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Bringing Out the Best in Trainees

May 2015

Over the years, we produced a steady stream of trainees in our equestrian centres. Many of them went on to great jobs all over the world. There are always so many young people who dream about working with animals, especially horses, that we had a bigger demand for traineeships than we could handle. 

Can Horses Sense Fear in Humans and other myth busters

May 2015

Charles Sturt University Equine Science students continue to explore some of the key areas of research into equine health and horse-human interactions. Their reports combine the latest research with a questioning approach about how equine science can work towards a better understanding of the horse and its relationship to humans. Horses can sense fear in humans By Dominique Fennelly, Equine Science, Charles Sturt University 

Equine Osteoarthritis

May 2015

Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The pain can be sudden or long-term, and may result in an obvious lameness or the horse ‘just not being right’. Osteoarthritis, commonly shortened to arthritis, can result from a range of factors, but all result in joint inflammation and degradation. We’ll take a look at how this happens and what we can do about it. Let’s get technical, technical! 

Planning For Emergencies

March 2015

Cyclones, floods and fires are an unfortunate part of Summer in Australia. Take some time to develop a safety plan and prepare a safety kit in case of emergency.  Here are some tips to help:  Safety plan  Think about where to go and how to get there. If you need to evacuate horses, how many float trips will it take? How much time will you need? Who is available to help you? Plan to leave feed in storage nearby long before the emergency arises. 

Equine Sports Conditioning

March 2015

As equine physical therapist Adrienne Tomkinson explains, sports conditioning is important for every horse to ensure they are fit for the demands we place on them - whether that be high level competition or a leisurely weekend ride.  In this article, Adrienne covers the basics of sports conditioning which can be applied to young horses, competition horses, rehabilitating horses and tapering athletic horses, as well as for the pleasure mount… 

Endurance Heart Size

March 2015

According to a recent report in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, elite endurance horses have bigger hearts than their less successful counterparts as Dr Meg M Sleeper and her team found in examining 34 Arabian endurance horses. Based on their performance in a recent competition, the horses were classified as either elite (23 horses) or less successful (11). Using a standardised ultrasound of each horse’s heart carried out within 1-4 weeks of the competition, the research team compared the cardiac characteristics of the two groups.

Collection: Part 2, Developing the Top Line

June 2014

Whether your aim is to compete in the Olympic disciplines or you just ride for pleasure, ‘collection’ has always been an essential aspect of the ultimate harmony between horse and rider. 

Collection: Part 1, What is it? How do you achieve it?

May 2014

Whether your aim is to compete in the Olympic disciplines or you just ride for pleasure, ‘collection’ has always been an essential aspect of ultimate harmony between horse and rider. Read this 2-Part series to find out why head-and-neck posture is such an important aspect of developing collection. In this article and Part 2, Kathrin makes a case for allowing the horse to dictate the degree of flexion according to his or her training level. This article and Part 2 are best read in their illustrated form, as they appeared in Horses and People Magazine.

Tips for a better STOP

April 2014

The sliding stop has to be the most famous move of the reining horse.  If you Google ‘reining horse’, the majority of the images are of the stop. Many reining horses are natural stoppers. They have both the physical and mental aptitude to want to stop on their hindquarters.  Despite this, they all still need to be trained, and that’s what this article will address:  How to teach the beginnings of the sliding stop to the young horse.

Series: A Horse is a horse!


A horse is a horse! Part 1

September 2012 by Mariette Van den Berg B(Hons), MSc.(Equine Science)

Domesticated horses are maintained in conditions very different from those that are free-roaming. Domesticated horses are generally kept on restricted pastures (paddocks) all year round and/or confined to yards or stables for short or long periods, depending on the location, climate and management system.


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