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Tongue Ties: Trying to See the Whole Picture

July 2018

Whenever we want to get to the bottom of a question regarding equine performance, welfare, nutrition or disease, we must consider the science. Scientists make it their lives' work to drill down on their areas of interest in an effort to answer all the questions they and their peers have in that area. The value of their work is tremendous: it guides us, shapes our understanding and, eventually, our behaviours and actions. 

Starting Romeo - Part 5 - First Girth

July 2018

In this exclusive training series, Kate Fenner from Kandoo Equine is taking  you deep into the essential foundation lessons for any horse.  If you missed Parts 1-4, you can catch up on www.horsesandpeople.com.au or via the following links:  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 So far, Romeo has learned basic handling, including haltering, grooming, picking up feet, tying up and ‘give to the bit’, both at a standstill and at the walk. 

Helmets: 20 (More) Reasons to Put a Lid on It

June 2018

Horse riding is dangerous. I’m not going to go into the statistics on horse-related injury and fatality because they are far from straightforward. Do you calculate injury rates per ride, per hour spent in the saddle or per jump attempt?  Suffice to say that all accidents range from annoying to tragic, and the statistics for any sport as a whole are not going to matter when an accident happens to you or someone you know. 

Bottoming Out

June 2018

In hindsight, this is what I think happened. Dante was sore. He has a long back and a lean build. At five, he’s physically immature. He is growing quickly and his saddle had become tight on his shoulders in the three months since it had last been adjusted.  His soreness corresponded to me injuring my knee (not horse-related). As we were both developing our soreness issues, I made a couple of mistakes. I can see them as mistakes in hindsight, but at the time didn’t realise I was doing the wrong thing. In fact, I thought I was doing the right thing. 

How to Fit a Bit and Bridle Correctly

March 2016

As horse owners, we have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of our horses. Every time you ride, your position, posture and aids have a direct impact on your horse. But, how can you successfully communicate with your horse if your tack is creating discomfort or, at worst, causing your horse severe pain? Often, we’re confronted with behavioural difficulties that can be fixed by routinely checking our tack for wear and correct fit. Does your horse lug? Do they chew the bit? Do they open the mouth or try to get the tongue over the bit? Do they tip their head?

Why Does My Horse... Put His Tongue Over the Bit?

May 2018

Sometimes, horses get their tongues over the bit. When this happens, the tongue may loll out of the mouth in a very unsightly way, and all hope of achieving a good contact or communication line with the horse’s mouth will be lost. In horse racing, it is believed a tongue over the bit will impair the horse’s airway. 

Under the Influence: The Impact of Your Leadership Style

February 2018

Research on leadership in human societies has mostly been concerned with human relations in workplaces, especially those between managers and workers. Early research focused on how to make workers more obedient, useful, productive and efficient. Some people were just thought to be better - or more natural - leaders than others.  More recently, leadership is seen as a property that emerges from the relations between individuals. Moreover, the health, safety and wellbeing of workers is valued more than ever, and leadership now comes with great responsibilities of care. 

Nosebands: New Zealand votes to amend rules

August 2018

At their recent AGM, Dressage New Zealand approved the rule amendment proposed by dressage rider and coach Jody Hartstone from Hartstone Equestrian. The rule states it must be possible to place one finger comfortably between the noseband and the nasal planum (front of the nose). Whilst not quite the two finger spacing that Jody first submitted, changing the place where noseband tightness is checked is a huge step in the right direction and Dressage New Zealand is to be applauded for leading in welfare improvements in their sport. 

ISES Rome 2018: In search of La Dolce Vita: What constitutes 'The Good Life' for horses?

August 2018

This September, the world’s leading equine scientists will gather at the 14th annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome to share their latest research findings and discuss what constitutes a good life for horses. The conference theme is Equine welfare: good training, good feeding, good housing, good mental state, good health, good behaviour. Many horse owners believe their horses live ideal lives with optimal welfare.

A Vaccine for Queensland Itch

July 2018

The type of allergic dermatitis known as Queensland Itch, Summer or Sweet Itch has so far proven impossible to cure and difficult to manage, but a new study suggests a vaccine may soon be available to provide the relief horses and their owners are looking for. Insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) is an allergic reaction to the bite of the female Culicoides midge, a blood-sucking insect found in all countries except Antarctica, New Zealand and Iceland.

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