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Grass Farmers: July 2017

29/06/2017 by Jane & Stuart Myers, Equiculture, www.equiculture.com.au

Through the following months, Jane and Stuart Myers are taking the reins of our property and pasture improvements section, contributing their expertise and unique approach to responsible horse and land management.  This month, we introduce the Equicentral System - Jane and Stuart’s complete approach to property layout, horse and pasture management. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Part 2

29/06/2017 by Dr Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services, www.mbequineservices.com

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg will take you on a journey of discovery into the grazing life of horses - exploring how herbivores and plants have adapted their behaviour to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive, as a result. 

Your Horse’s Signs of Health: Part 1

29/06/2017 by Dr Rachel O'Higgins, BVMS, MRCVS

It’s essential that every horse owner knows their horse’s normal, healthy resting temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate.  As prey animals, horses can be very good at hiding signs of illness to avoid attracting unwanted attention, so checking your horse’s vital signs regularly will allow you to know what is normal and can help you to spot early on when something is wrong. 

Endocrinopathic Laminitis With Dr Simon Bailey

29/06/2017 by Jess Whinfield

Prof Simon Bailey is a world-leading researcher who has devoted his professional career to examining endocrinopathic laminitis, a common, but potentially devastating, disease. With over 30 horses on his property, including one pony that’s being managed for laminitis, Simon is well-versed in the challenges the disease presents from the perspective of a horse owner, a researcher and a veterinarian.

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.

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Finding Your Own Way

29/06/2017 by Cristina Wilkins, Horses and People Magazine

Featured on our front cover this month is a beautiful photo of Laura Mitton and her horse ‘Graphic Design’ - aka Nelson - taken by Averil Crebbin of Picture the Moment Photography. 

Horsing Around the World: Iceland

29/06/2017 by Linda Zupanc, Horses and People Magazine

Two days before Christmas last year, my husband surprised me by asking whether I wanted to go on a trip to Lapland to see the Northern Lights. Of course, I responded with “sure!”. 

Grounded Hoofcare

29/06/2017 by Alex Mullarky

It is just past two o’clock when I speak to Maja Stocker from her Queensland home. It is an average day for the barefoot trimmer, who has already trimmed nine “and a half” horses, and is now relaxing in the shade on her leafy veranda. “It was pretty good, a good effort,” she tells me.

A True Super Fibre

29/06/2017 by Tania Cubitt, PhD, HyGain Feeds, www.hygain.com.au

What is beet pulp? Beet pulp is a by-product of the sugar industry. Sugar is extracted from the beet leaving the pulp. Beet pulp is rich in fibre, and is unique in its form as it is soluble fibre and highly digestible.  

The Sacroiliac Joint

29/06/2017 by Naomi Miller, Equinox Balance, www.equinoxbalance.com.au

The sacroiliac joint is often considered a potential culprit in cases of vague hind limb lameness or suspected pain in the back or hindquarters. Why is the finger so often pointed at this joint? And, why is it so difficult to pin down as a primary factor in impaired performance? 

Learning to Give: Part 1

29/06/2017 by Kate Fenner, Kandoo Equine, BEqSc (Hons), www.kandooequine.com

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! 

The Saddle Fit Guide

29/06/2017 by Line Greve, PhD Student, DVM, MRCVS, & Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVA

Here is some advice for fitting, using and maintaining your saddle, compiled by the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with World Horse Welfare. 

Making Time for Yourself

29/06/2017 by Tanja Mitton, Mindset for Success, www.tanjamitton.com

Making time to ride or to do anything for yourself is often a difficult task for many. Especially for us women. As women, making time for ourselves is often a foreign concept, but this is exactly what we need to do.  

Clary Sage

29/06/2017 by Hetty Tapper, Chakra Park, www.chakrapark.com.au

Biological Name: Salva sclarea Parts Used: Flowering tops and foilage. Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam distillation. Essential Oil Scent: Herbaceous, earthy, mellow, musky, nutty, sweet and warm. Essential Oil Constituents: Linalol, linalyl acetate, myrcene, phellandrene, sclareol and pinene.

A Proven Track Record in Equine Products

29/06/2017 by Magnum Industries, www.magnumindustries.com.au

Trusted by horse owners, for over 20 years, Magnum Industries have gained a reputation for manufacturing and supplying quality horse products that are truly guaranteed to last. 

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