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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.


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 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.


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.


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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.  


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. 


Sid Gustafson reports from the Breeders' Cup in America and gives an insight into the permitted pre-race medication debate... After a hard rain during the days before, sunshine greeted the Breeders' Cup horses Thursday morning at Keeneland, the home of Lexington’s Thoroughbred racing. The persistent drizzle and Kentucky humidity softened the turf and muddied the main track. Lexington, Kentucky is the horse raising capital of America, a most fitting location for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, America’s drug-permissive horse racing championship. 


A social work faculty is researching the equine assisted psychotherapy model as an add-on to existing conventional therapy, with the aim of helping military personnel and veterans to resolve post-traumatic stress issues. Although it is known to help people address mental and behavioral health issues, the evidence-based research remains limited. New Mexico State University School of Social Work Associate Professor Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome is dedicating her academic career to establishing and promoting scientific standards for gathering such information.


Pressure is mounting on equestrian sports governing bodies to allow riders freedom when choosing the equipment they use on their horses during competitions. A new proposition to change the official competition rules has been submitted to the Equestrian Federation of Finland, asking for specific rules changes and for their proposals to be officially submitted to the FEI. 


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