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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.

On the Beat

October 2017

Horses have been part of policing in Victoria since 1836. Today, despite the advent of high-tech law enforcement involving drones and advanced software, the Mounted Branch of Victoria Police continues to play an integral role in the organisation - and Sergeant Michelle Turner believes technology will never replace police horses.

The Moyle Horse of Idaho

March 2017

I started on the quest to find out about horses possessing ‘horns’; more accurately, frontal skull bosses (small bony bumps covered by skin and hair that occur on the forehead) after reading the following sentence in a 2007 article by Beverly Davis11:  “Bucephalus means ‘ox-head’ and it is possible the name might come from the calcium ‘horns’ that are found on the foreheads of horses descended from the Persian.” My research led me to the Moyle horse, a rare breed which was known to regularly exhibit these frontal skull bosses... 

Horsing Around the World: Wicken Fen, United Kingdom

December 2016

There’s nothing like the practical experience of travelling, visiting and talking with horsemen and women in different countries to learn how they work with horses and their land.  Jane and Stuart Myers share their experience of a visit to the Konik ponies at Wicken Fen, Norfok, United Kingdom, where ponies and cattle are being 'used' to manage and restore the wetlands.

The Voice for Horse Owners

October 2016

The Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) is a national representative body serving the Australian Horse Industry. The main role of the AHIC is to provide a voice for the interests of horses and horse owners in national forums. AHIC, along with Harness Racing Australia, Equestrian Australia and Racing Australia, are the four peak bodies the Minister of Agriculture consults with. Unity in diversity

Equitana Melbourne Announce Their Captain

October 2016

Heralded international equestrian Captain Mark Phillips has been announced as a star presenter exclusively for Melbourne equine extravaganza EQUITANA. The former Olympic, World and European eventing champion will present a one-off masterclass, along with a series of education sessions held over each day of this year’s event.

Horsing Around the World: Adalucia, Spain

March 2016

There’s nothing like the practical experience of travelling, visiting and talking with horsemen and women in different countries to learn how they work with horses and their land. This month, we visit several regions of Spain.

A Place to Call Home

March 2016

A secluded corner of the Lockyer Valley has, for the second time around, become home to European settlers chasing their dream; to create a prosperous, healthy lifestyle integrating family with their love of horses, cattle and rural country living. “We want to have space and a quieter life, but we also want to do the things we enjoy. That’s why I was drawn to this location”, says Nick.

Horsing Around the World: Berlin, Germany

April 2016

There’s nothing like the practical experience of travelling, visiting and talking with horsemen and women in different countries to learn how they work with horses and their land.  This month, Mariette van den Berg visits the new facilities of the Bonhomme stud near Berlin, Germany. During 2014, I visited some very interesting Warmblood studs (new and old) around Berlin, Germany. My first visit was to a private and brand new horse stud called Gestut Bonhomme, which cost in excess of $16 million Euros and took around six or seven years to build! 

Art and Equine Anatomy

May 2016

Talented equine artist Yvette Frahn has combined two of her unique interests in a new series. Using brilliant colours, romantic style and impeccable attention to detail, she explains the inner and outer workings of the horse through her artistic work.  While you may not consider yourself to be an artist in any stretch of the word, Yvette will inspire and intrigue you to understand more about the anatomy of the horse in a beautiful and incredibly visual format. You may find yourself picking up a pencil or brush, and applying this new knowledge to your own artistic pursuits.

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