Property & Pasture

Did you know the polypropylene of horse feedbags can be recycled into new products? War on Waste horse feedbags

War on Waste: Horse Feedbags

War on waste horse feedbags. Material: Feedbags are (generally) made from woven polypropylene. Abbreviated as PP,

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

Horse Health & Well-being

Taking your horse's vital signs

Your Horse’s Vital Signs: Part 1 of 2

It’s essential that every horse owner knows their horse’s normal vital signs; that is their healthy resting temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate. As prey animals, horses can be very good at hiding signs of illness to avoid attracting unwanted attention, so checking your horse’s vital signs regularly will

Horse Training

The window of tolerance refers to the nervous system's comfort zone

Growing Your Horse’s Window of Tolerance

In an earlier article, I wrote about the window of tolerance, which is kind of like the horse’s emotional comfort zone. In this article, I discuss how you can grow your horse’s individual window of tolerance so they can become more resilient to the demands we impose. I also introduce

Horse People & Culture

Can horse people get along without engaging in collaboration, consultation and compassion?

Can Horse People Get Along? Tips from Six Blind Men and an Elephant

It is possible for horse people to get along? Horse people! We have a reputation for being a bit, well, crazy. But not just in the eccentric way. I mean in the way that we don’t get along very well with one another. It’s quite ironic that if anyone was

News & Science

Bone damage at site of noseband

Report of Bone Damage at Noseband Site

A new study has identified bone damage at the site of the noseband. This research has important ramifications regarding the use of this part of the bridle which is not only common, but compulsory in certain disciplines, like dressage and showing. The changes were either thickening (exostoses) or thinning (concavity)

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Protect your horse during travel

Protect Your Horse During Travel

HEALTH REPORT SPONSORED BY Fitton HorseInsure Top tips supported by recent research to help protect your horse during travel. Transporting horses might be part of the daily routine for many owners and trainers, but for horses, it is stressful, exhausting and carries a significant risk. There is a large amount of

Top reasons why you should vet check the next horse you buy

Pre-purchase Exams

HEALTH REPORT SPONSORED BY Fitton HorseInsure Why you should invest in a pre-purchase vet exam when buying your next horse Looking for a horse to buy? Whether you are buying your first horse or looking for another one to add to your collection, finding your ‘unicorn’ is the stuff dreams are

Equus Nexus giving Thoroughbreds the best chance for life

Equus Nexus: Giving Thoroughbreds the Best Chance – For Life

I recently had an opportunity to catch up with Mike Lawrence, founder of Equus Nexus, while he was starting a young racehorse of mine. Equus Nexus has several beautiful retired Thoroughbred racehorses and warmblood horses, in various stages of training. My interest was the retraining of Thoroughbred racehorse project that

Vet with stethoscope checking horse, handler is holding horse's head in hands. Surviving colic

Fast Referral Gives Horses The Best Chance For Surviving Colic

HEALTH REPORT SPONSORED BY Fitton HorseInsure Surviving Colic He’s down. He’s rolling. He’s up! … And, down again. Oh no, and now he’s got that look. The one that tells you, yeah, this seems pretty bad. For horse owners, few situations create more anxiety than finding your horse in the throes

Horse Welfare

vet curriculum incorporates how horses learn

Learning Theory to Improve Equine Veterinarian Safety and Retention

A new program to teach horse handling methods based on learning theory to equine vets will make treatments safer. Horses aren’t always the easiest of patients. They kick; they bite;

How Many Foals End up Racing?

Only 66% of Thoroughbred foals entered training in Australia and 5% were exported to other countries. What happened to the other the other 28%? You see the ones that win.

Human Mindset

Two friends leading their horses and enjoying each other's company. Helping each other with whatever struggle they are facing

It’s Time to Change the Culture

I want to comment on a recent article in Eurodressage by Adriane Alvord, “The Pain that Lives Behind the Barn

EquiCoach Lisa Ashton has launched the Equestrian Coach Challenge to support professionals through the coronavirus crisis

The Equestrian Coach Challenge

The coronavirus crisis is creating huge problems, but it’s also opening opportunities for us to focus on connecting with what

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Equitation Science

On-board Technology Helps Avoid Hyperflexion

When a horse is moving straight forward, it can be difficult for a rider to evaluate the horse’s head position.

Thermography a useful tool for saddle fit evaluation

Thermography a Promising Tool for Saddle Fitting

Thermography, a useful tool for saddle fit evaluation. Saddle fitting isn’t just black and white. While you’d always aim for

Horses and People in Art

An example of Norman Thelwell's pony inspired comedy. pony stories

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

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

Dressed for the Ride: The history of rider wear

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

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Can horse people get along without engaging in collaboration, consultation and compassion?

Can Horse People Get Along? Tips from Six Blind Men and an Elephant

It is possible for horse people to get along? Horse people! We have a reputation for being a bit, well, crazy. But not just in the eccentric way. I mean in the way that we don’t get along very well with one another. It’s quite ironic that if anyone was

Jude Matusiewicz founder of Evidence Based Worming

Research to Lift the Veil on Bridles

Research on horse owners’ use of bitted and unbitted bridles, believed to be first of its kind, could change the equine industry. Charles Sturt master’s student to research horse owners’ use of bitted and unbitted bridles Mrs Jude Matusiewicz wants to determine whether science plays a part in decisions of

On-board Technology Helps Avoid Hyperflexion

When a horse is moving straight forward, it can be difficult for a rider to evaluate the horse’s head position. In particular, is his head vertical to the ground, or does his nose point too far in front of or behind that vertical? To help riders better evaluate head and

Equitation Science Workshops an online event August 2020

An Agency Adventure: Equitation Welfare Workshop

Can sport horses be happy? The first ever Equitation Welfare Workshop took place on 1st & 2nd August and was attended by delegates from Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, The Netherlands and Italy. Owing to COVID-19, this technology-driven, collaborative workshop was a ‘pivot’ from the originally planned ‘Happy Athlete’ conference proposed

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