Property & Pasture

two horses stand as huge trees burn all around them in the 2020 Australian bushfires

Architects Offer Free Aid to Bushfire Victims

Heartbreakingly, thousands of homes and farms in Australia have been destroyed or damaged by this summer’s

Managing and Feeding Horses during drought

Managing and Feeding Horses During Drought

Managing and feeding horses during drought: Drought conditions in various parts of Australia have coupled with

Horserail fence with two three horses. Safe fencing for horses.

Keep Them Safe With Horserail

Safe Fencing for Horses: Horse fencing has seen a great modernization over the last 20 years,

Horse Health & Well-being

cross grazing horses and cattle helps manage parasitic worms on horse breeding farms

Evidence of cross grazing benefits

The practice of cross or mixed grazing is often suggested as a useful strategy to manage intestinal parasite infestation, but until recently, evidence of its efficacy was limited. A French team has provided the first evidence of the benefits of mixed grazing with cattle as an alternative to control strongyle

Horse Training

Alistair McLean explains how to retrain the Standardbred racehorse for a second career off the track

The Standardbred’s Track-to-Hack Journey Part 8: The First Outing

Welcome to Part 8 of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds when they retire from a racing career. In the previous training article, Alistair explained introducing and training the lateral movements. This month, Andy is ready for his first outing! It’s

Horse People & Culture

A man and a woman leading a horse walk away giving a feeling of relaxed mindfulness

The Overlooked Benefits of Being Around Horses

Therapeutic riding is a well-established and highly regarded equine-assisted activity for helping people with physical disabilities. Horses are also becoming increasingly recognised for their beneficial role in interventions designed to improve mental health and wellbeing, especially in relation to PTSD and other forms of trauma. But horses don’t have to

News & Science

a bay horse lying down in a field, in lateral recumbency

How do Horses Sleep?

Whether you ride horses or just admire them from afar, at some point you might have wondered how horses sleep. Maybe you saw a horse lying in a field and wondered if horses sleep lying down or standing up. If you have pets, you probably already know that the sleep

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Horserail fence with two three horses. Safe fencing for horses.

Keep Them Safe With Horserail

Safe Fencing for Horses: Horse fencing has seen a great modernization over the last 20 years, with horse owners realizing that old fashioned wire and timber fencing really is not suitable for our beloved and easily startled animals. It is easy to see why Horserail is the number one choice

woman lungeing saddled horse. Biosecurity Entity Registration Portal

Protecting Queensland’s Horses is Now Easier

Biosecurity Entity Registration Portal Many horse owners are developing action plans to keep them and their horses safe during natural disasters like bushfires and floods. But these are not the only dangers from which owners need to protect their horses. Emergency animal diseases like equine influenza and Kunjin virus  can

Round Bale, Feed balancers, Feeding roughage

Feed Balancers: Much More Than Simple Nutrition

Very well-established in countries like the United Kingdom, where forage-based diets have been the traditional norm, feed balancers are becoming very popular in Australia as more and more horse owners get in step with the fibre-feeding mantra and move towards healthier, low-starch forage-rich diets for their horses and ponies. We

Bay horse in good condition. Feeding for weight gain.

Feeding for Weight Gain

Feeding for weight gain: Some horses do not maintain their bodyweight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at an ideal weight. Ultimately, your horse’s ribs should not be visible, but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along your horse’s side.  A

Horse Welfare

a bay horse lying down in a field, in lateral recumbency

How do Horses Sleep?

Whether you ride horses or just admire them from afar, at some point you might have wondered how horses sleep. Maybe you saw a horse lying in a field and

Horse Euthanasia Target

End-of-life Options and the Problems with Horse Slaughter

This article focuses on what the end of life options are for horses, and the advantages and disadvantages of these options. It further discusses some of the welfare problems associated

Human Mindset

Bias Beware! Researchers have identified more than 50 types of biases

I own the most beautiful horse in the world. Well, maybe I’m a little biased. We all have our own

How to take action

Taking Action – The Simple Guide

Ok, here it goes, I am saying the ‘P’ word… Procrastination! How often do we know we have to do

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Equitation Science

Chesnut horse standing with a woman on her mobile phone

Not in Front of the Ponies! Why Humans Should Control their Emotions around Horses

You show up at the barn in a bad mood, grumpy, short-tempered. You snap at the other riders and you

Whips hanging from a fence with horses in the background. Whip use in equestrian sport

Whip Use in Equestrian Sports

Whip use in equestrian sports is currently a highly debated topic, not just within racing but across the entire industry,

Horses and People in Art

Gypsy Cob photo by Rachel Flynn Equine Photography

My Journey Into the Unique Gypsy Cob

Sometimes, we have no idea where a road will lead us. We follow it because

Legacies of Strength: Aboriginal Stockwomen

From the point of first contact with European explorers and pastoralists, Indigenous Australians used art

cross grazing horses and cattle helps manage parasitic worms on horse breeding farms

Evidence of cross grazing benefits

The practice of cross or mixed grazing is often suggested as a useful strategy to manage intestinal parasite infestation, but until recently, evidence of its efficacy was limited. A French team has provided the first evidence of the benefits of mixed grazing with cattle as an alternative to control strongyle

Chesnut horse standing with a woman on her mobile phone

Not in Front of the Ponies! Why Humans Should Control their Emotions around Horses

You show up at the barn in a bad mood, grumpy, short-tempered. You snap at the other riders and you raise your voice at a significant other over your mobile phone. Then there’s your horse, wide-eyed and a little nervous, like he’s wondering what’s in it for him. If you’ve

Alistair McLean of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre with the retired Standardbred Ideal Guy, rehoming retraining the standardbred racehorse

The Standardbred’s Track-to-Hack Journey Part 6: Refining the Canter and Jumping

Welcome to Part Seven of the Unharnessed Potential project, an education and awareness campaign to promote the re-training and re-homing of Standardbreds that retire from racing.  In this article series, Alistair McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) is documenting the re-training of ‘Ideal Guy’ (a.k.a Andy), a five-year-old

Classic vintage caravan belonging to Gypsies,Romanys,'travellers', at Appleby Horse Fair, held every June in Appleby, Cumbria, UK by David Muscroft

Gypsies and Travellers Understand Horse Welfare

Some people might think they know all too well how Gypsies and Travellers treat their horses… right? (Insert their eye roll, nodding, and even perhaps a judgmental smirk?) Actually, maybe they don’t. Despite popular belief, many Travellers/Gypsies have a good understanding of equine welfare needs and how to care for

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