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Horse Training Course: The Engagement Zone

28/02/2017 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons),

If you ever thought there must be a better and easier way to train your horse, this new training series by Kate Fenner is designed for you!  Her gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.  

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 1

28/02/2017 by Leonie Lee, in collaboration with Anthony Worm,

This series of articles on Horse Facility (re)Design will prompt you to (re)consider and (re)evaluate the status quo when it comes to stables, shelters and other equine facilities. 

Equine Permaculture Design: Part 9

28/02/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant,

Following on from previous articles in this exclusive Equine Permaculture Design Series, Dr Mariette van den Berg explains how the permaculture design principles are applied in practice and in situations that are particularly relevant in horse properties.  The permaculture design approach 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. 

The Future of Horse Racing

28/02/2017 by Jessica Owers

One Saturday in February 1966, when horse racing was still a miles and furlongs game, 53-year-old Walter John Hoysted clambered onto Flemington’s course proper with a point to prove and a double-barreled shotgun. A son and brother in a line of pedigreed trainers, Hoysted was a racing man, but this game he’d been born into, this sport of kings, it unsettled him in one special way. Wally Hoysted could not make peace with the whip. 

The Moyle Horse of Idaho

28/02/2017 by Kerry Morgan, BA Dip Ed, in collaboration with Marilynn Moyle, DVM

I started on the quest to find out about horses possessing ‘horns’; more accurately, frontal skull bosses (small bony bumps covered by skin and hair that occur on the forehead) after reading the following sentence in a 2007 article by Beverly Davis11: 


Green Pony Blog 12: Stepping Up and Stepping Out

28/02/2017 by Jill Griffiths

It’s tempting to pretend I’ve bravely taken on every new challenge that has come my way with my young horse, but that would be a lie. I’ve quaked in my boots many a time. Sam, the fabulous trainer who I sent Dante to for his basic saddle training and to establish his ‘buttons’ knows only too well that I can be a nervous nelly. 

Hot Cross Scones

28/02/2017 by Horses and People Magazine

Caring for people while away at your next show will be more enjoyable with our collection of nutritious, simple and delicious recipes, and practical camping tips for your family. Wholesome food for the whole family and practical advice from seasoned travellers.

A Home Away from Home

28/02/2017 by Mats By Design,

Whether you’re out for a day at a show or on the road camping for a week, it’s always good to have your own nice little ‘patch of comfy’ to return to between classes or when the day has ended. 


28/02/2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Basil - essential oil Biological Name: Ocimum basilicum Parts Used: Flowering tops and leaves Method of Extraction: Steam distillation Essential Oil Scent: Slightly camphorous, clover-like and similar to sweet licorice. Constituents: Beta-caryophyllene, camphor, cineol, citronellol, limonene, linalol, fenchol, eugenol and methyl chavicol.

Iron: Friend or Foe?

28/02/2017 by Jenene Redding, BVSc (Hons),

Iron has been the subject of much discussion, mainly regarding its possible role in the development of Insulin Resistance (IR) in horses.

Keeping Your Farrier

28/02/2017 by Andrew Bowe,

It happens every year on the day after Boxing Day. I can just about set my clock to it. Like most other ‘normal’ people, I will be ensconced in the pleasant afterglow of Christmas; mentally and physically luxuriating after the annual rush and madness to get everything finished before ‘Santa o’clock’. 

Do You Really Know What You Want?

28/02/2017 by Tanja Mitton,

So many people get overwhelmed and stuck in their present situation they can’t seem to find a way out and forward anymore. Getting stuck is something that develops in our mind and has nothing to do with the reality of life we live in. 

Acidosis and Laminitis: Identifying Horses at Risk

28/02/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr,

In this Part Five of our exclusive report from the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN), Dr Mariette van den Berg discusses a recent study by French researchers that evaluated if diet composition (specifically high-fibre or high-starch diets) can modulate the bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in equine faeces.

Pasture Management For Horses with Metabolic Disorders brought to you by HyGain Feeds

28/02/2017 by Tania Cubitt, PhD,

Research has shown pasture-induced laminitis occurs at times of rapid grass growth. The accumulation of certain non-structural carbohydrates (NSC’s), including fructans, starches and sugars in pasture forage during the Spring, early Summer and Autumn, particularly after rainfall, precipitate this laminitis. 

The Evolution of the Horse

28/02/2017 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc Eq Dent, DICEVO, Equine Dental Vets Australia

Personally, I find it pretty amazing that we are fortunate enough to be able to look back at the evolution of the modern horse (Equus Caballus) thanks to the existence of a fossil record. But... Why do we need to know?

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