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IN THIS ISSUE: * EQUINE THERAPIES FEATURE - Equine Dentistry - Moxabustion for horses - Relief for joint pain - Natural Animal Care Products - Shock wave therapy - Red Light therapy

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RSPCA Victoria gets boost from EQUITANA EQUITANA Melbourne has announced RSPCA Victoria as the official charity partner of Australia’s premier equestrian event. The partnership comes as EQUITANA Australia celebrates 20 years in 2018 and will be returning to the Melbourne Showgrounds from November 15-18 for four days of all things equine. EQUITANA Melbourne is a celebration of Australia’s diverse equine industry, offering extensive education, exhibitions, entertainment and competitions. The event will feature Olympic medallists, the A-Z of horse breeds, world-renowned educators, nightly entertainment, an elite competition program and more than 300 exhibitors. Equine welfare is paramount at EQUITANA Melbourne and Managing Director Rod Lockwood said the pairing of the two organisations was a match made in heaven. “EQUITANA Melbourne is proud to welcome RSPCA Victoria as our community partner for 2018 and we hope that our equine community will benefit from the education programs that the RSPCA will offer,” Mr Lockwood said. “We are inspired by the work done by RSPCA Victoria and we hope this alignment can benefit our attendees in the care of their animals. “Horse health and welfare has always been

at the top of EQUITANA’s agenda. “Our education program and our welfare standards during the past 20 years in Melbourne reflect this. “EQUITANA appreciates that RSPCA Victoria is a leader in animal welfare and we look forward to reinforcing these mutual values through our partnership in 2018.” RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said the organisation was delighted to be EQUITANA Melbourne’s chosen charity partner. “EQUITANA Melbourne is the must-see event on the equine calendar and RSPCA Victoria welcomes the opportunity to share our horse welfare knowledge and experience with those who care for these creatures,” she said. EQUITANA Melbourne attendees will have the opportunity to donate to RSPCA Victoria when they purchase tickets either online or at the gate, and there will also be donation points inside the event venue as well as information on horse adoptions. The RSPCA Victoria Mobile Care Unit will be on full display across the four days, providing the opportunity to learn more about animal welfare and the work that RSPCA Victoria does across the state. Tickets to EQUITANA Melbourne will be on sale from mid-2018. For more information, visit

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Horse Dentistry: the beginning step of a holistic approach to your horse's health. By SAMANTHA GUNTER, AEDP Your horse's dental health is often one of the most overlooked health regimes. The teeth are literally out-ofsight and therefore often out-ofmind, and the dentist is usually only thought of when things start to go wrong. Quite rightly, when a horse starts to lose weight, drop feed, or misbehave under saddle the dentist is called. However, by the time the symptoms have surfaced, the horse has likely developed other problems not as obviously demonstrated. As with all parts of horse care, the dentist is one cog of a holistic approach to your horse's health. Being the very first step of digestion for your horse, it could be argued it is the most critical cog. The very best diet possible for your horse will be wasted if the teeth aren't in proper working condition. Even with the very best training and instruction available, if your horse feels discomfit and pain every time they're asked to work, you won't achieve your goals. If your horse receives regular bodywork but still can't grind their jaw comfortably, they will continue to reverse all the good

work done by said bodywork. So by now you may be thinking, "well actually, my horse is fit, shiny and happy and I haven't had his/her teeth done in two years‌" and you would have every reason to believe so. Many horses can maintain their weight and health while living with sharp or misaligned teeth. Horses can put up with an immense amount of pain before showing symptoms, which is why when symptoms occur it can indicate major, previously undetected problems. A horse's stomach is designed to digest very small pieces of fibresmaller even than chaff. If your horse hasn't been able to chew correctly for a time, they may be managing to maintain their weight but the risk of colic and choke is exponentially higher. Not only this, but if a horse manages to swallow feed that is too big to digest, it will make its way through the system and out the other end, giving little to no nutritional value. Risking the health of your horse and wasting your money on feed.

Samantha Gunter Equine Dentistr y Caring, Reliable, and Comprehensive Treatment 0415 169 469 A horse with sharp teeth may not show overly obvious signs they're in pain until the teeth are so sharp the mouth is lacerated with ulcers. The far back molars especially are so tightly packed in by the masseter muscle (the large cheek muscle) they are usually the first to cause lacerations. Every grind of the jaw reinforces this pain and digs deeper lacerations, eventually causing the horse to grind their feed ineffectively, or to grind in a harmful way. By being unable to grind their teeth as Mother Nature intended, compounding effects are realised. The temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) can be greatly affected by bad teeth, which will result in a domino affect down the horse's body. When a horse reaches this stage, they will not grind normally and pressure is relaying further along the body, causing problems that are not usually associated with teeth. Not grinding normally also means the horse isn't helping maintain their own teeth effectively, making the sharpness worse and amplifying the above problems. By regularly having your horse's teeth seen (approximately every 12 months but timing varies

depending on the state of your horse's teeth and age), your horse can help maintain his or her own teeth by being able to grind the jaw as designed. The more freely they can chew without trying to avoid pain from sharpness, malocclusions, or ulcers, the better they will wear their own sharp points down. By making sure your horse is up to date with the dentist before any symptoms occur, you will be saving yourself money and time, your horse pain and suffering, and getting a much better performance out of the both of you.

First Aid Tip: How to Take Your Horse's Digital Pulse The digital pulse is the pulse flowing through the artery to the hoof and is a useful tool in determining if a horse has inflammation in the hoof capsule How to Take Your Horse's Digital Pulse Bend down at the side of your horse's nearside front leg, and put your index finger around the left side of the fetlock joint at its lower edge. Press your fingers, on the side of the fetlock joint, you will feel a cordlike structure (consisting of vein, artery, and nerve) Apply pressure for 5 to 10 seconds until you feel a pulse. ( If you can't find a pulse, adjust the amount of pressure you're placing . If you press too hard, you'll cut off blood flow-therefore the pulse. If you press too softly, you won't create enough resistance to feel the pulse at all.) Now you need to determine whether your horse's digital pulse

is throbbing abnormally or not. It helps to know what a healthy pulse feels like-but you can't always find a pulse on a healthy leg/hoof. It might be too faint. On the other hand, you'll know he has a problem if you can easily find his digital pulse. Repeat on your horse's other three legs to compare pulse. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Relief for joint pain in horse and rider Technyflex is an all natural supplement derived from premium grade green lipped mussels rich in essential fatty acids and joint building properties. Together they provide relief from joint pain such as arthritis and help to rejuvenate damaged cartilage in horses. Also available from the same company for Human consumption is Mobicosa®, a high quality joint and nutritional supplement that taken regularly prior to the onset of joint discomfort or arthritis, is recommended for increased mobility, and as prevention for ageing joints. Used and recommended by leading equestrians like Coco Miles, John Twomey, Andrew Cooper and Brett Parbery, the products can help both horse and rider. Coco Miles from Windsor in NSW, is a World Cup showjumper. Her brother Maverick, has successfully ridden in the Young Rider series and has now graduated to the senior levels of competitive showjumping. She began using Technyflex many years ago. "It was when I had my first World Cup mare - she was brilliant and willing but as she got older she began feeling a bit uncomfortable in her front joints,” Coco said. “I tried a lot of things in an effort to improve her condition but to no avail and then I found Technyflex and it worked. “If I ever forgot to put it into her evening feed I could tell the next day. "Since then I've used it on all my

World Cup showjumper Coco Miles uses both Technyflex and Mobicosa when competing. Photo: Maddy Burger

World Cup horses and on those who are up to Grand Prix level. “When a horse lands over a jump which is a metre or more in height there's a lot of pressure. "At the 2017 Sydney Royal, we also used it on our horses which were stabled for a long time because we didn't want them getting sore from standing around. "Showjumping riders also tend to experience discomfort every once in a while and my brother and I use Mobicose, the human equivalent, for our own aches and pains." Both Coco and Maverick will spend 2018 training and competing at various shows. John Twomey spent 10 years coaching and competing in New Zealand where he won many eventing titles. Team Twomey is now based in NSW and as a successful 4*

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and member of the Equestrian Australia High Performance Squad also endorses Technyflex. "I use Technyflex on all my horses from an early age as both a preventative for the younger horses and an effective treatment for the older horses,” he said. “Knowing my horses' joints are protected gives me peace of mind that they're in the best position to perform happily and to the best of their ability. “The fact that Technyflex is an all-natural solution also gives me confidence in the long-term administration of the product. “I would happily recommend it to anyone wanting to ensure the longevity and comfort of their horse's joints. " International dressage rider, Brett Parbery from Willinga Park at Bawley Point in NSW said joint health was the most important thing in a dressage horse so that’s why he chose to use Technyflex to ensure that his horses stayed happy, healthy and fit to perform.

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Shock wave therapy is not a scary treatment By DAVID LOVELL BSVS

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1990s and the horse stabling area at the 2000 Sydney Olympics resounded to the loud clicking of competitive horses being subjected to therapy. As with many "new" innovations, the initial boom has waned, in part because the therapy is quite expensive, results take some time to become apparent and there was a degree of overuse of the equipment, as clinicians tried to recoup some of their considerable investment. This is a shame as the modality can be very beneficial. As with everything in medicine and healing, it is essential that the mechanisms of action be thoroughly understood and the conditions selected for treatment should be such that a direct response would be anticipated. Early on, there was a belief that the treatment "deadened" pain and many competitive horses had their so called "sore backs" bombarded with shock waves immediately before competition. The process has now been banned by the Jockey Club for the week before a horse races. With the increasing popularity of ESWT, scientists have evaluFull Service Equine Clinic It’s all about your horse

Shock therapy - don't worry I am not going to talk about the shock therapy graphically depicted in films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, or Clockwork Orange. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) isn't a cure for your horse's emotional or mental problems, but, as the theme of this month's edition is therapy, it might be a treatment option for a number of your horse's orthopaedic and soft tissue ailments. ESWT has been around since the 1970s. In humans with bladder stones, doctors began to use ESW lithotripsy to fracture stones within the bladder so they can pass without surgery. Inadvertently, it was noticed that patients subjected to repeat courses of ESWT developed increased bone density in the surrounding tissues. Since then, ESWT's use as a therapeutic tool in human and


ated mechanisms of action and clinical efficacy and safety for use on equine bone and soft tissue. Recent studies have revealed ESWT's ability to decrease inflammation; hasten healing time; enhance neo-vascularisation (blood vessel formation) and cellular proliferation; improve fibre alignment in tendon repair; increase cellular bone protein production, leading to faster bone healing; and recruit stem cells to injured tissues. Scientists also showed it can help alleviate pain from some degenerative diseases. Shock waves are tiny impulses of high energy waves emitted from a generator that are able to pass through tissues stimulating certain cells as they go. There are various ESWT generators for veterinary use, and the majority of clinical trials and research studies use focused units. Focused units deliver a specific amount of energy to a measurable "focused" tissue depth/area, so that the veterinarian can treat a specific area more precisely. Each unit has a variation in its waveform and a different effect on tissue.  continued page 13

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Unfocused units (radial pressure wave therapy, or RPWT) vary greatly in waveform and energy distributed to tissues compared to the focused units. It's important to understand how each unit acts on tissue so the horse benefits properly. Treatment protocols vary, and veterinarians use different probes depending on the depth of the injury. In general, a single ESWT treatment consists of 500-2,000 pulses or "shocks" to the area every seven to 21 days for an average of three total treatments (or as needed based on clinical signs/improvement). In our hands, shock wave therapy can be very useful in certain situations. Our belief is that nature's inflammatory mechanism, which is responsible for all healing, is a wonderful process and in by far the majority of situations, is more than adequate and return to function occurs. The initial phases of an any injury have more than enough stimulators for healing and natures process to occur but in many situations in the horse, the damage is severe and healing begins to slow and stagnate before complete return to normal has occurred. This is where we use shock waves.

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Shock wave therapy stimulates healing and holds great potential for treatments.

We attempt to focus on areas of stalled healing and bombard the area with shock waves. This now re-stimulates the natural healing response and encourages further healing and resolution and removal of damage tissue. We have had some spectacular results in conditions such as bowed tendons, suspensory ligaments, splints and reduction of scar tissue masses. We believe the future of the use of ESWT in the horse holds great promise. The key is to be understand the therapy and be selective in cases that are subjected to treatment. Next issue I plan to discuss High Suspensory Disease, a relatively common, but extremely difficult problem to deal with. I believe shock therapy can be very useful for this condition as part of the process.

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Improving equine health through Red Light therapy Supplied by EQUINIC.COM.AU Equine therapies are designed to manage the health of the serious equine athlete and the pleasure horse alike. These therapies can assist in preventing injury, to maintain and improve a horse’s musculoskeletal system and improve the overall well-being of the horse. Red Light or Photonic Therapy is one of those therapies. It is the application of a noninvasive, painless, low frequency red light to stimulate acupuncture points. When Photonic Red light is applied to acupoints (acupuncture / acupressure points of Traditional Chinese Medicine) for 5-10 seconds, it activates the acupoints which excites nerve arousal through the intraneural collagen matrix of the body and stimulates the brain to release neurotransmitters and neuromodulators in response. Photonic Red Light is an effective alternative to acupuncture - stimulation of acupoints through needling. This alternative is fast, easy, safe, non-invasive option. Red light therapy will require multiple sessions that can be either days or weeks apart, depending on the issue. Photonic Red Light Therapy is able to address many issues including physiological, mental, and emotional. It is effective and considered therapeutic because it stimulates cell activity that has been disturbed by injury. It promotes healing and provides temporary pain relief. When applied to specific acupuncture points, the light penetrates deeply under the skin mediating cellular excitation, changing the message the brain receives stimulating the brain to release chemicals and hormones

that control pain, promote immune and healing responses. The healing benefits of light have been widely used for many hundreds of years. Scientific value was acknowledged when a Nobel Prize was awarded to Niels Finsen for his use of red light therapy in successfully treating smallpox and lupus over a century ago. Light transmits at different wavelengths, in therapeutic applications; the Red Light emits light at 660nm which research has shown to have the most benefit. Healthy tissue cells vibrate at about 660 nanometers; equal to the wavelength the Red Light torch emits. When tissue sustains an injury or illness the vibration level in the affected cells is reduced. By increasing the vibration level in the cell with the application of Red Light therapy; wound healing and tissue growth or cellular regeneration occurs through the stimulation of mitochondria within the cells. Mictochondria stimulation increases the production of cellular ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a complex molecule that is the primary energy currency of the cells of the body. By increasing ATP production at a cellular level, causes damaged cells to accept nutrients and eliminate toxins quicker. It also excites collagen regeneration within the damaged tissue. Collagen is the main structural protein of the various connective tissues such as tendons or ligaments. Increased collagen production can improve the structure of tendons, bones, skin, teeth, and cartilage of joints. If therapy is administered quickly enough, it can prevent the death of the damaged cells. For more information, email

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Holy smoke! Moxabustion for horses By TAMARA SHEAD Ridestrong Therapy With the arrival of cold and damp weather flaring up those chronic joint aches and pain in both yourself and your animals, you might start to notice your Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Practitioner grabbing for their Moxa stick during therapy sessions. Often confused with an enormous cigar, the humble Moxa stick is a wonderful herbal heat therapy which helps with controlling inflammatory and pain related conditions. In a Moxibustion treatment, a roll of herb (a moxa), such as Mugwart or Artemisia Vulgaris, is burned on or near the skin at specific acupuncture points. Moxa has a warming nature therefore practitioners make use of it for weakened yang and chronic yin conditions. Moxa is believed to open the 14 meridians and stimulate the circulation of Qi and blood. Chronic conditions related to the musculoskeletal system respond well to Moxibustion as they are caused by a blockage of blood and Qi. The smoke produced from the burning herbs has a pleasant, distinct odour of strong incense and is believed to contribute to the healing effects of the treatment. While some may love the smell, others have a harder time adjusting to it. Ridestrong makes use of both regular Moxa and smokeless sticks for our sensitive clients. The history of Moxibustion is an interesting one with its history predating the use of acupuncture. In 3500 BCE the people living in the bitterly cold plains of Mongolia began burning the herb. With the interlinking trade routes of ancient China, Tibet and India, the practice of moxibustion was adopted into Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. Ridestrong follows the manner in which Traditional Chinese Medicine makes use of Moxa. While you may not have experienced the use of Moxa as regularly as you might have seen acupuncture, in some conditions, such as chronic arthritis and scar tissue, Moxabustion is often the most effective remedy. Equine Moxabustion is a great choice of treatment for conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, Page 16

The ancient Chinese treatment method of Equine Moxabustion is effective for arthritis, joint and back pain, tension and stress.

stiff neck and poll, shoulder pain, back pain, tension and stress. Other traditional uses include stimulating the immune system or Wei chi and avoiding disease. Moxa can be used by the owner under the guidance of a qualified TCM practitioner. The easiest Moxa to use is found in a stick which resembles a large cigar and can be purchased online or through your Ridestrong Therapist during a treatment session. The Moxa stick is wrapped in two layers of paper, all must be removed. It is then lit at one end to cause a smouldering effect and held about half an inch away from the acupoint on the skin. It is helpful to place your hand to the side of the acupoint to ensure that you are able to feel if the area is becoming too hot for your animal. Moving the stick in a circular motion will help to spread the focus of the thermal stimulation. This is useful in treating large areas for example when soft tissue injury is present. Alternatively you might notice your TCM practitioner using it above the acupoint in a pecking motion, this provides greater stimulation. Your TCM pracitioner might also use the Moxa over the top of the needles. This is done to increase stimulation of the needle and enhance the effects of treatment further. Often a TCM practitioner will leave you with a Moxa stick to use as part of your therapy program with them. There are a few safety tips you

will need to adhere to, to ensure a safe and effective session with your animal. 1.Don't go rogue! Please don't read this article and go buy a stash of Moxa rolls and smoke the bejesus out of your animal. Always ensure that you have been clearly directed by the therapist who has a sound knowledge of the contraindications of the therapy. You can often create a worse situation if you are

treating a condition that is contraindicated for Moxibustion such as a horse with a fever, open wounds or specific infection. In addition you might find the therapy completely useless if you are not making use of the correct acupoint locations and combinations. Ensure that your therapist clearly shows you point locations and does an in person demo on how to use Moxa rolls. 2. Be careful where you light up! Although the scent of Moxa might lead you to think otherwise, this therapy is completely legal. But it does have fire risks associated with it, especially in the highly combustable environment of the barn or stable. Make use of Moxa on the sand or a concrete surface to avoid ashes falling and lighting wood shavings, dry grass or hay. Always put Moxa out carefully and completely using an extinguisher. They can take a while snuff out - I made this mistake in my first week in clinic, I burned a neat hole right though the top and bottom of my acupuncture medical box. You can purchase handy Moxa burning kits which you can place the Moxa roll in. Â Continued page 17

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Patience is import with natural therapies  From page 16 Moxa boxes are effective extinguishers which help avoid many of these issues. 3. Don't singe! Make sure that you are testing the distance on yourself and always keeping your hand on your animal next to the area you have been asked to treat. This will ensure that you are aware of how hot the skin is getting. Holding the stick too close to an animal is not a good idea as they might move suddenly, causing a nasty burn. Always be alert to your horse, your Moxa and your environment. 4. Don't write it off! As with all natural therapy, time and consistency is of the essence. Doing one Moxa session will certainly not help a chronic condition and can often leave the patient feeling more or less the same as before. Regular Moxa for correct time durations and being accurate in

Complimentary medicine such as Moxabustion and acupuncture are not quick fixes but they do work.

finding your acupoint is essential. Many people will give up on Natural Therapy as they search for a quick fix.

Complementary medicine of the Eastern persuasion is not a quick fix, but it does always work. Your horse may require up to 10

Moxa sessions and should always be done under the guidance of a therapist who has prescribed a clear treatment plan. Remember you would only be augmenting your acupuncture sessions with Moxibustion. If you listen to your therapist, follow the guidelines and have patience, your animal will improve. Moxibustion sessions between Acupuncture therapy treatments are a great way to help shift chronic conditions a little quicker and include you in the treatment process. Ridestrong Therapy operates on the Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Canberra and Beaudesert Surrounds. Therapists are contactable via the website or email and phone 0434 814 076.We can also be found on Instagram and Facebook as Ridestrong Therapy!

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Herbs assist in ligament and bone healing By CATHERINE MCDOWELL Lameness, stiffness and soreness problems in horses are most often the result of structural problems which involve injury, calcification, decalcification, scar tissue and ligament damage of one sort or another, whether it be recent or in the past. BONES: Many bone problems are preventable and can be traced back to treatment and training. For example most two-year-olds have not matured enough for their bones to stand up to the work often demanded of performance horses at that age. Breaking in and shoeing horses, stabling and working them on hard surfaces and preparing them for performance sports such as racing is the main reason many ex racers are plagued by bone and ligament problems all of their lives. Putting them through a typical preparation for racing as a two-year-old is like taking 10year-old children and, while denying them any time to play, starting them in rigorous training for marathon road running or weight lifting. Bone maturity problems in certain sections of the racing fraternity used to be addressed by the practice of pin firing the shins of horses to artificially create scarred bone tissue in an effort to have them stand up to heavy work. This is barbaric and cruel and is a practice that is illegal in all the EEC countries (including the UK), the USA, and is considered an 'unprofessional' practice by the Australian veterinary profession. Nevertheless, pin firing continues in some countries (even Australia - in both horses and greyhounds) - though it is probably of very little value as the scarred bone tissue created will never have the flexibility and elasticity of healthily matured bones. In feeding horses for healthy bones, remember there is plenty of calcium and, more importantly plenty of silica, in naturally balanced and maintained pasture and dry feed diet. Feeding calcium supplements to horses that have access to natural grains and grasses only creates an imbalance which is often detrimental.

Horses’ legs need to be strong to stand up to the work often demanded of them. Prepared horse feed probably also contributes to weaknesses in the modern horse. This is because, although their chemical balances are all very carefully worked out and shown on the packages, the individual ingredients which are blended to create these balances are quite often not natural feed substances for horses, or not in the balance found in nature and are therefore poorly metabolized. Also, while it is possible to see if a particular batch of natural feed is not right by its look, smell or feel, it is much more difficult to tell if the ingredients of prepared feeds were fresh or healthy when they were ground, blended and made into pellets. Then of course, once you crush a grain, you break down its protective shell and the goodness diminishes very quickly. Far better to keep the feed as natural and unprocessed as possible. LIGAMENTS: Ligament problems are more difficult to prevent as they more often flow from accidents rather than from dietary or physical neglect. However, it is simple to use herbs in the diet to ensure the maximum strength and elastic-

ity in ligament development in horses. HERBS FOR STRUCTURAL AND LIGAMENT PROBLEMS Oats and Millet - Millet and oats both contain especially high levels of organic silica compounds as well as carbohydrate and many other minerals and as oats can be too hot for some situations, I would suggest that a daily cup of millet as a feed supplement is sufficient to ensure all the silica required to produce tough bones and to aid in recovery from injury. Linseed - is specific for strength and elasticity of ligaments and attachment points. A cupful (boiled and drained as too much raw linseed can be toxic) daily in a young horse's diet and regular application of raw linseed oil to the legs of young horses is the very best thing you can do for a growing horse to avoid a working life plagued by ligament injuries. Both millet and linseed dramatically increases the speed of healing of all these sorts of injuries and prevents them from becoming chronic by completely resolving the injury. Â continued page 19

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Preventative Maintenance  From page 18 Wintergreen and Arnica - are applied topically (applied externally), specifically to improve the circulation around healing, and these are important in assisting the healing process in limb injuries. Both intergreen and arnica are ingredients I include in my creams and oils, but great care must be taken not to make them too strong if you are making them yourself. Slow healing in the equine hoof and lower limb is a direct result of its design and the fact that blood flow is very sparse. Application of wintergreen and arnica in anything but the tiniest amounts can cause blistering and counterproductive swelling in most areas of the lower limb. Also neither of these ingredients should be applied too close to open wounds as neither are antiseptic and, in the early stage of injury, they can slow the healing by over stimulating blood flow near open wound. Arnica dramatically reduces the swelling associated with all bruising. What is not commonly appreciated is that it also improves the circulation within the bones themselves and will therefore speed healing and to prevent a region of bone bruising area from becoming the site for arthritic problems or even bone cancer in later years. Yarrow - is a herb which in extract form closes off blood vessels and acts as an astringent to help close up open wounds. Yarrow also stimulates bone marrow health and the production of red blood cells within the bone marrow again supporting the resolution at the most profound levels of damage or weakness following strain or injury. White Willow Bark - is a herb containing natural salicylates and it is where the first aspirin was produced from. Of course, after humankind learned to produce the active ingredients chemically and were able to patent them, we were no longer interested in the herb, (which incidentally, as a whole herb produces no irritation to the stomach whatsoever). White Willow is a useful ingredient in a bone and ligament treatment program as it reduces inflammation naturally and will reduce stiffness and soreness to allow a more even exercise program during recovery without masking pain artificially, as do drugs. Comfrey - in spite of occasional bad press, is the most important herb in speeding up healing of structural injuries. Mashed up comfrey leaves mixed with linseed oil makes a poultice which will astound you with the

Comfrey can speed up structural healing injuries.

Equine First Aid Kit

Horses are creatures of flight and are often finding them selves in trouble. To help you prepare for an unexpected accident, illness or emergency with your horse, below we have listed some important items that you should have close at hand. Create your own Equine First Aid Kit and keep in a handy place for quick and easy access, both for at home and while travelling. Whether it be colic, lameness, fence injuries, or general day to day mishaps be prepared. Bowed tendons can be a common problem in high performance horses.

speed at which ligament or bone injuries will completely resolve themselves when used in conjunction with the an appropriate selection of other herbs above. In conclusion it should be clear that there are a large number of simple and inexpensive ways in which herbs can be used to both aid in the maturity of bones in young competition horses, and to repair and resolve injury and strain occasioned by workload or injury. These preventative programs and injury treatments should always be the first considered and you should manage them yourselves. Veterinary medicine and surgery should be reserved for those occasions when herbal and home remedies and programs need assistance. It is usually not even necessary to carry out many of the standard tests, scans and X-ray examinations to attempt to exactly verify the site or nature of the injury as this mostly does not justify in terms of improved treatment the cost of such procedures. Herbs will aid in healing and recovery from injury wherever it is found in the body. Therefore every time you are treating a specific problem the herbs will also seek out other areas of past or impending weakness and take advantage of the opportunity to resolve these without your even knowing it is going on. Preventative maintenance is the first and best place to start in ensuring good health. The exact same herbs discussed above can form the basis of a program for bringing on young stock so that they have much healthier, more mature and more elastic ligaments and bones. urther, these measures are so blindingly simple, cheap and of obvious benefit, that it is impossible to understand why their use is not standard practice in all rearing and training operations. For more information visit

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How important is grazing for your horse? By ANTOINETTE FOSTER Equine Nutritional Therapist, Medical Herbalist ©2018 There are many challenges in determining the types of pasture that are suitable for your horse. Having a better understanding of how horses use sugars in grass and hay can be quite beneficial the old saying “oils ain’t oils” is also true of grass. There are many different species of grass throughout Australia and having a good knowledge of the grasses can be very helpful in maintaining your horse's longterm health and well-being. That beautiful green pasture may not be so good in horses that are risk of laminitis or have a low tolerance to high sugar levels can alter throughout the day. Sugars are building blocks for plant growth and all grasses produce sugar during the daylight hours they use carbon dioxide, water and energy via photosynthesis from the sun. These sugars which are produced during the day are then turned into fibre to support the cell walls and energy and various other life processes. Therefore, it is logical to think that the best time for horses, prone to laminitis, to graze on pasture is early in the morning. Until recently, not a great deal of attention has been paid to the sugar content in pasture and hays. It is now very important for people to be aware of the content and dangers of high sugar in grasses with horses who are prone to laminitis. It is not just the spring where we need to be concerned about grasses coming through. When there has been a reasonable amount of rain and then days of sun, the short grass that comes through is quite high in sugars. Although it is not as drastic as spring grass, it can still have an impact on horses prone to laminitis. Scheduling time spent on pasture for these types of horses is extremely important and the best time will be earlier in the morning. Horses that really cannot tolerate high sugars and are prone to laminitis should be restricted as far as grazing time is concerned. At the same time, these horses must receive a good level of roughage so feeding a low sugar and starch hay, such as Teff would be quite useful in these cases. We understand in certain parts of Australia there are issues with grasses such as those that contain a high oxalate level, but it is very easy to manage horses in these areas. Page 20

Understanding the value of different pastures can be crucial to the health of your horse. Supplementation becomes species of grasses so having a pasextremely important for horses ture tested is a fantastic way to that are in areas such as this. determine not only the sugar conWhilst high oxalate grasses impact tent but also the starch, energy, the horse's health and well-being, protein and fats contained in the it is not a concern in regards to pasture. high sugar content. Weeds and how to deal with them There is no doubt that there are Weeds are really an indicator variations in sugar levels dependplant. They can indicate problems ing on the location, the quality of such as poor soil fertility and soil the soil, climate and many other structure, soil acidity, poor variations which can not only on a drainage and possibly salinity. daily basis but seasonally. They can become a problem in a It has been determined that horses pasture due to cultivation, hay cutthat are at risk would be better off ting, overgrazing and even under to be turned out early in the morngrazing. They can also appear due ing say between the hours of 5 and to climatic reasons such as a wet 10am when the sugar levels are summer or drought. lower. Barley Grass often occurs when Certainly there will be changes pastures are bare, with patches of from day to day depending on the soil, grows well with lack of comlevel of photosynthesis occurring. petition from preferred species of When the sun is out, the photosynpasture plants. thesis process is increased and They are very quick to germinate hence the sugar level will also in the autumn, which at this stage increase. are the first green pick, it is later Then in the evening the plant uses on in spring /summer they are a sugars and grows during the real pest. They are a high fertility night. By early morning the sugar weed so love manure, high organic level has usually dropped because matter, gateways etc. the plant has used its energy store What can you do to control - don't and it's safer. bare your pastures out through Just to make things more confusovergrazing? ing the sugar content could possi Stop the seed head setting seed bly be high in the morning if the in the spring/summer. The seed grass has undergone a degree of head can be nasty as it can get in stress overnight. the horse's eyes or stuck in the For example, if it is a cold night throat. Light rates of glyphosate and there is a frost than the sugar when the seed head is green in the level may still be high in the mornspring is a great way to control the ing. For those horses that are spread of the weed. If you were to prone to laminitis it is recomdo this for 1-2 years and plant mended to be mindful of those competitive pasture species you changes whereby there may be an can beat barley grass quite easily. influence on the sugar level in the  You may choose to slash the early part of the morning. seedhead in the spring. The barley Have you pasture tested. grass plant is very smart and just I believe it is an excellent rule of keeps trying to set seed closer to thumb to have the pasture tested the ground, every time you cut it. on a regular basis. If you have old dry seed heads run Some grasses are more problemata harrow or mesh over the pasture ic than others, and this can vary to smash the seedhead to the greatly. There are diverse types of ground so to avoid problems for

the horse. Bent Grass is a sign of low fertility in the pasture. Soils are often acid (low pH), and the paddocks are poorly drained and may suffer from waterlogging. It is a matted type of weed which can take over a pasture. Undergrazing a pasture can cause it to take over and also can be spread by cultivation. What can be done to control bent grass? Firstly fertilise your pastures to get fertility higher - the main elements are phosphorous and sulphur. This may also involve applying lime to improve the soil pH.  A further method of control is like barley grass is to spray the weed in end of October early November with glyphosate at light rates to control seedset of the grass. Then back it up with heavy grazing, horses are very selective so this might need some other animals to help like sheep or cattle.  If really bad, a pasture renovation program is the best form of control. Spray with heavy rates of glyphosate in the spring/early summer, then cultivate (dead material at this point so won't spread weed) and sow in the autumn with improved pasture species and fertiliser. Fog Grass again a low fertility, acid soil weed. Loves wet waterlogged areas, very little nutrition value. This weed does send out toxins to prevent other grass species growing around it. It can be controlled quite easily with improving soil fertility with fertilisers and sowing preferred competitive pasture species. What can be done to control fog grass? Spray top pastures in the spring with glyphosate to stop seeding  fertilise pastures  pasture improvement through sowing improved pasture varieties  always do a soil test to gauge your soil status in regards to soil fertility and pH slash or graze heavily spring summer Silver Grass again often occurs in a poor pasture with low fertility. It comes in with overgrazing and takes over bared out areas. Very competitive grass. How to control of silver grass?  spraytop in the spring  improve soil fertility with fertisiliers  resow paddocks to improved competitive pasture species Paspalum is active summer rainfall weed and loves heavy wet soils with poor drainage. Stock can get the staggers from a fungus that can appear on this plant at certain times of the year. Continued page 21 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Weed control is essential for horse health  From page 20 Very common in irrigation areas. Control of paspalum - graze heavily over spring and summer (may need cattle or sheep for this)  spraytop to stop seed set.  pasture renovation by sowing competitive grasses to compete against it Broadleaf weeds Bathurst Burr a summer active weed that germinates in the spring, grows in areas where stock heavily use, waterways, dam banks, flood ways, fence lines. It is a nasty weed which has spikes and can get stuck in horses’ legs, vehicle tyres and anything that touches it. Best control is spray by spot spraying or pull plants out and dispose of them Capeweed is a very common broadleaf weed with a distinct yellow flower. Loves bare areas which it quickly takes over. Grows well where ever there is high fertility. Spreads easily by overgrazing paddocks and cultivation. It also is a remover of calcium from the soil. The best form of control is selective herbicides in early winter. Be careful of witholding periods of sprays that you do not introduce the horses back into the pasture following spraying as nitrate poisoning can occur. (Nitrate levels in the plant increase dramatically when sprayed and can be toxic to horses) Heliotrope is a summer active weed that occurs due to lack of competition by other species.  it can be harmful to the liver which can  result in jaundice and copper toxicity control spray with selective herbicide  sow improved pastures to compete against it Dock occurs mainly in waterlogged soils with

Deadly Nightshade, the berries that can be toxic to horses poor drainage or heavy clays. It has a large tap root which helps its survival. If stock do graze it it can induce calcium deficiency control.  can be sprayed with selective herbicide  pasture improvement Sorrel generally it is a weed of low soil fertility and acid soils, and lack of competition in the pasture. It is very bitter for livestock to eat so they will avoid it where possible control  improve pH of soils through liming (find out through doing a soil test)  improve soil fertility  spray out and resow improved pasture Onion Grass occurs where there is very low soil fertility (generally phosphorous) It can cause stomach concerns if horses are forced to graze it as it balls up inside the stomach like a ball of string.

 high rates of fertiliser (phosphorous and sulphur base) to improve fertility levels in the soil  sow paddocks to improved pastures. Wild Raddish/Turnip can grow quite tall with a white (raddish) or yellow flower (turnip)depending on the variety. Generally not toxic to horses unless it is sprayed and horses are forced to eat it, they may suffer from nitrate poisoning. If allowed to set seed the resultant seed can last in the ground for years. (up to 25yrs)  again improved pastures  selective herbicides Deadly Nightshade there is quite a lot around this year with ample moisture. It is a summer active weed that can grow up to 60cm tall. The important thing to watch is that horses do not eat the berries that can be toxic  again competition from other plants  herbicides Our horses rely heavily on a high roughage diet and roughage is a combination of the hays and perhaps chaffs that you may be feeding your horse but also pasture becomes an extremely important part of your horse's daily nutrition intake. Always be aware that if you are not feeding your horse sufficient roughage, particularly in drought areas, this may lead to other digestive health issues. For further information please contact us on 03 97756 4224 or 1300HiForm and email us on we are more than happy to provide free advice on pasture management and how to feed your horse in a costeffective way but also support health and wellbeing.

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ASHS National Show and Fountain of Youth Sale Following 10 days of intense and fierce competition the Australian Stock Horse National Show has wrapped up for another successful year. Attracting over 470 competitors and 827 horses from across the country, the event was held at the world class facility of the Australian Equine Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth NSW. Due to increased campdraft entries the event started a day earlier on Thursday, March 1 through to Saturday, March 10. History was made when Amanda Hollis from Walcha in NSW became the first female to win the Pryde's Easi Feed Maiden Series Campdraft in its 21 years of being held with her mare Kirkbys Stud Glitter (Hazelwood Conman - IS HSH x Kirbys Stud Gleam HSH) following three rounds of competition. Amanda was presented with a Killmore Custom Trophy Saddle along with a winner's cheque of $5000 and horse feed thanks to sponsor, Prydes EasiFeed. The excitement continued when Amanda also won the Mavericks Western Wear Ladies Campdraft with Adios Florence (Hazelwood Conman - IS HSH x Adios Flo Jo - HSH) following two rounds of tough competition. Tamworth local Rob Leach and Hazelwood Congressman ( Hazelwood Conman - IS HSH x Duloc Midnight Run) won the R.M.Williams Open Campdraft for the second year in a row with an overall score of 182, consisting of an 89 and a massive 93 points on this young six year stallion bred by the G & K Cook Partnership. The power and high performance of stallions at the campdraft continued with Doongara Manpower - HSH ridden and owned by Adam Wallen becoming champions of the Performax International Stallion Campdraft while another local, John Lee and Jats Bar Adios Acres (Acres Destiny - ISx Jats Bar Radiums Reflection - HSH) was awarded the winner of the two round Martins Stock Haulage Novice Campdraft. This stallion was reliable through the whole competition with multiple riders where John also placed equal second in the Performax International Stallion Campdraft and young rider Katie de Jong placing equal third in the Mavericks Western Wear Ladies Campdraft. The National Show's featured challenge event was the National Page 26

Winners gather at the National Futurity presentation in Tamworth.

Futurity celebrating its 30th year anniversary with 74 competitors battling it out on their threeyear- old horses. Taking the win and a trophy saddle from Marsh Carney Saddlery following multiple sections was Glenn Frazer with Derowie Serendipity (Tamarang Destinys Serentiy x Hazelwood Comma - HSH). This combination also won the title of highest scoring Fountain of Youth Sale Incentive Horse, proving that the sale is definitely where success begins. Glenn Frazer from Playmore Stock Horses at Wollar in NSW purchased the black mare at the 2016 Fountain of Youth Sale from vendors and breeders Jock and Kate Gorton from Cudal NSW. This is the second time an incentive sale horse has become a National Futurity Champion where in 2014 Lone Pine Flyn HSH and Ken Turner took the honours. Other major challenge events that offered a share in a total prize pool of $140,000 included the Rosebrook ASH Stud National Maturity for four-yearold horses with 74 riders competing for the prized Stan Bowd custom Trophy Saddle. The champion title went to Mark Field and Nandeye Deflect (Acres Destiny x Nandeye Reflect -HSH). This horse was bred by the Field Family where the full sister Nandeye Destinys Dream won

this event only last year. Mark's speech thanked all involved with holding the event and to his parents Judy and Malcom Field in a very heart felt tribute. The Affinity Insurance Snaffle Bit Futurity for two-year-olds saw exceptional training and temperament of these young Australian Stock Horses. Brett Welsh was awarded the Champion from a field of 98 competitors on Allstars Harmony (Acres Destiny - IS x GlenLee Rivoli Angelique) a chestnut mare bred and owned by the Marshall Welsh Family at Kerr in Queensland. Brett took home prizemoney sponsored by Affinity Insurance and a trophy saddle from Hawkesbury River Saddle Company. The R.M Williams Abbey Open Challenge attracted large numbers with 130 competitors. The winner was Gerald O'Brien and Obriens Ozette -HSH (Obriens Vedette - HSH x Obrien Family Yvette - HSH). This seven-year-old Stallion was consistent through all phases of the challenge placing second in the working, equal second in the campdraft section, equal fifth in the Hack and fourth in the time trial. Gerald was delighted to take home the Simon Gray Saddlery trophy saddle and a large share of the $10,000 prizemoney provided by long term sponsor

R.M.Williams. Gerald's wife Kyra was crowned the Champion only the year before therefore it was amazing to see their back to back team win. Triple Crown Winner was Brandwood Arizona ridden by Cole Moxey and owned by Nicole Barnes both from Goulburn. Their accumulative scores from the 2016 Snaffle Bit Futurity, 2017 National Futurity and the 2018 National Maturity won them a trophy saddle kindly sponsored by Hawkesbury River Saddle Company along with $1,400 cash by Hawkesbury River Saddle Co & Affinity Insurance Brokers. Showing the true versatility of the Australian Stock Horse, the Dressage competition held on the brand new AELEC arenas provided great results for Sandra Langsford (Jilliby, NSW) who was awarded the Champion Elementary and the Overall Winner of the Conquistador II Trophy on Maybah Number Five. April Docherty from Upper Rouchelm in NSW was in great form aboard Wayon JFort Destiny owned by Tydepark Performance Horses, when she won both the Champion Preliminary and Champion Novice. Madeline Brown with Waymere Oaks Latitiude became Champion Young Horse 4YO & Under Preliminary. Â Continued page 27 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Australian Stock Horses attract top sale prices  from page 26 The Supreme Horses of the Show once again displayed a high standard when a gelding Glenkell Jessie (Arcadia Lorys Lad - HSH x Glenkell Applique - HSH) owned by A Blomfield with handler Teena Bridge was awarded Supreme Led. Supreme Hack Horse went to Branfwood Arizona, a mare who qualified twice from her win as Champion English Attire Hack with owner Nicole Barnes and then again with Cole Moxey aboard in the four-year-old Champion Hack. Lastly the National Show wrapped up for another year with a strong finish when stallion Delrio Destiny ridden by Warwick Lawrence and owned by Helen Batterham won the title as the 2018 Supreme Working Horse of the Show. The 2018 ASHS Fountain of Youth Sale was held in conjunction with the National Show on Sunday, March 4. The heritage of all sale lots are traceable back to the Foundation Sires of the Australian Stock Horse offering a chance to secure a legacy of quality performance horses. This is where the future starts for many of these horses that will go on and achieve great levels of success that a Fountain of Youth Horse is known for accomplishing. Eighty eight ASH yearlings and two-year-olds were offered for sale, 56 sold grossing $324,250 with an overall average of $5790. This provided a gross increase close to $80,000 on last year's sale mainly due to the popularity of this sale attracting more sale horses. Topping the sale was Lot 75, Davidsons Ace Man - HSH, an impressive Hazelwood Conman colt out of Davidsons Romance (by Warrenbri Romeo - IS HSH) on account of KB & DC Davidson. He sold for $14,500 to LC & NC Adams of Maffra in Victoria. Toby Frazer of Dunnedoo, NSW, had a strong sale with two of his yearling fillies selling for $13,500 to be equal top price females. Both fillies, Lot 77 Bullseye Loyalty (Glen Lee Rivoli Teak HSH x Bullseye Hope) and Lot 91, Bullseye Whitney (Binnia Impressive Destiny x Binnia Midnight) sold to

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Australian Brumby Challenge returns to Equitana EQUITANA Melbourne has announced that the hugely popular Australian Brumby Challenge will be returning in 2018 and will be partnering with Dolly’s Dream Foundation to develop a Youth Award in memory of Dolly Everett... The Australian Brumby Challenge was developed by the Victoria Brumby Association and launched at EQUITANA Melbourne in 2016. The Challenge follows the journey of 20 trainers as they transform untamed Brumbies passively captured from Victoria’s high country, from wild to willing in 150 days. The Final is held across four days of EQUITANA, with trainers showcasing the transformation of their Brumby in front the crowd and an expert panel of judges. Applications are now open for professional and non-professional trainers to apply. There are two categories of the Challenge, Ridden and Youth. In the Ridden Challenge, Brumbies aged four and older are saddle trained. In the Youth Challenge, yearling aged Brumbies are trained and presented in hand only, not to be started under saddle or sat on.

Some of the mares to be used in the Brumby Challenge In 2018, the Youth Challenge will age restricted and only open to trainers aged from ten to 17 years. The competition is proud to be aligning with Dolly’s Dream Foundation, with a Youth Yearling Award presented to the winner. Dolly’s Dream Foundation launched in early 2018 the result of the passing of bullying victim, 14-year-old Dolly Everett. The foundation aims to facilitate positive change in young lives and to provide support to charity groups in the fundraising and promotion of anti-bullying cam-

paigns in school aged youth. EQUITANA’s Competition Manager, Bonnie Carr, is proud to see the development of the youth competition by the Victorian Brumby Challenge this year and alignment with a charity close the equine industry’s heart. “In light of the devastating news of the passing of passionate equestrian Dolly earlier this year due to severe online bullying, we are proud that the Australian Brumby Challenge will be associated and assist in the fundraising effort of this amazing foun-

dation.” “We are excited to be supporting the humane rehoming and reeducation of Victoria’s wild Brumbies through the Australian Brumby Challenge and look forward to what this year’s competition has in store,” said Carr. The Challenge will also be welcoming ‘McDowells Herbal Treatments’ as the official naming rights partner in 2018. McDowells are specialists in natural heath treatments and will be supporting all Brumbies involved in the challenge through a generous supplement program across the 150 days. All Brumbies will be available to purchase through registered auction at the commencement of the competition on the final day of EQUITANA. The Challenge will officially begin on 23 June and interested parties can follow the journey of their favourite trainers and horses through the Australian Brumby Challenge Facebook page and official website, as well as all EQUITANA Australia digital platforms. For more details on the Australian Brumby Challenge and to apply to become a trainer visit, - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Customising training for your horse's needs By TANJA KRAUS This is a great topic and one that I don't think we take time to review enough. Horse people are very passionate and as such we can be a little obsessive when it comes to training or methods. I think it pays to review on a regular basis what we are doing with our horses, to ensure that our horses are developing holistically. What I mean by that is that I hear and see people taking things to the ‘nth’ degree with their horses instead of having a more 'allround' approach. For example - recently I was reading an article on the stretching of the S-shaped cervical spine in the neck area. The article was explaining the benefit of teaching the horse to lengthen the neck, with the benefit being in the 'lift' of the back in 'suspension bridge' style. I completely agree with this understanding of the horse’s body biomechanically, and understand the benefits to the horse - BUT, if I become obsessive about this and begin to ask my horse for this stretch in every movement, every time I'm with him, on the ground to on the back, then I begin to develop an 'over strengthening' in one area of the horse and a weakening in another area of the horse. By the same token, we sometimes observe a horse travelling in a big, scopey forward trot (picture an endurance horse), and we consider this to be a 'poor frame' for the horse to be travelling in, and, in the case of an endurance horse that is allowed to travel this way for a significant amount of miles, yes, it is doing 'damage' to the horse, but so is riding the horse stretching forward and down 24/7. The big scopey endurance trot has the benefit of allowing the horse to feel his power, his forward and the opening through the thoracic sling, and the forward and down has the benefit of the horse stretching over the back and through the S Shape, and lifting the 'suspension bridge'. So both of these exercises, when done in moderation, are developing the horse to a benefit - especially as many riders are not riding horses that are 100% fit all of the time. The horse cannot hold himself in any frame (up or down) without experiencing pain, discomfort and causing incorrect muscle memory development. Before we can ask the horse for any collective work we must allow him to become flexible and supple, forward and open. Even a fit, in work athlete of a horse, cannot 'hold' a certain position for an extended period of Page 32

In the above images you will see Galliano (Warmblood Mare - left)) and Cooper (Paint Gelding - right). Compare the shoulder line on each horse, and also the way the sternum and pectoral (specifically the anterior superficial pectoral ) muscles are facing.Training these two horses, in the same way, would benefit one greatly, and create more issues for the other. time. How long can you hold a train '100%' in a certain way or help her lift that suspension plank for and yet we ask these avoid the exercises that aren't bridge back. horses to hold a position for mincomplimentary to their conformaIt is imperative we assess each utes and sometimes hours at a tion. I will simply put a 65/35 horse’s strengths and weakness time - it's just not possible, reasonemphasis on the exercises that before simply applying a blanket able or beneficial. each specific horse needs until I approach to training. I'm going to go out on a limb here see a change and then that numIt is also vital that we take into and suggest that most ber may change again. consideration our horse's mental trainers/coaches/clinicians/educaWe do all this work and learning ability and stability during traintors don't expect you are going to with our horses to improve them, ing programs. go home with the exercises you and then we continue to do the Just because your horse may be have learned after a lesson and exercises at the same level - withphysically capable of doing sometrain them as if they are the 'be all out adjusting for their physical thing does not tell you if he can and end all' of horse riding. improvement. mentally handle it. Everything in moderation. What does your horse need Despite the clear differences in I'm going to go out on another today? each of my horses, I won't ride or limb and say that the content you hear over a lesson, or a course may simply be that - courses content. It is not the 'way to ride your horse' for the next three years. The person teaching probably gave you some exercises to help with you and your horse's particular issues, and then when you return again, with improvement, you will get another set of exercises. APRIL That brings me to customization 7 - 9 FEEL, TIMING, SELF CARRIAGE - JIMBOOMBA you must take in your horse's con20 - 22. FOUNDATION PLUS - GLENREAGH firmation, mental ability, and 28 - 30. ADVANCING - GLENREAGH mental stability into account. For example - my horse Cooper is MAY built 'downhill' - he is big in front 19 - 21 . STRENGTH, SUPPLING, SELFCARRIAGE. and his thoracic sling is naturally - GLENREAGH rotated downwards, so to build JUNE his ability to open through this 1 - 10 10 DAY COURSE - GOLD COAST area, lift the sternum and get off 26 - 30 - 5 DAY LIBERTY GRAFTON his forehand, I have done a lot of work with him moving forward BOOK A CLINIC WITH TANYA IN YOUR AREA from behind and allowing him to CONTACT US TODAY! carry his head where he needs to (usually up) to get it out of the way and allow him to lift in front. To do a lot of forward and down work with him would have been detrimental to his development as my performance horse. On the other hand my horse Galliano, who is naturally so 'up' in the front, (which has made her quite weak in the back) so in her riding, I will be doing a lot more 'forward and down' in exercises to

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Slow the feet down and gain control By ADE BOWDEN Horses are flight animals by nature and naturally respond to pressure situations by moving their feet. In the wild, this response keeps them alive. As a ridden horse, this response is undesirable and potentially dangerous. As our horses’ personal trainer, it is up to us to retrain this response to slow the feet down to a speed we can control and ultimately have the feet move in the direction we want and at the speed we want whenever we are with our horse. In order to slow the feet down, you need to think about your training program. If you spend most of your time riding your horse forward with fast feet at trot and canter, then you can't expect your horse to stop and or listen to your cues when something frightens him and he wants to move his feet even faster. Control builds confidence As a horse trainer and coach, I come across many people that have confidence issues with riding their horse. For me to improve my confidence with horses, I spent lots of time learning to better control my horses’ feet, firstly from the ground, then from the saddle. The most important thing being stop when I say, no matter what. Once I knew my horses had stop, then my confidence improved and I was more comfortable to go faster on my horses and do more difficult manoeuvres knowing that any time I felt uncomfortable, all I had to do was stop, breathe, reassess, then go again. Confidence comes from feeling safe. When I explain this to my "not so confident" students and show them how easy it is to teach their horses to stop better and if they are having difficulty performing a task then slow the feet down. Just move one foot and stop, then move another foot and stop, then suddenly their confidence level goes up and they enjoy their "horse time" much more. Energetics To train a good stop on your horse, it's not about pulling on the reins. If it was that easy, bolting horses wouldn't exist. It's about training your horse to slow the feet and hence the body and brain down. In order to do this successfully, (from the saddle) it's a combination of riding with feel and timing so you know what your horses' body is doing underneath you so you can set your horse up correctly and apply the aid at the optimum time for your horse to perform his task successfully. It's also about being mindful of the energetics you are using when rid-

Control of the horse builds confidence both with the rider and horse and helps develop an understanding of commands so that both know what is required. ing. Usually when I see a horse moving his feet faster than the rider wants (bolting), the rider is pulling desperately on the reins and is yelling at the horse to "Whoa, whoa, whoa”, with each voice cue going up an octave in desperation. All the horse sees/feels at this point is "my leader is stressed and upset with high energy levels so we really are in a dangerous situation, I'd better move my feet even faster." I explain to my students that if you are a good leader, then your horse will be a good follower. S o train your horse to be responsive to your energetics. This means that when you lift your energy, your horse goes more forward or goes up a pace, depending on your cue and when you relax your energy and breathe out, your horse will slow his feet or stop, again depending on the cue. Ideally this training begins from the ground with your horse on a rope halter and lead and starting by moving two hind feet and stopping them. Then you progress onto moving four feet backwards and stopping them. You then move the two front feet, stop them and finally you can move four feet forwards and stop them. I start training my horses with energetics as soon as I start handling them at weaning. Once your ground training is properly established then moving onto training under saddle is a fairly seamless transition. Learning to communicate effectively with your horse by using energetics is no easy feat, that's for sure, but if you can get a handle on it, your horse experience will vastly improve, because this is the normal way that horses communicate with each other. Slow the feet Once you have better control over your horses feet, firstly from the ground, then from the saddle, you will find that your horse is "wait-

ing" for his next cue. His feet, mind and body come back underneath your seat and you are then better able to send the feet and hence the horse in the direction you want and at the speed you want. A good exercise I like to use for refining this technique from the saddle is to have your horse knock over a witch's hat. From a combination of walk and stop with a particular front foot, I get my horse to tip over the witches hat (not kick it across the pad-

dock) and then stand it back up again. This doesn't mean randomly ride forward over the witch's hat and hope for the best. It is about selecting a particular foot to do the job and sending that foot forward or backwards in the direction you want and at the speed you want, which is generally very slowly. If he misses the hat, then back your horse up, move the hind end or front end (or a little of both) to reposition your horse to do his job correctly then try again. This is just one of many exercises I use with different obstacles to continually work on having better control of my horses’ feet. When my horses’ feet go in the direction I want and at the speed I want and I know I have stop at any time, then I'm happy and safe. Summing up Be mindful of what you are teaching your horse at all times from the ground and under saddle, try to make it a step forward in your training program towards the goals you wish to achieve. If it's not working don't continue to train it fast and wrong. Stop, breathe, think, reassess and start again more slowly, one foot at a time, you will be surprised how quickly your horse responds and it all comes together so smoothly.

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Wine, food and beautiful horses Join us on our last-ever Trail of the Lipizzaners tour. Austria Travel Direct have been offering this one-of-a-kind tour for 15 years now - and it's now time for a well-earned rest. This year's tour differs slightly from previous tours in that we start in Salzburg and include a stop in western Slovenia in the hillside town of Smartno. Here we get to enjoy some of the wines and typical food of the area. This last tour includes the important highlights that have always been featured: a visit to the original Lipizzaner stud in Lipica (Slovenia); a VIP pass for the current federal stud in Piber (Austria); the procession of the young stallions from their mountain stable; front row seats in the VIP box at a gala performance at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Whilst this tour has been specially designed for the equestrian afficionado it is also a relaxing and interesting tour for those just want to see a different part of Europe. This tour will only operate with a minimum of 10 persons and a maximum of 16. As bookings have already started - don't miss out on this last chance for the special tour. Trevor Sheahan of Austria Travel Direct designed the original tour and has been escorting it annually.

The traditional Lipizzaner stallion performance at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

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Horsey heaven in the South Pacific By MELISSA RIMAC After riding through rainforests, past coconut groves, then along beaches popular with turtles and dugongs, Spirit- the beautiful buckskin mare I'm on - sloshes through a tunnel formed by mangrove roots. She snorts loudly and paws at the water, then suddenly and rather magically, we're swimming through the mangrove inlet. Unforgettable horse-rides aren't what usually comes to mind when I think about dreamy Pacific islands. However Santo - Vanuatu's largest islandis as unique amongst Pacific havens as it is almost preternaturally gorgeous. Santo is a large, untrammelled island of brilliant blues and resounding greens with rainforested islands scattered offshore. Beaches here brandish a shade of glacial blue that startles the eyes and huge, fern encrusted tamanu trees splay out over the water. Direct flights from Brisbane mean you can be there in less time than it takes to watch a movie. The quintessential way to relish the island's natural wonders is to go riding with Santo Horse Adventures, which supports a horse rescue sanctuary. We saunter out past villages and relics from Santo's colonial past and the classic novel South Pacific; through plantations and rainforests dense with lianas and buttress roots. Later, we ride girth - height through the water along the beach and then take a dip into one of Santo's many 'blue-holes' large, sapphire hued pools embraced by gargantuan trees. It's a very affable, professional set-up and even non-riders are soon lost in the delight of it all. Much of the ride is spent in the water. I'm pressed to recall an occasion where I spent so much time continu-

Riding through water is all part of the adventure on Santo, the largest in the Vanuatu island chain and helps bond horse and rider as well.

ously grinning. Longer and more challenging routes that delve deeper into the lush, intensely varied landscape are available for experienced riders. After the ride, we pamper our mounts with a wash and herbal potions. Seeing Spirit's face as she gets massaged is the perfect end to an inimitable ride. Leading the rides is passionate horsewoman and horse-rescuer Megan Jane Lockyer. Originally from a farm in New Zealand, she's called Santo home for 14 years and has been changing the lives of

Megan Jane Lockyer from Santo Horse Adventures and one of the school horses Babes.

Swimming in the crystal clear waters with horses.

the region's horses - used for stock-work and plantation transport - pretty much as soon as she got here. "I started buying horses who needed help, first one, then another...and another," Megan said. Santo Horse Adventures funds her sanctuary of 27 horses, many of whom may otherwise not be alive. Megan's horses are solid, statuesque and plainly know they're loved. Their coats shimmer thanks to the copra in their diet.  continued page 36 Â 

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Riding ‘sea horses’ in island paradise  from page 36 But it wasn't always like that for these gentle horses, such as my new mate Spirit, who came to Santo from another island on the passenger ferry. Like all the horses at the sanctuary, Spirit was rehabilitated using natural horsemanship and now all Megan's horses are ridden bit-less. "There've been times I've had to buy a horse and shot it, just to stop the suffering," Megan said. She adds that most of her horses can't be ridden. With no vet on the island, Megan is hugely appreciative of first aid equipment such as bandages and medications; even old gear and helmets. Visitors to Santo are welcome to drop by and spend time with the horses. I could contentedly spend the rest of the day with Spirit, Megan and the stunning horses at the ranch, which is conveniently located next to eco-resort Lope Lope Lodge. Happily, there's more stunning horses back at my dreamy abode Ratua Island Resort and Spa, a sensual, rustic chic retreat consisting of centuries-old timber houses from Indonesia, spaced out amid lush foliage and fronting a private section of beach. Just beyond the shore, dense meadows of healthy corals unfurl, surrounded by billowing clouds of tropical fish. Personable furry friends render this haven especially enchanting.

Santo, the largest in the Vanuatu island chain offers great waterfront resorts.

Ratua is home to gorgeous, gentle horses who can be ridden around the island, on the beach and even through the water to nearby Aore Island. It's very easy to get caught up with Ratua's horses - I almost miss my boat back to the airport. For details visit and dventures To help the horses visit

The trail riding takes in a lot of different scenery including lush jungle treks as above and mangrove tunnels like below.

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Providing a safe start to learn about horses The Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat is located at Bonogin in the beautiful scenic Gold Coast Hinterland and only 30 minutes from the heart of the Gold Coast. Offering a unique "horse experience", the retreat is ideal for individuals, groups or families wanting an introduction to horses or those wanting to develop their confidence in a safe controlled environment. It's even a great for a half or full day out with lunch included. Don't be bored sitting on a horse on a trail ride, playing follow the leader, come and have an interactive horse experience in a personalised way with professional staff and at great value. Debbie Burgermeister, inspired by her parents and a wonderful life of growing up with horses on a farm, established the retreat more than 10 years ago. She wanted a venue that offered the balance between country and city living which provided a safe environment for people to learn about horses. Debbie is a horse riding coach with a difference. She has the ability to achieve development through strong attention to body technique drawing from both Western and English riding. Starting with pony club levels and moving into the showring and disciplines such as dressage, jumping, camp-drafting, barrel racing and polocrosse, Debbie can help achieve goals through focused and attentive coaching. Credited with an established riding school for more than 10 years, she has many coaching qualifications including Equestrian Australia coach; Cert III Sports Coaching Equestrian;/ NCAS Level 2 Coach with Australian Institute of Sport; Cert IV Trainer & Assessor; First Aid; Mental Health First Aid & Blue Card; Cert IV in

Debbie established the retreat over 10 years ago to offer a safe start to riding Small Business Management and Advanced Diploma of Customer Contact Management. Deb's life is now completely dedicated to her family, her horses and the charity that she and her husband Mark founded called Giddy Up Gold Coast. This is a not for profit venture aimed at the grassroots of the sport but also promoting the healing aspects of horses for the community. Giddy Up Gold Coast promotes development in confidence, non-verbal communication techniques and emotional control, developing mental and physical strength to handle life's challenges while experiencing the energy, love and freedom horses can provide. Aside from that, the programs offer an escape from technology and an opportunity to get back to nature to unplug and unwind.

Giddy Up Kids offers horse intro classes from six-years-old and private lesson options from three-years-old as well as Horse Play Days in the school holidays for seven-year-old and older. Through the classes and play days, children are introduced to the fundamentals of horse care, handling and horse riding balance. They are a fantastic way to start your horse experience with a low cost, slow paced classes. They offer so much to learn such as safety, communication, catch, tie lead, grooming, mount and dismount, horse parts, saddlery, rugging, hoof care, bandaging, feeding, balanced rider, leg aids and rein control. Through their Giddy Up Kids programs and the Horse Day Out - Ride and Relax programs, the Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat offers a truly unique horse experience for all ages which is both education and rewarding

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The Horse Report SHOW HORSE QUEENSLAND Show Horse Queensland has a lot to offer in 2018, four great shows, the first of which was held in March, The Anzac Show on April 22 which includes the new EQ Cup Owner Rider Classes, 3 Ring Circus including Newcomer; Show Horse; Show Hunter; Rider Classes; Owner Rider; Lead Line; LATT & LBTT; Australian Hunter Horse Thoroughbred classes; Shetland Class; Inter-School Classes. The Newcomer and Child’s HOTY on June 3 and the Horse Of The Year show held over three days from August 31 to September 2. All are qualifiers for the 2019 Southern Cross Show Horse Spectacular being organised by Show Horse NSW and scheduled for early 2019 As well as these great shows Equestrian Queensland Show Horse will hold a Show Horse Leader Board offering the following awards: Owner/Rider Hi-Point Leader Board Newcomer Hack, Galloway & Pony Rider Classes Childs Pony, Galloway & Hack Lead Rein Open Hack, Galloway & Pony Open Hunter Hack, Galloway & Pony Show Horse Queensland's goal is to award and recognise Equestrian Queensland show horses and riders who have successfully competed as EQ members across all Equestrian Queensland club/affiliated events. New for 2018, Show Horse Queensland will host there own awards night to be held in November For further information visit



Anzac Show & EQ CUP - 22 April Park Ridge Pony Club Grounds The Newcomers & Childs HOTY Show - 3 June Park Ridge Pony Club grounds The Horse of the Year - 31 August - 2 September Toowoomba Showgrounds All events are a qualifier for the 2019 Southern Cross Show Horse Spectacular

Show Horse Queensland Awards Night - November date TBC

MALENY SHOW This year marks the 81st Maleny Agricultural Show, held on Friday and Saturday on June 1 and 2. There are two full days of horse events in the main ring. Pavilion, dairy, beef and poultry displays as well as our popular small farmers tent and Flavours of the Farm trade areas. Plenty of free family fun and entertainment to keep everyone entertained. This year we have the famous Noah's Racing Pigs attending the show, as well as Walter Whip and the Flames. An animal nursery, motorbike stunt riders, live reptiles, junior judges and paraders, woodchops, vintage cars, ute muster and grand parades. This year we have a talent quest running over both days of the show featuring the wonderful Gemma Kirby. Friday night will see live entertainment as well as fireworks and the Cattlemans bar open till late. Saturday night we have our rodeo provided by Honky Tonk Rodeo Promotions and will feature Open and Novice bull rides, Saddle Broncs, poddy calves and barrel races. All horse section details are available on our website to view and download, at or phone the chief horse steward Kayrene Corkin on 0477 008221 for further details and yard bookings. Membership is a great way to get value for money entry to the show for both days, and can be applied for via the website. There is plenty of parking at the Maleny Historical Society for show patrons, with a free shuttle bus running to and from the showgrounds all day.

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The Horse Report NORTHERN NSW HACK CHAMPIONSHIPS The Elite Horse and Pet Products Northern NSW Hack Championships will be held at The Lismore Showgrounds from May 25 to 28. The event is a Show Horse Council Australasia qualifier show for 2018 Grand Nationals and events include riders classes, Open and Show Hunter classes including Newcomer, Preliminary and Amateur Owner classes, Children’s Day, Working Hunters and the prestigious Open and Amateur, Gary Robson Memorial Hack Challenge plus a Riding Pony Stud Book Society Feature Show. Classes are now open for entry on SHC Data base visit For further information contact Di McMahon email: or Ph 0413 474 074 or secretary - Tanya Stuart 0439 547 985 email:

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BOONAH SHOW "Showcasing our Sporting & Creative Lifestyle" is the theme for the 2018 Boonah Show which will be held on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. This theme is to bounce off the Commonwealth Games, which will have just been held on our doorstep, and to give our local sporting clubs the opportunity to run demonstrations, or "Come and Try" sessions during the day on Saturday. Also, what better way to recognise all the creative people in the community, than giving them the opportunity to display their handiwork, craft, art, photography, cooking or gardening at the show. The Show Society will also be recognising that it is 120 years since the Boonah Show Society, then known as the Dugandan Agricultural and Pastoral Association, held its first show in 1898. While many things have changed, and the committee is always trying to introduce new things, the basic tradition of a good, old fashioned country show continues, and remains front and centre in all the planning. See the cattle, horses, poultry, goats and caged birds, as well as tremendous displays of agricultural produce, fruit and vegetables that the district is famous for. The horse program on Saturday will feature an ANSA Feature Show as well as a "3 Ring Circus" for Ponies, Galloways and Hacks. This years' Boonah Show will be a full two days and two nights show with fireworks both nights. A big feature of the 118th Show will be the trotting program on Friday evening commencing at 4.30pm, when there will be both the harness racing and mini trotters racing, with the finals commencing at 7pm. A woodchop demonstration will also be held on Friday night, as well as the Crack-up Sisters and the Junior "Young Farmers Challenge" in the main arena. Fireworks will be held at 8pm, but the show rides, bar and music will continue until 9pm. All the pavilions and show rides will be up and running all day Friday, allowing patrons to join in all the fun of the show, and have lots of time to examine all the wonderful exhibits from the Boonah district, at the same time to check out the many breeds of dogs in the main arena and the prime cattle judging and auction. Both woodchopping and chainsaw races will be held on Saturday and will keep everyone on their toes, along with all the regular features. The vintage tractors, vehicles and machinery displays are always popular, and the Cavalcade of Transport following the Grand Parade is something vehicle enthusiasts should not miss. The ever popular Demolition Derby will close the show on Saturday night. However, the bar and music will continue until midnight. A special for the children is the Scarecrow Trail, the Little Animal House Petting Zoo with all the favourite baby farm animals to pet and feed, plus a chance to meet up close and personal with some native Australian animals supplied by Australian Bush Babies. First Light Entertainment with their great roving entertainment and the ever popular RSPCA Emu Van will be back. Local school bands will be performing throughout the day. Enjoy lots of great show traditional food from the many food stalls plus a large variety of ethnic food stalls. Enjoy great home cooked morning or afternoon teas or lunch in the comfortable atmosphere of the dining hall. Visit the wide range of trade displays and market stalls, as well as enjoy all the tastings in the fine food and wine pavilion. Come and visit Boonah for the weekend or day and enjoy the hospitality of a great country show and see everything Boonah has to offer.


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THE 90th MUDGEERABA SHOW . 23rd and 24th June 2018

Fun and excitement at the show with a weekend of entertainment, including acts ADAM BRAND, DINKUM DINOSAURS, CHAD MORGAN, Two Old Ducks Cooking Show and the fabulous Mr Fireworks and Laser Show.

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The Horse Report TERRANORA LAKES EQUESTRIAN CLUB The Terranora Lakes Equestrian Club is located in the Bilambil Valley on the NSW-Queensland border. It is a great little club that’s offers agistment , training days, clinic, shows and dressage days. They will be hosting a variety of events in 2018 including a Hack show and Dressage day that is to be rescheduled after wet weather cancelled the event on easter monday date and progrm will yet to be advised a sporting and Dressage day for 17 June and much more Keep a look out on their facebook page Terranora Lakes Equestrian Club for updates For further information contact Paula 0413 733 294.

MUDGEERABA SHOW The 90th Mudgeeraba Show is almost with us - 23/24th June. This is a family event not to be missed with all the fun of the fair, along with a huge variety of exhibits that include cuddly miniature goats, curious sheep, gentle cows and an exciting and revised two days of equestrian events. Birds, poultry, camels and racing pigs, Mudgeeraba has them all. Woodchop events, community exhibits along with the wonderful arts and craft displayed in the pavilion too. Come and see what a farrier does? The Mudgeeraba Show has something for everyone - all age groups and interests. There will be great bands along with a huge variety of singers and entertainers. There will be buskers, magicians, dancers and the ever popular grand parade. Feature events at this year show will be the Dinkum Dinosaurs two old ducks cooking show and the fabulous Mr Fireworks and Laser Show. Music for all include the talented Adam Brand, Chad Morgan along with a huge variety of entertainers many of whom have already released albums.

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Araluen GP Price: $ 10,000. firm 16.2 hh Reg: EA, SHC, ANSA Brown Gelding YOB: 2008 Sire: Smash Hit (WB) Dam: Chloe GP (TB) Fletcher boasts 3 elastic forward paces and is established in laterals. Fletcher has been campaigned to novice dressage with potential to excel through the levels and has also been lightly shown with success. Fletcher gives a comfortable ride making him a good riders class mount. Easy to handle in all aspects, no lunging required after a spell. Excellent to catch, shoe, float, trim. Easily maintains show condition all year round with little work and feed. Fetcher is best suited to a competent rider to bring out the best in him. Fletcher is only for sale as I am now working away and do not want to see him going to waste in the paddock. Fletcher is now in light work and available to view in Bairnsdale, Victoria. Equipe Emporio saddle available at extra cost. Video and additional photos available for serious buyers. Contact: Hannah Mlynarz Ph: 0438 344 260

Puccini 5yr old Thoroughbred Gelding Price: $ 15,000. 15.3 hh Reg: Thoroughbred, EA, SHC Brown Gelding YOB: 2012 Sire: Hard Spun Dam: Metung Belle Harvey commenced his show career in January 2017 & has been a delight from his very first outing. He is a quality young horse who has easily qualified for all Royals, the 2018 RVL OTT Championship to be held at VASA & the 2018 SHC Grand Nationals held at SIEC. Harvey has a lovely temperament & is easy to handle in every way. He is extremely sensible & comfortable to ride and he even jumps well! Harvey has been ridden by a lady rider this season at several Agricultural shows & would also be suitable for a teenager. Major performances to date:Adelaide Royal - 2nd Novice Hack 15-15.2hhs Adelaide Royal - 5th Open Hack 15-15.2hhs SHCV Southern Stars - Small Hack Champion This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a young horse who has had a great start to his education, who is versatile, safe & sound & will give you many years of pleasure. Contact: Greg Mickan Mob: 0427 563 117

Let’s Dance Elegant Large Hack Price: $ 28,000. all reasonable offers considered 16.1 ½ hh Reg: Thoroughbred / ANSA Bay Gelding Age: 11 yrs Sire: Waterford Road Dam: Carissa This is your opportunity to own one of Australia’s top Show Hacks. He is stunningly elegant in every way, a gentleman and absolute pleasure to have in the stables as he is kind and gentle and loves attention. His elegance makes him a perfect ladies hack. He has been ridden by a teenager qualifying to National level in Hack classes, child classes and rider classes. He is beautifully educated and does foot perfect flying changes. He travels well, easy to show, clip and prepare. He is beautifully conformed and the most magnificent led horse. Must sell as we no longer have a rider. Contact 1: 0419 660 147 Contact 2: 0417 796 524 R

DP Popstar 16.0 hh Chestnut Gelding YOB: 2007 Sire: Secret Savings (USA) Dam: Royal Aria (NZ) Rarely does a horse of this quality and temperament, suitable for a teen or lady rider, become available. - 1st Novice Hack 15.2-16hh Royal Melbourne Show 2017 - Runner Up Intermediate Hack SHCV Masters 2017 - 4th SHCV Southern Stars 2017 (GN Qualifier) - Top 5 Newcomer & Rising Star VAS Saddle Horse Champs 2017 - 1st Led Thoroughbred Gelding Canberra Royal Show 2018 - 7th Open Hack 15.2-16hh Canberra Royal Show 2018 Pete is a very genuine horse and not bothered by rides, big screens or even harness. Requiring little work down at even the biggest of competitions. However, he is still a thoroughbred and not a 'robot', so would prefer to see him go to an experienced horsey family. Pete is fully performed for all 2018 Royal Shows, including Supreme saddle horse of the show at the last agricultural show attended. Sound and 100% Drug Free. Contact: Kara Woolcock Mob: 0433 532 847 Page 46 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Jimba Secret Identity Price: $ POA 14.1 hh Reg: Riding Pony, Saddle Pony Black Mare YOB: 2010 Sire: Bundaleer Merlin Dam: A Night Like This

Secret is a black, eye catching, 7yo, 14.1hh, RPSB, ASPA mare. She started her success at the age of three in Brisbane winning her 3-year-old filly class. Since then with her impressive movement, she has continued winning countless Champions and Supremes in both led and ridden events. Easily qualifying for Royals. Jimba Stud is proud to present this stunning mare for sale. Video Footage - Contact: Jessica Brieffies Mob: 0429 490 545

Rosegate High Alto Price: $ 20,000. 14.2 hh Reg: RPSBS Grey Mare YOB: 2013 Sire: Royalwood Boy Soprano Dam: Blue Simone (Thoroughbred) The very difficult decision has been made to sell our lovely small galloway, Ali. We have too many young horses coming through. She has had a very successful show career, is kind natured and easy to clip, shoe etc, but does windsuck when stabled. She has been successfully ridden by children and would be a fantastic rider class mount. Requires little working down. She has qualified for Adelaide Royal 2018 from minimal shows. Ali is an exceptional mover and would also excel in dressage. Some of her performances to date: 2018 Rising Star (GN qualifier 2019): - Champion Small Show Galloway -Runner Up Child's Show Galloway Adelaide Royal 2018: -Placed all classes 2017 EA HOTY: - Runner Up Small Show Galloway 2017 Champion Of Champions - Champion Small Galloway RIDING PONY OF THE YEAR 2016: -Supreme Youngstock Riding Pony RIDING PONY OF THE YEAR 2015: -Supreme Overall Led Riding Pony

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Thorwood Cookies N Cream Price: $ 15,000. 12.0 hh Reg: EA, SHC, RP, Welsh Palomino Gelding YOB: 2010 Sire: Silkwood Puss N Boots Dam: Weston Park Pearl It’s with a very heavy heart that we offer Harvey for sale. He is a top child’s show pony who has won at both EA and SHC Horse of the years, and Royal show level. Always qualifying for Royals and Grand Nationals from minimal showing. He competed for SA at EA Nationals for a fourth placing two years in a row in the open and child’s show pony under 12hh. Harvey is a super competitive pony who is easy in every way to prepare for shows. 100% sound. He is a real character and loves attention. Best suited to a confident and ambitious child 9+ to get the very best from him. For sale to the best of homes only as needing a larger pony. Contact: Kelly Nusbajtel Mob: +0435 751 017 Email:

Silkdale Catwalk Price: $ 6,500. 12.3 ½ hh Reg: WABA, Riding Pony, Part Welsh, SHC, EA Buckskin Mare YOB: 2009 Sire: Xtroadinare of Sefton Dam: Thorwood Claire Rose Sadly the time has come for Alice to find a new home. Her stunning looks and huge movement in the hands of the right rider will go far. Alice has had a full season under saddle ridden by a confident 11 year old child. Alice has successfully been shown in hand with numerous supreme titles. Most recent being 2017 Perth Royal Show Supreme Buckskin, 2017 Perth Royal Show Top 5 Supreme of Supreme Exhibit and 2017 WABA Supreme Buckskin 10.2h - 14h. Alice is good to do everything with, however at shows she does require to be worked down. She is not suitable for a beginner. Contact 1: Melissa Fabry 0419 024 590 Contact 2: Ricci Mercer 0428 236 205 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Horse report april 2018  

48 pages of informative and interesting articles, news stories, advertising, photos and information on what’s new and, what’s happening out...

Horse report april 2018  

48 pages of informative and interesting articles, news stories, advertising, photos and information on what’s new and, what’s happening out...