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Biological Worm Control: An Australian Innovation Now a Reality

June 2018

BioWorma has been dubbed a game-changer in worm control. It is a biological worm control product, which has the potential to save graziers and horse owners time and money - both through limiting stock losses and also reducing the need for chemical drenches for cattle, sheep, goats and horses. After more than 20 years of research and development, Australian farmers and horse owners will be the first in the world to access this new product which has just been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Danish Set a Limit to Noseband Tightness

April 2018

A study led by veterinarian Mette Uldahl during 2014 and 2015, which examined 3,143 Danish horses after their competition performance found almost 290 had lesions or blood on the commisures of the lips. The risk of mouth lesions increased the tighter the noseband was fitted.  The findings have been accepted for publication in Equine Veterinary Journal, and have resulted in the Danish Riding Federation establishing a limit for noseband tightness across all disciplines.

Equitation Science Focuses on Collaboration at International Conference

January 2018

When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and people, to challenge long-held beliefs and values, and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions, it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way. But, the best pioneers are also able to harness the power of collaboration and prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A common theme echoed throughout the recent International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference Down Under 2017, which took place in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, is what ISES Hon Fellow, Prof.

How to Play the Breeder's Cup Lasix

December 2017

Since pre-race Lasix is allowed in America, the drug is listed on the program so the players (punters) can effectively parlay the Lasix horses.   Having practised as an attending Thoroughbred and Standardbred veterinarian back in the day, and subsequently following the medication notes on the forms of racehorses through time, I developed a sense of how to 'play the Lasix'.   I know better than to gamble where so many permitted drugs are allowed - with so many unknown consequences.   Highland Reel is getting Lasix and so will be favoured over Ulysses in the Turf.

Australian Harness Racing Leads the World in Welfare Reform

February 2017

Harness Racing Australia is banning the use of whips to urge horses to the finish line from 1 September, 2017 in a world-leading equine welfare initiative that improves the industry’s image and enhances its sustainability. The decision sets the pace in animal welfare, and for the long-term support and sustainability of the industry. It also aligns with high expectations of the community, fans, and industry participants in harness racing. The announcement makes Australia the first country in the world to voluntarily take such meaningful action.

We recommend: Horses Hate Surprise Parties

December 2016

Horses Hate Surprise Parties: Equitation Science for Young Riders is the first book to present the scientific principles behind horse training in a simple and easy to understand format. Suitable for both young and not so young riders, the book provides clear explanations of horse behaviour and an easy to follow blueprint for training on the ground and under saddle. 

Horses and People partners with Horse & Country TV Australia

August 2016

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. This mutually beneficial partnership strongly aligns with the values of both media outlets, which are committed to offering educational and entertaining content to readers and viewers who care about their horse's long-term health and wellbeing.

New Saliva Test Under Development to Diagnose Equine Encysted Small Strongyle Infection

August 2016

Scientists at Moredun are currently developing a novel diagnostic test for the assessment of encysted small strongyle larval burdens in horses. The diagnostic test detects antibodies to larval cyathostomins encysted in the gut wall of infected horses. Moredun has now entered into a collaboration with Austin Davis Biologics (service providers of EquiSal Tapeworm testing) to develop the test for use with saliva samples. If successful, this would simplify the sample collection process for horse owners, enabling them to take samples directly from their horses for analysis.

Announcement: Paywall Access for Readers and Subscribers

July 2016

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.    It's our way to give added value to our readers and subscribers.   All current print and digital subscribers to Horses and People will receive immediate and unlimited access to our full library of published articles.  

Changes to Biosecurity Act: What You Need To Know Before July 2016

July 2016

New Biosecurity Laws will come into effect on the 1st July 2016, as part of the long-awaited Biosecurity Act. This Act replaces the Quarantine Act of 1908 and will change the way horse owners, event organisers and the equestrian industry as a whole manage current biosecurity laws and legislation, particularly those in biosecurity-sensitive Queensland. Harriet Leahy reports on the most important aspects all horse owners need to know. 

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