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Equine Permaculture Design: Part 10

30/03/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services, www.mbequineservices.com

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. 

Equine Behaviour: An Introduction

30/03/2017 by Dr Lesley A. Hawson, BSc, BVSc, PhD, Equine Dental Veterinarians Australia, www.equinedentalvets.com.au

As most horse lovers know, our modern-day horses evolved from a five-toed forest-dwelling mammal that was about the size of small foxes. In the intervening 60 million years, the horse’s morphology has changed radically to better suit running fast over the savannahs and grasslands they now inhabit in the wild.  Despite this, horses are still, in many ways, scared little critters scuttling through the undergrowth trying to avoid being eaten by something bigger. 

Hips to the Fence For Safe Mounting

30/03/2017 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons), Kandoo Equine, www.kandooequine.com

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!  Kate’s gentle and no-fuss approach will provide you with the tools and confidence you need to educate your own horse.   This series walks you through specific lessons and how to teach them. From stress-free trailer loading, to handling head-shy horses, to safe mounting. 

Horse Facility (re)Design: Part 2

30/03/2017 by Leonie Lee, in collaboration with Anthony Worm, Equitecture, www.equitecture.com.au

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.  Last month, we explained how - often unwittingly - when we stable horses, we expose them to harmful conditions; least of all because the built environment is generally at odds with the evolved physiology and behaviour of horses.

Horse Training Course: The Engagement Zone

28/02/2017 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons), www.horsetrainingcourse.com

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.  

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Supporting Your Horse after the Rain

11/04/2017 by Catherine Bird, Country Park Animal Herbs, www.countrypark.com.au

With so many areas along the eastern seaboard, north western New South Wales and Queensland experiencing record rainfall, our horses need some special support. If their paddocks have been affected by flood waters, or if they are just saturated and muddy certain issues can arise.

Worth Their Weight in Gold

30/03/2017 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

They say some horses will test you, some will teach you and some will bring out the best in you. Ol’ Jay is of the last type... That once-in-a-lifetime, worth-her-weight-in-gold horse every little girl dreams of. 

Back to Basics

30/03/2017 by Alex Mullarky

Angela Brown’s business is training: both horses and people. She didn’t begin her equestrian journey until she got her first horse at the age of 28 and perhaps entering the horse world as an adult gave her a fresh perspective. In Angela’s line of work, working with horses is as simple as two concepts: mastering the basics and staying safe.

Blue Chip Equine Feed Balancers

30/03/2017 by Blue Chip Feeds, www.bluechipfeed.com.au

What are equine feed balancers?  A blend of highly bioavailable essential nutrients provided as multi-supplements in just one nutrient-dense product, and containing no whole cereals or molasses.  Focusing on providing nutrients to support metabolic functions, and long-term overall health and wellbeing.

Pasture Bites: April 2017

30/03/2017 by Jill Griffiths

This is the time when Winter annual plants germinate. Germination occurs due to a complex interaction between moisture, temperature and day length.  In Summer rainfall areas, the newly emergent plants will appear among the remnants of the Summer-growing pastures. While, in Winter rainfall areas, they give a green flush to previously dry, brown paddocks. 

Omega Feeds - All Natural Superfoods

30/03/2017 by Omega Feeds, www.omegafeeds.com.au

The team at Omega Feeds have scientifically formulated a range of horse feed products based on the goodness of the sunflower.  Sunflower seeds are the unsung superfood containing high-quality vitamins, minerals, cofactors and enzymes, which makes them an excellent addition to your horse’s diet!

Rice Bran Oil: Facts and Benefits

30/03/2017 by Tania Cubitt, PhD, HyGain, www.hygain.com.au

Many surprising benefits have been attributed to the addition of fat to the equine diet and there are many oils available to the consumer - canola, maize, soybean and blends of these to name a few options available. 

How Protein Affects Performance

30/03/2017 by Dr Jennifer Stewart, BVSc, BSc, PhD, MRCVS, Dip BEP, AAIM, Jen Equine, www.jenequine.com

Protein features frequently in discussions on feeding, nutrition and performance. Alternately feared and revered, protein is part of the bigger picture of conditioning and nutritional protocols that result in specific changes in body composition and performance.

Researchers Publish New Forage Feeding Recommendations: Part 1

30/03/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, MB Equine Services, www.mbequineservices.com

While many horse owners are aware pasture and conserved forages should be the basis of horse diets (even in performance horses), there are different aspects to consider when deciding what type of conserved forage you should feed your horses and how much you should provide - quality vs. quantity. 

Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

30/03/2017 by Tanja Mitton, www.tanjamitton.com

Stress is something that most of us live with every single day and often we are not even aware that we are stressed; that’s until you get on your horse. We have all heard the saying “your horse is your mirror”, and that is absolutely true, particularly when it comes to stress and reflecting our tension. 

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