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Transporting Horses

Transport-Related Pneumonia: Can We Reduce the Risk?

April 2018

It is well-known transporting horses carries a significant risk - not just of injury, but also disease, such as colic and respiratory problems. Studies have shown transport is stressful, but does the level of stress experienced by the individual horse predict the development of health-related diseases, like pneumonia?  

Goin' Down the Road

April 2018

There seem to be two kinds of horses: Those eager to get into a trailer and those eager to avoid getting in. It seems the difference between these kinds of horses comes down to education: Those who want to get in have learned the trailer ride is acceptable and what will happen at the destination is likely to be pleasant. Those who don’t want to get in have also been educated.


June 2017

Although studies suggest that inhaling certain scents may reduce stress in humans, aromatherapy is relatively unexplored in veterinary medicine. But, new research presented at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago, United States, raises the question of whether aromatherapy may be beneficial to horses as well.

Molendinar Mike’s Fabulous Folding Float Fence

December 2016

Have you ever arrived at an overnight event and found there aren’t any spare yards available? Or had to camp or evacuate to a venue with unknown facilities? Have you ever battled with star pickets and tape to make a temporary fence when camping, not to mention struggled to pull the star pickets out when it’s time to leave? 

Cleared for Landing

December 2016

As you flip or scroll through horses for sale advertisements, you’ll often notice that critical little abbreviation tucked away after the horse’s name - (imp.) - meaning the horse was imported.  We all accept this usually means the horse will have a few extra zeros after their price tag or, more likely, have that little three letter acronym POA.  But, have you ever stopped to think about the process? Specifically, how are we sure that horse isn’t carrying diseases and is actually safe to be in Australia? 

Travel Sickness in Horses

July 2016

Moving horses interstate and internationally is a common occurrence in the equine industry. A disease associated with long distance movement is called Travel Sickness, also known as Shipping Fever or Pleuropneumonia. A respiratory disease of the lung tissue and pleural cavity (the space adjacent to the lungs in the chest), Pleuropneumonia has been a well recognised condition since the early 20th Century.

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Second Hand Horse Float

January 2016

    Are you considering purchasing a second hand horse float? Buying a used horse float can be a great opportunity. Second hand floats are often in great condition, which means you can save some money and still safely transport your horses all around Australia. 

Horse Transportation in Australia Survey Preliminary Results

November 2015

Almost 1,000 Australian horse owners participated in a recent survey to help improve our understanding of issues and practices related to transporting horses and reducing transport associated disease... And, the preliminary results are in.  The survey was open to anyone who has transported horses in Australia during the last two years, and contained questions about horse transport practices and related illnesses.

Researchers Want to Know About Your Experience Transporting Horses

August 2015

Australian horse owners are invited to participate in a survey to help improve our understanding of issues and practices related to transporting horses.  If you have transported horses in Australia during the last two years, take a short time to participate in this important survey on horse transport practices and related illnesses here. You will be making a valuable contribution to improving horse health and welfare. 

Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Heomorrhage

May 2015

History and presenting complaint  Poor athletic performance or expistaxis (bleeding from the nose) are the most common presenting complaints for horses with exercise-induced pulmonary heomorrhage or EIPH.  Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose) generally occurs during or shortly after exercise and is first noticed at the end of a race/ performance, especially when the horse is returned to the stall, paddock or winner’s circle and is allowed to lower its head. 


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