Property & Pasture

Recycling soft plastics in a RedCycle Bin. War on waste for horse owners

War on Waste for Horse Owners: A Circular Economy

War on Waste for horse owners. The planet is drowning in plastic and, while a lot

A woman with an umbrella watches her horse grazing in the rain. Horse pastures drought recovery

When the Drought Breaks… Hold Your Horses!

Horse pastures drought recovery After yet another dry and hot year in Australia, most horse owners

two horses stand as huge trees burn all around them in the 2020 Australian bushfires. Architects offer free aid to bushfire victims

Architects Offer Free Aid to Bushfire Victims

Architects offer free aid to bushfire victims Heartbreakingly, thousands of homes and farms in Australia have

Horse Health & Well-being

Horse Training

Alistair McLean main trainer at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, re-trained Andy, a Standardbred harness racehorse from track to hack

The Standardbred’s Track-to-Hack Journey Part 9: Andy’s Equitana Experience

Welcome to Part 9 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. The previous article marked the completion of Andy’s re-training, according to the shaping scale he reached ‘proof level’  which is testing

Horse People & Culture

An example of Norman Thelwell's pony inspired comedy.

Little Riders and Cute Ponies: The World of Horse Book Illustration

Today we’re exploring pony stories and humorous cartoons. Pony stories feed our obsessions and provide insight into the skills and ethics of horsemanship and horse care. Beautifully illustrated pony stories also stimulate an appreciation of art and an interest in drawing. Some pony books, the ones we are looking at

News & Science

A tongue tie is a strap that is wrapped around the tongue then tied to the bottom jaw.Horse Racing Australia Tongue Ties.

Racing Australia to ban stocking-style tongue ties

Tongue Ties In what looks like an effort to standardise the materials used for tying horses’ tongues, Racing Australia have amended the rules, specifically banning nylon stockings and listing rubber bands and leather straps of a minimum 15mm, and lycra or neoprene ties of a minimum 50mm as the only

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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

horses value friends, forage and freedom

National Horse Register a Step Closer

The Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN) met in Launceston last Friday to progress priority issues affecting the agriculture sector, with horse welfare and the development of a national horse register taking

A tongue tie is a strap that is wrapped around the tongue then tied to the bottom jaw.Horse Racing Australia Tongue Ties.

Racing Australia to ban stocking-style tongue ties

Tongue Ties In what looks like an effort to standardise the materials used for tying horses’ tongues, Racing Australia have amended the rules, specifically banning nylon stockings and listing rubber

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

The ISES taper gauge is the size of two average fingers and used to check noseband adjustment. Noseband design

Noseband design significantly affects pressure on horse’s nose

Noseband design. If you use a flash or drop noseband, you may be surprised at the results of a recent

forage friends freedom are the things horses values. Quality of life

How do we Measure a Horse’s Quality of Life?

Astute horse owners realise that their horse’s welfare is about more than having food, water and appropriate shelter. The horse’s

Horses and People in Art

A portrait of Mademoiselle Croizette riding sidesaddle on a bay horse by artist Emile Carolus-Duran, 1873

Dressed for the Ride: The history of rider wear

Rider wear is an area of sports clothing where history, function and symbolism are uniquely

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

Alistair McLean main trainer at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, re-trained Andy, a Standardbred harness racehorse from track to hack

The Standardbred’s Track-to-Hack Journey Part 9: Andy’s Equitana Experience

Welcome to Part 9 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. The previous article marked the completion of Andy’s re-training, according to the shaping scale he reached ‘proof level’  which is testing

bushfires in the hills behind a herd of horses. Help for Australian bushfires

Australian Bushfires – How Can I Help?

Help for Australian Bushfires. As part of the horse industry and farming communities, many of us are wanting to help those affected by the Australian bushfires. Reports of rain during last week have been welcome but the falls were patchy and most areas face ongoing fire threats and evacuations, while

a bay horse lying down in a field, in lateral recumbency. How do horses sleep?

How do Horses Sleep?

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

two horses stand as huge trees burn all around them in the 2020 Australian bushfires. Architects offer free aid to bushfire victims

Architects Offer Free Aid to Bushfire Victims

Architects offer free aid to bushfire victims Heartbreakingly, thousands of homes and farms in Australia have been destroyed or damaged by this summer’s devastating bushfires and in response, architects across the nation have put up their hands to help. Over 400 local architectural practices have signed up to Architects Assist

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