With the Christmas and New Year break fading from our memories and summer conditions affecting our horse’s management and riding routines, there are those who are fortunate enough to live close to the coast that are able to make the most of summer and take their horses swimming at the beach.
Unfortunately however, and despite the huge coastline that surrounds Australia, the number of beaches on which horses are permitted are decreasing, or becoming increasingly regulated to a point that they are no longer feasible. As the population expands along the coastline it is inevitable that there will be beaches that have to be shared by humans, horses and dogs, a mix which in some places seems to work extremely well with everyone being respectful of the others rights. In others, like the small stretch of beach at Whitfords in WA and certain Victorian beaches, it appears local councils would prefer not to see horses having access.
The Horse Industry’s strength is in its numbers, so if we twist President John Kennedy’s inaugural speech around a little and say “Think not what these groups can do for you but what you can do for these groups,” then we could become one step closer to becoming a united body of all horse owners in this country and, could together, ensure that fair and reasonable laws and regulations are enacted for horse riding into the future. To find out more about the horse industry’s peak body head to https://www.horsecouncil.org.au/
Riding on the other side of the World
Why do many successful Australian eventing riders feel the need to move to the UK? Bill Levett, Mat Ryan and Stephen Way share with Harriet Leahy why the move was the right choice to further their careers, and the opportunities that arose as a result.
Stable management, hygiene, nutrition, exercise and farriery all play a part in maintaining or creating healthy hooves. Dr Jennifer Stewart explains what owners can do for the health of their horse’s hooves, some of the effects that nutrient deficiencies, imbalances and toxicities can have on hooves and results of studies supplementing with biotin.
Weight Aids with the Pelvic Clock Exercise
Riders can often struggle to apply their weight aids correctly, yet they’re fundamental in dressage or any advanced riding. Instructor and clinician Wendy Murdoch explains where riders may face difficulties and how a simple unmounted exercise known as the Pelvis Clock, an adaptation of the Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement® lesson, can help riders understand how to apply the weight aids correctly, improve their accuracy and
Show Preparation – Plaiting The Mane
Plaiting with Nicole’s Nicole Grove explained how to pull the mane in the last issue, something that’s often done to reduce and even out the thickness of the mane to allow for neat and uniform plaits. In this edition she explains how to create a row of perfect, even and neat plaits, and with practice how that winning look can be achieved every time.
Quick Release Knots
It’s one of the first things all horse owners should learn, and with good reason for the horse and handler’s safety, as even the quietest horse can take fright, struggle and cause injury to itself or those around it. Karosel Equestrian’s Karrie Louden presents this step-by-step guide on tying a quick release knot.
Common Asymmetry or Crookedness in Horses
Riders can spend countless hours exercising their horse to develop symmetrically, however should their focus on creating symmetry start at the time of the horse’s birth? Dr Ian Bidstrup explains research that’s suggesting they should with nervous system trauma during birth recognised as a major source of acquired asymmetry and how horses can benefit from early intervention. An understanding of birth trauma and associated pain patterns can also help in the understanding of why comfortable saddle fit is so important.
Relaxation and Energy
When training the horse, if the rider asks for more impulsion WITHOUT first establishing relaxation, then we see a boxing match as the rider attempts to bang and crash their way through a dressage test aboard a ‘stiff plank’. Equestrian journalist Sarah Warne explains why the rider must activate the horse’s powerful hind end to put it in front of the rider’s forward aids.
Nuclear Scintigraphy (Bone Scans)
Determining the cause of lameness or soreness in horses can be a long, involved process; one that can mean on-going veterinary visits for clinical examinations, treatments, x-rays and scans, the results of which are not always successful. Dr Maxwell Hall explains how nuclear scintigraphy, a medical technology that was first used in humans to locate and identify cancer, can be a very useful diagnostic tool for locating stress fractures, bone damage and changes, as well as identifying lameness and problem areas.
Prove the Reins part 2 CONTACT and Horse Welfare
In part one, Prove the Rein (December/January), professional event rider, horse trainer and coach Sophie Warren explains contact; what does it really mean and why is it such an important consideration for all riders. In this edition, she addresses the issue of pressure, and that how much is used needs to be considered as it can be a welfare issue and one that could jeopardise the horse’s health and performance.
The Horse-Time Vortex
When horses are your passion, your lifestyle, your enjoyment and your tranquility, hours can feel like just minutes when you are in their presence. Interacting with your horse, and fellow passionate horse owners, can take up plenty of time. Sally Mathews poses the question, ‘But that’s a good thing, right?!’
Sustainability for Coaches
A new group for coaches aims to provide opportunities for coaches to keep learning too. The Coaching Excellence Alliance Workshop event was for education and professional development, and also to foster collaboration, community and to encourage a wider discussion around what coach’s teach, what they do, and why, as well as what they can do better as coaches. Founder Anita Marchesani explains the Coaching Excellence Alliance is not here as an alternative to the very good instructing qualifications that are already available, it’s a professional development community, treating riding coaches and educators as the highly skilled professionals that they are. It aims to assist coaches in looking at what they have now and asking the question, “What can we do better?”
EQUITANA Product feature
With hundreds of exhibitors and a jam packed four day schedule of events it’s hard to see all the products on display and for sale at Equitana. The Hoofbeats team has highlighted some of the new and innovative products for horse owners and riders that caught their attention at the event in Melbourne.
In The Green Horse
Flower Remedies Bach and Australian Bush
Horse Herbalist Angela Davison explains what flower remedies are, how they can improve the mind-body balance, and how you can make your own.
Small Creatures with Big Bites
An Australian first study by the University of Melbourne on bites and stings from venomous creatures has resulted in some surprising facts, including that 42,000 people have been hospitalised, a third of those as a result of bee stings.
Non Horse-owning Neighbours
As development in urban areas continues to spread into what was previously rural farms and horse properties, it brings a combination of benefits and disadvantages to the horse owner. Developing a good relationship with your neighbours will ensure you can co-exist happily.
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