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Ideal Guy Re-Homed

January 2016

We are so pleased to announce Ideal Guy aka Andy the Standy has been successfully re-homed! Andy was featured in our recent Unharnessed Potential series, an awareness and education campaign to encourage leisure and sport riders to consider Standardbred horses for a life after racing. Studies have shown that Standardbred racehorses have fewer opportunities once leaving the industry and are more likely to go to knackeries than their Thoroughbred counterparts.

Standardbred Stories: August 2015

September 2015

"Cartouche USA is a 10-year-old Standardbred gelding who originally hails from Lexington, Kentucky. He was imported to Australia as a two-year-old where, sadly, he didn’t set the track alight with his ability and eventually retired. Equine vets from the University of Queensland’s Equine Specialist Hospital formed a syndicate to purchase him and, after testing him, Cartouche had a new and valuable job of being a true, rare, universal blood donor.

Series: A Jump Ahead with Jen Hamilton

08/19/2015

Series: Desensitising

08/14/2015

Desensitising: Part 2

May 2014 by Lindsay Vincent

In Part Two of this Desensitisation Series, Lindsey Vincent focuses on how to get horses to accept different forms of equipment used in the training, stable management and riding process.  Some pieces of equipment that are likely to change throughout the horse’s lifetime include bits, bridles, saddles, leg protection and saddle pads.

Desensitising: Part 4

July 2014 by Lindsay Vincent, The Collected Canine

The last part of this Desensitisation Series is about getting your horse used to going out to new places - like shows and events. Lindsey Vincent explains how a gradual approach and routine exposure will help your horse handle events like a pro.

Series: Standardbred Stories

08/12/2015

Standardbred Stories: June 2015

July 2015 by Horses and People Magazine

"Dapper Man NZ began his racing career in 2004. Between then and 2012, Dapper spent his days in a paddock with the inclusion of an odd ride here and there. Now, three years later, we do dressage, show jumping, hacking, sporting and we rarely come home without ribbons! I couldn’t wish for abetter horse.

Standardbred Stories: July 2015

August 2015 by Horses and People Magazine

"Harry, whose race name was Prince Harry, was raced up until he was nearly nine years old and his career spanned across two countries. By no means was I looking for a ‘project horse’ as I had three-year-old twin boys at the time, but found myself standing in front of the rusty stall gates staring at a bewilderingly magnificent horse. So, I took him on.

Series: The Facts About Contact

08/12/2015

The Facts About Contact Part 3 - Measuring Lightness, Self Carriage & Gaits

January 2010 by Dr Amanda Warren-Smith

In Part 1 of this series The Facts About Contact, we discussed the measurement of rein tension (used to measure lightness) and in Part 2 we discussed measuring rein tension as well as head carriage.  Now in Part 3, we are going to combine those measures with measures of the horse's leg movements.

Series: Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory

08/12/2015

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 2

May 2015 by Manuela McLean, NCAS Level 2 (Dressage Specialist), BSc (Biology), DipEd, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

In Part 2, Manuela McLean continues making sense of the current judging system against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science shaping scale helping you develop clear strategies you can build on to improve your next competition performance.

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 3

July 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

In Part 3, Manuela McLean discusses incorrect responses, which judges would mark between 0 and 3 and how to re-train them to boost your next dressage performance. Do you want to avoid scores between 0 and 3? Read on...  Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses.

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 4

July 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Part 4: Obedience. Do you want to improve on marks of 3 to 5? Read on... as Manuela McLean continues to explain the judging scale against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science shaping scale, helping you develop clear training strategies to boost your scores!

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 5

August 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Part 5 - Developing rhythm. In this part, Manuela continues up the judging scale to the qualities that will award you marks of 5 and above, when rhythm is established, is self maintained and the transitions are smooth, the marks should rise to a 6. Your marks will move on to 7 when, as well as showing rhythm, your horse is also straight.

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 6

September 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 7

June 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores? 

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 8

November 2015 by Manuela McLean, Director, Equitation Science International

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 9

January 2016 by Manuela McLean Director, Equitation Science International

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 10

June 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores? 

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 11

March 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 12

April 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 13

May 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both, riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 14

June 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Series: Ideal Guy's Track-To-Hack Story

07/15/2015

The Unharnessed Potential Project is possible thanks to the following sponsors - Australian Equine Behaviour Centre | Greg Grant Saddlery | NRG Team | Harness Racing Australia | Southern Cross Horse Transport | Advanced Equine Dentistry | The Barefoot Blacksmith | Raising the Standards | Kilmore Equine Clinic | Manuka Haylage | Horses and People Magazine | Strong Step Hoof Care | Kompeet to Win    

Ideal Guy's Track-to-Hack Story: Part 2 Settling in to a New Environment

April 2014 by Alistair McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

We’re all excited to have Ideal Guy, aka ‘Andy the Standy’, at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC). It is with great pleasure that we join the fantastic cause of documenting the re-training of the Standardbred from harness racehorse to saddle horse, and we cannot thank Horses and People enough for initiating this project and allowing us to be a part of it.

Andy's Update: March 2015

May 2015 by Alistair McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Ideal Guy (aka Andy) is now back in work after a well derserved holiday. Alistair McLean is doing lots of hill work with Andy to make him stronger and develop his canter.  He is going very nicely on the flat, doing some lovely trot work and lateral work, Alistair says. 

Andy's Update: April 2015

May 2015 by Alistair McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Andy is working four days a week and, as you can see below, the rest of the time he is enjoying his time out with his paddock mate Perdy.  He continues to progress in his work and is becoming more coordinated and stronger through his body. He is doing two dressage sessions, one hill work and one jumping session a week. 

Andy's Update: May 2015

June 2015 by Alistair McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Jessica Atkins of JA Equestrian Photographics came to the AEBC to do a photoshoot of Andy and Alistair. The photos will help illustrate the upcoming book on re-training the Standardbred from track to hack. It was a long, but successful day. Andy coped very well with being a “movie star” for the day. He looked fabulous - so shiny and muscly!

Andy's Update: June 2015

July 2015 by Alistair McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, this month we bring you some of the beautiful photos of Andy ridden by Alistair McLean and photographed by Jessica Atkins, JA Photography, for illustrating the upcoming training book! About the Unharnessed Potential Project:

Andy's Update: July 2015

August 2015 by Horses and People Magazine

Andy has now completed his re-training and moved back to his original home in Queensland. He is enjoying a well earned break! Andy will have a few weeks off and then his future options and re-homing process will commence. Watch this space! and stay up-to-date on his Facebook page, we will be making an announcement soon. 

Ideal Guy Ready for Rehoming

August 2015 by Unharnessed Potential Project

Ideal Guy, (a.k.a Andy the Standy) is looking for a forever home with an amateur competitive rider who is keen to continue his career under saddle. We're looking for a long-term home for Andy with an owner who can offer regular exercise, safe and spacious living quarters, and a commitment to continuing Andy's education.

Andy's Update: August 2015

September 2015 by Horses and People Magazine

Ideal Guy, (a.k.a Andy the Standy) is looking for a forever home with an amateur competitive rider who is keen to continue his career under saddle. We’re looking for a long-term home for Andy with an owner who can offer regular exercise, safe and spacious living quarters, and a commitment to continuing Andy’s education and campaigning him on the show circuit.

Horses Inside Out 2014 Conference

July 2015

What are the ingredients for a fun and indulgent equestrian weekend? Lisa Ashton of EquiSci reports from this year’s Horses Inside Out conference in Warwickshire, United Kingdom, where the latest in training, therapy and performance was presented to nearly 200 delegates. An annual conference, Horses Inside Out attracts therapists, coaches, riders, vets, farriers and lecturers from around the world including regular attendees from Australia and the United States. 

Resistance on the Rise

July 2015

Three years on from the launch of an Australian study into drug resistance in horse worms, the results are in! The project produced some really useful data that was lacking in the Australian literature and also shed light on some concerning issues that impact all facets of the equine industry. Here is a short summary of the background of the project, what I did and what I found.  There are two worms that demand most of our attention when managing equine parasites - small strongyles and the large roundworm of foals, Parascaris equorum.

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