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Stereotypies

Stereotypies

In this article, Dr Rachel O’Higgins examines the current understanding of stereotypies - a group of behaviours which are commonly referred to as ‘stable vices’.  As Dr O’Higgins explains, horse owners must change the way they think about stereotypies; instead of...

Fire Risk Management Planning

Fire Risk Management Planning

Risk Management Plan This information about fire risk management planning has been compiled by the Queensland Horse Council Inc. to assist horse owners to prepare and respond to bush fires. Reproduced with kind permission. Before the Fire In times of crisis, people...

Swiss Guide to the Ethical Use of Horses

Swiss Guide to the Ethical Use of Horses

A guide to the ethical use of horses, with a focus on their welfare.  Horse sports are struggling to successfully match the public's expectations of welfare. Competition demands are not always compatible with satisfying the horse's needs, and the tension...

Open the Gates to Good Horse Welfare

Open the Gates to Good Horse Welfare

Horses thrive with friends, forage and freedom to move. When we picture scenes of animal cruelty, we generally imagine thin, malnourished horses in haphazard paddocks filled with abandoned cars, barbed wire fencing and empty gas cans. Less commonly associated with...

When in Doubt… Turn the Horses Out!

When in Doubt… Turn the Horses Out!

Going down in history as one of the best Melbourne Cup wins, a horse named Kiwi, originally purchased to round up sheep, dashed to victory in the 123rd Melbourne Cup of 1983.  With only 100 metres to go, and at 10-to-one odds, the chestnut gelding upstaged the best...

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...

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...

Horse Bit Fit: Comfort and Communication

Horse Bit Fit: Comfort and Communication

We can’t change the world by helping one horse and rider but we can change the world for that horse and rider. Over recent years, Horse Bit Fit consultants have placed a spotlight on the notion that bit and bridle fit must be considered as a routine part of every...

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...

Vaccination in Horses

Vaccination in Horses

The mantra that prevention is better than cure is recited so often these days that it is fast becoming a cliché. It is true though, and vaccination is probably the cardinal example of this. By priming your horse’s immune system before it is exposed to a disease, it...

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