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Effect of Soaking on Bacterial Profile of Hay

30/01/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services,

In this Part Four of our exclusive report from the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN), Dr Mariette van den Berg discusses a recent study by Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer and colleagues, which examined the effect of soaking on the bacterial profile of meadow hay and perennial rye grass hay - two hay types that are commonly fed to horses in the United Kingdom.

The Science Behind the Sport

27/01/2017 by Nicolle Symonds, BSc, DVM

We have all been there... It is the start of a new year and we decide that now is the time to get back into shape. You buy a new pair of runners and aim for an easy 5km jog. 

The Beauty of the Free

27/01/2017 by Rae-Anne LaPlante

There are few moments in a person’s life that presents an opportunity to truly dream big. This was my invitation.  Rather, I was catapulted on this journey after a dear friend of mine asked, “If you could do anything, what would you do?” My dream was to produce a documentary about the wild horses of Sable Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

The Importance of Curiosity

27/01/2017 by Alex Mullarky

Rebecca Feasey isn’t one of those people who grew up on the back of a horse.  Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, she didn’t get her first horse until the age of 26, when she took the plunge and bought a former trail horse from an acquaintance who was closing down his business. 

Getting back on the horse

30/11/2016 by Lindsay Spencer-Matthews, Registered Psychologist,

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.


Let the Riding Begin

27/01/2017 by Jill Griffiths

When I finally found her, choosing the trainer to take my young horse, Dante, the next step was easy. Sam is a fabulous horseperson - patient and skilled, kind but firm, and easy to get along with. Still, when I dropped Dante off, I was nervously excited. The initial plan was that he’d spend three weeks with Sam to get some basics under saddle. 

Chia, Almond and Cacao Balls

27/01/2017 by Horses and People Magazine

Caring for people while away at your next show will be more enjoyable with our collection of nutritious, simple, delicious recipes and practical camping tips. 

Red Sage

27/01/2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Red Sage Biological Name: Salvia officinalis Parts Used: Leaves and sometimes the roots

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

27/01/2017 by Tanja Mitton

Limiting beliefs are something we all suffer from. A limiting belief develops over time when we think we can’t do something, that we aren’t good enough to achieve a goal or that we think everyone is better than we are. Limiting beliefs can be crippling when we let them take over or they can become empowering when we use them as fuel for self-development. 

Rein Dependency Syndrome

27/01/2017 by Allan Buck

In previous articles, I discussed two issues that seem prevalent in dressage horses today - the compressed throatlatch and the lack of self-carriage (See May and September 2016 issues). In this article, I would like to present a case for what could well be the primary cause of the incorrect schooling and riding of the dressage horse. 

Fresh Starts in Focus

27/01/2017 by Alex Mullarky

After a two-year absence, Equitana returned to Melbourne over four days in November last year. A celebration of all things equine, Equitana always has a great program of educational and competitive events but, in 2016, it wasn’t just the Grand Prix level competitions drawing the crowds.

Five Steps to Prevent Back Pain in Your Horse

27/01/2017 by Naomi Miller, Equinox Balance,

You may be alert to behavioural changes that can indicate back pain in your horse, but do you know how to prevent back pain from occurring? Many performance problems stem from back pain1. Painful muscles are very common, but frequently not recognised1. Horses’ backs are not designed to carry riders, so it’s vital to do all that you can to reduce the impact of riding.

Developing a Healthy Topline

27/01/2017 by Tania Cubitt, PhD, HyGain,

How to get your horse that perfect topline is what we are all after, but first we must understand what a topline is! 

Equine Permaculture Design: Part 8

27/01/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine,

Following on from previous articles in this exclusive Equine Permaculture Design Series, Mariette van den Berg explains how the permaculture design principles are applied in practice. Through an observation planning and implementation process that pays particular attention to the elements that are relevant in horse properties. 

Your Horse's Health is in Your Hands

27/01/2017 by Des Warnock, Plant of Health,

We all want the best for our horses and, ultimately, our horses’ long-term health is generally determined by what they eat and how active they are. 

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