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Inside: Ear Mites in Horses Equine Lyme Disease Founder - A Death Sentence Weight Loss in Horses Mouthing the Horse - Part 1


From The Editors


Hoping that 2014 has started out well for everyone! We are once again pleased to present another issue of Equine News!! With the heat waves being experienced by many this front cover photo offers a refreshing thought of where we would all like to be, both horses and humans cooling their feet!

There are many exciting clinics, courses and events on the agenda over the next few months so please check out our Coming Events section. Of this list of happenings, one very dear to our hearts is The Great Crackin Cancer Three Waters Horse Trail Ride taking place earlier this year in March. Hopefully you will all enjoy the content of this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you! Thank you to everyone who supported this issue and helped it come together and we look forward to presenting our next edition in April.

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Ear Mites in Horses

In this issue Dr Shannon Lee of Equine Dental Vets has shed some light on three common reasons that might be the cause of horses losing weight which should be Cover Photo by KaPa Photography. eliminated before investigating more complex possibilities. Dr Oliver Liyou of Equine Veterinary And Dental Services tells us about Ear Mites in horses as well as explaining other possible causes of horses itching and rubbing along with offering some suggestions that may help us to give our horses some relief. Once again we have some more very interesting information about the horses hoof written by Claudia Garner of Equine Soundness who in this issue explains some of the key facts about Founder and how to help prevent it. We also have input from Dan Steers of Double Dan Horsemanship who has offered us some help in the way of going about introducing the bit and mouthing our horses. Part 2 of this article will be featured in our following Autumn 2014 issue. A horse owners story is also included sharing the journey of investigating an unexplained illness that there seemed no clear answer for but through determined and persistent testing could be the first documented case of Equine Lyme Disease in Australia. This story will continue in our next issue.

Until then, Happy Days

Weight Loss in Horses

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Founder A Death Sentence

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Mouthing the Horse Part 1

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Equine Lyme Disease

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Area Map

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Coming Events

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Leconfield 5 Day Jackaroo Jillaroo School ............................34 - 35 Annual Crackin' Cancer Trail Ride


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Service Directory

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Equine News Summer 2013

Weight Loss in Horses By Dr Shannon Lee

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B.V.Sc M.A.N.Z.C.V.Sc Eqd M.I.C.E.V.O E.Ds

Weight loss is a condition that many horse owners have had to deal with at one time or another. A horse that appears thin may be suffering from weight loss due to a number of causes. However there are three common causes of weight loss in horses: malnutrition, parasitism and dental disease. If a horse is suffering from malnutrition then the number of calories it is consuming is less than the number it is using, it may also suffer from an incorrectly balanced diet. Causes of this include feeding poor quality feed, supplying inadequate amounts of feed or the horse maybe missing out on feed due to competition at feeding time.................................................... Parasites can rob your horse of much needed nutrition as the parasites consume the nutrients or cause inflammation of the horse's gut leading to poor absorption of nutrients across the gut wall. A targeted parasite

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management program involving the use of appropriate de-worming products given at the correct dose, combined with pasture management and faecal egg counts should minimise the impact parasites are having on your horses............................................................................................... Dental problems can decrease your horses FCR or Food Conversion Ratio this is a measure of how efficient your horse is at converting feed into energy. The first two steps in digestion are prehension or picking up the feed and mastication or chewing. Any change in the efficiency of these two steps has a direct effect on the efficiency of the rest of the digestive process, as the rest of the digestive tract is only as efficient as these two steps. In severe cases loose, fractured or infected teeth can cause a horse to stop eating all together. There are many other causes of weight loss in the horse, however the three covered above are the most common and should always be addressed when assessing a horse for weight loss. Other causes of weight loss can include but are not limited to tumours, disease of major organs such as the kidneys or liver, issues affecting hormone levels, inflammation of the intestine, chronic infection and stomach ulcers. A useful tool in evaluating and reassessing weight loss in horses is to use a body condition scoring system. There are two main systems used one system grades horses from 1-5 with 1 being very poor condition and 5 being obese the other system grades horses from 1-9. The key difference between the two systems is the greater degree of accuracy of the 1-9 system. ................................................................................. Another tool that can help is the use of weight tapes although bear in mind that these are not always very accurate, alternatively if you are lucky you may live in an area where you vet or racetrack have digital scales you can use to weigh your horse more accurately.

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Horse after treatment, showing healthy weight


While we are discussing weight loss in horses we should also talk about the dangers of a horse being too heavy. The same risks posed to people by being obese apply to our horses as well as a few of their own. Overweight horses have increased pressure on their joints and vital organs and are at risk of metabolic syndrome, which has been identified as a cause of laminitis (inflammation of the sensitive structures connecting the hoof wall to the pedal bone)............................................. Overweight horses need a decreased calorie intake often combined with an increase in exercise.

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Equine News Summer 2013

Ear Mites IN HORSES By Dr Oliver Liyou BVSc (Hons1) MACVSc (Eq Dent) CMAVA.

One of the most poorly understood and managed conditions in horses is itching of the head, ears and mane. You will hear a zillion so-called cures for these conditions, which means that no one treatment fixes all itches and it continues to be an extremely frustrating problem for horse owners. Ear Mites (Psoroptes Equi - pictured above) are just one of the possible causes of horses that scratch their head and necks.

Ear Mites are small insects, white in colour, and less than 1 mm in size, so are just visible to the naked eye. They invade the ears of horses and can cause intense itching, and rubbing of the neck and ears. Sometimes the ear will droop, due to intense itching, even to a point where it gets bruised so badly that a fills up with blood and needs surgery.

Other causes of itching of the face, head and mane include:

(1) Allergies to Culicoides - biting midges (Queensland Itch) - by far the most common. (2) Allergies to dietary proteins or environmental allergens such as grass seeds, pollens, dust etc. (3) Lice. (4) Fungal infections. (5) Bacterial infections. (6) Reactions to the dying larvae of the neck thread worm onchocerca - following worming with a “mectin� compound wormer. But these lesions are usually under the neck, chest and body regions, as opposed to on top of the neck and poll region.

Lesions on ears and neck

Diagnosis of ear mites can be done by visually inspecting the inside of the ear, with a light and magnifying glass. Or by inserting a gloved finger deep into the ear (most horses don't like this, so best done when horse sedated), and rubbing against the inner ear's skin, and then examining the wax that comes out on the finger. If ear mites are present, they will emerge from the wax as tiny white specs that are brilliantly white, but move slowly on the surface of the wax. But the reality with ear mites is that they are not common any more, mainly due to the widespread use of ivermectin wormers, which kill the mites, as they suck blood from the skin inside the ears.

So this takes us back to the other causes of itching of the head and neck regions of a horse. Allergies (to biting culicoides species midges or pollens, dust etc.) are very common and seem more prevalent in some breeds such as Clydesdales. There is often no real cure apart from moving the horse to an area with no midges such as west of the Great Dividing Range. The frustrating thing is the allergy and itching may start on a horse at any age, from yearling to middle age. The allergic itching response is an inappropriate reaction of the horse's immune system, so it can vary from year to year, and also with the amount of allergens (insects, pollens etc.) that the horse comes into contact with. It is important to rule out the more treatable conditions such as lice, fungal and bacterial infections before treating allergies, as the treatment and management of allergies is often quite exhaustive and expensive. The ideal way to diagnose allergic skin disease in horses is through ruling out other causes via close examination, skin scrapings, fungal cultures, cytology and microscopic examination etc., and then doing a skin biopsy. Intra dermal skin testing or blood allergy tests can be done as well, but this is more a job for an equine skin specialist.


Management of allergic skin disease in horses can be divided into 3 main components: A) Preventing the horses getting access to the allergen - e.g. moving it to another area, using insect repellents, rugging the horse (not before it has stopped itching though as it will often rip the rug to pieces!), putting horse under a low roof (midges don't like going under low roof) from 2 pm onwards when the midges start biting, having the horse able to stand in front of a big fan from 2 pm onwards (midges are poor fliers so will get blown away from the horse in front of fan).

Scratching on posts, poles & stable walls.

Use of oils on the skin may create a barrier to which the midges don't want to bite through etc. Midges usually bite only along the top line, so create itchiness on the ear, mane and tail region. Feeding of substances such as sulphur, garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt bush, herbal tonics etc. all are reported at times to help, but very few of them have been scientifically tested, so it is hard to recommend them before adequate testing has been done. It amazes me how much resistance there was to the declared lack of testing of the Hendra Vaccine, yet owners will happily feed and pour on their horses a massive range of untested and unproven tonics, additives, herbs etc. that are available for sale for use on horses??? B) Modifying the horse's immune response to the allergen e.g. high doses (up to half a cup morning and night) of omega 3 oils will help 1 in 4 itchy horses. Corticosteroid injections, granules in feed or creams will also reduce the inflammatory response and thus help “dampen or even stop” the itchiness whilst it is on the medication. This may be helpful to allow you to rug the horse to prevent it being bitten, and stop the horse tearing the rug up. C) Preventing the horse from itching on posts, trees and fences. Firm itching actually often causes more damage to the skin and thus more itchiness as a result of the “itching chemicals” being released in the damaged skin. This is referred to as the “itch-scratch cycle”.

Rugging your horse may prevent it being bitten

Electric fences can help here, but it must be stressed that this technique should not be done without heavy use of A and B, or the horse will be so frustrated that it will revert to rubbing itself along the ground like a dog!!! Many allergic skin diseases in horses are seasonal, and so affect the horse more in spring and summer, and reduce in severity through winter, when there are less insects and pollens around etc. If it is dietary allergy, then it may be year round.


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Female Pin worm laying eggs on anus

If your horse is only scratching its tail, and not mane and ears, you should consider the possibility of it having pin worms. (Oxyuris Equi) Pin worms (fig 4) are not blood sucking worms, so usually don't cause too much illness in horses like some other worms, but they cause an itchy tail. And because they don't suck blood from the bowel wall, they can be harder to kill than other worms, and often need a wormer with pyrantel or morantel in them. Such wormers include Strategy T or Ammo.


Female Pin worm

The classic sign of pin worm is the yellowy green paste around the anus, which is “laid� by the female worm (fig 5) and contains thousands of eggs. You can put a piece of sticky tape across this and examine it under the microscope and you will see thousands of eggs!

So when the horse rubs its tail on a rail, the eggs are deposited on the rail, waiting for a curious horse to come and lick or muzzle the rail, and then they start a new life cycle in that horse!

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In a true clubfoot for example, the coffin bone is rotated, but not separated from the hoof wall.


In picture (#1) we have an x-ray where the coffin bone is not ground parallel (rotated), but still attached to the wall.

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So the coffin bone that is not ground parallel is rotated, but how does it separate from the hoof wall to be diagnosed as founder?


First the coffin bone is ground parallel and parallel to the wall. (#2) There is a tight laminar connection and the circumflex artery runs open around the distal end of the coffin bone. (#2a) Upon weight bearing the pressure from the bone column, especially the short pastern bone, pushes in the middle of the coffin joint. (#2b




In the last issue I talked about laminitis. Today I want to share with you what I know about founder.


ow does founder occur? The anatomy of the hoof taught us that there is no space in the hoof capsule, it is a really tight situation. How can the coffin bone all of a sudden rotate away from the hoof wall? Well, it does not all of a sudden rotate away from the wall. Rather the rotation happens gradually and is always the result of incorrect bone alignment, which means high heels and often high bars in connection with high heels. High heels result in a steep alignment of P2 and P1 and a rotated coffin bone. Now, unlike the conventional world, we talk about a rotated coffin bone when the coffin bone is out of its ground parallel position. That does not necessarily mean that the coffin bone is separated from the hoof wall.

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Then the heel(s) gets higher and there is a very slight rotation with separation. (#3) The laminar connection is really stretched, the high heels aggravate the situation, and the circumflex artery is pinched shut at the tip, resulting in inferior horn production in that area. (#3a) Upon weight bearing the pressure from the bone column, especially the short pastern bone, pushes in more towards the extensor process, which aggravates the rotational force with every step. (#3b)




As there is now more pressure on the toe than on the heel, the heel grows faster than the toe and we see severe rotation with separation. (#4) The laminar connection is further stretched, the circumflex artery is pinched shut, and destruction of the coffin bone tip is most likely. #4a) Upon weight bearing the pressure from the bone column, especially the short pastern bone, pushes now mostly onto the extensor process. (#4b)




This cycle repeats itself and may be purely mechanical. The horse develops gradually a shorter stride, usually so gradual that the owner does not notice it. The question is if the shorter stride comes from the faulty bone alignment or actual pain. That is always hard to ascertain as horses try to hide the pain, have no sound for it and avoid being detected (by some predator) as a valid next meal. Now, why was that important to know in all details?............................ Because it is possible to have rotation and even separation without clear “founder” signs. The “all-of-a-sudden” onset of founder has been a long time in the making.................................................................................... It may be possible to see in a clear x-ray the beginning destruction of the tip of the coffin bone. But the destruction or change in bone has to be considerable (about 60%) in order to be visible in an x-ray.

14 In this picture the coffin bone has been restored to its ground parallel position, but the tip of the coffin bone is eroded from below and an exaggerated tip is visible. (#5)

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If the horse is shod, the vaulted sole does not flex upon weight bearing. The coffin bone can only rotate slowly through the lack of sole growth under the tip of the coffin bone. As soon as the solar vault can flex through the removal of the shoe and trimming, the coffin bone will rotate immediately, because the laminar attachment is already compromised through the vibrations of the shoe. In this position the tip of the coffin bone has even more pressure and therefore bone substance will diminish very fast. This development happens over quite some time, sometimes months, sometimes years, depending on how steep the hoof is, how much it deviates from the correct coffin bone position, how much the horse moves and on which terrain he moves (concussive or nonconcussive). The stretching of the lamellae is often connected with bruising and wound secretion. When trimming you may see red wound secretion in the white line. (#6)


When the frontal area of the lamellar connection becomes stretched and the coffin bone begins to rotate, the lamellar connection in the lateral areas becomes compromised as well. The lateral lamellae become stretched or twisted, depending on the tightness of the hoof capsule. The horn tubules in frontal area of the hoof become compressed, especially at the top of the coronet band (picture), as they are under constant pressure.

Separation of the coffin bone does not necessarily happen symmetrically either. Depending on the forces in the hoof the one or the other side may be more compromised. (#7)


Restoring compromised hooves like these takes more than just good trimming. As a hoof care provider you have to have a very clear picture where you want to trim to distribute the load of the bone column more evenly. You have to consider abrasion of the hoof wall on one side and accelerated growth through inflammation on the other side. You have to be clear what will rebuild the tissues. In order to rebuild bone, you need tension on the existing bone, which may not occur without pain. In order to have the hoof rebuild a tight lamellar connection, you have to have the right nutrients available to the body through excellent nutrition, you have to have the vitality of the horse at an optimum by ensuring an absence of toxins and emotional stress, and you have to ensure that the lamellar connection does not receive any further mechanical stresses like vibrations through metal shoes or hard ground.

Acute painful founder....................................................................... You learned about the connection of the lamellae to the hoof wall, about rotation and separation and how separation happens slowly, over time. In these hooves lack of circulation does prevent the building of good horn substance and also prevents the supply of oxygen for the Adenosine Tri Phosphate (ATP) production which is crucial for nerve function. So the horse is rotated and separated and still somehow moving. Some horses move under these circumstances better than others, in general, they do not show too much of the already existing damage.................................... This begs the question: When does acute, painful founder happen? Acute founder (rotation with separation) requires a trigger. This trigger leads to acute inflammation and this is then very painful - may the horse be barefoot or shod........................................................................................


The cause is usually a change in the metabolism. That may be a high sugar content of spring pasture (or after the pasture has been freshly mowed). It may be a chemical w o r m e r, v a c c i n a t i o n s o r i n j e c t i o n s o f o t h e r pharmaceuticals.Changes in feed or a sudden starch overload also may be the culprit. Another possibility is mechanical founder, an inflammation of the lamellae after stressful movement.



(#8 & 9):Typical founder movement and stance. Look at the nostrils and the tightness in the shoulder and in the haunches. Every time there is an insult to the entire system of the horse, the weakest link (in this case the compromised hoof) will show the most reaction. It then may look as if this insult was the cause for the founder, but this was a long time in the making. Steep hooves, unphysiological pressure on the frontal lamellar corium, unnatural living all lead over time to a breakdown of the system. The "trigger" is just the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. Should the acute trigger happen in a horse with correct hoof form, then the laminitis is still very painful, but after some movement and a few very uncomfortable days, the healing process will begin and the horse is usually after a few weeks fully usable again.

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Equine News Summer 2013 Before commencing mouthing a horse there is a need to ensure it has a basic understanding of ground control exercises - performed in the halter which would include lateral flexion, hindquarter control, side passing and circling. These exercises will introduce softness in the halter and therefore a willing partner with which to start the mouthing lessons. Starting a horse for something as important as mouthing without first introducing it to basic ground control exercises, such as the Double Dan Horsemanship level 1, would be like asking the horse to do flying changes before it could even strike off on the correct canter lead, and would create confusion because the basics were not established.

Mouthing the Horse

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with One Rein One of the most important aspects of starting a horse under saddle is the role of mouthing education, as done well; this can make that difference between creating a partnership with the horse or just hauling it around.

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In the first part of this two part article series on mouthing the young horse the initial one rein lateral education will be discussed. These exercises need to be performed in a roundyard. “To allow full utilisation of this method of education, specific gear is required, which includes a bridle with a full mouth bit, large D ring or a sleeve ring and preferably 5/8� thickness mouth piece. This will make the horse more comfortable with the exercise by allowing more even pressure to be applied to the side of its mouth, plus it will reduce the risk of the bit pulling through the mouth. The long rein used is 10mm diameter yachting rope in an 8m length with a knot at the end piece to be fastened to the bit or roller. And the final piece of equipment is a roller, which has strong rings and multiple adjustments. The first step is to introduce the bridle. To prepare for this, teach the horse to lower its head while it is still in the halter. This is done by downwards halter pressure and release the pressure immediately the horse gives to the pressure. Continue this exercise until it understands what is being asked. This will make it easier to place the bridle in the horse's mouth when it comes time. Make sure both the horse's ears can be rubbed without resistance before placing the bridle on, and check the bridle will be roughly the right size for the horse - any further adjustments can be made once it is on. To teach the horse to understand it is required to open its mouth for the bit, gently place a thumb in the corner of the mouth and softly wiggle it until the horse opens its mouth. Place one hand over the top of the horse's head and use the other hand to guide the bit into its mouth. Once the horse has accepted the bit in its mouth gently pull it over the ears and into place. Ensure that the bit is fitting comfortably in the horse's mouth before progressing.


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A horse needs to be supple through the head and neck, ribcage, shoulders and hind quarters and to aid in true softness in the vertical (up and down) for collection and asking for a frame; it does need to be soft to lateral flexion (side to side). This supplying can be started from day one of the mouthing education and to achieve it Dan James and Dan Steers from Double Dan Horsemanship - use a one rein mouthing technique before advancing to two reins in a driving manner.

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The next step is to teach the horse to yield to pressure on the ground by standing at its shoulder and asking it to bend its nose around with a single rein connected to the bit. This is achieved with gentle, gradual pressure and release. The horse needs to be rewarded for its effort, no matter how small that effort, as long as it is what it is being asked for. Initially the rein may be released when the nose bends off centre in the direction that you are asking. With repetitions the horse should be expected to bring its nose all the way around to its shoulder.

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17 With the horse in the roundyard, a single long rein needs to be attached to the top ring of the roller at the wither, then it runs down to the bit and through to the lowest ring on the roller. Once set up, the horse is asked to walk around the outside of the roundyard - with the rein on the inside - by stepping behind the line of its shoulder and creating forward impulsion by using a driving or lunge whip behind the horse. Once it is walking freely around the yard the contact on the rein is taken up gently and the horse's nose is asked to come to the inside of the circle. Wait until the horse comes to a complete standstill with its nose flexed off centre and then it can be approached at its shoulder while even pressure is maintained on the rein. Taking hold of the lower rein, ask the horse to take its nose to its shoulder, as previously practiced, and release when it follows the rein and gives its nose with no pressure in the bit.

This process can be repeated on both sides until the horse has a firm understanding that it needs to give to one rein pressure. If the horse moves its feet during this exercise then maintain the pressure on the rein, move with the horse - staying next to its shoulder - and then only release the rein as a reward when the horse is standing still with its head softly flexed to the side.

ONE REIN STOP Once confident that the horse has an understanding of this lateral flexion it is then time to teach the one rein stop from a walk.

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If the horse initially spins around when the flexion is first asked of it and it becomes tangled within the long rein, release the rein and allow the horse to free itself. The horse then needs to be immediately approached at the shoulder and the flexion needs to be asked from a standstill, as it does not as yet have a solid understanding of what it is being asked.

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Once the horse is comfortable with the slight lateral flexion of the nose coming off centre at the walk, ask the horse for full lateral flexion of nose before the horse is approached at the shoulder. The rein must always be manually released from the shoulder to ensure the horse does not learn to snatch the rein away to gain release from the pressure. Once the horse is stopping solidly from a walk and going both directions in the round yard more can be asked of it. Start the horse trotting on the circle and then ask for the one rein stop to the inside from a trot. As it becomes more confident with this, the lateral flexion can be asked more abruptly to simulate the pressure that would be placed on the horse if the one rein stop was needed during riding e.g. if it gets a fright and attempts to bolt or buck. This exercise can then be taken to the next step by asking for the one rein stop from the canter.

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An Owners Journey with Equine Lyme Disease Introduction Lyme Borreleosis, or Lyme disease, is caused by various subspecies of Borrelia burgdoferi bacteria. Lyme disease is tick-borne, and a bite from an infected tick transfers the bacteria to humans and animals, including horses. For horses, the symptoms of Lyme disease mimic a combination of more commonly encountered illnesses and traumas. Symptoms may include stiffness, swollen joints, shifting lameness, muscle tenderness, behavioural changes and increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli. Other neurological disorders, as well as ocular disorders such as uveitis, are also reported. It is plausible, therefore, that Lyme disease remains largely underdiagnosed. Continual misdiagnosis of symptoms will lead to a chronic case of Lyme that is difficult to treat. If caught early, however, the prognosis for full recovery is good. Treatment is relatively straightforward, using readily available antibiotics. Diagnosing Lyme disease in horses, however, remains controversial. Not all horses infected with Borrelia show clinical symptoms, and blood tests may or may not be useful in detecting Lyme disease. Until more research is done, part of the diagnosis and the decision to treat for Lyme will need to rely on intuition and horse sense.

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The following is the story of my young mare, as we journey together to understand and resolve what may be the first documented case of a possible equine Lyme disease in Australia. My young mare went through most of the symptoms described in this article before the tender age of 3, when she should be enjoying a carefree life of a youngster. The journey for us is far from over, and only time will tell whether the treatment will be a success. The intention of this article is not to pinpoint Lyme as the culprit of all vague and unexplained 'unwellness' and 'mishaviour' in horses. It is written in hopes that its awareness will provide horse owners other avenues for investigation where the more familiar possibilities have been exhausted. Most importantly, I hope it will encourage all horse owners to diligently keep a record of their horse's health and psychological wellbeing, as it might come in handy as it did for me.

A Road Less Travelled She was always the odd one out in a small herd of youngsters. Dull coat, an incidence of unexplained hind leg tremor, uveitis-like syndrome blamed at the time on an old corneal scar, general gait stiffness and on and off right hind lameness accompanied by swelling of the hock joint and below. Then there were the little things such as positions that would worry her when being trimmed and unexplained twitchiness about some joints when being body worked. But she showed no aggression, choosing instead to walk away or use her weight to make her point. We shrugged this off as something that she will psychologically overcome, given time and training. And it just may be what it is, yet it might not be.

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At first, I insisted on vet visits for each significant incident, and each visit ended with practical recommendations to treat the symptoms and monitor. With most cases, she improved and seemingly recovered. There was no need to dig deeper. But as the number of such incidences - both recurring and new - grew, I knew that it was well beyond the law of probability: how can one horse be singled out for so many issues? Something was definitely wrong. But my mind reasoned me to monitor a little longer. I decided to scrutinise the management of the herd. I double-checked my feeding program, tested their water for any toxins, revisited my worming strategy, quarantined any new horses for a fortnight, and made sure all vaccinations were up to date, including Hendra. All horses were trimmed every 5 weeks, rugged for insect protection and checked daily for ticks. In the meanwhile, the normally laid back and gentle mare was becoming irritable and a little intimidating. She bit an unsuspecting bystander on the chin (my unlucky husband), and launched an attack on the household dog. She became increasingly sensitive to being groomed on her near side and she twitched when she felt our hand touch the sides of her face. The rugs started to consistently slip to the left as she shaped her body to attain a position of comfort under their weight.


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20 But there were days or weeks at a time when she seemed better. On those days, I gently worked her from the ground, mostly at a walk. Even then, I found her somewhat reluctant, and the performance variable. On some days, her hind end engaged effortlessly, and on others, she just resisted all efforts towards a square halt. So after a while, I took the hint and left her in the paddock to take an indefinite holiday. The spring winds brought her to a new state of sensitivity. She remained on high alert and shied at seemingly nothing. Even the dangling belly straps on her rug became threatening enough to consider bolting off. Although first startled, her paddock mates eventually learned to ignore her. Then suddenly, she had another inflammatory attack, this time on her left hind. It was a significant departure from the usual pattern: for the past 2 years, the problem had always been her right hind, fuelling the speculation that it was some sort of a paddock trauma with micro tearing that continued to have setbacks towards its full recovery. But this time, it was her left. I analysed the situation. She was not in work, so it could not be work induced. She was not nursing any stiffness, so it could not be strain of a compensatory nature. I looked to the paddock for clues. Although generally the type that likes to remain 'parked', she hypes herself during herd rampage and launches her massive frame into the air like an Airbus A380 - a reminder of her lineage of grand-prix jumpers. But the grounds gave no indication of such activity. I was concerned that it might even be an unfortunate kick from her paddock mate, but such fear disappeared in a few days along with the inflammation. Then, as with most mornings, I found myself scrutinising the mare from a distance and contemplating the situation. As I stood there, the information in my mind combined to take shape, and I suddenly knew what to do. I found myself calling our horse vet to ask whether we can conduct a blood test - one that will specifically include Lyme. In all honesty, I was not sure if my request would go down well. Has there ever been a documented case of equine Lyme in Australia? I was well aware of its controversial nature for human cases.

Equine News Summer 2013 On the other hand, I was quite comfortable that the clinical symptoms of equine Lyme could explain all of my mare's health history. My vet patiently heard me out, and agreed to test for Lyme. He also suggested a general blood test, as well as tests to cover other viral and bacterial diseases that may cause one or more of the past symptoms. Lyme-myopia was setting in thick and fast, so it was a brilliant suggestion. Several weeks later, we had the full results. Blood biochemistry and haematology was normal. She was negative for leptospirosis, which may have otherwise explained her uveitis. There were many other creepy crawlies she tested negative for. But she came back positive for both Ross River Virus (previous exposure, not active infection) and Lyme. It is quite common for horses in endemic regions to have full immunity and therefore test positively for Ross River Virus without ever having been detected in the past. For those horses that succumb to significant clinical symptoms upon infection, it may take many months, even years, for them to build up full immunity. Until such time, symptoms associated with Ross River Virus may recur, especially in times of stress. It was difficult to gauge the extent of its relevance in my mare's case: Ross River Virus could potentially explain some of the symptoms my mare had been experiencing, such as recurring stiffness and swollen joints; On the other hand, she may already have attained full immunity. There is no medication to eradicate the virus, so there was not much we could do either way. Lyme, however, is treatable. This means the possibility of confirming or disproving the diagnosis by observing the response to treatment. We therefore explored the implications of her Lyme test. The Lyme blood tests are known to be notoriously unreliable indicators, producing false positives, and more often, false negatives. The reasons are numerous, including the fact that there is no central body that controls the standard of the tests, as well as the ability for Lyme bacteria to hide from the horse's immune system (less antibodies, thereby resulting in a false negative). As an effort to build validity, therefore, the gold standard is to undertake at least 2 blood tests based on different methodologies. So we sent off a request to the US for more testing, although it may be 6 weeks or more before we get the full results.


In the pursuit of 'truth', pre-diagnostic work can become a drawn-out affair. To avoid unnecessarily delays in treatment, however, it is the onus of the owners to draw timely conclusions with the help of their vets. Significant insights can be gained by triangulating test results, the clinical symptoms and measures taken to eliminate other possible causes without pursuing each to the umpteenth degree. To this effect, and even before we had the results of the additional blood tests, we took faith in the information we amassed, and started my mare on an initial 6-week treatment for Lyme, consisting of 3 different antibiotics. She has been on the antibiotics for the past 5 weeks and the signs are encouraging. For each new course of antibiotics, she presented with inflammation on different parts of her legs and patchy sweating on different parts of her body. This is consistent with the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, well documented in human Lyme cases. It is the body's response to endotoxins released by a mass of dying bacteria. We continue to monitor her closely. She is becoming more social and less flighty under windy conditions. She is no longer so sensitive around her head. Is it Lyme? Possibly. Will she be cured? I hope so.

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Locking stifles can vary in the range of severity - a horse with a mild case may simply trip or stumble very now and again, whereas more severe cases can result in a horse being unable to flex a hind leg and having to drag the offending limb. The precise cause is still unknown, but it is believed that there are several contributing factors including poor conformation, lack of muscle strength in the hind quarters, and it could also be due to hereditary conditions.. Through evolution, horses are able to 'lock' their legs so that they are able to sleep standing, which in the wild would ensure that they could run away quickly from predators. The problem of a locking stifle occurs when the patella (knee cap) is unable to 'un-lock', meaning that the patella is fixed in an upwards position. Understandably this can panic a horse, so it is important to remain calm and confident when dealing with a horse with this problem............................................................. There are several treatment options for a locking stifle, and although surgery is currently the only cure, there are plenty of options to help reduce the risk of an episode. Generally helping to improve muscle tone, particularly in the quadriceps, will help to support the surrounding joints. Hill work and exercise over cavaletti's (raised trotting poles) are a great way to help improve muscle strength as well as suppleness.

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NBHA - Ph: Shelly Fame 0414 669 374 - E: ABHA Cooma Rodeo Cl, Divisional, Cooma Showgrounds, NSW - Ph: Michelle O'Neill 0428 781 939 ABHA Speed2Succeed, Barrel Bonanza, Chelwood Farm, Caboolture, Qld - Ph: 07 5486 7213


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Cassilis Rodeo, Rodeo (Points), NSW - Ph: Gale Stanley 02 63764644 Cassilis Junior J/Pot Rodeo (Points), NSW - Ph: Gale as above Landmark Classic Campdraft and Sale, AELEC, Tamworth, NSW - Ph: Landmark 02 6765 5211 Real Deal Rodeo (Dollars only), NSW - Ph: Tami Tribe 0412 618 946 Country of Cumberland (Training only), NSW - Ph: Vanessa Crump 0418 615 520 Mudgee Show Rodeo (Points), NSW - Ph: Allison Beer 0412 815 827 March Coolah Campdraft (Points, NSW - Ph: Rowan Cox 0488 995 566


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NSW Rally Social Dr, Woolshed C/over, Sunday Drive, Sports & Rec Gr, Attunga - Ph: 0427 766 726 World Cup Driving Finals, Bordeaux, France VIC Level 4 CDE, Crib Point - Ph: 03 5977 4032 NSW Cones Display at Crookwell Show, NSW - Ph: Judy Emerton 02 4882 1530 VIC State Driven Dressage Championships, Iverleigh - Ph/Fax: Margie Morgan 03 5030 2593 Canberra Royal Show, ACT – Ph: Hannah Becchio 0412 240 382 VIC CDE Level 4 at Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring Racecourse - Ph: 03 5977 4032 Warwick Club, Qld, Training School Workshop, Strongfield Stud - Ph: Karen 07 5484 0402


15 - 16 Darling Downs Cutting Cl, Jackpot Show (same both days), Toowoomba, Qld - Ph: 0417 072 770 16 West Gippsland Q/Horse Assoc, Jackpot Show, Cannibal Crk Res, Garfield, Vic - Ph: 03 5998 8402 21 - 23 Southern Cross Cutting Cl Inc, Championship Show, Tallangatta, Vic - Ph: Zannie 0408 225 493 1 7-9





Skye Park Classic Championships, WPNEC, Werribee, Vic - Ph: Allan Bruno 0438 557 720 2014 Pacific Coast Hack Ch/ships, A Grand National Qualifier for SHC & NSH Reg. Horses “Horseworld Indoor Equestrian Centre” Nelson, NSW - Enquiries: 7-9 Official/YH event, Novice to Grand Prix, Hawkesbury S/gr, Clarendon - Ph: Karen 02 4576 7996 13 - 16 Dressage with Atitude, Bradgate Park, Orange NSW - Ph: Cathy Drury Klein 0417 224 432 13 - 16 Barastoc HOTY, Show Horse, WPNEC, Werribee - Ph: Julie Burgess 03 90130707 15 - 16 Juravan Prk DC Aut/Series Part, 11748 Gisborne Melton Rd, Kurunjang, Vic, E: 23 Equestrian NSW State Dressage Championships - Ph: Toni Venhaus 02 88248065 - 0418 686 781 1-2 Qld Blackbutt, 2x20/40, TBC, - E: 8-9 Qld Pure Endurance (CQ0 20/40/80 - Ph: Anita Evers 0428 105 760 15 - 16 Qld Boonah 2x20/2x40/TPR School/Seminar - E: : 1-2 1-2 1-2 8-9 8-9 15 - 16 15 -1 6 18 - 19 22 - 23 22 - 23 22 - 23 8 14 - 17 15 - 17

Warwick Summer School, Morgan Park, Warwick QLD - E: Pakenham Horse Trials, Huxtable Rd Reserve,Pakenham Upper, Vic - Ph: Stuart 03 5942 7033 Caramut SJ Festival, for details, Cont: Leah Hawarth Tamborine Equestrian Group CNC, Tamborine Qld - Cont: Charlotte Price - Wallaby Hill Horse Trials One Day Event - Ph: Tina Stafford 02 4868 2482 - 0408 896 230 Warwick Horse Trials Summer School, other information - South West Horse Trials, Camperdown Sport/Complex, Vic - Ph: Majella Ryan 0429 610 138 Sydney (at SIEC) Eventing, One Day Event - Ph: Vicki Burgess 02 6747 3887 Sydney (at SIEC) Eventing, One Day Event - Ph: Vicki Burgess 02 6747 3887 Horseland Geelong Horse Trials, “Barwonleigh”Winchelsea Rd, Inverleigh, Vic - Ph: 0403 465 255 Toowoomba Chicken Run, Toowoomba, Qld - Cont: Kathy Humphrey - ANH Ken Faulkner, QSEC Home & Horse Show, Caboolture - Ph: Kathy Stewart 0427 732 394 ANH Ken Faulkner, 4 Day Savvy Weekend, Camden, NSW - Ph: Sandra Ragazzi 02 46545907 Mel Fleming Horsemanship, Intro/Intermediate course, “Heartwood Horses”, Bannockburn (Geelong) Vic - Ph: Mel 02 6760 5519 - 21 - 24 ANH Ken Faulkner, 4 Day Savvy Weekend, Tallebudgera, Qld - Ph: Tracy Vercoe 07 5533 8401 1-2 8-9 16 22 - 23 22 - 24 23 - 24

VPC Championships, Open Invitation D grade (0,4,8) goal - Ph: Sam Kennedy 0419 100 900 The VPA Championships, Yaloak, Vic - Ph: Sam Kennedy 0419 100 900 Yaloak Invitational, Yaloak, Vic - Ph: Richard Simpson 0414 669 911 Windsor Polo Cl Season Opening (8,4,0) goal, Windsor, NSW - Jeep February International, WPNEC (Chirnside), Werrabee, Vic - Ph: Sam 0419 100 900 VPC Open Invitation, D grade (0,4,8) goal Handicap, WPNEC, Werrabee, Vic - Ph: 0419 100 900

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Pakenham Produce & Saddlery H/ Trials, Huxtable Rd Res, Pakenham Upper - Ph: 0427 348 563 Mini Langwarrin H/Trials Grade 5 SMZ, 80 Barretts Rd, Langwarrin, Vic - Ph: Laurin 0434491 998 Zone 12 Showriding Championships, Equestrian Centre, Wagga Wagga, NSW E: 16 Hastings P/Club One Day Event, State Event Qualifier, Emu Plains Res, Balnarring, Vic Ph: 03 9561 6727 15 - 16 NCAS Preliminary & Level One,Parkes, NSW - Ph: Maree Clarke 02 6895 2426


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SQRHA Ribbon & Clinic, Gatton Indoor Eq/Ctre, Gatton, Qld - Ph: Kylie 0458 812 309 GVRHA, Training Day, Tatura Prk Indoor Areena, Tatura, Vic - Ph: Wendy Star 0427 801 787 VRHA, Show Me The Money Reining Show, WPNEC, Werribee, Vic - Ph: Sandy 0418 321 289 Tamworth RHA, Summer Schorcher Ribbon Show NSWRHA, Affiliate Qualifier, Horseworld Stadium, Maralya, NSW - Ph: Bec Laurie 0403 128 427


2014 Australian Stud Saddle Pony Soc National Championship Show, Bendigo S/gr, Bendigo, Vic - Ph: Leanne 03 5795 3584 after 7.30pm - E: 4-8 NSW Arabian Horse Assoc, East Coast Arabian Ch/ships, SIEC, Horsley Prk - Ph: 0408 232 162 8-9 ACT & SNSW QHA, “A” Class Multi Judge Show, Pegasus, ACT - E: 14 - 16 2014 Aust Palouse Pony 32ND National Show, Gatton I/Arena, Gatton, Qld - Ph:07 55731916 E: - 15 - 16 Sydney AQH Ass, Double Judge Celebration Show, Cobbity, NSW - Pam Martin 02 9606 6791 16 Miniture Horse & Pony Enthusiast Show, SIEC, Horsley Prk - Ph: Priscilla 0410 628 652 22-23 CCHS Vic, Clydesdale & Heavy Horse Heritage Festival, WPNEC, Werribee, Vic Ph: Robert Ronzio 03 9746 1488 - E: 23 ASH, Manilla Equine Sp/Assoc, Show, Manilla S/gr, Manilla, NSW - Ph: Helene 0428 425 336 27- 2 March, NSW Paint Horse Association State Show, SIEC, Horsley Park - Ph: 02 6920 2698



Lyndhurst Team Penning, TBA, Lyndhurst, NSW - Ph: Kylie 0418 282 622 - 026367 5038 E: Northern Rivers Team Penners, TBA, Austonville S/gr, Austonville, NSW - Ph: 0414 731 361 E: - Amy Grant E:




ATHRA - Lake Macquarie P&THR Cl, Snowy Mountains - Ph: Jackie Mann 0438 574 356 Richmond River Trail Horse Riders meet the 3rd weekend of months Feb-Nov - Ph: 02 6686 6276 15 - 16 Trail Boss Accreditation Weekend, Gold Coast Region - Ph: Claire Bourke 0418 438 807 17 - 21 South Gipsland HTR Cl, Mt Sterling, Vic - Ph: Kerri McFarlane 03 5662 4267 - 0427 624 627 23 Lake Macquarie P&THR Cl, Cooranbong, NSW - Ph: Jackie Mann 0438 574 356 23 Trail Ride - Day Koala Bushlands, Alperton Road, Burbank - Ph: Jennifer Booth 07 5540 7654


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SWA & ABP Cl Inc, “AA” Celebration Show with the ACT Club weekend - Ph: Kathie 0417 287 907 Central Coast Q Horse Assoc, IL Cadore I/Arena, Somersbury, NSW - Ph: Emma 02 4350 1002 Maryborough & Dist WP Cl, Maryborough Prk Eq/Ctr, Maryborough, Qld - Ph: 07 5447 9899 T-Shirt Competition including Cowboy Dressage NCES - Nana Glen - Ph: 02 6654 3106 Sydney AQH Ass, Double Judge Celebration Show, Cobbity, NSW - Pam Martin 02 9606 6791




Mark Langley Equine Ability Horsemanship Clinic, Woodburn, NSW Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411 - 3-5 Dressage Clinic by BLAS LAGO - Coffs Harbour NSW Cont - Linda 8-9 Mark Langley Equine Ability Horsemanship Clinic, Nana Glen, NSW Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411 - 22 - 23 Mark Langley Equine Ability Horsemanship Clinic, Ipswich, Qld Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411 - 27 - 2 March Mark Langley Equine Ability 4 Day Clinic - Glen Innes, NSW Ph; Jenny as above 15 9


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NBHA - Ph: Linda Graham 0457 383 802 - 1-2 ABHA Speed to Suceed,SEQ Buckle Series, Woodford Sh/grounds Qld - Ph: Sheree 07 5486 7214 15 - 16 ABHA Speed to Suceed, Makin it Mega Rd's 1&2, Woodford Sh/grounds Qld - Ph: 0407 961 262


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Forbes Rodeo NSW, (Points) - Ph: Donna Molloy 0422 395 030 Barraba Campdraft NSW, (PointS) - Ph: Tanya Clarke 02 6783 1344 Queanbeyan Act, Rodeo, (Points) - Ph: Christine Corkhill 02 6297 2828 Tomago NSW, Rodeo, (PR60%), Percentage Rodeo - Ph: Ros Lindsay 02 4991 1585 Rockley NSW, Rodeo, Percentage Rodeo - Ph: Ros Press 0427 704 457 Bundara NSW, Bundara Lions ABCRA Champion Draft, (Points) - Ph: Emma Garrad 02 6723 7017 Bingara NSW, Show Campdraft, (Points) - Ph: Helen Nicholle 02 6783 2265 Attunga NSW, Championship Rodeo, (Points) - Zoe Fox 0458 759 687 Cassilis NSW, Campdraft, (Points) - Ph: Zoe Nairne 0400 782 111 Delungra NSW, Campdraft, (Points) - Ph: Sharon Edwards 0429 623 233 Tamworth NSW, Show Rodeo - Ph: Tamworth P&A Assoc 02 6765 9381 Dorrigo NSW, Campdraft, (Points) - Ph: Laurie Darby 02 6657 5123 Moranbah Rodeo (CRCA Dual), (Points) - Ph: Jacqui Flohr 0413 136 483 Wingham NSW, Show Campdraft, (Points) - Ph: Raelene Marshall 0408 458 879



Caboolture Cl, Dressage Judges Refresher, Competition & Judges Refresher @ Mothar Mountain Ph: Helen Baskerville 07 5483 5121 1-2 NSW Munro Cup, Dressage & Mini CDE Weekend, Witwood - Ph: Tamara Abed 0403 861 550 8-9 QLD CDE Level 3 & 4, Strongfield Stud, Warwick - Ph: Greg Bowdler 07 4630 4990 8 - 10 VIC State CDE Championships Koonoomoo - Ph: 03 5030 2593 - 0418 857 952 16 - 17 NSW CDE Level 3, Joe Hawkins Cup, Marrar - Ph: Sue Fraser 02 6920 2330 - 0429 202 330 22 - 23 CDE Level 4 “Little Longwood”, Euroa, Vic - E: 29 - 30 VIC CDE @ Greenvale, - E: 30 Victorian Show Driving Championships, Sale - Ph: 03 5157 5692


7-9 Southern Qld CH Assoc, Championship Show, Chinchilla - Ph: Ray Cooper 02 6679 3652 13 - 16 Wild West Cutters Inc, Show, Geurie, NSW, Ph: Sarah Inglis 0417 512 556 15 - 16 Northern Rivers CHC, Championship Show, Killarney QLD - Ph: Samantha 02 6664 7253 15 - 16 West Gippsland QHA, Championship Show, Cannibal Creek Res, Garfield - Ph: Linda 03 5998 8402 31 - 6 April NCHA, National Finals, AELEC, Tamworth, NSW - Ph: Leigh Botfield 02 6765 9365


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2014 All States Showdown SHCV, Boneo Park - Ph: Tony 0417 037 647 - Nicole 0488 791 060 Sydney CDI 3*, CDI-Y, CDI Under 25 & NSW Young Horse Ch/ships, SIEC - Ph: 0418 686 781 Twilight Show Hacking & Western, NCEC Nana Glen NSW - Michelle 6654 3106 NSW Dressage, SJ & Hacking Interschools - Ph: Elysha Sargent 02 9620 2660 2014 SHCV Autumn Classic - E: BDBC Equus Rugs & Acc In/Comp,Oakwood Riding School, Berwick, Vic - Ph: Michael 0407 681 480 WVDC, Ballarat Dressage Festival, Ballarat Pony Cl Grounds - Ph: Jen Best 0408 290 510

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Breakaway Koumala (CQ), 40/80 (TBC) Queensland Endurance Riders Maryvale , 40/80 - Email - information on right. E: Warabong Challenge (FNQ), 80/40/20+ Harness Cooyar, 40/80 www. Denison Creek (CQ), 20/60Elev/80 (TBC) Boonah, 40/80 Frazer Coast H/Trials Maryborough Hunter, Maryborough S/gr E: Amy - Scone CNC 3***, 2**, 1*, E: Margot - - Tonimbuk Horse Trials, Tonimbuk Eq/Ctr. Sanders Rd, Tonimbuk, Vic - Ph: Jacque 0400 158 230 Tamborine Equestrian Group CNC, Tamborine, Qld - E: Charlotte Price - Wandin Park Horse Trials, Wandin Prk, Wandin Nth.Vic - Ph: Nicole Rouget 0419 891 207 Berrima CIC, CIC2*, CIC1*, Berrima, NSW - Ph: Tina Stafford 02 4868 2482 (8am-9pm)


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28 - 29 2014 Tamworth Indoor Show Jumping Championships, AELEC - Ph: Jenny Emery 02 6765 4111 29 - 30 Fig Tree Pocket Equestrian Cl, ODE - Ph: Lisa Mortlock 0448 628 863 29 - 30 Mid Western CNC 1*, Mudgee, NSW - Ph: Tina Stafford 02 4868 2482 (8am-9pm)


1-2 ANH Ken Faulkner, 2 Day Horsemanship Course, Maryborough, Qld - Ph: Margot 0458 526 779 8 - 10 ANH Ken Faulkner, 3 Day Horsemanship Course, Geelong, Vic - Narelle Unmack 0418 540 770 13 - 16 ANH Ken Faulkner, 4 Day Horsemanship Course, Howlong, Vic - Ph: Lucy Barrack 0427 778 555 21 - 24 ANH Ken Faulkner, 4 Day Horsemanship Course, Allora, Qld - Ph: Belinda Gregson 0488 958 669 27 - 30 ANH Ken Faulkner, 4 Day Horsemanship Course, Inverell, NSW - Ph: Damien Hall 0417 200 030 17 - 4 April Mel Fleming, Connecting with Horses & Riding with Synchronicity 3 week module “Alchemy Place” - Moonbi, NSW - Ph: Mel 02 6760 5519 - 0428 385 745 1-2 1-2 8-9 15 - 16 19 - 23 22 26 - 30






Scone Invitational, 16 & 8 Goal, Scone, NSW - Vic Cl Open Invitational, D Grade o, 4 & 8 Goal Handicap, WPNEC - Ph: Sam 0419 100 900 Yarra Valley Polo Tournament, Flowerfield - Ph: Julie Sampson 03 9722 1318 Vic Cl Open Invitational, D Grade o, 4 & 8 Goal Handicap, WPNEC - Ph: Sam 0419 100 900 The Morton Cup, (open h/cap) & Low Goal ( 8,4 & 0) - Cont: e: Jeep Polo Cup,WPNEC (Chirnside),Werribee, Vic - Ph: Sam Kennedy 0419 100 900 The Countess of Dudley Cup, (open h/cap) & NSW Club Championships 98,4,0 goals), Hosted by Hawkesbury Basin - Cont: Suzie Ruse e: Mount William Cup, Mount William, Vic - Ph: Sam Kennedy 0419 100 900

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Horseland State Dressage & Jumping Ch/ships 2014, Bendigo S/gr, Bendigo - Ph: 03 8685 8925 PCAV State Workshop SMZ COD, Coaching/Instruction - Ph: 03 8685 8925

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RRHA, Qualifier Show - Ph: Hayley Crossingham 0424 055 566 SQRHA, Slide N Spin Jackpot Qualifier - Ph: Sheridan Deede 0409 670 946 NSWRHA, Affiliate Qualifier, Horseworld Stadium, Maraylya - Ph: Bec Laurie 0403 128 427 VRHA Derby & State Championship Show, WPNEC, Werribee, Vic - Ph: Kristy 0423 673 372 QRHA, Qualifier Show, QSEC, Caboolture, Qld - Ph: Lynda Gray 07 5429 8797 GVRHA, Qualifier Show, Tatura Prk Indoor Arena, Tatura, Vic - Ph: Wendy Starr 0427 801 787 AWHA Young Horse & Pony Competition, WPNEC, Werribee, Vic - Ph: Barbara 03 9882 5280 Australian Stock Horse Soc. National Championships, AELEC, Tamworth - Ph: 02 6545 2165 The Welsh National Show, Tatura Park Comp, Hastie St, Tatura, Vic - Ph: Janet 03 5766 2283 2014 Aus National Ch/ships Arabian Horse Soc of Aus SIEC, Horsely Pk - Ph: 0438 621 475 ASHS Far Nth Coast Branch Show, Hawthorne Prk, Grafton, NSW - Ph: Karen 02 6649 3276 Vic Pinto Soc End of Season Show, Lloyd Park, Belgrave South, Vic - Ph: Jane 03 9743 5346 IMHR National Show, AELEC, Tamworth, NSW - Ph: 02 4844 6393 ASHS North West Branch Show, Boggabri S/gr, Boggabri, NSW - Ph: Debbie Wales 0427 956 150

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Upper Hunter TP, Training Day, Aberdeen, NSW - Ph: 0427 289 131 - E: Tamworth & Dist TPA, Sorting, Sports Gr, Moonbi, NSW - Ph: Lisa Wilson 0407 434 365 Peel Valley TP, Social Team Penning, Tamworth, NSW - Ph: Debbie Stocks 0409 446 815 Valley Team Penning - Singleton Showground - Ph: Jill 0403 580 062

8-9 Camp out and trail rides, Hardings Paddocks, Ipswich - Ph: Claire Bourke 0418 438 807 16 Introduction to Trail Riding Ruffles Road - Willow Vale - Ph: Jennifer Booth 07 5540 7654 16 - 22 The 4TH Annual CRACKIN' CANCER Three Waters Horse Trail Ride, Glen Innes, NSW Ph: Steve Langley and Kerry Byrne 02 6732 4863 E: 22 Trail Ride - Day , Numinbah - Ph: Yasmin Horsfield 0409 704 554 22 - 23 Boolarra & Dist H&TRC Inc, Blue Pools Brialong, Vic - Ph: Mick Rasmus 0421 323 407 23 Lake Macquarie P& THR, Abernethy, Ph: Jackie Mann 0438 574 356 23 Dayboro TRC Inc, Trail Ride, Dayboro, Qld - Ph: Bob 07 3424 1651 9 Maryborough & Dist WPC, Multi Judge-TBA, Maryborough Prk Eq/Ctr, Qld - Ph: 075447 9899 16 Sydney QHA, “A” Class Show, Cobbity, NSW - Ph: Pam Martin 02 9606 6791 23 Central Coast QHA, tba, IL Cadore Indoor Arena, Somersby, NSW - Ph: Emma 02 4350 1002 29 - 30 Burpengary WPC Inc, Training - “B” Show, Equestrian Ctr, Burpengary, Qld - Ph: 0422 338 915 3-5 Dressage Clinic with Blas Lago Coffs Harbour NSW Cont. Linda 10 - 13 Equine Reiki Level 1, 4 Day Residential Workshop Foster area NSW - Ph: Julie 0404 470 571 29 - 30 Mark Langley Horsemanship Clinic, Mudgee, NSW - Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411 TBA Mark Langley Horsemanship Clinic, Tenterfield, NSW - Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411

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Equine News Summer 2013

OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL RIDERS TO EXPERIENCE THE BONEO CDI*** Boneo Park is set to open its doors to a much larger group of riders when in 2014, HRCAV and PCAV riders will have the opportunity to compete alongside our elite EA dressage riders. In this new initiative, Boneo Park is looking to give more riders the opportunity to compete in a large-scale event and to mix riders of different ages and levels to help develop the sport. Taking place over the Australia Day long weekend, 24-26 January 2014, Managing Director of Boneo Park, Fiona McNaught is excited at the opportunity of bringing these riders together. 'This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, to have pony club kids competing at the same competition as our Olympic level riders will just be incredible, if we want to inspire our younger riders to aim for the top then this is the best possible way!' Boneo Park is honoured to be working alongside local clubs, the Boneo Adult Riding Club and the Southern Peninsula Pony Club who will each host their respective organisation's classes.

COMING SOON April 2014 3-4

Mark Langley Horsemanship Clinic 1, Wauchope, NSW Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411


Mark Langley Horsemanship Clinic 2, Wauchope, NSW Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411


Gatton Heavy Horse Field Day, Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Field Day, Gatton, Qld Ph: 0427 566 029


The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong, Vic Ph: 02 6076 1992 Email:


National Pony of the Year Show 2014, Australian Champion of Champions in-hand Final SIEC, Horsley Park Ph: 02 4774 8573 (AH) or 0414 908 573 Email:


NSW Branch Australian Carriage Driving Society Inc. National Trust Heritage Festival, Ariah Park, NSW Ph: Sharon 02 6973 1924 Email:


Double Dan Horsemanship, Colt Starting Clinic Charters Towers Qld Ph: Daz McDowall 08 9643 1017 Email:

From the 2013 Event: NSW Rider Jeremy Janjic on Django of Cacheral with Boneo Park helpers.

Everyone who loves dressage, will love this weekend. With an additional two competition arenas being constructed at Boneo Park, we can in 2014, facilitate a bigger and better competition for all dressage riders to enjoy. With a jam-packed program of competition over three days, dressage supporters will revel in what will be, another fantastic weekend on the Peninsula!

11 - 13 Victorian Young Rider Festival, WPNEC, Werribee, Vic 11 - 20 2014 Australian Quarter Horse Association, (AQHA) National Championship, AELEC, Tamworth, NSW Australian Quarter Horse Assoc Ph: 02 6762 6444 Email: 13

From the 2013 Event: Trade Village

Entries will open late September for all EA, HRCAV and PCAV classes.

Event: Boneo Park CDI Date: 24 - 26 January 2014 Where: Boneo Park, Victoria Tickets available on the gate from $5 per child and $10 per adult. For competition and ticket enquiries please contact: Boneo Park (03) 5986 3006 or For marketing and media enquires please contact: Elle Roux

N & NW Equestrian Assoc Inc. Horse & Rider Ribbon Day Billy Newman Memorial Sports Ground, Uttunga NSW Ph: Christine 0438 792 209

22 - 27 Double Dan Horsemanship Clinic, B B Ranch, 10 Frog Rock Rd Mudgee, NSW Ph: Bibi 0408 177 611 Email: 27

ATHRA Trail Ride - Day, Guanaba Ph: Jennifer Booth 07 5540 7654 Email:

26 - 27 Mark Langley Horsemanship Clinic, Cabarita, QLD Ph: Jenny 0417 200 411 26 - 27 Valley Team Penning - Branxton Rodeo Ground Ph: Jill 0403 580 062 Email:


Agricultural Shows 2014 All dates are subject to change


NSW: (02) 9879 6777 4-5 Bowral 11 Pambula 11-12 Albion Park 17-18 Dapto 19 Candelo 24-25 Kiama

25-26 Eurobodalla & Dist. 26 Bungendore 30-2 Feb Bundarra 31-1 Feb Berry 31-2 Feb Morisset - Lake Macquarie Dist. QLD: (07) 3252 1630 31-1 Feb Stanthorpe VIC: (03) 9281 7467 11-12 Wonthaggi & Dist. 18-19 Lang Lang 26 Neerim & Dist. 27 Catani

e FEBRUARY f NSW: (02) 9879 6777 1 Nimmitabel 7-8 Nowra 7-8 Rydal & Dist. 7-8 Tenterfield 8 Uralla 8 Henty 8-9 Cobargo 8-9 Crookwell 14-15 Gulgong 14-15 Gundagai 14-15 Kangaroo Valley 14-16 Bega 14-16 Glen Innes 14-16 Maitland-Hunter River 15-16 Oberon 16 Gunning 21-22 Guyra 21-22 Cessnock & Dist. 21-23 Canberra, Royal National Capital Agric Soc. 22 Binnaway 22-23 Ashford 22 Rylstone-Kandos 23 Sofala & Dist. 27-1 March Inverell 28-2 March Newcastle 28-1 March Milton 28-1 March Mudgee 28-1 March Boorowa 28-1 March Denillquin QLD: (07) 3252 1630 7-8 Allora 1-16 Clifton 21-22 Killarney 22 Cooyar VIC: (03) 9281 7467 1-2 Yarra Glen 8-9 Korumburra 8-9 Tyrendarra 1-14 Sungold Field Days 15 Merino 22-23 Berwick & Dist. 22 Foster & Dist. 22-23 Rochester 28-29 Deniliquin 28-29 Warragul & W/ Gippsland.

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The Ultimate Outback Experience Leconfield 5 Day Jackaroo Jillaroo School Natural Horsemanship - Horseriding Whip Cracking & Lassoing - Fencing Swimming the Horses Mustering Sheep & Cattle - Shearing Sheep Calf Wrestling & Marking

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any people wonder exactly where they are heading when the bus makes a turn off the main road from Tamworth heading into the hills with nothing but a dirt track and creek running alongside. Leaving behind the bustle of town along with mobile phone service, there is nothing to do but have a good yarn with the folks along for the ride, admire the view and follow the twists and turns of the track as it bumps you along to your destination. Hidden from view down in the valley of the Rugged New England Ranges, Tim Skerrett invites you to the Leconfield 5 day Jackaroo and Jillaroo school where he will teach you skills needed to work on an Australian farm. Leconfield Five Day Jackaroo and Jillaroo School will teach you all the skills necessary for living and working on Outback stations! Every day is filled with lessons in horse care & riding, whip cracking, lassoing and cattle work. Enjoy five days of fun horseback riding, calf wrestling, lassoing and whip cracking like a real cowboy or cowgirl. More importantly, our school specialises in the art of Natural Horsemanship, known to many as "horse whispering"..............................


This method focuses on communicating with a horse through its own language, allowing a unique partnership to develop between horse and rider. Natural Horsemanship is about creating a relationship between you and the horse. A partnership where both parties have responsibilities to the other and from this a deep trust is developed where the horse accepts you and looks to you for leadership. This allows humans to enjoy a better partnership with their horse.

Leconfield is the longest running Jackaroo and Jillaroo School in Australia. The five day school has broken in over 4000 Jackaroo hopefuls since 1997, many of which have gone on to secure jobs in the industry. For those of you who are looking to get a job after the school, we have a Work Placement Programme available! During the school we have a chat about the type of work you are looking for and then we go through our list of available job contacts and will try to match you up! We will do our best to source you a job, and once we have we will give you the run down on the job conditions, wages, location, etc and give you info on how to get there! Most employers start off with a week's trial, and the type of work and the duration varies depending on the job. We also give you a reference at the end of your school which can assist you in your search for future jobs.

From the time our bus rolls towards the homestead, it's a non-stop, fast action thrill in the Australian bush! So if a week of horseback riding, cattle mustering, campfire cooking and swagging under the stars sounds like your cup of Billy tea, then Leconfield will be honoured to turn you into a cowboy or cowgirl!

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Join up for the Crackin' Cancer Horse Trail Ride Through the high country of the magnificent New England ranges.

This exciting and adventurous horse ride is on again. There is a saying that goes “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” that could be applied to the growing number of riders each year who are adding to the success of this five day horse ride known as the Crackin' Cancer Horse Trail Ride. To those who wonder at the name it is a fund raising venture approved by the Cancer Council of NSW designed to raise money to aid the research into cracking the codes of the various forms of the insidious disease known as cancer and who among you does not know of someone who has suffered from this deadly disease? Three Waters “High Country” Holidays is again hosting this unique ride which sees entirely different country on each of its four riding days traversing spectacular high ranges, river, creeks, forest and historic old Sapphire mining areas. This ride is led daily by Steve Langley an accredited Trail Leader and Trail Overseer with Trail Riding Australia Inc. and who has been a professional horse trekking veteran for the past thirty six years taking visitors from all parts of the world on long distance horse treks which included his famed “Ride the Divide” ten day horse treks from Bullock Mountain near Glen Innes to the coast arriving at places like Coffs Harbour, South Ballina, Valla Beach and Dorrigo. Steve knows the country surrounding his land like the back of his hand. Much of the country Steve takes you through is rarely seen by people other than the landowners and the men who work these properties which number many thousands of hectares of cattle and sheep country and all covering the most magnificent horse riding land you could imagine. This ride can only take place with the continued support of these landowners who generously provide Steve with access and keys to the occasional locked gate.

After two days of riding an average of 25/30 km, a rest day is held on the Wednesday where Mark Langley a renowned horse breaker, trainer and horse handling clinician whose special skills are helping him become well known for his horse handling and horsemanship clinics. Mark will do a special clinic on that day for ten dollars per head which he donates back to the Cancer Council of NSW. Last year the limit of fifty riders was reached and this year we are putting a limit of sixty riders on this incredible ride so book in early to guarantee your place. Three Waters “High Country” Holidays is located only fifteen kms from the Celtic Capital of Australia Glen Innes for all of your supply needs, horse or human. Enquiries for the Crackin' Cancer ride contact: Marshall Fittler 02 6624 4879 or email Enquiries for camping or cabins with your horse contact Steve Langley 02 67324863 Mob 0417452649



To add to the enjoyment and comfort of this very special trail ride The Three Waters base camp known as a “Horsetel” is purpose built to host groups of riders with floats, trucks and horses and has excellent camp grounds with powered and unpowered camp sites with access to numerous watered horse holding yards and creek. These yards can be partitioned off by riders with portable yards or electric fencing for added horse safety and security. All riders have access to the “Gunyah” the huge entertainment room, camp kitchen, showers and toilet. For the last four years we have held this ride great entertainment has been provided each night by the renowned Country Western singer Leigh Warren with his remarkable repertoire of songs, many of which have been written by him including his song about cancer dedicated to his late father who died from the disease. Also available for those who like added comfort there are two self contained en suite cabins which can sleep six occupants? These are popular and go on a first in first served basis.

Glen Innes March 16th - 22nd 2014 For further details contact Marshall Fittler P: 02 6624 4879 M: 0411 840 799. E:

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Horse Wraps


A revolutionary product to help you to keep your horse or pony cool, they remove the heat from the affected area then cool the horse. Easy to use. No need to freeze, they hold their temperature up to 3 times more than ice or water and all you need is a bucket of water. Kool It Wraps can be used overnight to prevent swelling, often this is a problem for showjumpers and eventers. Convenient, safe and easy to apply. They can be hydrated with both cold and warm water and are fantastic for reducing inflammation and swelling. Handmade in Australia from full 100% cotton drill. Suitable for all horses - custom made to fit with a wide range of colours available. Widely used in all disciplines.

Kool it products are available as a Horse Wrap Boot, Horse Head Wrap, Rider Neck Tie, Rider Vest, Rider Number Holder Rider Neck Ties are available in White for Dressage. 121 Henry Street, Greensborough, Vic 3088 Visit us at: or Phone Jill: 0403 273 638



National Horses and Pony Rescue Trust Registered Charity

Striving to provide neglected and abused horses and ponies with the love, attention and care that they deserve and need, aiming to build a relationship with the racing industries and driven to promote the benefits of Equine Facilitated Therapy.

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The National Horse and Pony Rescue helps neglected, abused, unwanted and slaughter bound horses and ponies, giving them first class rehabilitation, medical attention and training. The Rescue aims to work with the racing and breeding industries by providing them with an alternative to slaughter. The National Horse and Pony Rescue adopts these horses out to loving homes on a lifetime contract, with 24 hour support to the new owners for the life of the horse................................. The Rescue promotes healthy horse care and is driven to provide educational programs, training clinics and in the future They believe that all horses and ponies are deserving of an ongoing duty of care which extends beyond the Rescue. Aspiring to develop Rescue centres around Australia, The National Horse and Pony Rescue is constantly looking for volunteers and beneficiaries to help make this aspiration possible. The Rescue is always looking for volunteers, sponsors and donations from the public to help rehabilitate these lovely horses. Currently we are in need of urgent financial donations.


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Ever wanted to learn how to heal horses? Equine Reiki Workshops are ideal for all horse lovers, equine professionals and animal rescue workers who would like to learn Reiki from a Japanese perspective and who wish to utilise this simple, yet powerful healing technique as a natural approach to improving and maintaining health and wellbeing for both themselves and their horses. This lovely modality can be easily learned and is highly beneficial for assisting both humans and horses, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Participants will learn how to utilise Reiki as a healing support for a wide range of health conditions and behavioural issues as well as being able to reduce the effects of stress and stress related conditions, ease pain, calm fear, promote deep relaxation and more. There are two levels of Equine Reiki offered: Equine Reiki Level 1 - 4 Day Workshop - This workshop offers a practical approach to understanding the system of Reiki, its benefits for you and your horse. It's ideal for anyone wishing to learn how to work on their own or their friend's horses. Level 1 is suitable for all horse lovers, animal rescue workers and Equine professionals, particularly Equine Body Workers. This workshop includes Shoden Reiki Level 1 certification. Equine Reiki Level 2 - 2 Day Workshop - Level 2 Workshop is for students who want to learn how to work at an advanced or professional practitioner level. It's the next step for practitioners who have completed Reiki Level 1 and teaches more advanced techniques for healing people and horses and also specific tools for use in professional practise. This workshop includes Okuden Reiki Level 2 certification.


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Ray Bové 15 Years Experience Professional And Reliable Ph: 0427 647 530 or (02) 6564 7530

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During this 4-day intensive workshop you'll learn to help your horse · Recover from injury and illness · Relax and calm down · Improve flexibility and balance · Speed post competition recovery

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Open your mind with the power of intuition. Have you ever had a strong ‘gut’ feeling that you should make one choice over another? Did you go with your instinct even though it defied logic? Or did you plough ahead regardless and later wished you hadn’t? Intuition is something most of us have experienced at some time. It’s an inner voice or ‘sixth sense’, instinctive by nature - it is often dismissed in a society obsessed with evidenced-based science. But can we actively develop our intuition and learn how to better utilise it?....................................................... Author Dr Cate Howell believes we can and sets about showing us how in Intuition; Unlock the power! Cate draws on her extensive experience as a medical practitioner, combined with her holistic approach to wellness, to bring a fresh perspective to a subject often shrouded in myth. She explores how intuition is used, alongside rational thinking, to make insightful (even inspired) decisions in fields as diverse as business and medicine. Intuition; Unlock the power! examines the nature of intuition from the perspectives of philosophy and psychology, religion and spirituality. It goes on to give practical advice on how to develop your intuition and use it in everyday life. With a simple seven step plan, which includes exercises in meditation, mindfulness, creativity, kindness and connectedness, Cate shows how we can develop our intuition to live fuller, more authentic lives. Finally, Intuition; Unlock the power! looks at some related phenomena such as dreams and synchronicity, and how the development of intuition often seems to correlate with an increased sense of peace, purpose and joy in life...........................................................................................................................................................

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AUTHOR: Dr Cate Howell is a medical practitioner, therapist, author and educator, with 30 years of experience in health. Dr Cate directs a multidisciplinary private practice focusing on therapy, mental health and wellbeing. Cate is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, and has completed a PhD on preventing depression relapse. Dr Cate has authored two books including Release your worries: a guide to letting go of stress and anxiety (Exisle Publishing 2011). She has a website with information about her work, resources and a blog (

EQUI MESH THE SAFE ECONOMICAL QUALITY HORSE FENCE u EQUI MESH’S soft steel allows for greater “give”. u EQUI MESH is an affordable fence which offers rigid yet flexible construction that makes it ideal for installation over rolling meadows or hilly terrain. u EQUI MESH’S superior strength and narrow mesh pattern are designed to withstand the most vigorous of equine antics with ease. u EQUI MESH’S heavily galvanized finish ensures long life with virtually no maintenance.

u EQUI MESH’S closely-woven 5cm by 10cm vertical mesh pattern has been specifically designed to prevent horses, cows, sheep, goats, or other hoofed animals from “stepping through” or “walking down” the fence. u EQUI MESH’S longer 60.9 metre rolls reduce the need to frequently join or tie off rolls. u EQUI MESH is a great value fence that ensures unwanted predators - such as dogs and foxes, as well as kangaroos - will be prevented from entering horse paddocks and pastures.

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EQUINE NEWS Volume 5 Issue 4 SUMMER 2013  

Equine News is an earthy and informative hard copy quarterly magazine offering a directory of services available throughout the equine indus...

EQUINE NEWS Volume 5 Issue 4 SUMMER 2013  

Equine News is an earthy and informative hard copy quarterly magazine offering a directory of services available throughout the equine indus...