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11/30/2016

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? 

10/31/2016

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? 

06/27/2016

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.

12/02/2015

    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. 

10/08/2015

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.

07/13/2015

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. 

04/23/2015

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. 

12/19/2014

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.

03/27/2014

This factsheet is designed to identify the issues with travel and outline recommendations that can be implemented to reduce the risk of problems occurring. The majority of horses are transported without incident. However, the clinical effects associated with transport can lead to illness. The chance of developing problems tends to increase with longer travel times.  Types of travel 

07/06/2013

At some point in a horse’s life, it will most likely need to be trailered. Trailer loading can be quite a stressful event for a horse. They are a prey animal, and prey animals do not like to be confined. Not only are trailers confining, they also make loud sounds and move. Most horses aren’t just going to hop inside of them willingly, so it’s up to us to train our horses how to load safely and willingly with as little stress as possible.

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