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An Australian Treasure Trove

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

In a plain suburban house lies, mostly undiscovered, a treasure trove of magnificent and beautifully crafted horse drawn carriages that tell the story of earlier times when these fascinating vehicles, in their many different varieties of design and type, were an essential part of daily life. 

Mules: Part 1

May 2018 by David Stang, PhD, Author,

Introduction I wanted to write a nice article on mules, explaining them to those who know horses. There is plenty of conventional wisdom on the subject, but on closer examination, it all seems to be the same and distil down to not much. There is minimal science at all comparing donkeys, mules and horses, and many of the topics covered here deserve better than they have been given. 

Why Does My Horse... Put His Tongue Over the Bit?

May 2018 by Dr Andrew McLean, Equitation Science International, Kate Fenner, Kandoo Equine

Sometimes, horses get their tongues over the bit. When this happens, the tongue may loll out of the mouth in a very unsightly way, and all hope of achieving a good contact or communication line with the horse’s mouth will be lost. In horse racing, it is believed a tongue over the bit will impair the horse’s airway. 

Nosebands: How Tight is Too Tight?

May 2018 by Sonja Vandermark, BSc (Hons)

If you’ve been bridle shopping lately, you may have noticed the choices are mind boggling and also it is near impossible to buy a plain cavesson noseband without a flash/drop/chin strap attached. 

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?  


George Morland: Hack or Hero?

May 2018 by Dr Georgina Downey

It’s true that some people do end up looking like their dogs; but like their horses too?  Above, we see a portrait of a favourite elderly white rescue horse and, above right, a sketch of the artist who owned and painted this horse. 

May Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 4

May 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. 

Dental Issues and Facial Trauma: More Common Than You Think

May 2018 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc Eq Dent, DICEVO, Advanced Equine Dentistry,

Horses, and especially young ones, are curious by nature. They can be playful and, unfortunately, that play can quickly turn into an accident which results in injury. Injuries to the head are extremely common and I come across many, many people whose own horses have suffered previous head trauma and yet, they (the owners) have no inkling or idea there was ever an injury.

Feeding the Senior Horse

May 2018 by Tania Cubbitt, PhD, & Stephen Duren, PhD, HyGain Feeds,

The nutritional management of the senior horse is challenging as there is no set criteria that defines ‘old age’ or the ‘senior’ horse. The nutrient requirements of senior horses differ from other classes of horses because of the changes in metabolic and digestive efficiency that accompany the aging process.

Starting Romeo: Part 3

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

In the first articles, Romeo learned basic handling, including haltering, grooming, picking up feet and tying up. This month he continues by learning to give to the bit at the walk. 

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 9

May 2018 by Leonie Lee, BA (Arch), BArch (Hons), Equitecture,

Throughout this series, ventilation has been referred to many times in relation to the requirements of horses and the consequences of stabling conditions. 

Confidence and How We ‘Get It’

May 2018 by Tanja Mitton,

So many people say to me they just need to improve their confidence and then they feel they will be okay.  Confidence is not something you ‘get’, it needs to be developed. This means, therefore, that confidence doesn’t come first, it comes last. Let’s have a look at what confidence is and what a lack of confidence tells us.


May 2018 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park,

Name: Eucalyptus Biological Name: Eucalyptus gobulus Parts Used: Leaves Contains: Aroladendrene, azulenes, cineole, camphene, cymeme, globulol, limonene, menthol, menthone, menthoside, phellandrene, phenolic acid, pinene, pinocarvone, rosmarinic acid and triterpenes.

Aussie Rissoles

May 2018 by Horses and People Magazine

Ingredients 400g lamb mince 125g can corn kernels, drained 125g rindless bacon, finely chopped 2tbs tomato sauce 2tbs barbecue sauce 2tbs fresh chives, finely chopped To serve Potato wedges Caramelised onion Chopped chives Tomato sauce Method Combine mince, corn, bacon, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, chives, salt and pepper in a large bowl.


May 2018 by Jill Griffiths

A couple of days after a big ride, I turn up at the horses’ paddock. Dante looks up from eating and watches me as I come through the gate. I reach out to stroke his nose, and he turns and walks away. He goes and stands behind the dominant mare in the herd and eyes me across her back. I walk around in front of her and reach out to him.

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