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From The Editor.... Well! another month bites the dust. This month we have our special 16 page Stallion Edition Spectacular, along with August & September. Looks like the weather has cancelled more events for the month of June, so fingers crossed, that July brings some sunny weather, so we can all get back out and about on our equine friends. Until next month, hope to see you out and about at our local events... Happy Reading, Kristi

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Breeds - The History of the Arabian


Its about more than being on Top


From the Judge at C


Eventing with Kevin McNab


Start Agility Training


Qld Polo – Meet Phillipa Fitz-Henry


Reining - John Wicks


Show Jumping - Nostalgia




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Western - Performance Horse Injuries & Problems


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The History of the Arabian

Arabians are one of the oldest horse Breeds in the world, they appeared in rock paintings and inscriptions in the Arabian Peninsula as far back as 2500 BC.

profile. They have an arched neck with a large well set windpipe set on The desert environment required a domesticated a refined clean horse to cooperate with humans to survive and the throat latch. Arabian horse was prized by the nomadic Bedouin people, often being brought inside the family tent for A n o t h e r distinctive shelter and protection from theft. feature is a Selective breeding for traits, including an ability to relatively long form a relationship with humans created a horse that level croup is good natured, quick to learn and a willingness to or top of hindquarters and a naturally high tail please... carriage... They have a deep well angled hip and well The earliest laid back shoulder. Arabians to Some Arabians, though not all have 5 lumbar enter Europe vertebrae instead of the usual 6 and 17 pairs of ribs came indirectly rather than 18. through Spain, France and The breed standard describes Arabians as standing Tu r k e y. . . T h e between 14.1 to 15.1 hands. most famous For centuries Arabian horses lived in the desert in of all Arabian close association with humans, close to children and b r e e d i n g everyday life. Only those horses with a naturally good o p e r a t i o n s disposition were allowed to reproduce, the result is founded in that Arabian horses today have a good temperament Europe was the Crabbet Park Stud of England, founded in 1878, are highly intelligent and very quick learners. starting in 1877 Wilfred & Lady Anne Blunt made The genetic strength of the Arabian horse has repeated journeys to the Middle East bringing the played a major part in the development of nearly best Arabians they could find to England. Crabbet every modern light horse breed, including the Park exported Arabian horses worldwide until it's Thoroughbred, Morgan, American Saddlebred, closure in 1971... American Quarter Horse and the Warmblood breeds such as the Trakehner... Arabian blood also The first Arabian horses in America arrived with the influenced the development of the Welsh Pony, the Spanish Conquistadors in Mexico in 1519....In 1893 Australian Stock Horse and the Percheron draft the Hamidie Society exhibited 45 Arabian horses at the Worlds Fair in Chicago...In 1908 the Arabian horse. Horse Registry of America was established recording Today people cross Arabians with other breeds to 71 animals and by 1994 the total number reached add refinement, endurance, agility and beauty... half a million. Arabian horses are known as"The Versatile Breed" Arabian horses were introduced to Australia in the . They dominate the discipline of endurance riding early days of European settlement. The first probably and compete in many equestrian fields, including imported in groups between 1788 and 1802. horse racing, dressage, show jumping, eventing, pony Throughout the 19th century many more came to club, western pleasure, cutting, reining and are also Australia, most were used to produce crossbred used for pleasure riding, trail riding and as working horses. horses. The first significant imports to be recorded with Arabians are also involved in a variety of other offspring still appearing in modern purebred Arabian activities including, movies, parades and circuses...... pedigrees were those of James Boucaut, who in 1891 The Arabian horse is not just a horse surrounded imported several Arabians from Crabbet Park Stud by myth and legends, but a good natured functional in England. horse capable of all equestrian activities and a horse In the early 20th century more Arabian horses, mostly who has played a major part in many of our modern of Crabbet bloodlines arrived in Australia...The first day breeds of horses..... Article By: Nicole Gassner, Niarla Arabians Polish Arabians arrived in 1966 and Egyptian lines were first imported in 1970. Arabian horses from the rest of the world then followed. Today the Australian Arabian Horse Registry is the second largest in the world next to the USA. Arabian horses have refined wedge shaped heads, a broad forehead, large eyes, large nostrils and small muzzles. Most have a distinctive concave or dished



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“When You Compete on Your Horse, It’s About More Than Being on Top” Eight Empowering Ways To Think About Competition By: Barbra Schulte

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t show horses. My parents had around 400 horses. Showing was a big part of our family business. I, along with my four siblings, exhibited horses to market them. Dad had high expectations for our success in the show arena. Throughout my lifetime of show ring experience, I have often thought about what competition means to me. I’ve never stopped studying exactly what makes high performers excel above the rest. Here are eight empowering ways to think about competition. They have helped me. I hope they help you, too. 1.) Competing on your horse is a personal road. Decide why you show. Do you want to conquer the challenge of being a world champion … or … do you think it’s a blast to have fun on the weekend, with no thought of year-end standings? Do you show to insure you keep improving? Is it some combination of all these things? All reasons are equally valid. In order for you to have a real measuring stick of personal success, you must get in touch with your preferences. Your choices have nothing to do with anyone else. It’s your journey. 2.) Competition provides you with a personal self-evaluation mechanism. Showing is always about riding your best, and presenting your horse’s best at a specific time. Unlike practice, by the nature of a designated window of time to show, there are no "do-overs". Laying your skills on the line “under pressure,” forces you to focus, and take action. When your ride is over, you have specific results. In almost all situations, both your strengths, and weaknesses become crystal clear. Beyond the fun, and excitement of showing, think of competition as a customized personal feedback system. It provides you with a clear picture of what you are doing well, and a precise compass for things you need to improve. 3.) Competition is NEVER about beating other people. It’s about you. You can’t control other people, the judge, the situation, the outcome, or beating anyone else. You can control … if you focus … if you stay relaxed … if you keep your eyes in the right spot … if you stay connected to your horse, etc. That’s it! When you, and your horse reach skill levels necessary for the competition level in which you show, results take care of themselves. When you ride your horse at that level, or above, you will place, or win. If you don’t, you won’t! Strive to be focused, and consistent. Reach for the highest levels of your skills, and experience. Do your job. Build from there. That’s all there is. Continues Next Page...


“When You Compete on Your Horse, It’s About More Than Being on Top” Continued...... 4.) Comparing yourself to someone else is like shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to competition. It’s so easy to see yourself as less than someone else. Typically, this results in feeling “bad”. That’s surely not a source of internal strength! And, it’s definitely not empowering to see yourself as above others. That’s a temporary attempt to feel good about yourself that falls flat sooner or later. It’s a distraction, and has nothing to do with your job. YOUR EDGE is how distinctive you are. When you show, strive to exhibit what makes you … you. What is your style? What are your preferences? How do you show your grit? Anyone you truly admire always has their own presence, and their own way about them. They own it. Express your unique gifts and characteristics. Own them. Love them. Be you. 5.) Love the challenges that inevitabley come up in competition. When things get difficult, tell yourself, “I love it”. The person I strive to emulate the most in cutting regarding this idea is Buster Welch. I learned this from him early on in my career as a professional trainer. I remember watching him enter a herd of cattle no one else could survive, and come out on top. I remember thinking, “If he can do it, I can do it!” Buster taught me to love the tough challenges, not back down, and go for it. Thank you, Buster. Find a hero who you know always rises to the occasion. When things get tough, know if they can do it, so can you. 6.) Great preparation ALWAYS precedes success. Think of your preparation, and your horse’s preparation individually. Divide all into time segments for both of you … days before the show … what you will do on the day of the show … and, right before you ride. If any of these areas are sub-par in superb preparation, you will ride your horse below your best. Systematize everything. Preparation builds confidence, and competitive success. 7.) Don’t let errors keep you from seeing yourself as a strong competitor. Your ability to recover from errors, (whether it be a small one during your ride, or a big one that devastates your results) is THE biggest predictor of how quickly you will do well in the future. Never identify with weaknesses, i.e., “That’s what I always do.” Instead, use them as customized feedback to improve, and move forward. Your errors make-up your personalized self-improvement roadmap. Seek out errors, and shore them up! Make friends 8.) Have FUN. Have FUN. Have FUN. Nothing is more important! If you compete on your horse, I wish you all the best, and joy along the journey! Barbra Schulte is a Professional Cutting Horse Trainer, Personal Performance Coach, Author, Clinician, and Equine Consultant. Barbra has been involved with horses her entire life. Beginning in early childhood and continuing through college, she helped market and show many of her family’s 500 head of horses. She competed in western pleasure, reining, horsemanship, and cutting. Also in 2000, Barbra was awarded the prestigious National Female Equestrian of the Year Award given by the American Quarter Horse Association in conjunction with the Women’s Sports Foundation. This honor recognized outstanding performance and leadership in a female equestrian. Candidates for the award spanned across all disciplines recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association.


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Sunday Aug 28th 2011


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Cutting Horse Comp - 10.30am (1st - $130, 2nd - $60, 3rd - $30) “Australian Stock Horse 40th Year Anniversary”

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What’s On Calendar Dressage July 2011

Queensland Festival of Dressage

2nd July

LVRC Members Dressage & Showjumping

3rd July

Brenda Wittman Classic – Offic Prelim to Grand Prix

8-10th July

PRARG Official Prelim – Advanced

17th July

CGDRC -“Meet the Judge” Open Dressage Clinic

24th July

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Tanja Mitton “Equestrian Champion Mindset” one day clinic Contact Nancy Clarke 0407033598

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CGDRC - Associate Dressage

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Colic in Horses Most horses suffer from colic on average 3 times during their lifetime. Over recent years, the incidence of colic appears to be increasing due to a number of factors related to feeding, worming and climatic changes. The need for surgical correction is more commonplace. This topic is of vital interest to all horse owners The common causes of colic will be outlined, when to call your vet to a horse with colic, what you can do to help your horse, along with management strategies to help reduce the risk of colic. Lower Airway Disease in Racing and Performance Horses The cold, wet weather can cause an increase in lower airway disease in horses in training, with a ‘hidden handicap’ and reduced performance which persists for months. The causes will be discussed, including mucus build up and bleeding in the lungs and airways. Management and prevention will be outlined to overcome chronic lower airway disease. Notes on both topics will be available to all those who attend.

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From the Judge at C Liz Coe

‘A’ level Grand Prix Dressage Judge/Mentor and Judge Educator


Let’s cover the trot this month. The types of trots recognized in dressage are collected, working, medium and extended. As I have said earlier the trot has a two beat rhythm with a clear moment of suspension between them coming from the diagonal pair of legs working in unison. It is the gait that is the least vulnerable to impurities of rhythm.

Most young horses have a natural rhythm and you must concentrate on maintaining this from the beginning of his training. A good natural trot (which is closest to the working trot) must be energetic with the hindquarters active, never labouring or lazy. However, if you ride too fast you will interfere with what Mother Nature has given him and the horse can no longer carry himself with balance and grace. So there is no point to overriding the rhythm in the exercises and creating a hurried tempo as this will never provide you with a good mark. So the tempo needs to be regulated. Horses often try to avoid engaging their haunches by speeding up or slowing down at certain moments. For example, slowing down when approaching the short side and speeding up again at the beginning of the long side, also speeding up the trot just before a transition to the canter. Changing the direction and lengthening the pace can cause changes. Finally, the horse often slows down into and out of the lateral work. You know what I am talking about! Horses trot along brightly and as soon as the horse does a shoulder in or leg yield, the horse looks like he has suddenly riding in a foot of quicksand that he can’t get out of. And then as soon as they finish the movement, off they trot again. In every single case, the unwanted change of tempo has originated from a loss of balance and a lack of stability and engagement in the trot. In other words, when the horse’s hind legs continue to push, but they stop carrying for any reason (maybe the rider is over riding the trot) the croup raises and the horse has to increase his tempo to regain his balance. On the other hand, when the hind legs continue carrying, but stop thrusting, the horse sucks back and slows down of his own accord. Riding the “movement” is secondary to keeping the rhythm and tempo while doing the movement. Ideally, as an effective rider you need to develop the skill of riding with a mental metronome in your head, to keep the tempo absolutely regular no matter what you are riding in the arena to develop a lovely even, balanced trot with unhurried strides. The rider dictates this tempo with his/ her seat and legs rather than the reins. If only the reins are used to moderate the tempo I say this is riding with

hand brake slightly on and it does not give you the result you want. Riding the tempo correctly will allow the horse to relax and release the full potential of its muscle power and develop the bounce or cadence. So rather than asking yourself how accurate is my circle shape, ask yourself “Am I keeping the same rhythm and tempo while I am trotting this circle?”

The working trot as I had said earlier needs to be active, energetic and forward thinking with some over tracking of the hind feet over the hoof prints of the front feet.

The collected trot has the same activity and tempo but is more expressive, derived from more engagement and carrying from the hindquarters. Remember, collected trot is not just a ‘slower’ trot it still does cover some ground. The moment of suspension is longer because the legs stay in the air longer, (this is the development of cadence) with the hind legs at least stepping into the footprints of the front legs. This carrying ability needs to be developed so there are degrees of collected trot. For example the engagement required for Elementary is much less than for Grand Prix.

According to the FEI Guidelines for Dressage Judges, in the medium and extended trots the horse should increase the over-track along with the lengthening of the frame. This means the horse pushes more from behind to get the longer stride and his whole body lengthens. This does not mean that you chase your horse along so that he rushes along with flat strides on the forehand with loose reins. The horse needs to remain in balance with an uphill feeling throughout and in the same tempo remember! Again, like collection this ability needs to be developed and the degree required increases as you go up the levels. With the help of your coach you can develop the horse’s gymnastic strength to enable him to carry and to thrust more with his hindquarters. See you next month for the canter!


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What’s On Calendar Eventing

QUEENSLAND EVENTS Kooralbyn Equestrian Group Contact:- Kristen 0404 071 123

9 & 10th July

Fig Tree Pocket CNC 2*

16 - 17th July

Redcliffe CNC

6 - 7th August

Toowoomba Hunter Trials

13-14th August

Eventing Qld Clinic Toowoomba

20 - 21st August


State Championships KEG

3-4th September

Warwick ODE Toowoomba ODE

17 - 18th September

Warwick Spring School

15 - 16th October


22 - 23 October

Fig Tree Pocket CNC 2*

29 - 30th October

8 - 9th October


2 - 3rd July

Quirindi CIC 2*

16 - 17th July

Sydney Double Header

27 - 31st July


6 - 7th August

Silver Hills

13 - 14th August


19 - 21st August

Equestriad CNC

27 - 28th August



7 yr old, 16hh, grey, mare by Conqueror King out of Cariad Liffey. Registered with Irish Draught and Sport Horse Society. Has been competing 1* successfully with potential to go on. Straight forward and uncomplicated to ride on the flat. Well established lateral work. Always a pleasure to ride xc. Super technique over a fence. A very bold but careful jumper. Polite to be around. Easy to s/c, travel and handle. Would be a perfect interschool mount or for someone wanting to learn and gain experience in eventing or jumping on a reliable, competitive horse. Charlotte : 0420 720 978 or 07 5543 6116

$15,000 + Gst

Catargo 4 yr old 16.1hh Mare

16.1hh, chest, mare by Catargo out of a TB mare. Currently competing intro. Always marking well in the dressage ring. Quiet to ride on the flat. Nicely put together. Lovely even paces with a nice technique over a fence. Gemma is a sweet young horse ready for someone to take on and start her career in any discipline. Always easy to handle.

Charlotte : 0420 720 978 or 07 5543 6116



Stunning Off the Track TB Mare

5y/o bay by Strategic (AUS) Out of Danoise (AUS) Very well mannered young horse that is ready to go on. She is going sweetly on the flat and has been jumped over small fences. Would make fantastic brood mare with such good looks or elegant dressage horse. Please contact Charlotte : 0420 720 978 or 07 5543 6116


With Kevin McNab

The Event Horse and Rider Attire Riding attire

Riding attire is different for the three phases in eventing. Dressage and show jumping require very conservative attire, following the traditional turnout for each of those disciplines. Cross-country is much less formal, with many riders wearing clothing of personalized colors and the emphasis very much on safety equipment.


For the all levels of dressage attire is to be neat and tidy. The rider must wear a dark coat usually black or navy blue, with a shirt and tie for the men, a stock tie or stock for the women, but men can also wear this, and stock pin is used to secure the stock in place. If the rider is riding at 2** or above, only then can they wear a tailcoat and a top hat. Riding breeches are usually white, although any light cream colour is permitted. If you are actively serving for any military service then you have to wear the given uniforms for your service. Gloves are usually white, although other dark colours are permitted. Spurs of certain lengths are optional until you get to 2 ** level and then you have to wear a spur of some sort. The rules on spur length keep changing so to be sure about the type of spur and length you should keep checking the eventing rules on the FEI website. At the moment they can be no longer than 3.5cm measured from the back of the riding boot and must be made of smooth metal. Riding boots such as tall/top boots are usually black, in normal or patent leather but can have a brown leather top. It is also allowed to ride in boots and gators as long as they are made from the same smooth grain of leather all over. The lower levels have less restrictive rules on dress. Though navy and black coats are preferred, riders may wear any conservatively colored dark or tweed colours coat with a white shirt and choker or, preferably, stock tie with pin. If a rider wishes to stay within normal requirements for higher-level competition, breeches should be white, but beige or another conservative light cream colours are permissible. A black or navy equestrian helmet up to safety standard must be worn at all times when mounted on a horse. A hair net should be worn for those people with longer hair to keep all those stray bits from blowing in the breeze to finish off a nice tidy picture. Cross Country Cross-country attire is less formal, and many riders choose "eventing colors," to which they match some of their horse's tack.

The rider is required to wear a protective vest up to the recommended standards, as well as an approved equestrian helmet, properly fastened at all times when mounted, and may be eliminated if this is not done. A medical armband, containing the rider's medical history and emergency contact details of a family member or friend is required. This is for safety purposes, allowing access to the information should the rider fall, be knocked unconscious, and require medical treatment.

This is the new air vest

This is a more standard body protector

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Breeches may be any color, with some riders coordinating it with their shirt or vest color. All shirts must have long sleeves covering the shoulders, and light-weight rugby or polo shirts are the most commonly worn type, usually without a stock or tie. Black and/or brown boots may be worn. Riding coats are not worn. This is the event where riders may choose anything from traditional turn out to tie-dye and even zebra stripes or fluorescent colours. Lastly, many riders also wear a stop-watch to track their time as they go cross-country so that they may adjust their speed as needed to come in as close as possible to the optimum time

Show Jumping Show jumping attire is similar to that of dressage apart from riders always wear a short jacket, except when weather is unreasonably warm, when, at the discretion of the technical delegate, jackets may be considered optional. If helmet covers are used, they are required to be black or dark blue though some now include national colors where they are entitled to be worn.

Turn-out attire of the horse and tack Event horses are turned out similarly to dressage horses, with the legs and face, muzzle, jaw, sides of ears, and bridle path neatly clipped or trimmed. The tail is usually cut straight across, usually to a length between the fetlock joint and lower hock. Additionally, most event riders clip the sides of their mount's tails or plait it to give them a tidy appearance. The mane is pulled to short length and is braided for dressage and for the show jumping at a three day event. However, most riders prefer to leave it loose for crosscountry in case they need to grab it for security. Some riders also place quarter marks (decorative stencilling) on the hindquarters for that finished look during all three phases. The horses should be clean and tidily presented either by having a bath or being well groomed for all three phases.

Tack Most event riders have a jumping saddle as well as a dressage saddle, since each places them in a position better-suited for its purpose. At the lower levels, however, a rider can ride all three phases without difficulty in a wellfitted jumping saddle. At the upper levels, riders usually have a saddle specifically designed for cross-country, giving them more freedom for such fences as banks and drops.

Above: ATM jumping saddle and Luc Childeric Dressage saddle Dressage tack is usually black in color, with a white square pad, giving a formal look. Except for the upper levels, where a double bridle is permitted, all other level horses may only be ridden in snaffle bits. There are strict guidelines as to what type of snaffle may be used, and the more severe types such as any twisted bit are prohibited. If a double bridle is used, a plain cavesson or crank noseband must be worn. With a snaffle bridle, the rider is also free to use the drop, flash, or figure-eight noseband, with the flash and plain cavesson being the most common. Breastplates can be used in the dressage at an event, despite the fact that they are not seen at regular dressage shows. Other forms of equipment, such as martingales, protective boots, gadgets/training devices, bit guards, polo wraps, or tail wraps are not allowed during the test. Horse and rider should be well turned out for the show jumping phase. In show jumping, the rider uses a jumping saddle, usually with a square or fitted white pad. Rules on tack are less-stringent, and most forms of bridling and bitting are allowed, including the use of gag bits, hackamores, and any type of noseband. Breastplates and protective boots are usually worn. Running martingales are also allowed, but must be used with rein stops. Standing and Irish martingales are not allowed. For the cross-country phase, the rider usually uses similar tack as for the show jumping. However, protective boots are taped for extra security, to help prevent them from bumping their legs. Most horses that wear shoes are also fitted with stud wholes, to prevent slipping. At the upper levels, riders may also apply a grease or lard to the front of the horse's legs, to help the horse slide over fences if they hang a leg. Riders also tend to color-coordinate their cross-country tack to their colors. For example, using the same color saddle pad and tape for their boots, to match their shirt and protective vest. Depending on how the ground feels under foot will depend on which studs you might use. In the wet ground you would normally use big studs and in the hard ground smaller studs if any at all.

The best thing that you can remember is that a neat and tidy appearance at all times is always a good look and if you are not sure about something.......Check the rules!!

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What’s On Calendar Natural Horsemanship

ANIMAL INSTINCTS – HAYLEY CHAMBERS-HOLT Horsemanship & Trick Training Clinic – Tamborine Pony Club Grounds Contact:- Hayley 0403 584 254

31st July

JOHN CHATTERTON CLINICS / DEMONSTRATIONS NIMBIN Contact:- Lorili 02 66891119 0447891119 CHAMBERS FLAT – Training Trail Ride Contact Alie 0400 065 57

2 - 3rd July 9 & 10th July

QUANTUM SAVVY COME & PLAY CLINICS LOGAN VILLAGE - July Contact :- Sharon Ford 0411 551 703 JIMBOOMBA contact Tracey Edie 0411 106 651, or

6th July 13th July 20th July 27th July 16 & 17th July

PRARG 8th August Contact: Belinda Trapnell 0417 072 718 Cedar Grove contact Tracey Edie 0411 106 6

28th August

DOUBLE DAN HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC - Dan James VERESDALE (Hosted by Local Horse Magazine) Venue:- Bellara Park Equestrian Cent

9 & 10th July

LOGAN VILLAGE Venue:- Dovehaven Equestrian Centre

6 & 7 August

Quote of the Month....

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Start Agility Training with whoa & a pedestal

By Suzanne De Laurentis ©2007, Imagine A Horse

Equine Agility or Enlightened Trick Training can begin with a horse of any age from a young foal to a fully mature performance horse. Since horses are a precocial species, they are neurologically mature shortly after birth or in other words, ready to learn. Enlightened Trick Training involves the use of stage and working props to help a horse understand quickly the physical aspects of the requests. The Extreme Cowboy Race that is so popular right now and breed Versatility classes, utilize many natural and manmade obstacles. Obstacles are a natural part of a horse’s environment. Pedestals serve as a place or a mark for the horse and give him a home base from which to work and await a command or cue. Pedestal work helps to develop physical dexterity while increasing self-confidence and channeled boldness. Since horses are a flight species they can benefit greatly from the utilization of the “Stay” or “Whoa” command. Pedestal training gives a horse somewhere to go, rather than to just act out on his flight instinct and get away. Ground tying and the Whoa are widely taught to pleasure and performance horses and pedestal training adds a new measure of reliability and interest to horse education in controlling the flight instinct because it gives the horse a place to stay. Quiet feet equal a focused mind. Here’s how to get started:


Standard sized pedestals are 20”x 42” and 36” x 36” Use a hardwood pallet topped with ply – they’re 1162mm x 1162mm. NOTE: If you will email the author, she will email construction directions with pictures. Variations include Revolving Top Pedestal and Multi-tiered or stair step pedestal also various sizes.


The horse should stand quietly until released To be able (in time) to send the horse to any pedestal, at liberty


A radical change in a horse’s ability to stand quietly and also to focus


Verbal Cue is “Step Up” Physical Cue could be a touch on the front leg with the end of a short whip

Tips Before you start:

Teach your horse to Park Out and also to move and/or lift each foot (all 4) when cued. With some horses it works well to place the pedestal in a corner or along a wall or safe fence to prevent the horse from evading it. Continues Next Page....

Start Agility Training Continued.... Steps

Teach the horse to step up on a pedestal with the front feet first. Approach the pedestal and if the horse will pick up a front foot, cue him to place it on the pedestal. If he does not pick up the foot, pick it up and place it on the pedestal for him. It is best to use a no nonsense approach to the leg lift. A horse must willingly give his foot when asked and to facilitate this if he does not do so, tap him on the ankle with the end of a whip. Offering the foot willingly should be a behavior that is instilled in the horse before beginning Pedestal Training. You may experiment with the handle of a dressage length whip or the snap to see which works best. As with all good horsemanship, strive to use the mildest effective cue for the individual horse. When he allows you to place his foot on the pedestal, be sure to praise him and stroke his leg while encouraging him to keep it there. Repeat this step until the horse is comfortable with putting his foot “Up” and will do it freely when asked. When he will reliably put one foot on the pedestal, begin to encourage him to step up with the other foot by helping him to shift his balance off of the foot on the ground. Use the lead rope (short hold) to guide him as you ask him to “Step Up”. After he willingly steps up with the front feet, encourage him to stay for incrementally longer periods of time and until he is released. The complimentary and opposite piece of this lesson is to teach him to “Step Down” on cue. We usually use the widest side of a rectangular pedestal when asking a horse to Step Up with just two feet. When we ask the horse to walk the back feet up, we use the narrow end so that the horse is already in position to mount it or Step Up with the back feet also.

The Trick Becomes the Reward With your horse in hand on a working length line of 12 to 15 feet, walk the perimeter of the round pen as the horse trots circles around you After you have worked your way around the perimeter at least two times, draw the horse toward the pedestal and ask him to stop in front of it and then to Step Up. We usually add the pre cue of “Ready?” as we draw him toward the pedestal. Over time, he will understand that when he hears the pre cue of Ready, that you will be immediately asking for a response. This may take several tries so do not be discouraged. When he mounts the pedestal, give him a breather for a minute or two and stroke and praise him. Let him know that he did just what you wanted. After you release him from the pedestal and ask him to “Step Down”, begin the lungeing sequence again. Most horses learn in short order that they prefer the pedestal to trotting circles. The “work” or “Trick” has now become the reward.

Variations and other Creative Challenges

When a horse has mounted the square top pedestal, ask him to yield the hindquarters or Step Around as his front feet remain anchored. Gradually increase the number of lateral steps until he can completely circle the hindquarters around. When traditionally presented, the exercise of yielding the hindquarters may seem nebulous to the horse. When he has learned to anchor his front feet on a pedestal and then is asked to yield or Step Around, it is easily understandable. Be sure to work the horse in both directions. As an Agility horse’s training continues, the pedestal will be his mark for executing other moves such as the Jambette or Salute, Retrieving an Object, and a slow Spin. If two horses are worked together, they can be taught to Change Places in a musical chair fashion. As with all good training, horsemanship principles, tact, good judgment, and a systematic approach is required. If you would like a copy of the free pedestal construction plans from Imagine a horse, please feel free to contact the author or info and we will be happy to forward them on to you.

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Queensland Polo Association Calendar 2011 Date



Goal Rating Chukkas




Beginners Day Clinic

Doomben Racecourse

2/3 April





Willowcroft Polo Fields

9/10 April





Willowcroft Polo Fields

16/17 April


Autumn League for Beginners

Graded 2


Biddaddaba Polo Fields



Ashling Polo Fields

23/24 April 30-Apr

Easter and Anzac Day No Games SEQPC

Ashling Anzac Cup

MAY 1-May


Ashling Anzac Cup



Ashling Polo Fields

7/8 May


Ashling Anzac Cup



Ashling Polo Fields

14/15 May


City Motor Auction Group Tournament



Alsace Polo Fields - Veresdale

21/22 May


Biddaddaba C PC Ladies Tournament



Biddaddaba Polo Fields

21/22 May


Biddadaba C PC 4 Goal Tournament



Biddaddaba Polo Fields

28/29 May

Downs PC

Neil MacGinley Tournament




28/29 May



4 Goals



JUNE 4/5 June

Downs PC

Downs Shield



Clifton Showgrounds

11/12/13 June


Frank Sherred Tournament

2 Goal


Gympie Polo Fields

11/12 June



4 Goal


Ashling Polo Fields

18/19 June

Downs PC

Cooke/O'Leary Tournament



Clifton Showgrounds

25/26 June


Gold Coast Polo Club Tournament



Gold Coast Polo Field

JULY 2-Jul



Doomben Racecourse




Doomben Racecourse




Doomben Racecourse



Yellow Cab

9/10 July


Harcourt's Beaudesert Family Tournament

16/17 July


Gympie Mary Valley Classic

23/24 July


Dowling Cup



30/31 July


Guanaba Cup







Biddaddaba Polo Fields

Alsace Polo Fields - Veresdale



Gympie Polo Fields Gympie Polo Fields Gold Coast Polo Field

AUGUST 6/7 Aug





6/7 Aug





Biddaddaba Polo Fields


13/14 Aug





Willowcroft / Bromelton

20/21 Aug



27/28 Aug


Ron Hunt Memorial






Gold Coast Polo Field



Ashling Polo Fields




10/11 Sept



10/11 Sept


Mercedes Benz Tournament

17/18 Sept



Various Beaudesert Fields

24/25 Sept



Doomben Racecourse





Biddaddaba Polo Fields Alsace Polo Fields - Veresdale



Biddaddaba C PC Tournament



Biddaddaba Polo Fields

15/16 Oct


Biddaddaba C PC Tournament



Biddaddaba Polo Fields

Please note these calendar dates can change without warning at anytime. To confirm an event please contact the club directly.


Be one of the first to see the Maroons take on the Blues at Doomben's State of Origin Polo on July 2nd. While sipping the finest champagne, enjoying live music and superb food offerings, you'll soon see why a day at the polo can be so enjoyable. Head to the inaugural State of Origin Polo at Doomben Polo Fields (Doomben Racecourse), with 3 huge matches on the day, the traditional stomping of the divots and heaps more; we've got a selection of hospitality options - perfectly suited to your needs. The Bollinger Pavilion A premium all-inclusive offering, guests in the Bollinger Pavilion will savour a three course lunch by Philip Johnson (of e'cco bistro), premium beverage package including Bollinger Champagne, as well as exclusive entertainment. Consisting of tables of 10, the Bollinger Pavilion is perfect for corporate groups or individuals looking for that decadent experience. Priced at $283 per person. Polo Lounge With the perfect view of the action packed matches plus the comfort and vibrancy of a field-side marquee, the Polo Lounge is a fantastic way to enjoy Doomben's State of Origin Polo. With food outlets and a cash bar at your fingertips, you'll have everything you need to make for a fantastic social occasion. Priced at $58 per person, Polo Lounge tickets are on sale now Corporate Chalets Perfectly suited for corporate groups of up to 30, each Corporate Chalet is a great option to entertain guests in a private setting, whilst still being just metres from the playing field. With the opportunity to tailor your day with a selection of menus and beverages, a Corporate Chalet at the State of Origin Polo is sure to impress the most discerning guests. To enquire about your very own Corporate Chalet please refer to contact below. The Neighbourhood Carpark Offering a more relaxed alternative, the Neighbourhood Carpark boasts individual reserved car spaces (6 x 3.5m) for you and your guests to enjoy your own picnic, field side. With access to a central bar to compliment your home-made delights, you'll have room to stretch you legs and create a spacious yet personal area. To enquire about your very own Neighbourhood Carpark please refer to contact below.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT WWW.TICKETEK.COM.AU For more information on the Corporate Chalets or the Neighbourhood Carpark please contact Joanne Silcock at or phone 07 3861 2828.

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PHILLIPA FITZ-HENRY Phillipa ‘Pip’ is one of the finest up and coming female players that Queensland has to offer both on and off the field. Phillipa currently holds a 1 handicap and with her love and determination for the sport we are sure will soon further climb the handicap ladder. In her fresh and youthful approach she both inspires and encourages all, both before and after her in the Polo Community. With people like Phillipa in the sport how can you not want to play Polo?!!!

How did you come into the sport?

In 1997 (I was 7 at the time) my family moved from Sydney to Ormeau to begin managing John Fitz-Gerald’s Polo Arena in Nerang.

What age did start?

I can’t remember how early I held the mallet in my hand but I played my very first whites tournament just before my 12th birthday in Tamarang NSW on the way down to my first Scone Junior Polo School. I played with my Dad and older brother William Handbury and a young girl who was grooming for Kirsty Sullivan (Australia’s top female player). We won the C-Grade AND I won my very first Champion Pony on Evita.

How long did it take you to become a professional?

I think this year will be the beginning of my ‘professional’ career.

Your most significant Polo win?

It’s hard to pick just one. I just truly love being on the polo field, win or lose. But I do have a photo of myself, my father and my two old brothers Peter and William Handbury walking off the field at Gympie after winning the Frank Sherred at Gympie against Niall and Claire Donnelly and Chris Reid. We are all completely exhausted and have the hugest smiles on our faces. It is one of my most favourite photos.

Do you have a favourite team to play with? My family. Do you have a favourite player you play with?

Craig Wilson is always awesome to play with. He is so helpful and always in control. He is empowering and supportive as a team mate. My second choice would be my older brother William (even though he hasn’t played for a few years now), but when I was younger there is not a single photo of me running to goal where William is not right behind me holding the next player out and ready to back me up if I missed.

Who do you rank as the best international player?

I recently got to watch both John Paul Clarkin and his wife Nina Clarkin play for my first time. It was an absolute pleasure to watch them, separately, in action.


Your greatest Influences in Polo?

I have been very blessed to be constantly in the company of players like Jim MacGinley, Anto White and Glen Gilmore. Not to mention my dad is an exceptional polo pony maker. Greatest positive Influences in your private life? My family.

Favourite Polo Pony?

HAHA this is the toughest question of all!… I could write you a thousand word essay on all my favourites and why. I am pretty blessed with the quality of horses I get to play every weekend. It is almost impossible to choose a favourite.

What characteristics would your ideal horse have?

I just want to play horses that love to play the game, like me.

What breed of horses do you play?

Depends which chukka we are in. Mostly thoroughbred. But my little bush pony Teddy Bear seems to be tearing it up on the field just as well.

How long does it take to make a polo pony ready for your level of polo?

In my experience so far I’d say at least 4 years and many hours in the saddle and lots of time off, for a real high quality polo pony.

What is the average age of horses in your playing string?

My string changes week to week because we like to cycle the horses around from person to person, so my string has horses anywhere from 5 to 17 years old.

Locations you have played overseas?

So far I have had the privilege to play in Argentina, Singapore, Ireland and New Zealand.

Most beautiful Locations played overseas?

NZ has the nicest location that I have played on so far, but I have a fair few more to test out! Queensland polo players are truly are blessed with the fields we get to play on every weekend!

Where would you like to see polo in 5 years?

My personal polo? My goal was to be on 4 goals by the time I turn 25. Polo in general, I would love to see a regular ladies league in Queensland, and I have a small dream about taking polo to the masses, like Rugby League (but I will give it more than 5 years at this stage =] )

Do you have any inspiring words for up and coming players?

Don’t compare yourself to other players, have confidence in yourself and your ability. Also team polo is the best polo.

What piece of advice would you give anyone starting out in the game? Go at your own pace and make sure you enjoy every second of it!


Contacts Pony Clubs Beaudesert Pony Club

Canungra Pony Club

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Cedar Creek Pony Club

Fassifern Pony Club

PRESIDENT Jean Evans Ph: 0413 399 309 Email: Web:

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Kooralbyn Pony Club

Tamborine Pony Club

SECRETARY Cheryl Harris Ph: 07 5544 6474 Email: Web:

SECRETARY Christina Smith Ph: 07 5546 3171 Email: Web:

Riding Clubs Cedar Grove & District Riding Club

Boonah & District Working Horse

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Park Ridge Adult Riding Group

Scenic Rim Equestrian Club

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Tamborine & District Riding Club

Logan Village Riding Club

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What’s On Calendar Pony/Riding Clubs July 2011

Canungra Pony Club - Hack Day

2nd July

Kooralbyn Equestrain Group ODE

9th & 10th July

Kooralbyn Pony Club - Gymkhana

10th July

Cedar Grove - Hack Day

10th July

Beaudesert Pony Club - Showjumping

17th July

Tamborine Pony Club - Hack Day

17th July

PRARG Official Prelim – Advanced

17th July

CGRDC -“Meet the Judge” Open Dressage Clinic

24th July

Cedar Creek Pony Club Open Sporting Day

26th July

Cedar Creek Pony Club Open Sporting Day

31st July

Ph: 0400436867 email: Email:

Contact: Cheryl Harris Ph: 07 5544 6474 Email: Web:

contact: Kerry Landers Phone 0402 115 493 Email Web: Contact: 55 432 158

Contact: Christina Smith Ph: 5546 3171 Email:

Contact: Kristen Heffernan Ph: 5546 4410 / 0404 071 123 Email:

Contact: 0413 399 309

Contact: 0413 399 309

August 2011 Fassifern Vaulting CVI* & CVI**

6th & 7th August

Logan Village - Open Jumping

14th August

Fassifern Pony Club - Gymkhana

21st August

CGDRC - Associate Dressage

21st August

CGDRC - Associate Dressage

28th August

Tamborine Pony Club - Gymkkhana

28th July

Contact: Darryn Fedrick Ph: (07) 5463 5267 Email: Contact: Sarah Craddock Mobile: 0427 812 918 Email: Web:

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Hello Penny, it can be very hard if your pony won’t just pop straight into the canter when you ask, and it sounds like it is because your pony wants to be lazy that it is making it hard for you. Sometimes they can be getting mixed signals from the rider e.g. rider kicking to go and also using reins as balance will s e so pulling on the pony’s mouth telling them to stop. m i t y some e canter n o p So first you must make sure you are ready to canter and can sit to the trot in a y M into th and balance for at least four or five strides keeping your hands still and not using not go be very lazy I e n your ponies reins and mouth to balance off. You might want to use a monkey and ca lways go wher a strap on the front of your saddle to help keep your hands still and help you not . t wan s keep your balance. r y 9 Penny We need to wake your pony up and get him listen to your leg aids. Practice going from walk to trot and back again and then slow trot to forward active trot back to slow trot, making sure he goes forward into trot and back to walk as soon as you ask, not 20 kicks later. You may need to carry a crop to help you enforce your leg aids so if he doesn’t go straight away from your leg next time use your leg and crop at the same time. Do this using different tracks of your riding arena, circles, changes of reins, figure of eights. Once you are doing this and he is listening to you going forward in the trot and going where YOU want him to go, you are now ready to ask him to canter, because if he is half asleep you will probably not get your canter transition. With a lazy horse I normally would pick my first canter of the ride on his more easy side to ride so he is more likely to go into canter. I would also, if safe to do so canter towards a friend or in the direction of home. (Preferably towards a friend) as away from home he may be thinking slow down, making it harder to get him into canter. Here are the aids to canter: • Make sure you have an ACTIVE trot • Sit up tall and straight in the saddle • Hands down and still ( hold monkey strap with outside hand if you need) • Inside leg on the girth outside leg behind the girth • Sitting down into the saddle sitting trot • Kick or tap with leg if he doesn’t go straight into canter use crop and stronger leg at the same time. Keeping a contact with your reins so he doesn’t just keep trotting faster if he does trot faster slow him back down and ask again with stronger leg and crop. Hope this helps Penny, but if you are still having problems you may need to get the help of an instructor to see what is going wrong, Happy cantering!!

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In the last three articles we’ve looked at softening to the bridle lateral at a standstill, then at a walk and jog, also exercises for lifting up the rib cage and softening to the bridle and improved shoulder and hip control and last issue we looked at moving sideways off a leg. So now that we have established more body control let’s look at lead departures. When you’ve established good basic body control where your horse yields his shoulders, rib cage and hips off your legs then you can look at getting some quality in your lead departures. Before I explain lead departures let’s take a look at the different types of lead departures. I think of there being three stages with lead departures, the first is for the breakers in the early stages of their training, then you can move onto the second once you have a little body control on your horse and the third is for the more advanced horses. The first one I teach is with the breakers in their first few rides in the canter where I don’t worry too much about setting it up and taking the shoulder out on the circle. With a green horse that doesn’t know the canter aids I don’t worry about him having shape at first, if he leads with his inside shoulder that’s okay at this stage as long as I can roll him up into the canter and he takes the right lead. In the first few weeks he doesn’t have the balance or body control to get it correct. Once your horse is starting to get soft in the bridle, yield his shoulders, rib cage and hips off leg pressure then I look at the second lead departure which is shaping the horse and teaching the horse to hold shape while moving up into the lope. You will spend a lot of time working on getting depth in this stage of training and its not until your horse is really supple and soft that you can look at the third stage which is to keep your horse straighter in the lead departure and drive up deeper from behind but this stage is for the more advanced horse. Now that I’ve explained the three types of lead departures let’s look at the second one in more detail. LEAD DEPARTURE Start by riding a circle. At a walk lift and take his inside shoulder to the outside while keeping him looking in the direction of travel. Then keep your inside leg on at the girth and move your outside leg back to step him up into the canter. If he doesn’t canter straight away, just softly squeeze and hold the aids on and make a ‘smooching’ noise until he canters. If he runs into the canter don’t worry too much at first, as long as he understands that when you apply this aid it means canter. Once he’s cantering make sure you release your canter aid but keep riding him in the canter with your seat and legs in rhythm with the canter. Keep practising these walk/canter transitions until he understands this aid. Now to get more quality in your transition, make sure you shape him and have his back lifted up, driving from behind and soft in the bridle. Then once his going forward softly, push his inside shoulder out and before you ask for the canter make sure he keeps his back up and lowers his head. It will be the feel and timing of your leg/seat and hand aids and release that will make the difference in the quality of your lead departures. HINT: Don’t just practise lead departure after dead departure. Sometimes set it up and then walk forward, then set it and then walk forward again and then every few set ups step him up into a lead departure. Relaxation is really important, especially with a horse on the sensitive side.


John Wicks has won numerous State and National Open Titles, Derby Titles and is three times NRHA Reining Futurity Champion. John has been training horses for over 20 years and been competing professionally in Reining for 12 years and is the second highest reining money earner in the country with a total life time earnings of over $185 000. John’s Training Stables are based in the beautiful Biddaddaba Valley situated between Canungra and Beaudesert in South East Queensland where he runs his 120 acres Horse Training Centre. John offers Performance Horse Training for Rockie and Non Pro level horses to Futurity Prospects to Campaigning Derby and Open Horses. John also takes in horses to Start under Saddle and horses that need Re-education. John also breeds and sells quality reining horse prospects. John is devoted to his clients, and to the horses that he takes into his training program. You can be assured that your horse will get the best of care and individual instruction they need under John’s expert guidance. John is available for private lessons and travels throughout Australia teaching reining lessons and clinics. If you are looking for a trainer that is serious about his business and you are interested in making your horse the best they can be, make sure you contact John today. Phone:0402 420 658 Email: Facebook: John Wicks Training Stables John is proudly sponsored by Website:


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Kevin Bacon, is considered to be the greatest show jumper that Australia has ever produced.

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This very popular Australian rider toured the European show jumping circuit for decades. He competed in three Olympic Games; Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 and Montreal 1976. Kevin Bacon was born at Dungog in 1932 and was a farmer and cordial manufacturer. His career in the show ring started when he was eight and his first pony was Bobby Bruce. Other horses that Kevin rode early in his career were Moonlight, Domino and Ocean Foam. His was famous for his peculiar style in the saddle, hanging high in the air above the horse over the obstacles. You could often see the sky between him and saddle. Kevin has won almost every show jumping event in the world, including four times champion at Madison Square Gardens and several Grand Prix contests in Paris and Canada. For more than 30 years Kevin has been the leading rider over the jumps at the Royal Easter Show, top rider at the Melbourne Show at least 10 times and the Brisbane Exhibition and Adelaide Show's champion several times. Little Chichester, a jet-black horse, was the one that really took Kevin to international success. Chichester had an unusual jumping style that was a big hit in Europe. Kevin won the Berlin International Championship on Chichester. These two were very close and where almost unbeatable in speed competitions. Chichester also jumped at the highest level, like the incredibly demanding courses at the Olympics in Mexico 1968. In the jumping arena, Kevin was thought to be a very tough

Kevin Bacon on Chichester opponent. Once he was in the saddle and past the starting peg his thought was victory! This determination and concentration helped him to become one of the best show jumpers in the world. Kevin Bacon was awarded the Order of Australia Medal on June 13, 1994. He now lives in Paris and spends most of his time teaching and training in Europe. Those in the sport would probably acknowledge Kevin Bacon as our greatest ever showjump rider. Kevin Bacon has been a showjumper all his life and even at 69 years of age - he's still competing. Reference material courtesy of & Photographs courtesy of the National Library of Australia


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How to Attach A Temporary Tail Extension Make a wimpy tail stand out with these simple steps to attaching a tail extension. By Toni McAllister With Casey Warren Photos by Sharon P. Fibelkorn If you show and are looking for a way to make your horse’s wimpy tail stand out for the judges, follow these step-by-step instructions from expert groomer Casey Warren on how to apply a temporary tail extension. But before you begin, check competition rules to make sure that faux tail is allowed in your classes! (Click photos to enlarge) 1.The morning of the show is when a temporary tail extension should be applied. Depending on your schedule, shampoo and condition your horse’s tail the night before or the morning of the big show. Let the hair dry completely and then brush it out. If needed, use a tail bag to keep your horse’s locks clean until you’re ready to start applying the extension.

2.To start, grab your horse’s tail just below the tail bone and separate the hair into two layers: a top and bottom layer. Using a rubber band, loosely tie off the top layer to keep it out of the way for now.

3.In the bottom hair layer, make two small braids just below your horse’s tail bone. Each braid only needs to be about 2 inches long. Secure each braid with a rubber band that matches your horse’s tail hair color. (Rubber bands designed for mane and tail grooming are sold at tack stores.)

4.Get your tail extension and brush it before weaving it into your horse’s tail.

5.At the top of the tail extension are two small strings. Take one string and insert it through the middle of one braid (insert through the front of the braid); do the same with the other string and braid. Keep the braids behind the tail extension as you work.


How to Attach A Temporary Tail Extension Cont........ 6.Gently pull on the strings to remove all slack between the braids and the top of the tail extension. Make sure the braids are behind the tail extension, not in front of it.

7.To begin securing the extension, keep the strings together and wrap them two or three times around both braids. MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT WRAPPING THE TAIL BONE.

8.Twist the strings together then wrap one string in the opposite direction a couple of times. Finally, secure the strings in a knot behind the braids. Use a secure knot, but one that unties easily.

9.Stand back and check your work. The extension should hang nicely and should be an appropriate length based on the class you’re showing in.

10.The top of the tail extension should not be visible under your horse’s natural tail hair.

11.To help keep the extension tidy in between classes, wrap the top of the extension with Vetwrap. DO NOT WRAP YOUR HORSE’S TAIL BONE. To prevent your horse from stepping on her extension in between classes, loosely braid the bottom of the extension and secure it with a rubber band.

12. Just before your class remove the wrap and loose braid, then brush the tail out. Now you’re ready for the show arena!


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What’s On Calendar Trail Riding July 2011 South Burnett Trail Horse Riders Club Inc

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Logan River Redlands Trail Riding Club

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Gold Coast & Albert District Club ATHRA

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Feeding The Trail Riding Horse What do I feed my trail horse? If you ask vets, horse owners and produce store owners this questions you will be given plenty of information and in many cases you can become confused. Again I base my opinion on my experience of working with horses. Again feeding horses is the same as feeding ourselves. There are foods we like, but whichare not necessarily healthy or good for us. The most important aspect of feeding a horse, which I was taught by my great grand father was that the horse is a grazer and he eats with his head down at ground level, all the time and therefore if we hand feed, his feed bin should be on the ground. Certain feeds can influence how a horse will behave. As they say oats make horses fizzy or difficult to handle. This can apply to thoroughbreds and make the horse very difficult to handle. From my years with horses my experience is that the number one concern is to make sure the feed is first class quality and the horse is keen to eat what you are feeding him. My staple diet for my Trail horses is either oaten or wheaten chaff, a dipper of pellets, and shedded Lucerne hay. I feed this twice a day. I use just the basic pellets for my young horses but I find that with older horses they seem to do better on gumnuts. I feed white chaff; this is again from my grand parents, as this is what they fed to their heavy horses who worked all day ploughing and the like. There is one aspect to be aware of when feeding Lucerne hay. You may think that you are doing the right thing for your horse by feeding him prime hay which is nice and green and soft. Yet this may cause him to feel very uncomfortable, and in some cases cause him to scourer. Coupled with the above rations of food I also feed my horses a biscuit of shedded Lucerne hay in the morning and at night. I always wet my feeds down and during winter I give the horses a hot feed at night. I always do this after I work my horses at night which is often. Besides this intake of food your horse has, he must also be exercised on a regular basis. I average 50 kilometres a week spread over 2 or 3 days. This is often done at night. Coupled with the type of feed you use is a good supply of fresh water for your horse. This is very important when you are away on horse trails. If your horse normally drinks tank water or dam water you may find he is reluctant to drink when you are using town water or bore water. Many horses do not like the smell of the chlorine or minerals in the water and this can cause serious problems with dehydration. One way to overcome this is to put molasses in his water at home and when you are away do the same. Hope this has been helpful and look forward to seeing you in the next issue

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July 2011 Canungra Rodeo

9th July

“Morayfield Hog’s Breath Café” Paint-O-Rama

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Quick tips for improving your

Trail Class Take your time through the course (don’t rush).

Don’t look behind you while doing back throughs - learn to feel it out and keep your body square.

Work your horse at home over elevated poles to help them learn to pick there feet up. Judges knock off points for hitting the poles.

If you horse is clicking the poles as he goes back through them, then he’s not backing straight. Try the back, halt, back halt training method.

Accustom your horse to various obstacles so they are no surprise. Practice bridges, gates, side passes, back throughs, etc. at home so it is easy at show. Practise in a natural setting is a great idea as too much arena work will sour both you and the horse. Everyone needs a break, you know.

The gate, back throughs, and sidepasses are “skill” obstacles . Any problem doing them is operator error. Practice, practice, practice, but NOT on the obstacles at first, or all the time. Get your skills right.

Again, practice! want smooth, relaxed, and not rushed. Work on pivots.

Its important not to have your reins too long. You need to be able to manuver without having your hand up by your chin.

When your asked to do a turn in the box they dont want you to do a pivot they want to see forward motion, almost walking a circle inside the box.

Maintain a collected frame.

If you are uncertain of your horse in a maneuver, then slow down, relax, collect, continue SLOWLY, BUT DO NOT STOP!

Approach bridges/ramps/obstacles in a collected, forward, steady yet slow manner, but DO NOT STOP.

Believe in you & your horse~! Practise confidence in both your abilities.

Keep your attention on details.

Try to find a gate around you that you can train with, but take very small steps.

Try practicing Trail in hand. If he can do these obstacles in hand, you should be able to ask him to do so while mounted.

REMEMBER: Trail class is about Skill, safety, and confidence.

Lastly, go out trail riding with him and remember, winning a blue ribbon is the result of good training and preperation.


Moderators Jerry Black, DVM, past president of the AAEP and a senior partner of Pioneer Equine Hospital; and Scott Taylor, DVM, fielded questions from the audience of veterinarians, technicians, and veterinary students in the informal discussion.

Common Lameness Problems:

Tarsitis (hock inflammation) is a common problem for Western performance horses since they use their hind ends heavily during events such as reining and cutting. Black believes that a large percentage of high-performance Western performance horses have this problem. He said it is hard to keep these horses in training for futurity events since they are worked so hard. Taylor agreed that hind limb problems, especially hock problems, are the majority of his cases, making up 60% of the lameness problems he sees. He said that another 20% turn out to be problems with the stifle, and other problems make up the other 20% of his cases. Lameness in the Western performance horse can stem from many sources. “Don’t think every horse has a hock problem,” cautioned Black. He said he sees a lot of minor suspensory apparatus problems and developmental orthopedic problems in forelegs. He said that over the past five to 10 years he has learned that this problem is seen more in young reiners and cutters versus roping horses. “These horses undergo a lot of repetitive trauma for what they do,” Black said. “After six to seven years, things have occurred to the suspensory ligament that do not look normal on ultrasound.” Black said that he has diagnosed suspensory lesions on futurity cutting horses which are at a grade four or five on the five-point lameness scale, believing that it would be a stress fracture at first. “The horse will be lame for several days, and finally one morning he might have sensitivity to palpation,” he said. “Sometimes he won’t give you very many clues.” Black will use ice, a poultice, and phenylbutazone (Bute) along with stall rest. Ten days out, the horse usually presents as a grade two lameness. Black said then he might use shock wave therapy, and he recommends lay-up for three weeks. Usually after all of this, the horse will be sound at the trot. It is not a surprise that Western performance horses end up with suspensory ligament problems. “What I’ve noticed about cutting horses is that some stop so hard,” Black said. “It depends on how they stop. Some have their cannon bone parallel to the ground, and when sliding, they will put one front leg out to stop, and one is planted. The toe is flipped up, and then they pivot. The forelimb suspensory problems are from hyperextension.”


One practitioner asked the moderators about therapeutic options for Quarter Horse foot problems.


“We still nerve horses if we can’t get results any other

way,” Black said. “A neurectomy (cutting the palmar digital nerves that feed the navicular region) should never be the first line of defense. A neurectomy is not a permanent fix. The horse will re-innervate himself. I like to get three to six years out of it, then do it again.” Black also listed therapeutic shoeing, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and coffin joint injections as some of the treatments he often uses on a variety of problems. Attendees were also interested in the efficacy of shock wave therapy (SWT). Black said he was happy with results when he has used it in soft tissue injuries, such as suspensory branch lesions. Taylor said that he has used SWT to treat problems in joints, such as the hock, commenting that it interrupts pain transmission, allowing horses to get back to competition; however, he said that it does not fix the problem. Black has found SWT useful for advanced osteoarthritis. One practitioner commented on the success of the drug tiludronate. Black said he uses this drug for navicular problems to stop bone remodeling and osteolysis (dissolving of bone). The veterinarian said that refractory cases (those not yielding to treatment) will go sound after treatment with tiludronate, and it seems to last for several years.

Back Problems:

If a horse is experiencing lameness in the hind limbs, Taylor recommends checking the hind limbs first, but keeping in mind the problem might be related to the back. Taylor uses scintigraphy or oblique radiographs to diagnose a lesion. If a problem is found, he recommends checking the tack. To treat back problems, Taylor will use antiinflammatories along with rest. He prefers not to use too many therapies at once. “It’s hard to tell what’s working when you throw three to four things at them at once,” he said. Black has had a lot of success by injecting backs with anti-inflammatories where the horse demonstrates pain during palpation. He occasionally will team up with a chiropractor. Taylor has started using acupuncture within the past year. Black commented that with regular acupuncture sessions, there should be results. Taylor said that a lot of owners are turning to acupuncture over medications. With chronic back problems, specialty ultrasound and transrectal ultrasound might be needed to diagnose osteoarthritis.


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Using Frozen Semen in 2011

There are several benefits of artificial insemination (AI) using frozen semen. Advantages include increased access to stallions across Australia and the world, the ability to inseminate a number of mares from a single stallion collection, minimizing disease transmission between stallions and mares and reducing injuries during the breeding process. Disadvantages include reduced semen quality (due to the freezing-thawing process) as well as the need for specialized equipment and training, which leads to increased costs. Due to the freezing and thawing processes required for this form of AI, semen quality will be reduced. In order to reach optimum pregnancy rates using frozen semen, we must inseminate the mare within 6 hours of her ovulation using high quality frozen semen. Rectal ultrasounds (scans) will be conducted every 4-6 hours approaching ovulation and ovulation control rugs are also used. Frozen AI requires heightened veterinary experience in order to accurately predict ovulation and to ensure the semen that is used is of adequate quality and quantity. Attention to detail is the key to achieving high pregnancy rates using frozen AI. This involves selecting highly fertile stallions with semen that is amenable to freezing (not all fertile stallions produce good frozen semen). Maiden mares or young mares with a good breeding history are the best candidates. Mares should be in good body condition and on a rising plane of nutrition (ie incremental increases in feed quality and quantity in the months leading up to breeding). Although it is possible to use mares of any age and reproductive merit, pregnancy rates are lower in older and less fertile mares. Multiple breeding attempts require more semen straws and increase your veterinary consultations. There are various treatments available to your veterinarian for use in the immediate post breeding period to help prepare the uterus for arrival of the new embryo. This includes (but is not limited to): saline uterine flushes, antibiotic and plasma infusions into the uterus, post breeding oxytocin therapy, corticosteroid injections and other anti-inflammatory medications. If you are considering collecting and freezing semen from your stallion or inseminating mares in 2011 and would like more information on artificial breeding, speak to a veterinarian experienced in that field.

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Stallion Breeding Soundness Examination

The goal of a stallion breeding soundness examination is to select stallions for fertility, eliminate stallions with heritable defects, alert owners of subfertile stallions, and determine any cause of infertility. •

It is important to note that the fertility is assumed for time of examination only, since conditions may arise shortly after the examination that affect fertility.

History • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The foaling rate is a good indication of fertility. Check the foaling rate of the last breeding season. Check the reproductive history of the mares, as barren or infertile mares may make stallion look like he has subfertility. Record the services/foaling, but be careful as abortions etc. that are not associated with the stallion may alter the number of foals born. Calculate the services/conception for maiden, barren, and foaling mares. If a problem shows up, you may also want to check the management (breeding and housing) of the mares to help rule out a management problem. Determine the intended use of this stallion Natural service vs. AI Fresh cooled semen? Frozen semen? Size of book (expected number of mares to be bred Diseases The stallion should be free of Equine Infectious Anemia , Equine Viral Arteritis , CEM.

Identification •

Positive identification is essential.

Who am I? • •

A tattoo is the best identification, but a photo is also a good idea. In any case, make sure you positively identify the stallion to avoid legal complications later!

General Physical Exam Examine the stallion for: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Conformation. Lameness. Vision. Inherited Defects. Cryptorchidism, 2 scrotal testes . Combined Immunodeficiency. Parrot Mouth. Hemophilia. Complete Mature Cataracts. Aniridia. Wobbler. Multiple Exostosis. A breeding sound stallion should be free from these defects. Ultrasound Although we usually think of the mare when we consider reproductive ultrasonography, there are a number of uses for ultrasonography in the stallion. Ultrasonographic examination of the testes is an accurate method for determining testicular size, as well as identifying pathologic features. Testicular parenchyma can be examined, testicular trauma evaluated and tumours identified. The central vein is an easily identifiable landmark. Scrotal contents such as bowel or excessive fluid can be visualized. Hematocele can be differentiated from hydrocele. The internal genitalia can also be examined.

What a pleasure this horse is to be around. He can be seen around at the many competitions and meets on the Mid North Coast - but you would never pick he is a stallion. Standing in lineups next to mares and geldings alike without so much as a nicker. Versatile in every way this horse has competed (and won) in Team Penning, Halter, Western Pleasure, Rookie Reining & Western Equitation. He was also part of the demonstration team for Ranch Roping & doesn't mind being strapped to a beast. On his first and only dressage outing he placed in the top 5 with a rider who had never competed in dressage before! Want to talk about conformation & colour? His progeny to date have fantastic conformation, his beautiful nature & Include a gorgeous palomino filly with white stockings & a very loud palomino & white filly.

15hh Black and White Paint Overo He draws attention wherever he goes - for all the right reasons. With true black colour, 2 blue eyes and a personality to die for, Cooper as he is known at home just draws people to him. At just 3 years old he has ventured out on limited occasions, but has shown great promise in the show ring. Placing and winning in Halter, Western Equitation and Hunter under saddle, he's happy to ‘play with cattle’ in the Team Penning ring, and shows promise as an up and coming Reiner. He has also tried his hand at Dressage, is cool calm and collected on a trail ride, and is trained in natural horsemanship both online, under saddle and at liberty.

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Nintendro Exciting Young Stallion - nintendro (Name pending)


intendro is an outstanding modern son of the international competitor Numero Uno. His sire was the great Libero H which partnered with Marco             Final in Den Boch in 1994. Libero H unites two of the modern icons in Landgraf and Ramiro and Numero Uno’s dam Jolanda, like the Olympic showjumping stallion Lux, descends from Lord Calando. Nintendro’s dam Congranda, is a daughter of Contendro I, being in the top 5% of jumping horse producers. Her dams sire Grandeur sired many top international competitors including Gladdys ridden by Ludger Beerbaum.

Nintendro’s pedigree features many more prominent sires and dams of international competitors in jumping and dressage. To back his pedigree he has faultless conformation, beautiful elastic gaits, a wonderful trainable temperament and his early work over jumps is exciting.

Nintendro was imported in utero and is registered with Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia. He will be available for the 2011 season to a limited book of mares. Our stud policy is to provide an AI service only using fresh or chilled semen.


in 2004 was National Young Rider Champion. In 2005 at         held at SIEC, Sheridan won Team and Individual Gold Medals in Showjumping. They have both been overseas riding, competing and representing Australia. They have also both ridden at World Cup level, on their own produced horses.

In 2007 with much appreciated riginally from South support from Ulli Klatte we Australia, David and Lisa Manuel have Nintendros dam Congrando imported the mare Congranda in foal to Numero Uno. With trained and competed our understanding of jumping lines and successfully for 20 years in dressage and our small band of well-bred jumping showjumping. mares we hope to breed some good Their sons Lachlan and Sheridan have jumping horses for the future with our competed in showjumping from a young colt Nintendro. age. Both boys have won the Junior Grand Prix at Sydney Royal Easter Show The Manuels reside at Beaudesert. in consecutive years when they were To arrange a sighting or for further 14. Lachlan at 16 won Most Successful information and details please contact Senior SA rider at Adelaide Royal and David or Lisa Manuel. See advert for details.

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Preparing your mare for breeding Preparing your mare for breeding means having her in prime breeding condition on presentation to the stallion to optimize the likelihood for conception in the least possible time.

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By putting some thought and effort into preparing your mare before the breeding season begins, you will save time, money and disappointment later on. The breeding cycle of most mares is regulated by daylength, with nutrition and climate also playing their part. Mares in temperate regions generally start cycling regularly in spring as the day-length and temperature increase, and then continue cycling throughout summer to the following autumn. Many mares stop cycling during the winter months as the days get shorter, and then start cycling again the following spring. Some mares, however, appear to cycle all year round - especially in northern parts of Australia.

Is your mare suitable for breeding & what condition should she be in?

Breeding a mare for the first time can be expensive, time-consuming and can sometimes end in tragedy. Professional studs still lose their best mares and foals unexpectedly, due to complications. But, if you own a good mare and you are prepared to spend the time and money it takes to breed and raise a foal, it can be a wonderful experience. Ideally, a mare should be between 4 and 12 years old or have bred a foal before, she should have good conformation with no inherited faults, and she should have a good temperament. A mare that’s hard to catch, float and handle will pass much of it onto her foal as its first teacher. Mares should be ‘rising’ in condition when they’re bred to a stallion for optimal fertility. This often happens naturally with spring weather bringing on more grass, but she shouldn’t be overweight either. A fat mare should lose some weight over the winter so that she can start putting on condition slowly over the two months before you breed her. Use this time also to see that she’s fit and in good health, either by continuing to ride or work her, or ensuring she gets good exercise in the paddock if she’s not being ridden.

Feeding and health checks:

Before you breed your mare, you should continue all normal horse maintenance and treat any illness or injuries she may have. In the two months prior to breeding, she should be getting vitamins and minerals suitable for breeding. She should be in good health and able to eat well enough for herself and her growing foal. This means she needs her teeth done, worming and vaccination, and her hooves trimmed (and shoes removed) before being bred. Your mare should be up to date on her vaccinations, both for the immunity of the foal and because she’ll most likely be exposed to other horses and possible injury in a stud environment. It’s also a good idea to get her checked by a vet for breeding soundness. Many studs will request a certificate of uterine health, which just means a vet swabs her to check for infection and any diseases that can be transferred to a valuable stallion and the mares he serves in the future. An ultrasound at this time can also be useful to check for cysts in her ovaries and where she’s up to in her cycle, particularly if you’re unsure.

So when should you breed & how do you tell when your mare’s in season?

A mare is technically fertile from about 18 months old. But, depending on the breed, she’s not physically mature until at least four, so having a foal is not good for her or the foal. Of course, if a mare hasn’t had a foal by the time she’s about 12 years old, it gets harder too, so it’s a bit of a balancing act. Many people breed a foal early in a mare’s career then wait until she’s retired or injured before making her a full-time broodmare. Mares cycle around every 21 days during the spring, summer and autumn. Many mare owners will know when their mare is in season by a change in her behaviour; usually more sooky or stroppy. However a more obvious sign is her ‘showing’ to other horses, which includes frequently urinating around them and ‘winking’ her vulva at them! Every mare is a bit different and some won’t show at all, but an ultrasound by a vet or shortcircuiting their cycle with prostaglandin (PG) shot can be very effective.


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