical little abbreviation tucked away after the horse’s name - (imp.) - meaning the horse was imported.  We all accept this usually means the horse will have a few extra zeros after their price tag or, more likely, have that little three letter acronym POA. 

Subzero: The People's Horse

31/10/2016 by Alex Mullarky

In 1992, a grey horse led the field past the post to take the Melbourne Cup: Subzero, trained by Lee Freedman and ridden by Greg Hall. It was the crowning achievement of his racing career, but for four-year-old Subzero, it was only the beginning of his story. 

Colic: Part 1

31/08/2016 by Dr Kylie Schaaf, BVSc (Hons), FANZCVS (Equine Surgery), WestVETS Animal Hospital and Reproduction Centre

“I think my horse has colic...” These are the words many horse owners worry about. Colic means pain in the abdomen, but it is a clinical sign, rather than a diagnosis. From impaction colic or sand colic to twisted bowel, gas build up or parasite infestation, colic is the number one killer of horses worldwide.

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The Fear Factor

30/11/2016 by Lindsay Spencer-Matthews, Registered Psychologist, www.greatchangemaker.com.au

Fear is a very real and legitimate example of the broad range of emotions available to warm-blooded animals, including humans and horses.  From the perspective of both rider and horse, the encouraging reality is fear can be managed and treated fairly effectively, regardless of its origin. This article explores the very reasonable fear in both horse and rider following a fall.

Does Your Horse Need Salt?

30/11/2016 by Karen Richardson, BSc (Hons), MSc (Equine Nutrition), Richardson Equine Nutrition Solutions

Owners or trainers of hard working performance horses are generally aware of the need to provide salt to meet their horse’s daily requirements and to replace electrolytes lost in sweat during a strenuous workout. 

Surviving the Summer Heat

30/11/2016 by Dr Katelyn McNicol, BVSc (Hons), WestVETS

Summer is upon us, and no doubt we have all noticed the temperature and humidity steadily creeping up. Whilst many of us are able to hide away from the heat in air conditioned homes and offices, most of our big, four-legged friends are not so fortunate and have to tough it out in the elements. 

A New Lease of Life

30/11/2016 by Alex Mullarky

We live in an exciting time in which more horse owners than ever are stepping up to take responsibility for the impact their horses are having on the land. Not only does it make sense - healthy land makes healthy horses - but it is also a truly positive step for the environment and the public perception of horse owners. 

A Simple Aid to Enhance Core Training for Riders

31/10/2016 by Alexandria Bailey, BAppSc, BEd, GradDipEd, Cert III (Equestrian Coach), EquiCanine

Horses and riders have immensely different brain-body systems that must communicate in order for the two to work together as a team. Communication occurs through voice, hands, legs and the multifaceted mechanical coupling of the rider’s pelvis with the horse’s back.

Moving Welfare Forward

31/10/2016 by Dr Lesley Hawson, BSc, BVSc, PhD

Animal welfare science has, since the 1970’s, relied on the concept of the Five Freedoms as a means to make sense of what an animal might be experiencing and what its welfare might be. 

Equine Permaculture Design: Part 6

31/10/2016 by Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), RAnNutr (Equine Nutrition), PhD, MB Equine Services

When it comes to horse property layout, it pays to consider the permaculture design approach because it aims to build systems that are easier to manage, more efficient and sustainable, whilst considering the health and wellbeing of all - people, horses, plants and the soil that sustains them. 

Pasture Bites: November 2016

31/10/2016 by Jill Griffiths

It has been a wet Spring across much of Australia - much too wet in some places! Ground that isn’t waterlogged should be growing well in the warm weather.

Rider Balance and Positon: Part 6

30/09/2016 by Jane Myers, MSc (Equine Science), Equiculture

This series of articles by the Horse Rider’s Mechanic, Jane Myers, has been designed to help you find the fun in riding by improving your position, your balance and, ultimately, your riding confidence.

Colic: Part 2

30/09/2016 by Dy Kylie Schaaf, BVSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), FANZCVS (Equine Surgery), WestVETS Animal Hospital & Reproduction Centre

“I think my horse has colic...” These are the words many horse owners worry about. Colic means pain in the abdomen, but it is a clinical sign, rather than a diagnosis. From impaction colic or sand colic to twisted bowel, gas build up or parasite infestation, colic is the number one killer of horses worldwide.

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