Country Park Herbs

Reflections on Self-Carriage

31/08/2016 by Allan Buck

In the May issue of Horses and People, Allan Buck wrote about the decline in judging and training standards in relation to the horse’s head and neck frame. This month, he talks about another quality that is clearly stipulated in the dressage rule books, yet is less prioritised by today’s riders and judges. 

Colic: Part 1

31/08/2016 by Dr Kylie Schaaf, BVSc (Hons), FANZCVS (Equine Surgery), WestVETS Animal Hospital and Reproduction Centre

“I think my horse has colic...” These are the words many horse owners worry about. Colic means pain in the abdomen, but it is a clinical sign, rather than a diagnosis. From impaction colic or sand colic to twisted bowel, gas build up or parasite infestation, colic is the number one killer of horses worldwide.

Diagnosing Skin Conditions

31/08/2016 by Dr Robin van den Boom, DVM, PhD, Dip ECEIM, School of Animal and Veterinary Studies, University of Adelaide

Anatomy and function of the skin The skin is the largest organ of the body and it serves to provide environmental protection, help maintain body temperature, allow sensory perception and plays a role in the immune system. 

New Media Partnership with Horse & Country TV

13/07/2016 by Horses and People Magazine

Horses and People Magazine is pleased to announce a new and exclusive media partnership with Horse & Country TV Australia. For the following 12 months, Horses and People Magazine and H&C TV Australia will be running cross-promotional campaigns across TV, web and print platforms.

The Big Problem with Small Strongyles

27/06/2016 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.  Unfortunately, these intestinal worms and horses are a package deal, and they are usually present in numbers greater than you’d care to imagine. 


Researchers Warn About Widespread Over-tightening of Nosebands

15/08/2016 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

At the recent International Equitation Science Conference held in Saumur, France, new statistics were released showing competition riders are more likely to over-tighten nosebands than adjust them correctly. The traditional standard recommending nosebands are adjusted loose enough to allow two fingers to slide between the nose and the strap is being followed by just 7% of riders.

Vet or Farrier: Who Ya Gonna Call?

28/07/2016 by Andrew Bowe, BAppSc, Master Farrier, Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre

You’ve just discovered your horse is lame (ah, the joys of owning a horse). A quick check rules out any major external trauma, and there is no blood or broken bits that need to be stuck back together. So, remembering what you learnt years ago at pony club that 90% of all lameness comes from the hoof, the age old question arises: Do you call your farrier or your vet?

What's In That Mouth?

28/07/2016 by Dr Shannon Lee, BVSc, MANZCVSc, DICEVO, Consultant Veterinarian, Advanced Equine Dentistry

As a vet with experience when it comes to looking inside horses’ mouths, little would surprise me as to what I might find in there.

Equine Permaculture Design: Part 3

28/07/2016 by Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, RAnNutr (Equine Nutrition), MB Equine Services

When it comes to horse property layout, it pays to consider following the permaculture design approach because it 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. 

The Thoroughbred: Part 1

28/07/2016 by Harriet Leahy

One of the world’s most commonly recognised breeds, the Thoroughbred is a breathtaking example of speed and versatility, endurance and agility. Bred primarily for racing, the breed boasts a rich history that has been widely documented, and we are lucky enough to know much about this exceptional animal, its foundations and the journey undertaken to arrive at the horse we know today.

Announcement: Paywall Access for Readers and Subscribers

11/06/2016 by Horses and People Magazine

As of 30th June, 2016 our website is changing to give added value to magazine subscribers. Our new paywall service will allow unlimited access to our extensive library of articles, to all readers that subscribe to the print or digital editions of Horses and People Magazine and will limit public access.   

Find the Fun With an Independent, Balanced Position

26/05/2016 by Jane Myers, Equiculture

Follow this new series of articles by the Horse Rider’s Mechanic Jane Myers to find the fun by improving your position, your balance and, ultimately, your riding confidence.

At Bit's End: How to Correctly Fit a Bit & Bridle

29/02/2016 by Dr Shannon Lee, Consultant Veterinarian, Advanced Equine Dentistry

As horse owners, we have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of our horses. Every time you ride, your position, posture and aids have a direct impact on your horse. But, how can you successfully communicate with your horse if your tack is creating discomfort or, at worst, causing severe pain? 

Recognising Concussion

29/02/2016 by Katy Luxon, MA, PGDipClinPsych, MNZCCP

Concussion in any sport is common and presents a significant public health issue, yet it remains poorly understood and is frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. So what do riders need to know? Recognizing concussion is the first step. 

Effects of Soaking in Water on Hay Nutrient Content and Hygiene Quality

13/12/2015 by Karen Richardson, BSc (Hons), MSc Equine Science, Richardson Equine Nutrition Solutions

Soaking hay in water is a method commonly employed by horse owners to reduce the sugar content of hay and, for many people with horses diagnosed with laminitis, insulin resistance, polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) or obesity, soaking hay in water may have become a routine part of their daily horse-keeping duties.

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