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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Horse

October 2016

On our cover this month, we are proud to showcase Victorian teenager Sammi McMaster and her Off the Track mare DP Destiny otherwise known as ‘Totti’ or ‘The Queen’ at home. Sammi, along with her sister Sarah and mother Lisa, is a Racing Victoria Acknowledged Retrainer.

Under the Skin: Horses Inside Out Australian Tour

August 2016

This April, skeletal horses were spotted in Western Australia and Victoria. Fortunately it wasn’t the four horsemen of the apocalypse, but Horses Inside Out, an internationally renowned organisation which employs anatomical painting to teach horse owners and equine professionals how their horse works. At the head of Horses Inside Out is Gillian Higgins: anatomist, biomechanist, coach, sports and remedial therapist, event rider, author and speaker. It’s an impressive list that only scratches the surface of what she has achieved since she started her unique business. 

Poll High and The Lowering of Judging Standards

June 2016

Dressage, is a dance with a horse. The beauty of the horse rhythmically moving through movements with arched neck and vertical forehead is watched by horsemen and non-horsemen with great emotion. Currently, riders including lower level and novice riders, strive to attain the stylized forms they see winning in the competitive dressage arenas by emulating the riders and trainers who are successful and applauded. 

From Half a Pony to a Horse Business

May 2016

Designing and manufacturing an innovative hay ring able to keep hay dry, incorporate a slow-feed net and be flat-packed for shipment all over Australia was not on Helen Davey’s mind when she and her family moved to a semi-rural property in Serpentine, Western Australia.  In fact, when the Daveys moved, they didn’t have any horses nor intended to get any. But, six years later, not only is Helen the passionate keeper of several horses, she has also developed a thriving horse business based around her innovative product, Poly Safe Hay Rings.

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.

Unharnessed Potential: April 2016

May 2016

Storm "Storm is a 16-year-old bay 15hh Standardbred gelding who had raced until the age of eight. In October 2013, we entered our first show. We came home that day with two seconds and we were hooked! We entered a number of competitions after that, placing at every outing. But, neither of us expected what came next and I wouldn’t have dreamt of facing it with any horse other than Storm. 

Horsing Around the World: Brandenburg, Germany

May 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 Brandenburg State Stud in Neustadt, Dosse, near Berlin, Germany.

Posture and Performance with Gillian Higgins

April 2016

In line with other books from 'Horses Inside Out', 'Posture and Performance' looks at training and management from a completely different perspective and is certainly too good to miss! It will help riders, trainers and regular horse owners to learn anatomy and biomechanics in a way that is relevant to their own horse and equestrian discipline. 

A Bright Future for Western Dressage

March 2016

North American Western Dressage is leading the way towards fairer and more ethical training and competitions by improving the objectivity and transparency of their Dressage Judging Scoring System.  True to their mission to be the ‘Future of Western Horsemanship’, the NAWD’s judging leadership implements a continual development philosophy, so when they learned about Dr McLean’s proposal for an Objective Judging Scoring system, they decided to act, adopt and implement the reforms.

In the Line of Duty

January 2016

If queried, many people would likely rank firefighter and police officer as United Kingdom occupations with a high risk of personal injury. What may be surprising to learn is that a more dangerous profession exists: that of equine veterinarian.


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