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Laminitis I Twins in Mares I Centering Paddock Injuries I Resuscitating Foals I Stretching

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Twins in Mares


Handy Tips For Your Horses Legs




“To The Memory of Plunk “




Paddock Injuries


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Thoroughbred Gene Pool Enhanced It is a belief of many in the Thoroughbred industry that the Australian gene pool has become too narrow and that Australian breeders should have a wider choice of stallion bloodlines for the benefit of their mares. To address this situation Tanglewood Farm's 2013 stallion offering includes quality stallions each with differing bloodlines for the benefit of broodmares and their owners. Their imported stallion Dixie Prospect (USA) represents a sireline not elsewhere available in Australia. His sire is the highly successful Dixie Union which has a winners/starters statistic of over 70% and stakes winners of 8% and progeny earnings of over $43 million. His grandsire is the famous US sire Dixieland Band. Another son of Dixie Union is Union Rags, the multiple G1 winner earning $1.8 mil at age 3 and retired to Dixie Prospect winning in England stud duties in 2013 covering 135 mares at a fee of $35,000 in Kentucky USA. The stakes winning Dixie Prospect stands at Tanglewood Farm at an introductory fee of $5,000 which represents great value for this famous bloodline. His 2013 foals are displaying great leg and conformation. This is a serious sireline not previously available to Australian breeders and will expand the gene pool for the benefit of breeders. It is also the view of Tanglewood that the quality of broodmares in a sires pedigree is a prerequisite for the success of the sires progeny. In this respect, their stallion Canny Show ticks all the boxes. Canny Show is undoubtedly the best bred son of the Champion 2 year-old and winner of the Golden Slipper, Canny Lad. He is also the full brother to the ill-fated champion dual G1 winner He's No Pie Eater who beat home such notables as Desert War, Mentality, Eremein and Tuesday Joy. Insofar as broodmares, his pedigree contains a number of blue-hen mares such as Show Lady and Dancing Show . In fact Redoute's Choice, Platinum Scissors, Manhatten Rain, Al Maher, Umatilla and Hurricane Sky are all included in the 2013 foal-colt- by Dixie Prospect family of Dancing Show. from Sutton Destiny

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Twin pregnancies in a mare sounds exciting, but in fact is a bad outcome 99 % of the time.

In Mares

The problem is always the result of the mare ovulating (releasing) more than 1 follicle (egg) from the ovary. The stallion has nothing to do with the cause of twins. If he had his way, he would allow all of the millions of sperm that he delivers into the mare's uterus to be fertilised, as it would promote his genetics massively! So because up to 20 % of mares release 2 (or even 3!) eggs at the end of their oestrous (heat) period, the incidence of twin pregnancies can be as high as 20 % (1 in 5 pregnancies) in the general population. Much higher rates on individual farms have also been reported. Now, why is it bad to have twins conceived in the mare? The answer here is that the chance of getting 1 (let alone 2) healthy and good sized foals from twin pregnancies is quite low. The main reason for this is that the mare's uterus really struggles to meet the demands of 2 foetuses growing in it. If she is one of the 10 % (1 in 10) of mares whose uterus can support both foetuses for the full pregnancies, then only 1 in 10 of those twins will see both foals surviving (that equates to 1 % of twin pregnancies!!!) But after the thrill of getting 2 live foals, the reality is that one or both foals will be small and may have abnormalities such as bent legs etc as result of being squashed up in the uterus.

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etting your mare in foal is always an exciting time and also a large commitment by any mare owner. The foal is often the result of a lot of planning and hoping that you will breed a foal superior to both your mare and the stallion. But as anyone who has partaken in breeding a mare, there are some potential stumbling blocks that should be avoided if possible. One of these is the mare conceiving twins.

If one of the full term twins dies, the other may be healthy and with good nutrition, it may be able to catch up to reach its full genetic size potential. There are some other scenarios that will affect whether twin conceptions survive. For example, positioning of the twins in the uterus means that 4050 % of twin conceptions will see one of the twins “starve� in the uterus and die. But the other twin will live and make it full term as a healthy foal. The flip side of this is that 40-50 % of twin pregnancies will see BOTH foetuses actually survive over 6 months. But then the uterus fails to meet the nutritional demands of both foetuses. The devastating result of this scenario is the mare aborting both foetuses between 6 and 10 months of pregnancy! These foetuses will be quite well formed and it can be very upsetting to find them in the paddock! So now that we have discussed how wasteful twins can be in a breeding programme, let's look at how we can avoid them.


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The main key to avoiding twins is through having your mare ultrasounded by an appropriately trained veterinarian. Things to help your vet being able to achieve this successfully is having the mare appropriately confined in a safe crush (Fig 1.) and the scanner screen not being in direct sunlight!.............................................................................................. Scanning mares over a stable door or behind bales of hay increases the chance of twin pregnancies being “missed” by your vet, as well as being quite dangerous at times!

2 This faint line is the partition between the twins. It is very delicate and so squashing twins so close together like this is quite risky.


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Mares should be scanned initially between 14 and 17 days after ovulation. And because most ovulations occur on the last day or two of a mare going off heat, that is when you can count from (when the mare goes “off heat”)..................................................................................................

Twin pregnancy at 17 days, post ovulation


If twins are detected on ultrasound, then your vet can “squash” one of them. Sometimes this is easy, but other times it can be quite challenging. (Fig 2.). And care needs to be taken to not damage the remaining embryo. Use of a crush, sedating of the mare, relaxing the rectum, and administration of anti-inflammatories (flunixin) prior to squashing can assist in a successful outcome. Checking the remaining twin a few days later is advisable where practical. It is also advisable to have the mare scanned again at 25-30 days post ovulation, just in case the first scan was done quite early 13-14 days post ovulation), and a second conception occurred from an egg that was released 3-5 days later and still fertilised.

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‘Eliseo SPA’ (Arfaja Sarif X Eveeta) Thus at the first scan, one twin could be 13-14 days old (Fig 3), but the second one was very small due to it only being 9-10 days old. If the first scanning is done after 17 days of pregnancy (=17 days post ovulation), then squashing 1 twin without damaging the other can be more difficult. This is because it will no longer be possible to move the twins apart within the uterus, as at 17 days the embryonic vesicle (bubble of fluid the embryo is living in) will attach to the uterine wall and so no longer moves within the uterus. Thus if the twins happen to be positioned right beside each other, the chance of squashing one without damaging and killing the other is low. However if the twins have positioned themselves far apart on both horns of the uterus, then 1 can be safely squashed in most cases. As with all pregnancies, mares should be scanned again at 42-45 days post ovulation, as this is when the highest risk period of losing a pregnancy is over, and so the pregnancy is quite safe. The chance of losing a pregnancy from here, in normal circumstances (when there is no spread of infectious viruses such as herpes, or access to hairy caterpillars etc) is below 5% in most mares that are healthy and managed well. So good luck with your breeding plans and hopefully you will breed the foal of your dreams!

About the Author Dr Oliver Liyou is an Equine Veterinarian in Grafton NSW who is passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of all horses through the latest veterinary and dental care techniques. Offering services with mobile crush and Equine Veterinary Dental Tools he is the most qualified and experienced Equine Dental Vet in NSW. Oliver also enjoys breeding and showing Australian Stock Horses and is pictured here riding his stallion Bromac Aladar who is currently standing at stud for 2013 breeding season. (for more details go to Also standing Aladars Tuqiri (featured on page 13).



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Lamellar Corium

Laminitis goes together with the reluctance to move, aforementioned body posture, a pounding pulse, and hot (warm) hoof horn.

Laminitis is triggered by: A change in metabolism (a general condition)

Toxins (of unspecified nature) A reaction to multiple vaccinations A reaction to chemical wormers Bedding containing black walnut shavings

Mechanical influences Prolonged transportation Excessive work on hard surfaces Excessive work after not having been worked at all

Dietary problems


Horse professionals and amateurs all over the world use the term “laminitis” for both: Inflammation of the lamellae and position change of the coffin bone (also described as founder) within the hoof capsule interchangeably. But before we look into founder (the position change of the coffin bone within the hoof capsule) let's first look at the term laminitis in its original form. Every term ending in –itis indicates inflammation. Laminitis is the inflammation of the lamellar corium. The lamellar corium is connected to the coffin bone by the periosteum and aids in the connection between the coffin bone and the hoof wall..................................................

There is no room in the hoof capsule other than for the healthy structures of bones, coria, ligaments and tendons. When the lamellar corium gets inflamed, the inflammation causes swelling of the tissue, and as there is no space between the coffin bone and the hoof wall, this inflammation becomes very painful.

High sugar load in spring grass High sugar load in stressed grass High sugar load in mowed grass (stressed) Carbohydrate overload (after a feed room raid) Bacterial upset in hindgut (after sudden feed changes) Excessive weight

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Renal Problems Immune disorders Respiratory problems What to do: With correct hoof form (low heel, short toe, adequate toe height) laminitis is very painful. Standing the horse in very cold (ice cold) water for about 20 minutes, also known as cryotherapy, helps to cool down the inflammation. This in return makes the horse move and once he can be hand walked, the inflammation gets circulated out of the painful tissue. Pain suppressing drugs are contraindicated, as the horse may not feel the severity of the pain and move more than the fragile, inflamed laminar connection can sustain. It is really important to repeat this cryotherapy until the horse is pain free.

Horse in painful stance typical for laminitis.

The horse walks usually very carefully, pushing the hind feet far under the body to relieve the pressure on the front feet. He also tries not to put any weight onto the toes of the front feet and, if he moves at all, he does so in a hopping fashion, pushing himself off the hind feet and trying to land in the front heel first.

Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy or the removal of heat from a body part. The term "cryotherapy" comes from the Greek cryo (κρυο) meaning cold and the word therapy (θεραπεια) meaning cure. It has been around since the 1880-1890s. Its goal is to decrease cellular metabolism, increase cellular survival, decrease inflammation, decrease pain and spasm, promote vasoconstriction, and when using extreme temperatures, to destroy cells by crystallizing the cytosol. The most prominent use of the term refers to the surgical treatment, specifically known as cryosurgery. Other therapies that use the term are cryogenic chamber therapy and ice pack therapy.

In a most severe case the lamellae of the corium surrounding the coffin bone will excrete wound serum, which will push the connection between the dermal and epidermal lamellae apart, resulting in a sunk coffin bone. In this case the horse has to be kept quiet until some of the inflammation has subsided. When we are talking about correcting the hoof form, this is especially difficult once the horse is in a full blown laminitis episode. Lifting a hoof to be trimmed is often not possible; trimming while the horse is lying down is often less than optimal. It is also real important to get the hoof not only medio-laterally balanced, but also anterior-posterior.

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If you have any imbalance on the hoof, the torque on the laminar attachment puts the horse in even more pain. Trimming with an angle grinder and a flap disc seems for many horses with acute inflammation to be much less painful than balancing the hoof with a rasp.

Most important: Remove the trigger that caused the inflammation in the first place. As a laminitic episode always is combined with inflammation and inflammation goes hand in hand with increased circulation, one will observe a founder ring a few weeks after such laminitic episode. The hoof just produces a lot of horn with the increased inflammation. Increased circulation results in increased horn production.....................................

Ring after laminitic episode, frontal view

Same hoof 5 month later, horse 100% sound

As the hoof capsule grows down this ring will grow out if this is a one-time episode and usually there are no further problems noticeable. Having your horse trimmed by an experienced, trained hoof care professional who knows how to balance a hoof all around is your best bet in helping your horse getting through a laminitic episode without lasting problems. Next time we will be talking about actual founder.

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To The Memory of The “Boss Horse” “Plunk” - 1979 to 1989 A True “Waler” The Original Australian Stockhorse Breed

“You Never Let Me Down”. I saw him at a horse sale in early '79, I spoke with his owner a lady who said He's too strong to handle to be a horse of mine So I've brought him to auction instead. He'd come in on a truck, She said his name's “Plunk”, Big in the chest, Broad and powerful in the rump. When I queried his name, she said it again, Yes that's it his name is “Plunk”! When his turn came along for the Auctioneers Song, She rode him into the ring. He danced and he pranced every muscle enhanced By the late afternoon sun on his skin. The bidding was slow, it started off low,Few buyers were there on this day. When the hammer came down, I owned that Big Brown And with mixed feelings I led him away. A solid brown horse, a true Waler type, Very proud, character showed in his eye. A roman nose that suited him well His look seemed to say do or die.

On his 20th birthday he was resting For a “Pub Crawl” that was coming along. I looked at him grazing in a paddock And I thought still a horse true and strong.

The track that we galloped wasn't too rough A good trail, we both knew it all. What was it that caused him to stumble? And nearly brought my brave horse to a fall.

The first few times that I rode him I felt his great strength surge throughout. And his spirit gave me the feeling That here was a leader no doubt.

Sometime later I caught and I saddled him That powerful, spirited, brown. C'mon my faithful old beauty “Pub Crawlers” are coming from town.

For breathless moments his fore legs they faltered, Yet he fought himself up from the ground. My heart was racing as the though flashed through me, “Good horse Plunk you've never let me down”.

Over the years we fostered a friendship Through the good years and years of hard luck. Based on trust, respect and understanding He was honest, no kicks, bites or buck.

At “Boolabinda” people were waiting, Riders to horses, with saddles to match. They stood around in eager anticipation Wondering which horse next I would catch.

Then came the feeling of horror, When his gallop had slowed to a halt. A hoof that had snapped at the fetlock, On a horse that had never shown fault.

He stood 15 hands of muscle and bone The leader, Boss Horse of the mob. Yet he did it without fuss or violence Just moved in and got on with the job..

These people had come from all over In answer to ads for our rides. To trek from village to village And climb rugged New England hillsides.

Mud and grass were imbedded in bone, Yet he stayed up on three legs and a stump. That magnificent, tough Old Waler With a heart as big as his rump.

Together we covered much country Seeking, exploring new trails. Working cattle, leading horse treks, doing “Pub Crawls”, Here was a horse without fail.

When the horses were saddled and waiting, And the riders were matched to their mounts. We set off to climb Bullock Mountain For each riders skill to account.

And I knew as I looked at his injury The terrible job that had to be done. And my heart was heavy and aching As I raced for home and a gun.

Never spooked by wire or water, Bush animals or strange sound. He would stride into unknown river crossings And gallop on the roughest of ground.

On that day their skills showed throughout So I led them into a run Not knowing disaster was waiting For the Boss Horse, my faithful old gun.

On my return he was standing quietly waiting. Trying to eat the others had said, Chrissie was holding his leg up, Gerd was holding his head.

A winters day at Cam Creek Crossing, Flood waters came down like a wall. Saved from drowning by mane and a stirrup And his great strength that refused to fall.

At that moment my heart was breaking For the time had come to part, From the mate who had given his all to me And given it with all of his heart.

Oh to ride him was poetry in motion, In the way that he covered the ground His walk would have other horses trotting And his gallop the fastest around.

And as I said farewell to him, He looked at me, then around. And the final words I uttered were “Good On You Old Mate You Never Let Me Down”.

As he aged he seemed not to weary As another horse would with the years, I felt I could not replace him Or to find a horse like him, my fears.

Steve Langley 1989 “Pub Crawls on Horseback” Bullock Mountain, Glen Innes NSW 2370

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Centring or Centering

Centring is the most important thing that I could ever teach anyone about horsemanship. If you have been to any of my clinics you will have heard me talk about it time and time again. Teaching centring is usually the first concept I teach in all my introductory clinics and something that we need to take with us and consciously apply throughout all the rest of our horsemanship activities and in fact it will be extremely helpful in every other facet of our lives.

So what is it? Centring is a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual place to be inside yourself. It is a state of being. Your centre is located in your lower abdominal area and going down into your........................................................................................................ pelvic area. In Aikido, the martial art that I learn, they teach that the centre of your................................................................................................... centre is about four fingers below your navel and about half way between the front of............................................................................................... your body and the back of your body, but closer to the spine than the front of the belly......................................................................................... This area of your body, the belly going down into the pelvic region, is also referred to as the hara in................................................................................ Japanese or the dantian in Chinese. These words translate to mean cinnabar field which is also known as the elixir field. The centre therefore can Be understood as the place in the body where the elixir of life is created and it is the energy centre from where our greatest power can come from which is why it so important in martial arts. Please note that the centre as we are talking about it here is different than your physical centre of mass. When we are centred, we still the mind, calm the emotions and bring our mind, emotions, body and spirit into balance and alignment with each other. When we are operating from our centre, our belly or our gut, I use these terms here because most people have heard the expression “gut feeling or instinct” we are accessing the intuitive aspect of ourselves. Most people know that when they follow their gut feeling or instinct it is always right. ..............................................................................

Figure 1: Sensei Peter Hons explaining and demonstrating centring and some Aikido techniques on how to use energy at the Easter Horsemanship Retreat.


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When we are centred we are finding, accessing and being our true self, which is not our thoughts or our ego. We are connecting to the purest essence of who we are, our spirit and we are connecting with our higher mind or higher self, which is why we are more intuitive. When we are working from this place we have great insight, wisdom and knowing and this is what makes great leaders.


Figure 3: I like this picture of myself taken during a course I was teaching. I must have been feeling very centred at the time. I can see it in my body posture. Shoulders are completely relaxed, and my centre of gravity is down low, my centre is even positioned forward in my posture. I was probably explaining about how to get your horse to go using energy from your centre. My hands are down in the area of my centre - everything is coming from my centre. There is a feeling of confidence, certainty and leadership and yet softness in this body posture...................................................................................................


When we are centred we become emotionally neutral rather than emotionally volatile, which means that we respond rather than react. When we can respond without an attachment of negatively charged emotion we can always find the solutions to problems sooner and the outcome is always better. When dealing with horses or people for that matter, if we have an attachment of negatively charged emotion behind our actions or communications it brings up emotion, reactiveness or defensiveness in them. It is very instinctive for people to react to the emotions in others. When we are dealing with a horse that is fearful, anxious, angry or resentful and we react to it with underlying negative emotion because it brings up frustration, anger or fear in us, this amplifies the emotion in the horse causing them to become even more defensive, resistant, reactive or uncooperative. However in that same situation if the horse was to feel in us the qualities of being centred, like stillness, calmness, certainty, softness and neutrality which means non-judgement, then this state of being would start to diffuse and dissolve the horses negative emotions. When we are centred we are radiating a very positive, stable and calming energy into our energy fields which then filters out and affects all around us in a positive way. This embodies good leadership.

Sometimes it may seem that when we respond with anger it resolves the situation because the other party backs down or changes their behaviour, because they decide that is their best option in that moment, but usually that emotion is just supressed, held on to and will fester and come out at another time and usually at a very undesirable time, when under pressure or in a crisis.

SELF MASTERY The ability not to react to the reactions of others. - Mel Fleming One of the hardest things in the world to do is to have no reaction to the reactions of others or to stay centred when all those around you are out of their centre. I think this equals self-mastery, the ability not to react to the reactions of others and to stay in your centre when all those around you are losing theirs. This ability exemplifies real leadership, the ability to keep your calm and your cool no matter what. As soon as we allow negative emotion to come up and take over we are demonstrating a clear lack of leadership and proving to the horse that we are not a trustworthy leader that they can depend on to keep them safe and make good judgements and decisions. As soon as negative emotion comes up and takes over, we can feel it in our body as tightness and tension or as heat and our breathing shallows or stops. As we energetically become more aware, we will notice that energetically we have moved up out of our centre. You can literally feel yourself rise out of your centre and as the saying goes “they got a rise out of you”.

4 Figure 4: Here Arumi, my new stallion, is testing my centredness. He has his ears pinned back and was just about to lunge at me quite aggressively because he got confused and felt challenged when I was asking him to canter on line. I just stayed in my centre and redirected his energy and intention with my focus and stick and string. Following in figure 5 you can see him literally just moments later, very happy and in very good posture because he is in a good mental and emotional place as he took no offence to my correction.

This physical tension, resistance and restriction that results from us being out of our centre also prevents us from physically offering a soft smooth feel to the horse and stops us from being free in our bodies and thus able to move in balance and harmony with the horse while riding. This physical resistance or brace in us, which always begins in our minds, results in resistance and brace in the horse. We are the ones that create brace in the horse.

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Equine News Spring 2013 When we still the mind and calm the emotions we can actually focus our attention and we can learn quickly and easily.

5 Figure 5: Here is Arumi, just moments later after he threatened to run at me. He is perfectly happy and see what great lift and suspension he has now. He is really starting to push off his hind legs because he became mentally and emotionally centred, therefore he physically became more centred and balanced.

Being centred is not about never feeling emotion and it is definitely not about supressing it or pretending it is not there when we feel it. In fact it is quite the opposite. It means being more aware sooner when emotion comes up, recognizing it, acknowledging it, accepting it and in that way we can make a choice, asking questions about it and changing things that need to change if necessary and then let the emotion go, which is very different than suppressing it. Feeling emotions is good, they are not a bad thing, they are just feedback, giving us information about what is going on inside us. So it is about learning how to work with emotions and using them for their purpose of gathering information and then releasing them rather than have them start taking control of us. Being centred is also a very physical thing, it causes us to be more physically balanced. When our mind is scattered and our emotions are awry, then our energy is trapped up high in body, for example in the head, throat and chest areas rather than being balanced throughout the body. These areas then become physically tight and tense and this can often be clearly visible through locked jaws, tight throats, high raised up shoulders, and stiff upper bodies and chests. This causes us to become very unbalanced. If you observe a new rider on a horse that is very unconfident on a horse and somewhat fearful, you will most likely see the tight raised up shoulders and their hands holding the reins up high, putting them in a very unbalanced and vulnerable position. To be balanced, we need our body weight, you can think of this as all your muscles, to be relaxed and melting down into our centre. This brings you into balance rather than being top heavy and out of alignment. This downward feeling is counterbalanced by the skeleton and more specifically the spine, being lengthened upward, so that the spine is long, tall, aligned and stretching to open the spaces in between the vertebrae. This prevents our downward bodyweight, that of the muscles melting down, being a hindrance or a block for the horse to move his back and body freely underneath us. It puts us in our own self carriage and when we are in self carriage then our horses can be. Figure 6: This photo shows a good position and balance over a jump. Keeping my centre back over the horse rather than too far forward over the pommel of the saddle which would be putting too much weight on the horse's front end and impede the horse.


When we are centred with a still mind, we are able to give clearer communication and cues to the horse and our thoughts become so clear that horses can start to pick up on them.

When we are still and centred our awareness and perceptiveness of ourselves internally and how we are feeling our own body is greatly heightened. Even better, is that as well as having heightened internal awareness, at the same time we can have a heightened external awareness, being aware of all that is going on outside around us. When we are riding horses, we need to be able to feel and have a great awareness not only of our own bodies, but also our horses bodies and also be aware of all else around us, other people, horses, stock if we are working or moving stock, and or have awareness and focus of the line we are on if we are cantering cross country and negotiating obstacles or riding a showjumping course for example. Riding horses well requires having a very heightened awareness. Better body awareness leads to better body control and coordination and balance. Therefore improving our body awareness is a major key to physically improving our riding and horse handling skills. We need to get into the zone of feeling more than thinking. This means getting out of your head which is more about thinking and down into your body which is more about feeling and it is through being centred that people can develop that ever elusive and yet such important quality of FEEL, which then also gives them timing and balance. 'Feel' is the difference between a true horseman and all the other horse people. Feel is in two categories, physical feel and energetic feel which also includes mental and emotional feel. Centring is the key to developing 'feel'. HOW do we get centred?

CENTRING To centre yourself first of all just take your attention down to the physical area of you centre, the lower abdominal area and heading down towards the pelvis. Just taking your attention down there starts to take your energy there. Relax all of your muscles and allow any tension in the upper body to melt down into your centre.

BREATHING Breathing down into your centre is the next step to getting centred. When we breathe we should expand our belly on the in breath. Most people tend to do the opposite. That is they contract their stomach or draw it in, on the in breath as they are using shallow chest breathing rather than breathing fully and efficiently with abdominal breathing. Shallow chest breathing is a result of states of stress and causes people to stay in a state of stress. Deep abdominal breathing, where we expand the belly on the in breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which calms everything down and induces relaxation. Even more that just thinking of expanding the belly forward, I like to think of expanding all of the centre in all directions equally, expanding it to the front, back and sides equally. Deep and full abdominal breathing stimulates the right hemisphere of the brain, our relaxing, imagining, feeling, intuitive and movement side of brain. Other benefits of this centred and full breathing are that when we think of expanding our centre in all directions equally it stabilizes our core which leads to better balance. When riding we need to find a way to stabilise our core that does not involve a tightening, contracting and holding pattern in the muscles. Breathing and expanding the centre and then fully inflating all of the lungs and thus expanding the entire torso puts our body in alignment and thus into balance. Balance comes from correct biomechanical alignment of the body which means that all the muscle tension patterns in the body have to be optimal and counterbalancing each other so that standing, moving, sitting for example feel effortless. When we are holding excess muscle tension patterns in certain parts of the body due to states of mental and emotional stress our skeleton is pulled out of alignment and thus we have compromised balance. Centred breathing relaxes our body and releases these excess muscle tension patterns.

BODY SCANNING The third thing that I think about is body scanning. I continuously have awareness of my body and scan my body for any tension. Any physical tension that I feel in my body tells me that I am not fully relaxed and not fully centred.

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Breathing - Are you breathing ? And if so, are you breathing down into your centre? Jaw - Are your molar teeth touching at the back? That is usually a sign of a clenched jaw. Fingers - Are they clenched or holding the stick, reins or lead rope tighter than necessary? Toes - Are the scrunched up in your boots or softly spread open? Buttocks and tail bone - Are your buttocks clenched or soft and relaxed? Is your coccyx, your tail inside your skin, swinging gently from side to side when you walk?


Figure 7: Alchemist and I. Alchemist is showing very good balance and posture here. Well on the way to collection.

I also scan my horse's body for tension. When I see any signs of tension in my horse's body that is my cue or reminder to centre and breathe, or to centre and breathe more deeply and if I notice tension in a specific part of my horse's body, for example the horses jaw, then I also relax my jaw and the horse will then mirror this. Figure 8 This image shows the rider's centre and the horse's centre. When we are riding, in our minds we mentally want to think about connecting our centre to our horses centre.

Horses need be in their centre too, but this will be a whole other article at some stage. For now we will suffice to say that just as centring is a mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual place to be for the human it is the same for the horse. A horse that is not centred is on their forehand and a horse that is centred will be in some degree of self carriage, engagement or collection. The horse's centre is the same as for us the lower abdominal area, flank area and going back into the pelvis. Again please note that the centre as we are talking about it here, is different to the horse's physical centre of mass which also an important point which we can expand into at another time. As the horse becomes more “centred” in the sense that we are talking about it, their physical centre of mass shifts further back which is what physical collection is about. When we are centred we lead our horse into being centred. So hopefully through reading this article you can see the absolute importance of being centred, it affects everything.

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ome of the more common paddock injuries are minor scrapes and cuts, these maybe from horse to horse contact such as biting or playing, or they maybe the result of injury. The important point to remember is that even cuts or wounds that appear minor can require rapid veterinary attention. This is because a wound although small maybe deep or close to important structures such as joints or tendons. If these structures are damaged or become infected the result could be permanent loss of a performance horse. So whenever your horse suffers an injury don't be afraid to contact your vet, even if it's just a phone call for some initial advice. Remember however that unless your vet actually examines your horse the advice will be general. Other common injuries are injuries to the eyes, larger wounds especially on legs, stake injuries (the horse has staked itself on a fence post, stick or star picket) and becoming cast or trapped............................... Eyes should ALWAYS be treated as an emergency. DO NOT put anything into eyes without permission from your vet, and only seek advice from a registered veterinary surgeon....................................................................

Unfortunately no matter how careful we are, how much planning we put into the design of our facilities, fences, surfaces and gates accidents can and do still happen. We have all seen that horse living in a paddock with run down barbed wire fencing and full of scrap metal and other junk. While these horses do adapt it is always a good idea to look critically at the surroundings in which you keep your horse (that doesn't mean you have to wrap them in cotton wool).



If your horse suffers a large wound, becomes cast or stakes itself this can be very confronting for you. the first thing to try to remember is try to stay calm. The next thing to do is call your vet. having their contact numbers in the house, stable, float or truck and in your phone can make it easier and quicker in an emergency. If your away from home such as travelling to or from an event has a very useful horse vet finder. A good basic first aid kit on hand is an excellent idea as is knowing how to use it. Although its an emotional time try very hard to assess the safety of situations before approaching your horse, hard as it may be to do you might need to seek help from others before intervening. Ask your vet if there is anything they want you to do until they arrive (for example cold hosing of the injury) and learn how to take your horses heart rate, temperature etc. A horse that is stressed or in a great deal of pain will often react quite differently to how you might expect so when your vet arrives try to answer their questions directly (ie don't waffle on about things they didn't ask you) and listen carefully to their instructions or advice........................... If you are dispensed medications make sure your very clear on how to give them, when to give them, what dose to give and for how long, also what signs to look out for if there is a problem....................................................... If your vet dispenses antibiotics make sure your horse finishes the entire course, don't stop just because they start to look better, that is how antibiotic resistance occurs........................................................................ Sometimes sad as it is, no matter what steps we take, the injury will be too serious and it will be necessary to end any further suffering. This is always difficult and if it looks like it might happen its a good idea to have some friends or family on hand to help you. If the horse is insured then the insurance company will often need to be notified before the animal is put to sleep..................................................................................................... If the horse is euthanised via injection it's very important to make sure that dogs cannot access the body. This is because the solution used will still be present in the tissue and if dogs consume it they can become very sick and even die......................................................................................................

So when it comes to paddock injuries - clean up around your property - use good practice when moving or introducing new horses - have your vets phone numbers and a good first aid kit that you know how to use learn to take heart rate, temperature etc - try not to panic. Editors Note: Equine News contains a list of Veterinary Contacts so ALWAYS keep a copy in your stable/tack shed, glove box or float. Print off the article "Know Your Horses Vital Signs" at and pin it up on your feedroom wall.

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ASHS NSW Breeders Championships, White Park, Scone NSW - Ph: Louise Best 0409 209 061 Welsh Pony & Cob Soc of Aust, All Welsh Show, SIEC, Horsley Park - Ph: Helen 0418 484 592 Rivenlee 2013 NSW Horse of the Year Show,Hawkesbury S/gr, Clarendon Ph: Leonie 0412 507 103 IMHR NSW State Show, EPIC, Canberra - Cont: Leanne - E: ASHS Gloucester Led & Performance Show,Sgrounds, Gloucester NSW - Ph: Tina 02 6558 1866 2nd National Dilute Championships WA State Eq Centre, Brigadoon Ph: Gail (07) 3282 8858 Brumbies Spring Celebration Open Day New England Sanctuary Armidale - Ph: Jan (02) 6655 2224 2013 Royal Melbourne Horse Show in Action - Ph:Bonnie 03 9281 7437 - AWHA QLD Branch, Mare Classification Day, QSEC, Caboolture - Ph: Claudette 0407 375 870 Yarra Valley Arabian Showcase, WPNEC, Werribee Vic - Ph: 03 9739 1882 BACH RPG Victorian Feature Show & Pony Pageant 2013 - Ph: Chris Gray 03 5569 2001


12 - 13 T&D TPA The 10th Annual NSW Team Penning Ch/ships, Moonbi NSW - Ph: Lisa 0407 434 361 27 Clarence Valley TP, Couts Crossing S/P Ground - E: 31 - 3 Nov 2013 Team Penning Australian Nationals, AELEC Tamworth - Ph: Suellen Guest 0457 460 559 4-7 26

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VERA State Championships at Dergholm, 160, 80, 40 & 23 - Ph: Trish Reeves 03 5583 3289 QLD Brooklyn, 80, 40, 20, & Harness - Ph: 0427 589 424 - E: NSW Sassafras, 80/40/20 - Ph: Alan Marshall 02 4422 8818 Mackinda Endurance 2013 Australian FEI Championships, Hosted by Glen Innes Endurance Club, Red Range Sports Gr, Vincent St, Red Range - Ph: Tami 0437 727 907 - Robyn 0418 248 142 23 - 24 GERZ Championships at Toongabbie, 100 Elevated - Ph: Ellen Preston 03 5662 3756 - 0422 806 604


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SQRHA Clinic Hi Point BBQ Open Pen, Gatton Indoor Eq/centre - Ph: Janine Hage 0408 340 230 Equitana Sydney Showgrounds, Horsley Park - Ph: Lynda Gray 0412 479 340 VRHA, WPNEC, Werribee Vic - Ph: Sandy Dodds 0418 321 289 - VRHA Year End Finals, WPNEC, Werribee Vic - Ph: Sandy Dodds 0418 321 289 -

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Australian Pony Stud Book Society National Show, SIEC Hosley Park - Ph: 02 4774 8573 AH Australasian Breeders Cup - Equitana Sydney 2013, S/ground,Sydney NSW - Ph: 0429 871 115 Yarra Valley RPG Southern Pony Clasic Show, Lloyd Park, Belgrave South Vic - Ph: 0409 171 975 12TH NSW Welsh Show, AELEC, Tamworth NSW - Ph: Ruth Anderson 02 6782 1721 Equitana (7-10th Nov) featuring “Mini-Tana” - Sydney Showground - Ph: Leanne 02 4844 6393 NEB RPG Annual All Breeds Show, Albury Eq/Centre, Corry's Rd, Thurgoona - Ph: 0408 482 870 National Arabian Stud Horse Show, SIEC Hosley Park - Ph: 0408 232 162 DPG Farmcraft Native Pony Show, Boonah S/gr ,Boonah Qld - E: 2013 National Capital Horse Show, EPIC, Flemington Rd, Mitchell Act 2013 Southern Reg Dilute Ch/ship Show, EPIC, Flemington Rd, Mitchell ACT - Ph: 02 6238 0436 Pinto Horse Assoc of NSW State Titles, Horseworld Stadium, Maraylya NSW - Ph: 02 4995 6224 SNSW RPG Pony Classic Show, Moss Vale Sh/grounds, Moss Vale NSW - Ph: 0419 603 528 IMHR Spring Carnival, Taree S/gr, Taree NSW - Ph: Leanne 02 4884 6393 - Dilute Championship Show, Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell ACT - Ph: (02) 6238 0436


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National Cutting Horse Association,Tamworth NSW -Ph 02 6765 9356 - Lone Tree Hill CCI, Jackpot Show, Kings Park, Seymour, Vic -Ph: Gail Kubiel 0488 031 707

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Disasters, Road Crashes, Event Incidents and Rescue Scenarios affecting Large Animals a Focus Point for International Conference

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Experts in large animal rescue from the UK, USA, NZ, Australia and Thailand are gathering at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus on the 2nd & 3rd November 2013 for the International Large Animal Rescue Conference.

This is the first time this event has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing new skills & knowledge related to this important emerging field which combines incident management, workplace safety and animal welfare. Four themes are set being Rescue, Animals in Disaster, Livestock Transport and Event Incidents. Jim Green (UK), Dr Rebecca Gimenez (USA), Dr Ian Dacre (TH) are the three keynote speakers with an extensive list of experienced supporting presenters including Professor Josh Slater (UK via Skype), Professor Christopher Riley & Hayley Squance (NZ) Dr Christine Smith, Dr Chris Heislers, Dr Peter Horridge, Dr Mark Peters, Dr Kirrilly Thompson, Anthony Hatch, Maryanne Leighton, David King and Raylene Garwood provide the Australian viewpoint. Large Animal Emergency Rescue is the response phase of a natural or man-made disaster, or accident, where specialized training and equipment are required to rescue a large animal such as a horse, alpaca or cow. When an animal is trapped in a hole, by wire, in a road crash or mud – it can easily revert to the inbuilt “fight or flight” responses regardless of the age, training or breed. This especially applies to horses. Without the skills and knowledge associated with Large Animal Rescue techniques, the animal is likely to become more injured during the rescue than the initial accident caused in the first place. The people rescuing the animal often put themselves at great risk injury or worse, often without realising it. The conference will feature presentations and demonstrations, some involving a life size fully articulated horse recently imported from the UK, affectionately called “Riley”. Light Regional Council, Resquip and Safety Access & Training Australia are major sponsors. A media kit can be downloaded from Organised by Horse SA, a not for profit community group working for all horse owners. Conference registrations are now open.

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The Stallion in the photo is a 22 year old Warmblood who has arthritis in his near side knee. Without Technyflex he struggles to get about. On Technyflex he is so comfortable almost to the point of being sound and has no trouble serving his mares. On approaching his mares he becomes very proud and shows nil signs of lameness. How could this be possible with such an obviously arthritic knee? We only know what we see and it is truly amazing. There are of course other results with this product showing wonderful management of healthy joints as well, so it begs the question of protection for those without problems. Could it be that if all our good comp horses were on this natural product these problems may never arise in the first place. So whether you have an old arthritic pal in the paddock, or a sound equine competitor, rest assured you are doing the best you can for their joint health when they receive their daily dose of Technyflex.

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Equine News Spring 2013

Go, Go, and grow another successful Crackin' Cancer Horse trail ride. There are many worthwhile charitable causes to do a fundraising horse ride for and the one that is dear to my heart is this one, the Crackin' Cancer ride through the magnificent high ranges and river country of the New England. This is a horse ride over a five day period designed to raise the much needed funds to supplement the research into Crackin' the codes of the various insidious cancers. Who in this wonderful lucky country of ours does not know of someone, personal, family or friends who are not affected in some way by this cruel and often terminal disease which must be defeated? The growing popularity of this horse trail ride signifies the willingness of the horse riding fraternity to help beat it, and what better way than to bring your horse into the excellent Three Waters campsites on the lower flanks of Bullock Mountain (alt.1,175 metre) and ride out each day into totally different surrounding country side. It is a richness of land comprising of thousands of hectares of river bank riding and river crossings, rugged timber clad hills, open sheep and cattle country, historic old sapphire mining sites and all at an altitude of over a thousand metres. Remembering the start of first Crackin' Cancer ride held in April 2011 with seventeen riders, plus Trail leader and Trail Marshalls on it, it was wonderful and encouraging to see thirty three keen riders come along for the second Crackin' Cancer ride in 2012 and this year our 2013 ride in April saw us reach the cut off point of fifty riders. Although now I guess I could say I am semi retired from professional long distance horse trekking, each year this ride takes place, I consider it an honour and a privilege to be nominated trail leader and to be able to show you just some of the incredibly varied and beautiful country I have had the pleasure of riding these past thirty six years. Each day of the ride is an average twenty five kilometres with a couple of thirty plus kilometre days with the last day being a ride, part on a stock route to the town of Glen Innes and into my favourite Pub the Railway Tavern for the best pizzas and burgers you could eat.

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This high country ride is made even better by the huge effort put into its organisation by the organisers and volunteer crew. Marshall Fittler and Laurie Cooper organisers for the Cancer Council helped by my gorgeous hardworking partner Kerry, our two adventurous German Wwoofers Feli and Lotti and niece Debbie worked tirelessly to keep things going smooth. The mid week rest day is further complemented by Mark Langley and his outstanding demonstration on how to handle horses and associated problems. Mark is a professional horse breaker and trainer and holds regular and well attended horsemanship and horse handling clinics throughout NSW ans QLD..

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Mark charges $10 per head for this mini clinic and donates the money back to the Cancer Council of NSW. The evening's entertainment provided By Leigh Warren our “Outlaw” country western singer, sees our 'Gunyah' recreation room rock each night to the fabulous music by a man who lost his father to Cancer and volunteers each year to entertain us, with a few teary eyes as he sings the Crackin' Cancer song he composed.

Riding under the umbrella and insurances of Trail Riding Australia Inc, our Trail Marshalls Graeme Sleeman, Bob Ebert, Peter Rudd and Amy Hanson a trained medic, do an excellent job of keeping the ride together and helping wherever needed , and I give personal thanks to Bob for his nimble getting off and on his horse for the occasional difficult gate. Bob rides alongside me as deputy trail leader and gate opener and keeps me entertained with his many yarns. Good onya mate. Everyone arrives to a welcoming sausage sizzle night and the ride ends with a whole pig on a spit or butts of pork and beef on the spit. Remember; if you are considering doing the ride in March 2014 make contact early. This growing in popularity ride has a cut off point of fifty riders.

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Equine News Spring 2013

Tweed Valley Equestrian Group is holding a Breast Cancer Fundraiser this year

"The Power of Pink Dressage & Show jumping Spectacular" 5th & 6th of October Murwillumbah Showgrounds. The event now in its fifth year was awarded “Community Event of the Year� by Tweed Shire Council in 2011. So far we have raised just over seventeen thousand dollars for Breast Cancer Research. All funds raised are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. There were over 125 entries with riders coming from Port Macquarie to Brisbane entering last year's event. There was also a large division of junior riders (all girls) and we hope that from a young age we can help them understand the importance of being aware of this disease that affects so many women. Dressage is often a very serious sport, so to see every rider with a splash of pink or more somewhere was fantastic..................................

Breast Cancer will touch so may of our lives, family and friends and as dressage being mainly dominated by women; we thought this event is a perfect way to raise awareness and a fun way to raise money for such a worthy cause...................................................... With excitement building for this year's event already, we're aiming for ten thousands dollars to donate. Help us achieve our goal!................................................................ This year we have introduced a Junior and Senior costume class. The class is for a freestyle dressage test where riders design their test at any level and music which has a time limit of five minutes, riders and horses dress up. Riders also have the option of riding the test in a quadrille, Pas De Deux or individually.............................................................. We have prizes galore with Pinkest Show jumper and Pinkest rider, pinkest horse and Pinkest Dressage horse being awarded. Sunday we will draw the monster raffle with thousands of dollars of prizes up for grabs.......................................................................

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This clinic will be split into groups according to ability and focus. The Program will be structured such that it can be modified to focus in groups for what you are specifically interested in. This may include, but is not limited to ground control with a focus on liberty work, long reining, body control under saddle and/or mechanical cow work. The first two days of the clinic will include a non-riding group suitable for horses which are not under saddle. Bookings Essential For details email call Daz on 08 9643 1017 or go to:


This 4 day clinic is based on Ground Control, Long Reining & Body Control Under Saddle DVDs which are available for discount purchase as a SET of 3 thru our on line shop - and will be available for sale at the clinic. Our new line of DVD's will also be released by that time also (see pictured below). We have broken down our training methods even further in the new series - clearly defining the levels of progression in your training regime (to be released at Equitana Sydney Nov 7th-10th 2013). Double Dan Horsemanship introduces revolutionary horse training clinics that change relationships between horses and handlers. From the ground you will learn the foundation techniques of all Double Dan Horsemanship's remarkable liberty acts. Boost confidence on the ground with easy to follow ground control methods. Give your horse a relaxed softness in halter, lateral flexion, side passing and introduce cues. Long reining is a valuable tool for all horses. It can be used in a variety of purposes, from mouthing the young horse to teaching a horse to move forward into the contact, re-educating horses with behavioural and training issues as well as further educating the older horse and building strength and flexibility. Whether working with a young horse, refining an older horse or improving a riders understanding and control, Body Control Basics Under Saddle takes you through the fundamentals to achieve flexibility and softness. Beautiful circles, lead departures and changes, roll backs and more are dependent on body control and by following the Double Dan Horsemanship techniques you will become a better rider and develop a more supple horse with a willing attitude.

If there are particular problems you would like to address in the clinic make Dan & Pia aware of them at the commencement of the day and they will be sure to go through them with you. Dan Steers will have his horses with him and will be giving demonstrations throughout the 4 day clinic. Equipment to bring for Clinic = Rope Halter & lead rope = Driving or lunging whip = Roller, Long reins = Saddle & Bridle

All equipment will be available for purchase at the clinic. Or can be pre-purchased from our online store Costs: Participants with their horse: $400 for the 2 days Participants with their horse: $750 for the 4 days Camping & horse yards are available at no extra charge. There is Student accommodation available for a fee - arrangements to be made with the venue. Accommodation includes power, fridge, micro wave, jug, toaster, oven, beds and mattresses, and all cutlery and crockery. Contact: Joan Peachy - 0427 793 601 E: Fence sitters welcome $40 per day / $70 for 2 days / $100 for 3 days / $120 for 4 days VENUE: Northern Rivers Equestrian Estate 975 Swan Bay New Italy Rd, Woodburn, NSW, 2472 Bring your own food and drinks - Clinic Times: 9am - 4pm each day NO PHOTOGRAPHING OR VIDEOING IS PERMITTED AT THE CLINIC.

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Equine News Spring 2013

Stretching Muscles For Strength And Balance.

Stretching techniques are always done at the end of the Remedial Massage Treatment, and you will never get a better stretch than a controlled stretch, after extensive and correctly applied muscle and joint release. Muscles have had a chance to relax, blood circulation is a lot better throughout the horse's body, oxygenation and nutrition to muscle tissues has increased and there is an improved elasticity in muscles, tendons and ligaments.

By Ray Bové - Equine Chiropractics and Deep Muscle Therapy

Stretching or rolling upwards of the upper lip. They love it! The same for the bottom lip and you can give the tissue under the lip a good squeeze.


orses stretch naturally by themselves, quite often as well stretching muscles that need to be stretched. It is an instinctive thing for them to do as a result of whatever sort of environment they are in at the time. Whether they are sporting horses, or horses in the paddock at home, they stretch spontaneously to maintain a better balance and awareness of where they are at the time. Remember horses are creatures of flight, and it is important to them from a survival point of view to be feeling good with their balance, and being alert in case of any situation that causes them to protect themselves by running away from the danger.

Flexibility is enhanced with less stress and tension in the muscles. Muscle re-education and restoration of balance allows much better extension of muscles, tendons and ligaments aiding in free flowing joint movement or better tractability. After the myofascia release and massage techniques to muscle groups, stretching the shoulder or hip joints for example is easy, as the joints “letgo” with the freedom of being able to stretch out again. With this “Joint Release” comes better tractability or co-ordination, improved gait, quicker reflexes and a willingness or spirit that before may have been lacking, with the improved state of mind. With the routine horses have, and it may be the same day-to-day, to enhance the horses spirit is to give it new energy levels. .

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Tanglewood Farm

FEE $3,000 incl GST

Thoroughbred Stallion Station 388 Limbri Rd, Kootingal NSW (via Tamworth) Ph: 0467 388 388 Email:

EQUINE NEWS And Trade Services Directory Volume 5 Issue 3 SPRING 2013  
EQUINE NEWS And Trade Services Directory Volume 5 Issue 3 SPRING 2013  

Equine News And Trade Services Directory is a free hard copy quarterly magazine enjoyed by all disciplines. Offering a directory of services...