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EDITION 64 FEB/MARCH 11 Distributing 13,000 copies in New South Wales and Queensland FREE BI-MONTHLY

R e cov e r ing f rom di s a ste r FLOOD RELIEF INFORMATION - Flood assistance Grants - Mitavite Flood recovery plan - Laminitis, Rain Scald, Greasy Heel with Dr David Lovell

Warregold Cindy swimming to safety. photo by Steve and Ursula Keating of Warregold Horse Stud www.warregold.com.au

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FL OOD RELIEF

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STALLION SERVICE AUCTION

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Online Auction 14 - 18 February

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Horsezone stallion auction to help flood victims Horsezone, in conjunction with Equestrian Australia, have combined for a unique charity auction to assist those affected by the flood across Australia. A collection of quality stallion services will be auctioned on www.horsezone.com.au from February 14 to 18 with all proceeds donated to flood affected owners and their horses. The horse community has embraced the initiative with leading Australian dressage couple Heath and Rozzie Ryan donating services to their Grand Prix stallions Jive Magic and Regardez Moi while Veronica Hazleton of Statford Horse Stud has committed services to some of their jumping/eventing sires. Queensland-based breeders Ben Conn and Heather Adcock have also offered services to their exciting young imported dressage stallions in Royston Rockstar and Legend of Loxley. One of the first on-board was Karen Waterman of Karinga Equestrian who has offered services to her three dressage stallions including two imports in the Sandro Hit son, Sandrels and

Some of Australia’s leading horse breeders have donated stallion services to a charity auction to help flood victims Dornkaart who is by Don Primero. Also quick to donate was Nikki Shegog of Touens Park Arabians with her three special boys Joda Alluvial, Shai'lan Shah and Lord Alexander of Seven Oaks.

Being affected themselves at the height of the flooding in the Lockyer area didn't stop Christophe and Phoebe Colomina offering services to their stunning imported sires Genereux and Investor's Dream. Phoebe Colomina could hear screams of fear from the stables where her valuable stallions were fast disappearing under water. The mares roaming free on their property, Minden Lodge, found their way to higher ground. But Phobe and her husband Christophe heard the screams of panic from the stallions, trapped in their stable on low ground. Rushing into the waist-deep water, they waded past snakes and floating spiders to the frightened horses. It was a daring act but in this horse-breeding area, it was a nobrainer. “Our horses are our kids,” Phoebe said. Horsezone's Business Manager Haylie Martin said after seeing the heart-wrenching footage and hearing of the total devastation from this disaster her organisa-

tion was compelled to help out. “Bringing it even closer to home, one of our team members, Jo Johnson, has been right in the middle of it,” she said. “Jo's been so brave having been isolated for five days without power in rural Kilcoy and taking in horses to help others out. “This is our chance to help and recognise the courage and goodwill that's prevailed amongst the equine community.” At the time of printing other breeds featured include appaloosas, clydesdales, paints, quarter horses, riding ponies, sportaloosas, stock horses, thoroughbreds and more warmbloods. Stallions included in the online auction (which will run from February 14 - 18 will receive a year's free stallion listing on Horsezone with service donations being taken up until February 7. For more information go to www.horsezone.com.au If you have a late entry, contact Haylie Martin: haylie@horsezone.com.au or phone 04 2804 2126.

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Dietary help at hand for itchy horses As we once again face “the itchy season”, those of us with itch-prone horses face the annual challenge of trying to avoid having our horses’ manes, tails and forelocks rubbed into oblivion. Even worse are the skin abrasions and weepy sores which can develop and, if left untreated, can lead to scarred, calloused skin. The condition known in Australia as Queensland Itch is a seasonal phenomenon. Perhaps the most accurate and descriptive titles are - Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis, and, Culicoides Hypersensitivity. Whatever name “the itch” is going by it reappears annually during the warm, humid months and is most prevalent in coastal regions. It is not contagious - it only occurs in susceptible individuals. The tiny creatures responsible for this considerable problem are usually female midges (flies of the genus Culicoides) who are most active in the early mornings and late afternoons/evenings. The condition occurs in horses of all ages other than the first year of life. Dealing with allergies such as Culicoides hypersensitivity can be challenging, for although the obvious symptoms are external – itchy skin – this is, quite literally, merely the surface of the issue.

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Itchy skin – this is, quite literally, merely the surface of the issue. The skin is the only visible organ of the body but it is not an inert sheath, it is an integral part of the body’s immune system. If a problem is manifesting itself externally, then a look at internal function is in order. The skin is not only affected by environmental factors but also by systemic factors. Managing the environmental factors includes protecting the horse from exposure to the midge bites with combo rugs, insect repellents and if necessary, stabling during the early and late periods of the day. This is only one aspect and the search for a solution to The Itch must incorporate as many of the external, environmental protections as possible while also addressing the

internal, systemic issues. What is an allergy? An allergy is an exaggerated response to a specific, sensitising substance. In other words, it is an abnormal immune response to a chemical, called an allergen, that doesn’t normally cause a bad reaction. To become allergic to something you must be exposed to it more than once. The inflammatory response involves the release of histamine and other chemicals that fights microbial invaders. However, in the case of an allergy, the invaders are not viruses or bacteria but a usually harmless substance that the body no longer views as harmless. It is histamine which, amongst other things, causes pruritis (itchiness). How can diet help? Consulting an equine herbalist is advisable as the foundation for a holistic approach to The Itch. When treating any skin condition it is vital to ensure the kidneys, liver and intestines are working properly and a herbalist can offer tailored medication for an individual’s particular circumstances. There are also very helpful additions to a horse’s diet which horse owners and carers can provide on a daily basis. Indeed, a highquality and easily digestible diet  Continued Page 5

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Herbal help may help counter the itch  From page 4

Some helpful herbs/foods… ROSEHIPS (Rosa Canina) Rosehips are a good source of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, vitamins A, K and minerals. Rosehips are often fed to horses recuperating from illness or injury as they help to restore the immune system. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antihistamine. DOSE: 15-20 grams of granules per day. GARLIC (Allium sativum) Garlic is rich in sulphur which is essential for healthy skin and hair, and garlic also contains bioflavonoid compounds such as quercetin which retard inflammatory reactions. Quercetin stabilises mast cells (which contain histamine) and inactivates many inflammatory enzymes. Some insect repelling properties have been attributed to the feeding of garlic. DOSE: 3-4 fresh, crushed cloves per day, or 15-30 grams of garlic granules per day. Please note: Garlic in excess can irritate the gut and/or cause Heinz-body anaemia*. * Heinz-body anaemia occurs when a constituent of garlic is present in sufficient quantity to deplete red blood cells of a chemical which protects them from oxidative

damage. When this occurs, the haemoglobin in the cells oxidises and forms a “bubble” known as a Heinz body - on the outside of the red blood cell. The spleen then removes these deformed cells from the bloodstream and the horse gradually becomes anaemic. CHAMOMILE (Matricaria recutita) Chamomile is most often recognised for its calming, relaxing properties – soothing the digestion and nerves. It is also well documented as possessing antiinflammatory activity and contains at least seven different antihistaminic chemicals including quercetin, rutin, apigenin and luteolin. DOSE: 1 handful of dried flowers per day, in feed either dry or as a tea. LINSEED/FLAXSEED (Linum usitatissimum) Linseed is one of the highest natural vegetable sources of Omega 3s, as well as containing bioflavonoids, amino acids and minerals. Omega 3 EFAs are anti-inflammatory, in contrast to the Omega 6 EFA (linoleic acid) which is pro-inflammatory. DOSE: For a full-size horse - 60g of freshly ground or boiled (for an hour) linseed, whichever is preferred. If using linseed oil,

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it must be a cold-pressed brand and once the bottle is opened it must be kept refrigerated to maintain freshness; dosage 25ml for a fullsize horse. SPIRULINA Spirulina has a high concentration of functional nutrients including : B vitamins, betacarotene (the precursor to Vitamin A), alphatocopherol (Vitamin E), gamma-linolenic acid (a highly beneficial Omega 6 EFA), iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc, bioflavonoids and protein. With regards to allergies… One of the antibodies of the immune system is IgE – an immunoglobulin which, if produced in excess, is responsible for the development of some allergies. Spirulina suppresses this excessive IgE and histamine whilst also increasing several other immunological functions that enhance disease resistance. DOSE: Daily - 40g per 500kg of horse, preferably split into two feeds (i.e., 20g in each of the morning and evening feeds for a 500kg horse). Once satisfactory benefit has been seen the dose can gradually be reduced to see if a suitable maintenance dose for the individual horse can be found. Whenever introducing new feedstuffs to your horse’s diet it is important to gradually incorporate them over a period of time to ensure the horse’s digestion (and palate!) has time to adjust. - © Melanie Sweeney, 2004

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Recovery plan helps horses after floods Horses and ponies that have been caught in a flood situation may have been deprived of correct levels their usual ration. If your horses have not been fed as usual or they have been stranded in a flooded area, care needs to be taken when introducing them back to their usual feeding regime. There are nutritional areas that need to be addressed when feeding horses that have been in a flood situation. Ensure water is fresh and uncontaminated. Make sure adequate roughage is being fed. The pasture that your horse previously had access to may still be underwater or is currently not accessible or your horse may have been moved to another area where pasture is not available. If the horse has been unable to access pasture or hay, the first step is to provide ad lib hay or pasture for the horse to graze on. Roughage is necessary for intestinal health, help the flow of feed through the digestive tract, prevent ulcers and as an energy source. You will need to feed a minimum of 1-1.5% of your horse’s bodyweight in hay and chaff if no pasture is available. Therefore a 500kg horse will need a minimum of 5-7.5kg in hay/chaff everyday. When feeding hay, make sure it is free of mould and has not been flood damaged. When introducing your horse back to his/her paddock, make sure it is free of debris and poisonous weeds. Feed a ration that is balanced for fibre, energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. Inadequate levels of fibre in a horse’s diet can cause veterinarian emergencies such as colic. The stomach wall can become eroded and ulcers begin to form. Inadequate energy will affect condition and deficiencies in protein vitamins and minerals will affect muscling and top line and the general well being of the horse making it more susceptible to disease and infection. For flood affected horses to re-gain adequate intestinal health, weight and well-being , the following is suggested: MITAVITE BREEDA is an ideal feed for horses that are spelling or need additional

Diet is critical to helping horses recovery after floods condition. The amino acid array, energy, vitamins and minerals have been fine tuned and supplied in the correct quantities and ratios to optimise well being. Only adequate roughage needs to be added when Breeda is fed to recommended levels, except under veterinary advice. Increasing the amount of Breeda fed will increase the nutrient and energy level of the ration. PROMITA - feeding Promita with Breeda will accelerate muscling and top line. It can be fed in place of a course of SUPER AMINO 66 or after the course of Super Amino 66 to further enhance top line and muscling. Super Amino 66 is a muscle building supplement with a high level of antioxidants, branched chain amino acids and micro minerals. The amino acid array targets muscle growth. Super Amino 66 contains a full complement of vitamins and minerals. It contains ANAZOLIC which is an appetite stimulant which also has a protective effect on cells helping to protect against stomach ulcers. You could try a 14-28 day course of Super Amino 66 or for longer if needed.

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POWER ON - Power On is an energy supplement. It is fed in situations when a horse needs more condition or as an additional cool energy source when added to a complete feed i.e Breeda or nutrient balancer. OILS -Oils are becoming increasingly popular as a 'cool' energy source and are an excellent way to increase the condition of a horse and improve the shine of their coat. If feeding oil, introduce the oil to the diet gradually over a three to six week period. Begin with 5-10ml a day and increase it gradually by 5ml a day until reaching the desired amount. Monitor manure during the changeover and if it becomes too soft, reduce the rate of oil increase. The levels of feeding individual horses can fluctuate and the levels given in suggested diets are only approximations and you may need to make adjustments according to temperature, metabolic rate, constitution, amount of work, weather, climate and the quality and quantity of pasture. As pasture levels fluctuate the roughage in the diet may need to be adjusted. If the pastures have a high proportion of Kikuyu, buffel grass, pangola, green panic or setaria, you may need additional calcium supplementation due to the oxalates present in these grasses. Several smaller feeds are preferable to large meals and having constant access to roughage is important in the prevention to stomach ulcers and behaviour problems. If you notice your horse is showing unusual symptoms or behaviour contact your equine veterinarian immediately for an accurate diagnosis and treatment of his/her condition. For further information on dietary needs, visit www.mitavite.com.au

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Horse council offers flood property advice The flood waters may be receding in Queensland and around other parts of Australia but the Queensland Horse Council has issued information on what course of action should there been more damaging rains in the months ahead. Should horse owners find themselves confronted with the possibility of flooding, make plans well in advance of the emergency. Leave early in a voluntary evacuation period. If you wait too late, you may be stuck in traffic or not allowed on the road. Planning an evacuation If you must make a last-minute search for shelter/stabling, consider some of the following as you make calls and prepare to move out: - Have proof of ownership and individual identification of your horse. - Be sure to describe your horse (stallion, mare, young unbroken, mare with foal) in terms that make special needs clear. - Discuss fencing and stabling type; what is your horse used to living in and will he be safe in different/unusual type facility. - If pasture/paddock with other horses, realize additional risk of injury in turning horses in with new friends. - Know what vaccines/worming your horse has received in relation to the general status of horses being accepted at the stable. Have your horse up to date on vaccination to help protect in case of exposure to diseases. Couldn’t get animals out? If your paddocks or buildings have been flooded, take special precautions against flood-related accidents or diseases. Give animals extra care, particularly if they have been stranded by floodwater, and have been off regular feeding schedules. Watch for signs of flood-related diseases, such as lameness, fever, difficulty breathing, muscle contractions or swelling of shoulder, chest, back, neck or throat. Contact a veterinarian if you spot trouble. Disease Control Where large numbers of animals are assembled, watch for any indication of infectious diseases such as pneumonia, foot rot or leptospirosis. Promptly report any sign of disease to a local, state or federal veterinarian. Feed and Water Provide clean, uncontaminated water. Inspect feeds - do not feed flood damaged or mouldy hay. Do not use any feed that may have been contaminated. Pasture Land Standing water may have ruined some pastures. Lack of adequate forage could force animals to eat poisonous plants. Before restocking flooded pastures, remove debris, especially along fence lines and in corners. Sanitation - Clean out stable and sheds. - Spray buildings with a good disinfectant before animals occupy them again. - Air buildings thoroughly to dry them out. - Remove debris. - Scrub and disinfect walls, ceilings, floors and other equipment. Disposing of Animal Carcasses Prompt and sanitary disposal of animal carcasses is necessary to protect the living animals in an area from disease. -Search all pastures for dead animals as soon as possible. - Burn or bury carcasses. - Be aware and choose a site where drainage will not reach water supplies. - Bury the carcasses at least three to four feet deep so predatory animals won't be able to reach them.

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What’s New NEW CHALLENGE FOR SEAMSTRESS Seamstress Lynette Moore has taken over the successful Tweed business, Kel's Rug Repairs after Kel decided to return to full-time nursing. Lynette has two passions, sewing and horses and has combined the love of both over many successful years in the rug repair business. Lynette’s talents with a needle and thread are legendary. A fashion model in her younger years, she designed and made many of her own creations. Over the years she has turned her hand to everything from wedding dresses to canvas bags and of course all manner of equine accessories. An experienced eventer, Lynette moved to South East Queensland in 1985 and while maintaining and designing her own rugs, it became apparent there was a necessity for a skilled designer and seamstress in the market. Horseland Gold Coast and Brisbane used Lynette exclusively until 2004 when a riding accident forced her to retire from the heavier sewing work. Recently Lynette moved to the Tweed and has become an active member of several Tweed equestrian groups. Lynette has established a related sewing business making bags, cushions and accessories displaying your favourite photograph on the fabric. New imported rugs are generally more competitively priced than custom rugs however quality and accurate alterations for the perfect fit and repairs are always needed. Quality workmanship and quick efficient service are qualities that Lynette take prides in and with an established base of satisfied clients, she looks forward to expanding her quality service to Kel's client base. Drops off can be made at Tweed Equestrian in Murwillumbah or Lynette will arrange a door to door service in the Tweed-Murwillumbah area for a small fee on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Whatever your sewing needs are, Lynette will have a solution. Contact Lynette on 0408 663 689 or email "lynetteamoore@hotmail.com"

Just imagine the opportunity of building your own home-based business where you can share lots of laughter, build new friendships, play with our great products and earn a decent profit too! If you’d like to become a Consultant with The Body Shop AT Home, or just like the idea of hosting a party in your home, call Team Leader Linda Van Rensburg (07) 5543 2776 or 0417 185 826 or email: linda_thebodyshop@bigpond.com

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SADDLE FITTING SERVICE Has you horse changed shape, gotten fatter or lost topline since last season? A saddle that fits perfectly is the first step to success. At Saddleworld they emphasise the fact that competent guidance from a professional, trained saddle fitter is paramount. TAFE NSW is Australia's largest training provider and it is among the largest in the world. The letters 'TAFE' stand for Technical and Further Education and it also stands for high quality, accessible training. Saddleworld has been working very closely with the Western Sydney TAFE over the last two years to develop a comprehensive Saddle Fitting Course. The Saddleworld Saddle Fitting Course is now fully TAFE Accredited and those students who complete the course and pass the assessment will now receive the TAFE Statement of Attainment in Saddle Fitting. This gives the Saddleworld Saddle Fitting Course great credibility as it is nationally recognised throughout the TAFE education system which now brings a credible qualification that can be attained by Saddleworld store owners and staff. In many of our Saddleworld stores, there are also a number of very experienced saddle fitters who have years of experience and who also provide a complete saddle fitting service. There are fully accredited saddle fitters that travel to all areas of NSW and QLD. Saddleworld offers custom fitting, re flocking and repairs to all styles of saddles Contact Mel Waller from Nerang Saddleworld to have your saddle checked and fitted ready for the new season on 07 5578 1822 or visit the website at www.nerangsaddleworld.com.au

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What’s New HORSE AND PET LAUNDRY Filthy Beast - Horse and Pet Laundry was the creation of horse and dog owner Fiona Wallis, who was unable to find an efficient quality service to take care of her own pet requirements. Clients of Filthy Beast Horse and Pet Laundry will be able to enjoy the same high standard of service that Fiona expects. All of their washing machines and dryers are new with large load drums. The larger drums allow rugs to open fully during the washing process, which maximises surface area cleaning for a better result. Situated near Canungra in South East Queensland, Fiona has several handy drop off locations, just look for the sky blue bins at Horseland on the corner of Spencer Road and Pappas Way, Nerang or cal,ht shop on 07 5527 3555. If you live close to Canungra you are welcome to drop off your filthy rugs etc to Fiona. Please call first on 0419 732 264. If you have a saddlery and would like to be a drop-off point for clients who need the service please, contact Fiona on 0419 732 264. "Let them take care of the dirty work so you can get on and ride."

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GROSVENOR PARK PRODUCTS Grosvenor Park Products was established in 2009 to bring to Australia innovative equestrian products that were previously only available in Europe. They are the Australian distributor for creative UK company, Smart Grooming that offers three new products for thinning manes, tails and coats. They are the only products on the market that will actually thin thick manes and tails to give the pulled look. The Smart Thinning knife is excellent for shortening the mane and achieving a level finish without it looking cut. It is the ideal tool to use in conjunction with Smart Manes. For a really tidy mane or tail, thin with the Smart Manes then trim to the desired length with the thinning knife. Before Smart Coats is great for de-matting and thinning thick coats on horses, ponies and After dogs. Many people use the Smart Coats as an alternative to clipping. Also from Grosvenor Park is the Microfibre Coat Shine Mitt - a fantastic addition to any tack box. One side of the mitt is covered with a fine mesh for wiping away dirt and stubborn stains. The other side is ultrasoft microfibre for removing dust and producing amazing coat shine. The mitt is super soft, making it ideal for sensitive areas such as the face. The mitt is machine washable and costs just $10 plus postage. The ingenious Horsewear Washbag allows you to wash all your horse gear without damaging your washing machine. Simply put your horse laundry, including light rugs, saddle cloths, bandages etc inside the washbag before washing. The washbag acts as a filtration system - retaining any animal hair inside the bag during the wash cycle while allowing a free flow of water through the bag to clean your items. The washbag comes in two sizes, with the jumbo size capable of holding rugs and saddle cloths. Equitie is a breakpoint safety tether. Equitie's clever design using durable rubber and an easy-release clip means it is strong enough to secure your horse but provides an instant, reliable breakpoint should your horse panic. It is designed to break before other equipment, such as your headcollar or leadrope and prevent injury to your horse. Equitie comes in four colours and is just $12 each or four for $40 (plus postage). Orders can be made online at the Grosvenor Park Products website (www.grosvenorparkproducts.com.au) or by calling 02 6238 2131

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Rips Repaired - Rugs Washed - Pick up available Mobile 0408 663 689 Email: Lynetteamoore@hotmail.com Servicing the Tweed & Gold Coast area

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Email: grosvenorpark@internode.on.net Web: www.grosvenorparkproducts.com.au Horse and Petwear Washbag Prevents animal hair from clogging up your washing machine, great for rugs and saddlecloths. From $30 Smart Grooming Tidy manes & tails the humane way get the pulled look in minutes without discomfort. $25 Coat Shine Mitt Mesh side for removal of dirt and stains. Ultra-soft micro-fibre side for amazing coat shine. $10 The safer way to tie up your horse Equitie - made from durable rubber, easy- release & strong enough to secure your horse 12 each or 4 for $40

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What’s New OLSSONS HORSE TRANZ Olssons Horse Tranz is a water soluble mineral supplement for horses designed to help keep your horses hydrated. A horses body weight is made up of 50% water. Water is present in all cells, fluids and tissues within the horses body and is part of the bodies temperature control and is a carrier for blood, sweat, saliva and digestive enzymes. Without these the body would shut down. Monitoring hydration must therefore be a part of your daily care routine. A horse requires between 25-45 litres of fresh drinking water each day. Using a product like Horse Tranz will assist your horse maintain hydration, help lower stress and fractious behaviour, help reduce dehydration, overheating, and muscle cramps Keep your horse happy, healthy and hydrated by disolving a 40gm Horse Tranz tablet in a 20 litre bucket of clean water and give to your horse 24 hours prior to activity and 12 hours after. Horse Tranz is Australian owned and manufactured and available at your local produce store. For further information contact Olsson Industries Nutritional Advice Service on 1800 804 096

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Wet weather problems for horses By DAVID LOVELL BVSc Redlands Veterinary Clinic The recent rains, and prospects of another couple of months of the same, poses many problems for the health of the horse. In particular, we see an increase in the incidences of laminitis, colic, and skin disease. Skin diseases are very common and a large number of horses are affected. The big three problems, Rain Scald, Greasy Heel, and Mud Fever, are in fact, different presentations of the same disease. All are directly related to persistent wet conditions and can be difficult to prevent. As always, an understanding of how they occur is fundamental in being able to introduce management practices to protect your horse. Obviously the simplest practice is to keep your horse dry. There is nothing wrong with washing your horse, as long as he is able to dry off quickly and the skin returns to normal. The problems occur when the skin remains wet for prolonged periods. The organism that causes the above three conditions is known as Dermatophilus. This is a type of bacteria that requires a particular environment to grow and survive. Primarily the requirement is protection from the oxygen and light in the environment. The bug needs to be able to hide somewhere and if the conditions are right, the germ estab-

Wet weather can bring all sorts of problems for those horses having to endure the elements without shelter lishes itself, forms colonies, and invades local tissues, in this case, the skin and causes disease. Rain Scald typically occurs along the back and top-line. Greasy Heel affects the lower limbs, most commonly the back of the pastern, and Mud Fever the front of the cannon bones. The different areas have some slightly different characteristics that predispose them to infections. The top-line usually is not a problem in wellconditioned healthy horses. These have nice oily skin and a very rounded elastic skin contour that water easily runs off. Horses that are debilitated have drier skin and little pockets that can hold moisture and not dry out so quickly. Their hair coat also tends to be a little longer.

The pasterns, in particular the heels, often have longer hair and a number of grooves and contours that hold water. The front of the cannons obviously shed water easily but the skin is relatively thin and taut in this area. The major culprit that then contributes to development of disease is mud. Obviously the heels are usually covered, and often submerged, in mud. The cannon almost always have mud spattered all over them and the top-line can have mud under different conditions. The mud stuck to the wet skin provides a five star environment for the Dermatophilus organism to invade. The organism is ubiquitous, that means it is a normal environmental organism that lives everywhere. It is not contagious as such, it simply is everywhere and is on the lookout for somewhere to colonise. The bacteria invade the moist irritated skin and provoke an even greater inflammatory reaction this causes serum to exude and enables the formation of a scab which now replaces the mud as a cover for the organism. The skin infection can spread very quickly and the typical presentations occur. Theoretically, treatment is simple. Expose the organism to virtually any antibiotic or antiseptic agent and it is quickly killed. It is not resistant to drugs.   Continued page 13

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Understanding wet weather ailments can aid in treatment ď ­ From page 12

The difficulty is getting the drugs to contact the organism. If the bug is hiding under the cove of mud or scab, and the drugs are applied to the surface, they do not come in contact. Similarly drugs that are carried in the blood are also limited because there is no blood supply to the nooks and crannies where the germ is hiding. The key to treatment is to get rid of the cover. All mud should be washed off the horse’s legs and body at least twice daily and most importantly, the skin dried with a towel. Any longer hair should be clipped or removed. S Scabs are a lot more difficult. They often are quite painful, and there obviously already is infection present, and so the horse resents attempts to remove the scab. This may require sedation. Bandaging the area with a surgical soap or oil, or lanolin based ointment to soften the scab to aid removal can be very helpful. Once the scab is removed, the organism can be easily killed. Sometimes there is acute inflammation and irritation to the skin

Rain scald can occur to horses with rugs on in paddocks, especially in hot, humid conditions and a topical corticosteroid ointment can help. A particular problem for rain scald can be horses with rugs that are out in the paddock where the rug gets wet, the weather is hot and humid, soaks the skin, causes irritation and the germ prevails. Greasy Heel often poses a particular extra problem which can make it one of the most difficult diseases of all to treat. The Dermatophilus organism can cause an allergic type reaction in some horses. The correct term is an immune mediated disease. In this situation the body mounts an antibody reaction to the presence of the germ which causes a vasculitis. This means inflammation of the capillaries and blood vessels.

The vessels break down and serum leaks into the tissues and the lower legs swell. The condition is far more common in chestnut and light coloured horses and breeds that have a finer or more sensitive skin. Once the reaction has been set up, it will persist even after the organism has long been killed because of the continual reaction to light. These horses often require a course of systemic cortisone to control the intense inflammatory reaction occurring in the tissues. Prevention is obviously the best way to control rain related diseases and hopefully an understanding of the reasons and factors that allow the disease to occur can play a major part. Once the problem is established,

our approach at Redlands is to control the inflammation, remove hair, scab, and mud and apply medications. We also see a marked increase in laminitis and hoof infections during wet weather. The laminitis can certainly be due to the green grass and increased load of available sugar, but often is just an environmentally induced inflammation of the laminae caused by continual exposure to wet conditions. This is not usually as potentially devastating as the true toxin induced founders however the mechanical manifestations can be the same and treatment is urgent and essential. Hoof infections occur most commonly in unshod horses and any area of overgrowth, cracks, or chipping allow moisture and mud to infiltrate and set up inflammation and lameness. Colic occurs commonly with any change in the weather. In periods of continual rain, all animals tend to be miserable and as a result, they do not graze and eat as regularly and it is the disruption to the normal routine which creates gut disturbances and can lead to colic.

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Trainers Guide In recent articles I have mentioned resistance and its root causes. These included the horse being unable to perform due to physical factors be they internal i.e. lameness or external i.e. poor working area or badly fitting tack. Other factors for resistance included the horse not wishing to perform and most importantly the horse not understanding what was being asked of it and in its confusion giving the rider the wrong response. The rider then misinterprets the lack of compliance to the command as resistance when really it is poor communication skills that have caused the problem. As an example of this you may have noticed how some riders seem to make rapid progress through the training levels whilst others seem to stagnate. The riders who tend to make rapid progress understand the training levels and what is required to achieve that desired level. These riders are clear in their goals and expectations. Clarity is also the word that can be used in the application of the aids. Now down to specifics. The application of the aids. When we think about the aids, we are really talking about the language we use to communicate our wishes to the horse. The aids are a language. Some people can speak the language well and other people unfortunately mumble and fail to enunciate clearly. This causes confusion. Let's give a short list of common errors that riders make. Unnecessary repetition of an aid. When teaching horses we use Stimulus Response training. This comes in three levels Ask, Tell, and Demand. Each level is applied but should not be repeated. If an aid is applied to often, we risk the horse habituating the aid and tuning out to the command and level of stimulus. As an example, we ask our horse to go forward by applying pressure with both our calf muscles to his side. He should move forward, however if he ignores this aid we then either give a tap with the whip or spur. This is the second level, we are now telling him. If he fails to respond to this aid, we then escalate and demand he moves forward by a forceful Page 20

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application of the whip or spur ask, tell and demand. We progress from one level to the next allowing the horse time to respond. On failure to respond we apply a higher level of aid until the horse responds. We do not continue to reapply the same level as this will cause the horse to tune out the aid or become habituated to the aid. Excessive movement of the rider. Some riders sit still and other are always moving in the saddle. Sitting in a correct position allows a more secure seat and thus with training a stiller body. A faulty seat needs to be corrected if progress is to be made. The horse also finds it hard to differentiate between a flapping lower leg and the command to move forward or bend. This also applies to riders who move their hands as not only does it cause pain by jabbing the horse in the mouth with a piece of steel, we also interrupt the communication with the horse and subsequently the application of the half halt is compromised. Common faults that cause a lack of clarity include: * Faulty seat leading to unsteady seat, hands and leg. * Unnecessary repetition causing habituation of the aids. * Lack of understanding of the basic theory of horse training. Knowledge allows analysis of faults and easy correction. * Impatience and the taking of supposed short cuts will cause confusion to the horse. * Incorrect application of the half halt. The aid should be applied when the inside hind leg of the horse is in the air in all paces so as to allow the horse to respond.

* Heels not down and toes not in. Many riders think this is to do with style but it allows for a more balanced rider and is safer. Most importantly the inside aspect of the calf muscle is the part of the leg that is applied, not the heel or back of the leg. This allows a clearer aid to be applied. * Correct biting. Many dressage trainers and riders select bits with some of the following features so as to allow ease of training. * Loose ring. This feature helps keep the bit stiller in the horse's mouth as unnecessary movement of the riders hands move the ring before the bit. * Wide bars on the bit. This spreads the weight of the bit over a greater area and thus is more comfortable for the horse. * Double jointed, Removes the nut cracker action of the bit. Single jointed bits when both reins are used rise in the horse's mouth and will cause pain when the metal comes in contact with the horse's pallet. * Heavy bits sit stiller in the mouth, light bits move. * Metals that are kind to the

horse. Bits with two metals are banned by the FEI as there is a chance of electrolysis occurring. * Correct application of the whip. The dressage whip is applied in most cases behind the inside leg of the rider as it is supposed to be reinforcing the driving/bending aid. Exceptions to this rule include encouraging the horse with the outside leg to steep over in half pass, travers and renvers. These are just a few examples of how we can improve our communication through clearer aids to the horse and thus make his task easier and progress faster.

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Disaster relief helps those on the land Special disaster flood assistance grants of up to $25 000 are available to help Queensland primary producers and small businesses who have been affected by the November-December 2010 floods (including those in January 2011). These grants are available under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) and will help eligible applicants to pay for costs arising from flood damage. To help recovery in communities affected by flooding, people receiving these grants are encouraged to, wherever possible, support local business. The grant scheme will run until September 30, 2011. Eligibility criteria All applicants must be able to provide proof that they have suffered damage as a direct result of flooding – for example, photos. A small business is defined as having an Australian Business Number and less than 20 employees. Both primary producers and small businesses must derive the majority of their income from the business (QRAA will account for fluctuations in income) to be eligible. Not-for-profit businesses are not Types of grants available There are two types of grants which can be applied for: • Tier one grants of up to $5000 will be immediately available to assist with the early recovery effort. • Tier two grants of up to $20 000 will be provided on proof of expenditure. The assistance enables primary producers to cover the costs associated with cleaning and restoration activities including: • purchasing, hiring or leasing

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happening BOONAH SHOW 2011 The 2011 Boonah Show will be held on Saturday,May 21and Sunday, May 22. There is a great horse program on Saturday with led classes for all breeds including Australian Stock Horses, Pintos, Shetland Ponies, Miniature Ponies, Miniature Horses, Dartmoor Ponies, Connemara Ponies, Quarter Ponies, Palominos, Buckskins, Appalossas, Paints, Western Performance Events, Welsh Ponies Stud Book Ponies, Saddle Ponies, Riding Ponies, Pony Hacks, Junior Equestrian Classes .Show Jumping, Arabs, Warmbloods, Thouroughbreds, ANSA, Galloways, Hacks, Senior Riding Classes. On Sunday a Pony Club Gymkhana program will be run with led and ridden events. Two major events at this years show are the Percy Grace Memorial Trophy + $200 for Supreme Champion Led exhibit judges form all the Breeds grand champion exhibits and the Pam Bell working stock horse challenge where horses are judges on conformation and presentation, A Station Hack Class, A Working Station Horse pattern and a A Cut Out event where points are allocates to a maximum of 110 points and offers prizes of first $300, second $150, third $100, fourth $50, fifth $30, s For enquiries Shane Clausen 0419001148 email:boonahshowsoc@westnet.com.au or visit www.boonahshowsociety.org.au

PRARG'S T SHIRT HACK SHOW PRARG is holding a T Shirt Hack Show on February 27. The venue is the club grounds on the corner of Olson and Teviot Roads, North Maclean, Qld. Two grass rings will be in operation and the Beginner ring in the enclosed sand arena. The feature of the day is NO COATS/VESTS but a collared shirt to suit summer conditions. Thanks to great sponsors: Ian Kraatz instructor/farrier, CobbNCo Postal Express and Springs Earthmoving & Drainage. Programs will be at various produces, saddlery stores or www.prarg.com Enquiries: Chris 55 477 314 or 0405 189 307 or Rachael 0408 755 319 or prarginc@iprimus.com.au

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Cedar Grove and District Riding Club and club partner sponsor Motorline BMW are pleased to host an open hack show on February 20. This event is also sponsored by Horseland Underwood who will provide Horseland gift vouchers for all champion and reserve champion classes and a voucher and embroidered rug to each of the supreme winners. Great draw prizes also to be won throughout the day sponsored by Motorline BMW and Horseland. There are a total of 70 classes across four rings with the leadline ring in a fully enclosed arena. Leadline classes begin at 8am and open pony, galloway and hack rings commence at 10am, $3 per class with a $3 gate fee. Full canteen available. Riders MUST be either CGDRC or EQ members (membership cards must be sighted at nomination). Club day membership will be available for $20. The program is available at www.cgdrc.org.au. All enquiries to Kerry on 0402115493. Please see the club web site or Facebook page for weather updates prior to the show.

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Champion Led Stallion JATS BAR ADIOS ACRES exhibited by J & B. Lee

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High Point Winner Under 18 years Rachael Flanagan riding MELANDER CECILY BRUCE

Champion Working Horse GLEN LEE RIVOLI TACT ridden by Barry Moore & owned by Luke & Melissa Clarke with judge Bruce Withers

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Keeping those farrier’s tools under control By DAVID FARMILO (Accredited Master Farrier), To quote Dr Doug Butler in his book, The Principles of Horseshoeing, ‘The hardest thing a farrier has to deal with is making his hands do exactly what his mind and eyes are telling them to do’. And indeed it seems that as soon as some farriers pick up the sole knife or the nippers or the rasp, from there on the hoof takes on a completely different shape from that which was first intended. IF we use the rasp too heavily when dressing the front of the hoof and if, instead of just correcting the thickness at the toe, we allow the rasp to continue the stroke to go past the toe section and along the side walls, the hoof will have a correct toe but narrow sides and the wrong shape hoof. When rasping the toe it is important to do just that, and not allow the rasp to travel around the side of the hoof. It may help to mark the outer limits of the toe with a black marker pen to stop that rasp heading around the sides of the hoof. We should always work towards maintaining a parallel hoof/pastern angle and controlling any flares; to achieve this we need to develop an almost surgically light hand with the rasp. Use a good sharp rasp and use it very lightly - don't grip the rasp, just hold it between thumb and forefinger, alternating the strokes from right handed to left handed equally, and this will avoid any tendency to leave the bottom of the hoof windswept (see Diag 1). diagram 1

Tom Stovall, renowned CJF from Texas, refers to this as RHD or Right Handed Disease and says in his colourful way: "RHD is usually the result of a sharp rasp and fatigue. It's most often manifest on the right hind when an operator gets a little tired, especially at the end of a long day, and most especially when some ill-broke puke is the last horse of the day and makes the hoof a moving target. It's the result of an operator's pushing the rasp down on the lateral edge of the hoof instead of across the hoof and will gut the quarters quicker than Bob

can get the news. Occasionally, both hinds may be involved in the presentation, but that presentation presumes a new rasp and a very tired/inept mechanic ‘.(from www.horseshoes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6597).

The rasp isn't the only culprit, as the other tools all play a part in poor hoof preparation. I stated in a recent article I wrote entitled 'Creeping Toe Syndrome' that the majority of horses front hooves at re-shoeing time will have stretched forwards at the toes, which causes the hoof to slow down at the point of its break over and also puts excessive stress on the supporting tendons, and puts excessive wear at the toe of the shoe - all that is the effect of those long toes. Viewed from the bottom, the ideal hoof capsule should be an even thickness outside the white line all around (Diag 2) and that is also the same shape as the normal coronary band. diagram 2

(3) egg shaped, and most factory made front shoes are round in the front half with provision for the heel section to be modified to fit correctly. With oval shaped and egg shaped front foot shapes, you will notice that the coronary band above is usually round, indicating that this is the desired shape of the hoof so you just need to control the flares in the distorted walls. Yes they are flares, and need to be controlled. There is no such thing as a natural flare in the hoof. The natural shape of the hind hoof has a narrow toe with slightly curved sides back to the heels, and the white line in the bottom of the hoof also confirms this, as does the normal shape of the coronary band of the hinds. Careful use of the rasp to control this shape is essential to enable the horse to stand straight behind with no outside flare, because that flare will cause the horse to point out cow hocked (see Diag 3) and to also develop back strain. diagram 3

Correct preparation of the sole is the first step and it is somewhat of an art to use the sole knife to do this, taking out the excess flakey sole and excess bars to achieve the right concavity and to then identify where the true junction of the hoof wall/sole is. Too often our hands and the sole knife will do either too much or not enough at this point, so it is important to get it just right. Picking up the nippers we all know that the hoof wall must be level and flat for shoe fit preparation. If the owner has requested that the horse is to go without shoes for a while, we have to make those hands and nippers leave enough height of hoof wall for the horse to walk on; it may not be all that easy to get an even cut 5mm above the sole junction all around, but that is where the horse will be comfortable without shoes, so that is where we have to stop. To finish off the job, too often the rasp flies into action with far too much enthusiasm, and it is too easy to take off far too much with that rasp and undo all that hard work. Again, hold the rasp between thumb and forefinger only. There are only three basic shapes of the horse's front hoof and they apply to most breeds: they are either (1) round, (2) oval or

Sadly some factory-produced hind shoes are now being made with left and right profiles and it is my belief that if we follow their trend, it does not help us to prepare the hoof correctly for the horse. The horse's hoof is the same as it always has been, but opportunistic marketing will always offer us a band aid to use instead of doing the job properly in the first place. In conclusion I stress the need to be fully aware of the expectations of the horse owner and the horse's mobility before starting the job: use good sharp tools and use them lovingly, don't use them as weapons of mass destruction. 00www.horsefarrier.com.au PH 0418-835-186 email david@horsefarrier.com.au

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Floods force stock squad to move During the height of the floods around Rockhampton, even the Queensland Police found themselves forced to move, well at least some of them. The area’s stock squad needed a helping hand after their paddock turned into a lake near Rockhampton. The four-legged stock squad members were relocated to greener pastures near the cut off town of Gracemere, following the deluge of rain that has fallen in the Central region of Queensland during December and January. Central Region Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad OIC Detective Sergeant Glenn Powell said four troop horses had to be moved. “We moved all the horses just prior to Christmas due to all the predicted rain coming through, which was very lucky,” he said. “There has been up to 1.8m of water through their paddock in places. “We had to agist them in a paddock that's high and dry so they're quite happy.”

Central Region Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad Detective Sergeant Glenn Powell was forced to move the squad’s horses during the floods in Rockhampton after their paddock went under 1.8 m of water. Det Sgt Powell's family has been personally touched by the floods. “My mother-in-law was evacuated from a house in Theodore,” he said. “Water went through her entire house so my wife has been busy down there assisting with the clean-up.”

Despite being cut off from Rockhampton by floodwaters, Det Sgt Powell was still involved policing Gracemere where he lives with his family. During the floods, he even had to leave his horse behind and take to the water on a boat to escort and an offender to the watch house in Rockhampton.

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Phone: 03 6496 1777 Mobile: 0428 141 419

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TUITION

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Home: 07 55747278 Mob: 0410 665 242 Email: bkachurchill@hotmail.com

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BRISBANE - SYDNEY - NEWCASTLE - CANBERRA MELBOURNE and COUNTRY AREAS Weekly Service Call John O’Leary

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All hours

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Justin Wain Unit 1/9 Kortum Dr West Burleigh 4219 Email: burleighpetandstockfeed@gmail.com

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Ramon Guerrero The Systematic Horseman is back after 3 months of teaching and performing in Andalusia, Spain 0404 714 607 - 07 5529 8742 www.ramonguerrero.com.au CHIROPRATIC THERAPIST

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Horse Gear Summer Ripstop Combo 4'-6'9 $60 ea

Sophie Whittle

MSc BSc MAM Animal Chiropractic Manipulation & Sports Therapist

Mob: 0415 193 106

Email: slwhittle@gmail.com www.equinalysis.webs.com

HORSE RUGS

Mob: 0438 762674 Email: gdrhorse@hotmail.com.au

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Corrective Shoeing Hot and Cold Shoeing

0439 765 780 07 5504 6829 now servicing Beenleigh to the Tweed

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BEN BELL PROFESSIONAL FARRIER All Shoeing needs! Hot Shoeing. Custom made shoes available. Calm Reliable Service! Servicing SE QLD. 0417 753 103 ben_bell123@hotmail.com

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07 5478 8676 - 0409 275 466 local Supplier of Quality JC Milton & Co Products Including Farrier’s Formula & Sole Guard www.jcmilton.com.au - Email Scfes@bigpond.net.au RUG REPAIRS

Rug Repairs by Lynette Rips Repaired - Rugs Washed - Pick up available Mobile 0408 663 689 Email: Lynetteamoore@hotmail.com Servicing the Tweed & Gold Coast area

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BUSINESS CARD LISTINGS 3 Re x A in us Ch ing F tralia am ut n pio urit n y

• Starting young horses • Re-education • Performance Training & Showing • Lessons & Clinics – Beginners to Advanced Enquires or to book a clinic in your area:

Phone: 0402 420 658 Email: j.wicks1@bigpond.com Website: www.johnwicks.com.au Facebook: John Wicks Training Stables

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BEN BELL PROFESSIONAL FARRIER All Shoeing needs! Hot Shoeing. Custom made shoes available. Calm Reliable Service! Servicing SE QLD. 0417 753 103 ben_bell123@hotmail.com

DALSON P A R K

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3 Children and adults 3 Indoor arena - Rain, hail or shine! 3 School holiday programs

Brisbane 0448 034 514 www.dalsonpark.com.au

Keep cattle ticks out of NSW Horses and other grazing livestock/ animals leaving tick-infested coastal Queensland MUST UNDERGO inspection and treatment at the Qld tick line or NSW border east of Killarney. Contact:

• NSW DPI at Kirra 07 07 5536 55364714 1290- 07 5536 1290 • Queensland DPI call centre 07 3404 6999 • Qld DPI at Aratula 07 5463 8368 or 0427 133 388 or Helidon 07 5465 4057 or 0423 631 766 Cattle ticks are a notifiable disease in NSW

EasyFix Rubber Products PO Box 749 Coolangatta Qld 4225  5 year warranty with all EasyFix Rubber products T: 07 5523 2139  100% natural, virgin rubber M: 0406 917 991 “Buy once, Buy right, Buy EasyFix” W: easyfixrubber.com.au E: sales@easyfix.co.nz AGRICULTURE I EQUINE I SAFETY I CONSTRUCTION

Alexandra Strange Equine Remedial Therapist Mob : 0401 072 974 Email: alexstrange@live.com.au Feb/March Special $65 Per horse for assessment & treatment!

GARRARD’S EQ UINE VETERIN ARY PRA CTICE Full range of mobile veterinary services: * digital x-ray * endoscopy * shockwave therapy * branding, ID & microchipping

* ultrasound * Powerfloats dentistry * lameness & colic * shipping, sales & prepurchase examinations

OUR VETERINARIANS PROVIDE REGULAR SERVICE TO SE QLD AND NORTHERN NSW Brisbane east & western suburbs, Ipswich & north to Caloundra

Dr Amy Garcia - Dr Emma Bishop

EAST COAST EQUINE Dr Scott G McGinness HORSE PERFORMANCE PRACTICE Offering lameness, pre-purchase, dental, chiropractic, acupuncture and physiotherapeutic options. Equipped with mobile direct digital xray, thermography, ultrasound, pulsed energy replenishment unit and manual/motorised dental tools. My aim is to restore and maintain optimal performance.

CONTACT NUMBER: 0448 445 588

Gold Coast, Logan, Beaudesert, Tweed & Bryon Shires

Dr Claudia Skinner - Dr Corinne Cooper Dr Angela McLeod - Dr Kevin Squire For all enquiries & appointments please call

1300 791 688 Also Newcastle region, Western Sydney & Melbourne/Bendigo

Dr Graham Doherty - Dr Virginia Brosnan - Dr Susie Richards

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The Horse Report february 2011 issue  

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The Horse Report february 2011 issue  

Free bimonthly equestrian magazine