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The Mystery of Colic in the Horse

June 2018 by Dr Morgan Weber, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Equine Medicine), Newcastle Equine Centre

Even though colic is a common ailment in horses, it can be mysterious and frightening for horse owners.  Colic is a generalised term referring to any type of abdominal pain in the horse and most commonly originates from within the gastrointestinal tract, or gut.  This article will focus on the gastrointestinal causes of colic to help horse owners broaden their understanding of the problem and be able to make informed decisions regarding their horse if colic does occur. 

Embryo Transfer: Playing God or Employing Good Science?

June 2018 by Sonja Vandermark, BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Technology

The practice of embryo transfer is becoming more and more accessible to breeders as a way of obtaining offspring from mares who might be compromised through age, fertility problems or injury in their ability to produce a healthy foal, or from those who still have an active competition career and can’t afford the ‘time off’ for active pregnancy. It is also becoming an important ‘life raft’ in the preservation of rare breeds.

Helmets: 20 (More) Reasons to Put a Lid on It

June 2018 by Kirrilly Thompson, PhD

Horse riding is dangerous. I’m not going to go into the statistics on horse-related injury and fatality because they are far from straightforward. Do you calculate injury rates per ride, per hour spent in the saddle or per jump attempt?  Suffice to say that all accidents range from annoying to tragic, and the statistics for any sport as a whole are not going to matter when an accident happens to you or someone you know. 

Starting Romeo: Part 4

June 2018 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons), Kandoo Equine,

In this exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine is taking  you deep into the essential foundation lessons for any horse.  If you missed Parts 1-3, you can catch up by clicking on the following links: Part 1 -   Part 2 and, Part 3 So far, Romeo has learned basic handling, including haltering, grooming, picking up feet, tying up and ‘give to the bit’, both at a standstill and at the walk. 

Bottoming Out

June 2018 by Jill Griffiths

In hindsight, this is what I think happened. Dante was sore. He has a long back and a lean build. At five, he’s physically immature. He is growing quickly and his saddle had become tight on his shoulders in the three months since it had last been adjusted. 


The Mystery of Marengo

June 2018 by Dr Georgina Downey

The life of a war horse in Napoleon’s Grande Armée was hard, dangerous, and usually short. Nearly a quarter of a million French cavalry horses died on campaign between 1805 and 1815. Most of these were killed during his disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. 

Mules: Part 2

June 2018 by David Stang, PhD, Author,

Last month, I explained the origins of donkeys, mules and horses, and the unique differences in their intelligence, appearance, diet and disposition. In case you missed it, you can read it here. This month, I continue my discussion on the distinctive adaptations of today’s donkey, mule and horse.

Increasing Vegetation on Horse Properties: Part 2

June 2018 by Jane & Stuart Myers, Equiculture,

Horse properties should be biodiverse havens containing many different species of vegetation other than pasture. You should aim to grow herbs, succulents, bushes and trees in as many areas as possible for the huge benefits they provide.  As well as for your horses, this has the added bonus of transforming your horse property into an environmental asset. 

All About Soil: Part 4

June 2018 by Dr Mariette ven den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services,

In this exclusive Equine Permaculture series, we have been ‘digging deeper into soils’ and explored what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web. 

Feeding for Weight Gain, brought to you by HyGain Feeds

June 2018 by Tania Cubitt, PhD, HyGain Feeds,

Some horses do not maintain their bodyweight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at an ideal weight. Ultimately, your horse’s ribs should not be visible, but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along your horse’s side. 

Horses Helping Humans

June 2018 by Sue Spence, Horses Helping Humans Australia,

Now in its 14th year, Horses Helping Humans (HHH) has recently won its third Business Award this year for ‘Youth and Children’s Services 2018’. Founder Sue Spence invites you to become a licensee and facilitator for this internationally renowned horsemanship and life skills program. 

The Big Problem with Small Strongyles

June 2018 by Dr Anne Beasley, BAgSc (Hons), PhD, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland

Wherever you find horses, you’ll find small strongyles - otherwise known as redworms or, more precisely, cyathostomins (si-a-tos-tomins).  We refer to these parasites collectively as a single group, although there are actually more than 50 known cyathostomin species, about 10 of which are considered common. 

Are You Motivated?

June 2018 by Tanja Mitton,

How do you get motivated? Have you ever thought about it? Some people get motivated when they have support and are encouraged, others are motivated when they want to prove to others that they can accomplish a certain task.  We are all different and that’s why it is important for you to know yourself.


June 2018 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Walnut Bach Flower Essence Biological Name: Juglans regia

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