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Racehorse Medication Ethics at the 2017 Breeders Cup

31/10/2017 by Sid Gustafson, DVM

In the midst of Australia's Spring Racing Carnival, Americans celebrated their own Thoroughbred racing end-of-year Championships under rules that allow horses to train, as well as race, on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications. Veterinarian and journalist Dr Sid Gustafson reports from the 2017 Breeders' Cup in Del Mar, California, for Horses and People Magazine on racehorse medication ethics.

Tarcoola's Legacy

25/10/2017 by Alex Mullarky

The professional development room at Avoca Park is filled with equine industry professionals and interested horse owners. Everyone sits in plastic chairs as the presenters finish their preparations for the next three days’ work. Wheel the Lead – or Wheely – lies on the table, mostly shrouded in shade cloth and towels, a bunch of flowers resting on his ribcage. He is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred ex-racehorse and yesterday he passed away. 

Managing Pastures for Soil Health

25/10/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services,

As horse owners, we care for large herbivors and, in order to support them with the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land.  Making the right land management decisions - ones that will create healthy pastures, and adequate food resources for our horses and for ourselves - is often easier said than done and certainly not something you can buy off the shelf. 

Dental Surgery and Extractions

25/10/2017 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc Eq Dent, DICEVO, Advanced Equine Dentistry,

As dental surgery becomes more complicated, so too do the headaches.  For many horse owners, dentistry and dental complaints aren’t something that’s front of mind. After all, their horse looks fine, eats okay and can be ridden. Furthermore, the assumption is often that, if there was a problem, it would be new, easily identified and quickly fixed, so things could go back to the way they had always been… Right? Wrong!

Influencing Horses: What Kind of Horse ‘Parent’ Are You?

25/10/2017 by Associate Professor Kirrilly Thompson, PhD (Social Sciences), CQUni Appleton Institute, South Australia

Most of us would be familiar with phrases such as ‘top dog’, ‘alpha male’ or ‘dominant mare’. They refer to the individual at the top of a hierarchy or ‘pecking order’. 


The Sweetest Escape

25/10/2017 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

Featured on our front cover this month is Felicia McGilchrist and her 13-year-old Warmblood mare, Sweet Escape - affectionately known as Bella - photographed by Averil Crebbin of Picture the Moment Photography.

Equicentral: Part 5

25/10/2017 by Jane & Stuart Myers, Equiculture,

Grass Farmers: November 2017 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. 

The Portable and Permanent Solution for Your Property

25/10/2017 by H-Line Structures,

Equitent, by H-Line Structures, combines the stability of solid buildings with the flexibility of portable solutions. Our Riding Halls (Arenas) and Lunging Halls (Round Yards) not only have impressive aesthetics and supreme functionality, but also meet the highest of Australian safety standards, including protection against wind, fire and snow. 

Water Trough Project

25/10/2017 by Horses and People Magazine

Whether you’re on a budget, need an emergency repair or you’re looking for a temporary solution, making your own automatically filling water trough is relatively easy!

Immunity: What is it and How Does it Work?

25/10/2017 by Dr Georgina Learmonth, BSc, PhD, MBBS, Joint Performance,

Immunity - or the immune system - is something we often hear about, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is and how it works?  

Let's Talk About Poo

25/10/2017 by Clair Thunes, HyGain Feeds,

Anyone who has ever had to look after a horse for any length of time knows that they produce a lot of manure. In fact, a 500kg horse defecates about 4-13 times a day, producing 15.5 to 22.5kg of faeces and urine daily, which adds up to 8 metric tons a year!

The Science of Selection

25/10/2017 by Jessica Whinfield

In last month’s issue, we visited Victoria Police’s Mounted Branch. This month we’re staying on the subject of police horses, with an interview with Marc Pierard, an equitation scientist from Belgium.

Long-Reining: Part 2

25/10/2017 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons), Kandoo Equine,

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! 

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 7

25/10/2017 by Leonie Lee, BA (Arch), BArch (Hons), Equitecture,

There are many ways to develop an equine-orientated property and the various activities it can support. In the previous article of this series, we discussed the factors of site-responsive planning and looked at the authoritative controls that may influence design development of horse facilities. 

The Journey to a More Confident You

25/10/2017 by Tanja Mitton,

So many riders are struggling with confidence and, on their journey of discovery, they realise in order to become a more confident rider, they have to become a more confident person first. In my journal, ‘The Riders Mindset Pocket Guide’, I have identified three important steps to increase your confidence - not just in your riding, but overall in life. Clear goal setting

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