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02/03/2017

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... 

10/31/2016

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.

09/30/2016

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

09/30/2016

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.

02/29/2016

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.

02/29/2016

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.

03/30/2016

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! 

04/28/2016

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.

05/26/2016

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, Cristina Wilkins writes about her visit to Asturias in the North of Spain, where a rare breed of ponies shares the formiddable mountain ranges with wolves.

06/27/2016

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 visits the verband facilities in Elmshorn and the renowned Hof Thormählen stud in the Schleswig-Holstein region of northern Germany. 

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