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Horse Welfare

Racehorse Medication Ethics in American Horse Racing

December 2017

In the midst of Australia’s Spring Racing Carnival, Americans celebrated their own Thoroughbred racing end-of-year Championships under rules that allow horses to train, as well as race, on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications.  Veterinarian and journalist Dr Sid Gustafson reports from the 2017 Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar, California, for Horses and People Magazine on racehorse medication ethics.

Summer Heat: Help Your Horse Cope and Recover

December 2017

With another hot Summer ahead in the Southern Hemisphere and last year’s record temperatures, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on the latest, evidence-based advice on prevention of dehydration, heat stress and heat exhaustion. Exercise physiologist and scientific consultant Dr David Marlin was involved in extensive research on equine thermoregulation, transport, air-conditioning and cooling in preparation that took place before the Olympic Games of Atlanta and Beijing. He shares his expert advice, so you can help your horse cope and recover in the heat.

Racehorse Medication Ethics at the 2017 Breeders Cup

December 2017

In the midst of Australia's Spring Racing Carnival, Americans celebrated their own Thoroughbred racing end-of-year Championships under rules that allow horses to train, as well as race, on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications. Veterinarian and journalist Dr Sid Gustafson reports from the 2017 Breeders' Cup in Del Mar, California, for Horses and People Magazine on racehorse medication ethics.

Influencing Horses: What Kind of Horse ‘Parent’ Are You?

November 2017

Most of us would be familiar with phrases such as ‘top dog’, ‘alpha male’ or ‘dominant mare’. They refer to the individual at the top of a hierarchy or ‘pecking order’. 

Friendship

October 2017

For a long time, it didn’t occur to me that horses had friends.  I would notice my horse was often standing near another particular horse when I’d fetch him for a ride and I’d notice they’d often whinny to each other as we walked off. But, my play with my horse was never on his terms. I never lingered in his pasture or played with his friends. I was very me-centric. 

Horse Talk

December 2017

I was going to write about locomotion today, lifting ideas from my book ‘Horse Science, Horse Sense’. But, on a long trail ride in the rain, I got thinking there was probably something better that I could do with your time. So try this...

Respect

November 2017

Horse people seem to uniformly agree horses must respect humans. Without respect, they argue, a horse is not safe to be around. Many who talk of respect also think respect is the glue that binds your horse to your wishes: with respect, he’ll do any (stupid) thing you ask.  Without it, he’ll use his own judgment. As one horseman writes, “For a horse to choose another as his leader and entrust his life to them, he must respect everything about them: intelligence, ability, trustworthiness and wisdom.”

Horses and People Official Sponsor of ISES 2017 Down Under

November 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce our official sponsorship of the 13th annual International Society for Equitation Science Conference, hosted by Charles Sturt University, to be held on 22-25 November, 2017, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. The International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates research into the training and management of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve horse-human relationships.

When we know better, we do better!

October 2017

Horses today live longer, healthier lives than ever before. We selectively breed horses to jump higher, run raster, move more flamboyantly... But the question many horse lovers would like to know the answer to is this: Are they happy? Are the domesticated lives we provide our horses fulfilling? How do we know what great quality of life means to the horse, and how can we measure it and, of course, could we do better?

Breeding for the Better

September 2017

Breeding a foal is a decision that requires careful planning and should never be taken lightly. The first question to seriously consider is: Why do you want to breed a foal?  Unfortunately, even with the best intentions and hopes, many breeders worldwide are simply contributing to the horse overpopluation reflected by the large number of horses that are ‘unwanted’ or considered ‘wastage’ of the various horse industries. 

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