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Exercising Horses Safely in Summer

February 2019

With another hot Summer ahead in the Southern Hemisphere and last year’s record temperatures, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on the latest, evidence-based advice on prevention of dehydration, heat stress and heat exhaustion.

Get 2019 off to a Great Start with SMART Goal Setting

February 2019

It’s that time of year again when we set goals and make resolutions. It’s an exciting time and setting goals can be invigorating. However, more often than not, such resolutions only last a few short weeks or a handful of days. In this article, we’ll discuss your goals and provide ways in which you can, not only achieve your goals, but have fun doing it!  

France bans the trimming of whiskers

April 2019

The French Equestrian Federation (FFE) has banned the removal of the horse's whiskers on welfare grounds. It joins Germany and Switzerland in bringing into effect a rule that would disqualify any horse from competition if the whiskers have been removed.

Every Horse Deserves a Record: Feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register for all horses

April 2019

The Australian Senate is conducting an inquiry into the feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register for all horses, and is seeking public input with particular reference to: the existence and adequacy of state or industry-based registers;
 the benefits of a national register, including for animal welfare, biosecurity safety (including for the prevention and management of Emergency Animal Diseases, such as equine influenza and African Horse Sickness), backyard breeding and the integrity of trade in horses;
 overseas models of national tracking systems for horses;
 funding, enforcement

Sell out at UKs National Equine Forum

April 2019

A packed auditorium of over 200 delegates, together with an international live stream audience of more than 1200 from around the world, enjoyed a day of knowledge sharing and animated debate at this year’s National Equine Forum, held in London on March 7th 2019.

Your Contribution Can Improve Horse Welfare!

March 2019

Did you know that your simple contribution can improve horse welfare on a global scale? You don’t need to dig too deep to discover that horse welfare lags behind other domestic animals. Imagine strapping a dog’s mouth shut so tight it could barely swallow or tying its tongue to its lower jaw with an elastic band? The public would be outraged, and you would probably be charged with cruelty. However, these are common, everyday occurrences in equestrian sports.

Functional Hoof Anatomy with Prof. Robert Bowker in Brisbane

February 2019

Event title: Functional Anatomy of the Equine Foot in Health and Disease Date: May 11th & 12th 2019, Brisbane, QLD Lecturer: Professor Robert M Bowker PhD, Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania, 1979 VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1973 BS, Biology/Chemistry, Springfield College, 1969

Call for Senate Inquiry into Horse Identification and Traceability Scheme

February 2019

Despite overwhelming industry support towards a national database for all horses, there has been little progress made so far. Last week, Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi launched an online petition for an inquiry into a National Horse Traceability Register. Senator Faruqi's online petition page can be found here.

The Power of Change

February 2019

Human beings are creatures of habit. Rather than looking for change, we generally prefer things to stay the same. However, change is an important part of growing and, therefore, necessary.  If you keep doing the same things you will get the same outcomes. If you keep training in the same way you easily get stuck in the same problems. Change is essential to keep things fresh and clear.   So, how can we become more comfortable with change and how do we make the unknown our friend rather than fearing it?  

Magnesium may not be as calming after all

January 2019

Although the calming properties of magnesium have been well documented anecdotally, the latest science suggests it may not reliably slow reaction speed responses after all. Evolutionarily, the horse is a prey animal and as such is a creature of flight. Today when the flight reaction is felt to be excessive some owners opt to use calming supplements, usually containing magnesium.

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