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The Horse World

Horses, Boys and Girls

February 2018

In many parts of the world, hobby horses are for women, work horses are for men. To get an estimate of the sex composition of any discipline, get out your pencil and count the number of males and number of females you see in Google Images when you search for various words or phrases. To see if women own the world of hobby horses, search for “pleasure horse” and “work horse” in Google Images. Rider sex is not evenly distributed across disciplines. Disciplines such as dressage, show jumping and trail riding differentially draw males and females.

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: Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

July 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. 

Horsing Around the World: Asturias, Spain

June 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.

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.

RunHappy... Horse Racing in America

May 2016

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. 

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