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April Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 3

April 2018 by Jane and Stuart Myers,

In this three-part series, we discuss the different ways horse owners can manage manure in their horse property to reduce pollution, parasites (worms), weeds, labour and costs. In Part 1, we discussed the pros and cons of picking up manure from the pastures, and we also discussed the dos and don'ts of harrowing.  In Part 2, we discussed cross grazing as a beneficial pasture and parasite management strategy. 

Transport-Related Pneumonia: Can We Reduce the Risk?

April 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

It is well-known transporting horses carries a significant risk - not just of injury, but also disease, such as colic and respiratory problems. Studies have shown transport is stressful, but does the level of stress experienced by the individual horse predict the development of health-related diseases, like pneumonia?  

Goin' Down the Road

April 2018 by David Stang, PhD, Author,

There seem to be two kinds of horses: Those eager to get into a trailer and those eager to avoid getting in. It seems the difference between these kinds of horses comes down to education: Those who want to get in have learned the trailer ride is acceptable and what will happen at the destination is likely to be pleasant. Those who don’t want to get in have also been educated.

Starting Romeo: Part 2

April 2018 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons),

In this exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine will take you deep into the essential foundation lessons for any horse.  Last month, Romeo learned basic handling, including haltering, grooming, picking up feet and tying up. This month,  it’s bridling and learning to give.  Join us for the whole of 2018 and watch the un-started, five-year-old Friesian gelding, Romeo, gradually work through each of the lessons and why not follow along with your own horse?

A Haven for Horses and the Land

March 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

At the foot of the Toowoomba ranges, on a quiet and winding country road lies Split Rock Mountain Premier Horse Agistment, a place where horses can have ‘a holiday in the country’ and more importantly, where they are allowed to be horses in a safe and secure environment. 


Thanks Heavens for the Horses

April 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief

On this month’s cover, we feature a photo by Louise Sedgman of Debbie Williams and her Clydesdale-cross, ‘Woody’, one of the horses that holds a very special part of her heart. As chance would have it, Debbie entered and won a photoshoot with Louise at a crucial moment in her life. 

Stable Relationships

April 2018 by Dr Georgina Downey

Edwin Landseer’s The Shrew Tamed (also known as The Pretty Horse Breaker), on first sight, seems to be a study in interspecies harmony, affection and trust. It’s a beautifully serene work, and Landseer’s handling of the paintwork in the straw, and on the mare’s silken coat and bay dapples is exquisite. 

In the Company of Trailblazers

April 2018 by Sally Harding

It is a chilly Summer evening in an Adelaide Hills community hall, but the subject of horses is running red-hot. Gatherings such as this might have once taken place informally at the local agricultural show or blacksmith’s shop. 

All About Soil: Part 3

April 2018 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant

In this Equine Permaculture series, we ‘dig deeper into soils’ and, to date, we have explored what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web. If you missed any of those articles, head over to the Horses and People website to read them. 

Benefits of Feeding Fats to Horses

April 2018 by Tania Cubitt, PhD,

Enhancing horse productivity and wellbeing has drawn considerable interest in feeding fat supplemented diets to horses. Much of this interest has been prompted by a significant amount of research on the subject over the last 10 years. 

Are You a Rider or a Trainer?

April 2018 by Elizabeth VanRoss,

Humans have loved horses and their movement since the time of the Lascaux cave paintings of the Ice Age. But, the question I would like to ask is: Have horses loved humans?

Without the Horses, There is Nothing!

April 2018 by Jen Marsden Hamilton, NCCP (Canada) Level IV Jumper

Through the past few decades, my main involvement in the equestrian sport has been through teaching. Many use the term ‘coaching’ nowadays, but I think that defines what we do too narrowly. 

A Neck-Related Issue or a True Forelimb Lameness?

April 2018 by Nicky Suckle, BSc (Hons), Masters (Veterinary Physiotherapy),

A neck related issue or a true forelimb lameness? That is the question…  In this article, equine physiotherapist Nicky Suckle provides a complete overview of neck and forelimb injury and pain, including common causes and treatment options for the equine. Neck and forelimb injuries are very common in horses and, often, a neck issue is misdiagnosed as a primary forelimb lameness. 

Getting Comfortable with Change

April 2018 by Tanja Mitton,

We all have habits we have developed during our lifetime. Some habits are positive ones and others are negative ones. Identifying your habits, and realising whether they are positive or negative habits is crucial.  Positive habits are the ones we want to keep, because they can help us achieve our goals. 


April 2018 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

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