Cristina Wilkins

Sport Horse Welfare: Where are we at?

Sport Horse Welfare: Where are we at?

In a thorough review titled 'Champing at the Bit for Improvements: Equine Welfare in Equestrian Sports in the United Kingdom', independent researchers Tim Holmes and Ashleigh Brown, explore the effect of equestrian sports on the lifelong welfare of horses, highlight...

Sport Horse Welfare: Where are we at?

Sport Horse Welfare: Where are we at?

In a thorough review titled 'Champing at the Bit for Improvements: Equine Welfare in Equestrian Sports in the United Kingdom', independent researchers Tim Holmes and Ashleigh Brown, explore the effect of equestrian sports on the lifelong welfare of horses, highlight...

Hendra Vaccine Effective Against New Variant

Hendra Vaccine Effective Against New Variant

Researchers have completed the analysis of the new Hendra virus variant which was detected by routine testing from a horse who died in 2015 but had tested negative to HeV infection. They say that the current vaccine will be effective against the new strain, now named...

Perceptions of Sport Horse Welfare Issues: New Study

Perceptions of Sport Horse Welfare Issues: New Study

There are growing concerns about the welfare of horses from within and outside sport and these concerns are threatening horse sports' social license to operate. In early 2021, the Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) and National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) ran an...

Further evidence that weaning is stressful for foals

Further evidence that weaning is stressful for foals

There is strong evidence to show that weaning (artificially removing foals from their mothers) causes foals considerable stress.  A variety of factors can affect just how stressful weaning is for foals, including their age and management factors (e.g., feeding, social...

Growing Trust

Growing Trust

On the front cover of this, the last Horses and People magazine issue, a photo by Louise Sedgman of 9-year-old Zoe Tomlin with Blackie, the Waler-Quarter Horse schoolmaster who belongs to her mother, Trish Weickhardt, but is quickly becoming Zoe’s most trusted...

Standardbred Freeze Branding System Discontinued

Standardbred Freeze Branding System Discontinued

The 2021 foaling season will see changes to the current practice of freeze branding Standardbred horses. Microchips, which have been mandated for the past three years, will now become the main form of identification for all standardbred horses, replacing freeze...

Confidence Boost

Confidence Boost

On the cover of the July-August 2021 Horses and People Magazine, we feature Chloe Durkin and Halo, who were photographed by Louise Sedgman for The Sweet Teen Project, an initiative that is raising funds for Headspace Australia, the organisation that is supporting the...

Roadmap for the Ethical Use of Horses in Sport

Roadmap for the Ethical Use of Horses in Sport

A British researcher has mapped out an ethical framework to help horse sports assess issues affecting their social licence to operate. It is hoped that different organisations will use it as a starting point, to critically assess existing and proposed practices, as...

Vote for Lisa! UK Coaching Hero Finalist

Vote for Lisa! UK Coaching Hero Finalist

Equicoach Lisa Ashton, a contributor, friend and long-time supporter of Horses and People, is one of a handful of shortlisted finalists in the UK Coaching Hero 2021 awards. The UK Coaching awards celebrates and rewards the coaches who have continued to keep people...

It’s the Thoughts That Matter

It’s the Thoughts That Matter

How much of your life and riding is influenced by your thoughts? The answer is, much more than you think! I have recently undergone some major changes in my personal life and, naturally, when big things happen to us, our mind goes into overdrive. As the changes...

The Saddle Fit Guide

The Saddle Fit Guide

Here is some advice for fitting, using and maintaining your saddle, compiled by the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with World Horse Welfare. Their research has highlighted some areas that should be carefully considered when fitting a new saddle, which will help...

Horses and Floods

Horses and Floods

Horses and floods Floods are one of the most frequent natural disasters that horse owners have to deal with because many of the properties horses are kept in are floodplains. Despite this, it is easy to become complacent. This helpful information has been compiled by...

Life Lessons from 2020 and Beyond

Life Lessons from 2020 and Beyond

On our cover this issue we feature Hanna Rush and her Quarter Horse gelding Triandibo Roc n Lynx, also known as Doug or Dougie. The pair were photographed by Louise Sedgman as part of the Sweet Teen Project, an initiative to fundraise for Headspace Australia, an...

Racing Victoria’s Calls for Limited Whip Reform

Racing Victoria’s Calls for Limited Whip Reform

Racing Victoria (RV) has today confirmed that it will not be conducting any ‘whip for safety only’ race trials for the foreseeable future, including during the 2021 Festival of Racing. RV does have plans for a new race series to feature during the 2021 Festival of...

The 2020 Five Domains Model for Welfare Assessment

The 2020 Five Domains Model for Welfare Assessment

A new, updated version of the Five Domains Model, the gold standard in animal welfare assessment and monitoring, has just been published in the Open Access journal Animals. Read a 2019 interview with Professor Emeritus David Mellor, the architect of the Five Domains...

Report of Bone Damage at Noseband Site

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...

Riding Out 2020

Riding Out 2020

Having access to horses is helping this young Victorian ride out the lockdown and ongoing challenges of 2020. On the front cover of the September-October 2020 edition of Horses and People Magazine we have a portrait by Louise Sedgman of Ashelee Capizzi and her first...

Research to Lift the Veil on Bridles

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...

Memories Made on Horseback

Memories Made on Horseback

Horses and People cover story The July-August edition of Horses and People magazine's front cover features up-and-coming youth Sara Leitch riding her mother’s Paint horse Duke (a.k.a. BPS I’m Obsessed), by the Quarter Horse An Obsession, and out of Ransoms First...

Equitation Welfare Workshop: Online Event

Equitation Welfare Workshop: Online Event

Equitation Science Equitation Welfare Workshops: An online event 'Agency and its effects on the sport horse' with Dr Andrew McLean (Equitation Science International) is an online event that will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August 2020. The workshop will...

Horse Owners Asked to Step Out for ANZAC Day

Horse Owners Asked to Step Out for ANZAC Day

Horse Owners asked to step out for ANZAC Day With ANZAC day commemorative events cancelled, Horse SA has invited horse owners and their steeds to stand at the end of their driveway, to commemorate the sacrifices of humans and animals in war. The idea of standing at...

What is African Horse Sickness?

What is African Horse Sickness?

African horse sickness (AHS) is a highly infectious and deadly disease caused by African horse sickness virus. It commonly affects horses, mules, and donkeys. It is caused by a virus of the genus Orbivirus belonging to the family Reoviridae. This disease can be caused...

Seven tips to manage your horse’s weight

Seven tips to manage your horse’s weight

These challenging times are affecting every aspect of our lives, including, for many of us, how we manage our horses. If you are turning your horse out daily or 24/7, check out these 7 tips to help you manage your horse's weight. Rates of obesity are considered to be...

The Equestrian Coach Challenge

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 really matters and embracing the opportunity to lead. A leader who believes in turning a crisis into an opportunity for meaningful change is...

Kandoo Community and Connection

Kandoo Community and Connection

Online horse training. With the current global crisis, what we, as horse lovers and riders need today more than ever before, is community and connection. The Kandoo Community is a group of like-minded, supportive horse owners and riders who would love to welcome you...

what3words App Improves Horse Riding Safety

what3words App Improves Horse Riding Safety

what3words is a new app that makes horse riding safer. It has divided the globe into 3m x 3m squares and given each one a unique 3 word address. You can share the 3 word address with anyone to help them find you, wherever you are in the world. The accurate and easy to...

Whip-free race finishes in UKs £1.8M Racing League

Whip-free race finishes in UKs £1.8M Racing League

Jockeys will race under 'hands and heels' rules at this summer's Racing League if organisers have their way. Whips may be carried but not used for 'encouragement'. The Racing League, a new initiative of Championship Horse Racing, will be televised and take place...

National Horse Register a Step Closer

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 centre stage. The meeting was chaired by the Australian...

Racing Australia to ban stocking-style 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...

War on Waste: Horse Feedbags

War on Waste: Horse Feedbags

War on waste horse feedbags. Editors Note: In 2023, the RedCycle program was discontinued in Australia, and it is no longer possible for citizens to recycle soft plastics. Material: Feedbags are (generally) made from woven polypropylene. Abbreviated as PP, it is a...

War on Waste for Horse Owners: A Circular Economy

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 could be done at all levels to rein the tide in, right now, it seems that the plastics manufacturing industries want to lock us into uncontrolled plastic production for decades to come....

Australian Bushfires – How Can I Help?

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...

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 habits...

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...

Evidence of cross-grazing benefits

Evidence of cross-grazing benefits

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...

Whip Use in Equestrian Sports

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, and a recent study into the use and perception of the whip in equestrian sports suggests there is an appetite for changes in regulation and...

Whip Welts on Melbourne Cup Winner

Whip Welts on Melbourne Cup Winner

Horse whips Vow And Declare’s post-race whip welts contradict racing’s official line that padded whips don’t hurt. The welts show up on a number of images we have obtained, as a series of blisters (raised skin lesions), grouped into almost parallel linear patterns...

Reviewed: ISES Position Statement on Noseband Use

Reviewed: ISES Position Statement on Noseband Use

In light of the findings of several recent noseband-related studies, this 2019 position statement by the International Society for Equitation Science replaces a previous version (2012) and reflects additional scientific evidence of potential adverse effects of...

AVA and EVA call for a national horse register

AVA and EVA call for a national horse register

Call for National Horse Register. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has called upon the Australian government to implement a nationwide welfare standard and a register to protect the welfare of all horses, not just the racehorses. Their official statement...

A True Love for Horses Starts at Birth

A True Love for Horses Starts at Birth

A true love for horses. On our cover in this issue, we feature a portrait by Louise Sedgman of Kerrie Fitzgibon and her home-bred Bear Junior (a.k.a. BJ). “It’s my favourite photo, BJ looks huge!” says Kerrie. “Louise was making some squeaky noises and it’s like he...

The Mystery of the Missing Lamellae

The Mystery of the Missing Lamellae

Our knowledge of equine anatomy may be based on outdated findings and needs to be revised. According to the anatomy books that, to date, have served as study reference to veterinarians and practitioners around the world, the nuchal ligament lamellae attaches from C2...

In Search of the Happy Horse

In Search of the Happy Horse

If you’ve been around horses long enough, you know the scene. A friend says, “Now that’s a happy horse! Just look at him!” And meanwhile, you’re thinking, “Wait, happy? Are we talking about the same horse? That’s not what I call a happy horse.” As interest in equine...

Research Into Arena and Racetrack Surfaces

Research Into Arena and Racetrack Surfaces

Arena and Racetrack Surfaces: Two research projects that contribute new knowledge into the interaction between the equine hoof and the ground were presented at the 15th International Equitation Science Conference, hosted by the University of Guelph. The findings are...

Vets Support Responsible Noseband Use

Vets Support Responsible Noseband Use

Vets support responsible noseband use. The Chilean Equine Veterinary Association (ACHVE) and the Chilean Veterinary College (COLMVET) have pledged support of the responsible use of nosebands in all equestrian disciplines. In their press release, they acknowledge the...

Doing What I Love

Doing What I Love

On our September-October 2019 issue cover is a portrait by Olya Tutova of 42beats, of Michelle Lando and her home-bred Arabian Riding Pony foal, Kasskade WA (a.k.a. Max). Now rising two and destined to be Michelle’s daughter Elouise’s next saddle horse, Max is out of...

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself: On our July-August issue front cover, we feature Lisa Drayton and her Friesian Warmblood gelding Sam, photographed by Olya Tutova from 42beats Photography. Lisa featured on our cover exactly one year ago, and since that time, she has achieved her...

Main US racetracks to phase out race-day Lasix

Main US racetracks to phase out race-day Lasix

Main US racetracks to phase out race-day Lasix. Race-day Lasix: Industry-led welfare and safety reforms are gaining momentum as several of the largest race tracks in the United States announce they will phase out the use of furosemide, commercially sold as Lasix,...

Just a Love Story…

Just a Love Story…

Just a love story. On our May-June 2019 edition front cover, we feature a fun photo captured by contributing photographer, Priyantha Malavi Arachchi, of teenager Danielle Armistead and her best mate Clyde, a 7-year-old Clydesdale Thoroughbred cross gelding she has...

Diagnosing Mild Equine Asthma

Diagnosing Mild Equine Asthma

Diagnosing Mild Equine Asthma. Veterinarians and engineers at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a tool help diagnose mild forms of horse asthma. Behind lameness, respiratory issues are the second-leading cause of poor performance in...

Life-Saving Standardbreds

Life-Saving Standardbreds

Standardbreds are saving lives. If your dream foal survives after receiving life saving plasma therapy you may thank a Standardbred. Plasma therapy is an effective way to supplement the immune response system and Standardbreds are the plasma donors of choice for many...

France bans the trimming of whiskers

France bans the trimming of whiskers

France bans the trimming of whiskers. The French Equestrian Federation (FFE) has banned the removal of the horse's whiskers on welfare grounds. It joins Germany and Switzerland in bringing into effect a rule that would disqualify any horse from competition if the...

Transport-related Pneumonia: Can we reduce the risk?

Transport-related Pneumonia: Can we reduce the risk?

Transport-related Pneumonia. 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...

Western Dressage Leading the Way in North America

Western Dressage Leading the Way in North America

Western Dressage virtual competitions. Horse owners can show from the comfort of their own home with North American Western Dressage's (NAWD) virtual competitions, where video footage of each performance is uploaded and judged remotely. NAWD is leading the way towards...

The Horse Grimace Scale Helps Recognise Pain

The Horse Grimace Scale Helps Recognise Pain

A team of researchers from Italy, Germany and England successfully developed and validated a standardised scale to recognise pain in horses based on their facial expressions. Called a Horse Grimace Scale, the scale is easy to teach and will assist in pain detection in...

Is Your Horse in the Mood to Learn?

Is Your Horse in the Mood to Learn?

Is your horse in the mood to learn? In an article that foreshadows the science of horsemanship (rather than the science of training alone), researchers from the University of Sydney show why trainers should adjust their techniques to the horse's mood and emotional...

Sue-Ellen Lovett

Sue-Ellen Lovett

Mudgee born Sue-Ellen Lovett lives with husband Matthew on a property in Dubbo and is always accompanied by her guide dog.  Born in Mudgee, she continues to overcome the limitations of progressive blindness after being afflicted by the hereditary disease Retinitis...

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