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Be prepared for emergency situations By TANJA KRAUS I guess we all hope that we won't have to deal with an emergency situation, particularly when it comes to our horses. They can be flighty, stressed out and seemingly illogical, particularly in the face of danger. Recently we had to evacuate 10 horses from our property, due to the threat of out of control bush fires. We were lucky in a lot of ways; 1. We had people that could help drive trailers - one friend had a two horse trailer, another had a stock crate that could take three, we had our own two horse, so this meant we only had to do a couple of trips each. 2. We had somewhere to go. As it turned out once we made this decision, within a few hours of moving them to the new location, we were alerted that this new location was also under threat, as was a few hundred kilometres of the east coast. Upon assessment of the property we had evacuated to, which also had 16 horses, it was deemed to be the best location we could be in, in terms of managing the horses during a fire. 3. The majority of our horses were easy to handle, catch and load. Do they get excited in a stressful situation - of course, they are horses. All of them can be caught easily and all of them load well except two, who will load but just need a little more time due to lack of experience. All of our horses will also load onto any trailer (straight or angle load, step up or ramp). This was probably the most important part of the entire operation. The first two points you could call good fortune or luck, but the third, that's the result of us investing in our horses’ training, from day one. Having horses that even non-horse people could lead, hold and load, meant that the entire process of

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With all the bush fires raging in Australia, it’s important to have an evacuation plan for your animals. evacuating 10 horses went quicker, and kept the horses closer together which alleviated anxiety issues from being separated. Investing in your horse's mental health as part of their training helps to keep you and them safe in times like these. Even our two that weren't 'straight on' loaders took maybe 10 or 15 minutes to get in the trailer confidently and smoothly. These two horses were only hesitant as they have only been trailered a handful of times. But what helped is that both of them have done lots of trust-building training, confidence training, and solid citizenship training. These often overlooked areas of our horses’ training are a huge investment in our horses’ overall mental health, which of course translates into saddle work. As part of the foundation of my horses’ training, all horses get; Citizenship training - leading, trailering, rugging, pickup feet, and all the things that we do with our horses on a day to day basis. Confidence training - helping our horses become 'thinking horses' and building their ability to solve problems and find solutions "Action not Reaction" Trust Building - Exposing our horses to 'scary things' and building and preserving their curiosity, helps the horse build trust in humans. All of these, of course, are reflected in our horses’ day to day behaviour, their riding, and of course when they are under stress. I noticed that our horses who are usually not really worried when one gets taken away or moved etc were particularly in tune with the entire herd's location and did get stressed when someone was moved beyond the 'safe bound-

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Wilson Sisters enjoy peace of mind with safe fence system

Any horse owner’s worst nightmare is finding their trusted mount tangled in a fence, cut, bleeding or maybe even dead from an encounter with a fence that has proven far from suitable for keeping them safe and contained.

The Wilson Sisters have given their fences a makeover, choosing to use the highly visible Gallagher Equine Fence Wire and are pleased with the reduction in the number of injuries to their horses.

“We did a lot of research on different fencing options before choosing the Gallagher Equine Fence Wire. It ticked all the boxes for us,” says Kelly.

No-one is more familiar with the risk of injury than Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson. Well known for their work taming wild horses around the world, the sisters are New Zealand’s most prominent equine siblings and have gained a public following both in New Zealand and internationally. They also have an enviable show jumping record, claiming many wins at the sport’s highest levels. Over the years, thousands of horses have been through the Wilson Sisters during camps and clinics, as well as their own team of performance horses. While accidents are few and far between, the sisters have seen and experienced first-hand far too many encounters with typical high tensile farm fences, as well as accidents in gates and from post and rail fencing. These have included legs caught in fences, wire cuts and scratches and

catching hooves in gates. They are injuries often requiring weeks of intensive nursing to get right. Thanks to their relationship with Gallagher, the sisters were given the opportunity to have their property re-fenced with Gallagher equine fencing systems, including Equine Fence Wire, insulators and gates all designed specifically with horse’s needs and challenges in mind. Working with Gallagher and the Fencing Contractors Association of New Zealand, the sisters pulled out the old standard farm fencing around the property and commenced a fencing makeover that has exceeded their original expectations. “We wouldn’t have considered our original fencing to be that bad, and thought it was pretty typical. Sure we had the occasional injuries but so does every horse owner. When Gallagher pointed out room for improvement, we saw huge potential to eliminate many of the issues we’d been struggling with over the years. Now we look back and see so many injuries that could have been prevented if we’d put safer fencing in earlier.”

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Insulated Line Posts The Gallagher Equine Fence Wire used is a unique electrified polymer design with a wide diameter and smooth coating, reducing the risk of the wire entangling the horse or becoming caught in them. “Some of the worst accidents we’ve seen are when the wire (either on a fence or gate) gets caught between the hoof and shoe. It’s even worse when the wire is electrified and the horse can’t get loose.” Since installing the Gallagher wire eight months ago they haven’t had any injuries in the newly fenced paddocks and couldn’t be happier. After a huge storm in their local region, the Wilson Sisters’ local vets tended to a number of fence related accidents. One equine property had three injured and one dead.

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“Our horses came through just fine, not a scratch on them. It’s a huge relief being able to go to bed at night, or away to shows on the weekend, and know the horses will be in their paddocks when we return and safer than ever before.” The fence system comprises largely of outriggers to prevent horses talking to each other over the fence, which can be a major cause of injuries with horses previously striking out through the wire. Below this are one or two hot wires.

Since installation the integrity of the fence system has been pushed to its limits when tasked with containing the sisters’ wild horses they have been training. However with the new system the paddocks effectively have an invisible barrier that horses are respecting. “The Equine Wire is highly visible compared to usual fencing wire. There is far less risk that they will canter into it.” But it is not only the safety of their wild horses that gives peace of mind to the sisters. They have recently taken on some high value show jumping horses, ultimately intended for Olympic campaigns. “Their owners need to know they are well looked after and safe, and the Gallagher fence system ensures that.” The Wilsons have had a number of equine colleagues come to look over the fencing, and leave convinced it is the best they have seen for containing horses. For more information about the Gallagher range of safe and effective Equine Electric Fencing solutions, head into your local rural reseller or contact Gallagher on 1800 425 524.

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Fencing after fire Taking the humble fence post and turning it on its head to create the Insulated Line Post, Gallagher have provided customers such as Wavalee Laird with an easy to install, safe and reliable option for Permanent Electric Fencing. Fire burning out half their new property just before moving in was compounded for South-West Victorian couple, Wavalee Laird and partner Jacquie Norris. They had bought the small farm in December 2017, but widespread fires through Gavoc in March 2018 burnt half of "Breezeholme", including all the eastern boundary fencing and two internal fences. "We had about three weeks to get the new place re-fenced, so we were in a bit of a pinch. I had to get something in the ground pretty much straightaway to get the horses across and safe," Wavealee said. Consulting her local Gallagher reseller, Wavalee settled on using Gallagher Insulated Line Posts, powering the fence with a Portable Solar Energizer, as a simple solution to her boundary fencing dilemma. The Gallagher Insulated Line Post is the tailor-made electric fence post, providing a simple to install and low-cost alternative to traditional fence post options. The flexible, UV resistant post is suited to all electric fencing applications, due to its multiple configurable wire attachment points. "I was in a big rush to get it up. So even though it was after work and getting dark, I thought 'we'll put a couple in the ground to see how long it's going to take us and how easy it is", said Wavalee. "We did half that night and came back the next day and did the rest. Then we strung all the wire up and turned the fence on and we had a boundary fence again. So it made me really happy because I could move my horses." Later, Wavalee received help from BlazeAid to rebuild her boundary fences, but didn't want to part with her Gallagher Insulated Line Posts. "I didn't want to sell or get rid of the Gallagher Insulated Line Posts; I really like them." "We moved the Gallagher Insulated Line Posts and used them as our internal fences. We've got them dividing our acres up into horse-sized paddocks now, so they're not just roaming around in cow-size paddocks. I really like it." "I really have that peace of mind with these fences, knowing that if a horse runs at it, the worst thing that's going to happen is slapping them on the bum on their way past. That peace of mind is huge."


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Tom Curtain's We're Still Here Tour Northern Territorians Tom and Annabel Curtain are on the road and bringing a taste of the Top End to Queensland and NSW this month and next with their We’re Still Here tour. Owners of the award winning Katherine Outback Experience which celebrates life on the land, the multi-talents Tom Curtain, will be demonstrating his horse training skills, providing working dog demonstrations, telling a few humorous bush tales. and featuring his other passion, country music. The Golden Guitar winner has recently released his We’re Still Here album which gives listeners an insight into his life and celebrates the hope, resilience and pride still very much evident in regional and remote Australia. Moving through the tracks, Tom's songs take listeners from the Kimberley to his home state of the Northern Territory through to Central Queensland and back again. Tom, Annabel and team, including newest recruit, Harry Hugo Curtain born on November 2, will bring the Katherine Outback Experience to a showground near you with the show

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comprising an hour of horse and working dog demonstrations followed by an hour of live music with special guests. "It's an enormous buzz to see the people coming together and I love seeing the smiles on the kids' faces when they see the dogs," Tom said. "People love the interaction with the animals and feel like they get extra value from the training tips we share. It's a very handson experience for the kids but also an important opportunity to bring the community together and check-in on one another."

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Gift suggestions just in time for Christmas Yes, it’s that time of the year again and The Horse Report has some gift suggestions for those wondering what to get your equestrian family and friends.

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Need to occupy the kids in the school holidays have your own horse and are a member of Pony Club. the the Murwillumbah Pony Club has a lot to offer this school holidays. They will be holding their annual three day camp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 15, 16 and 17. Instruction will be provided in show jumping, sporting, show riding, dressage, mounted games and getting horse over scary obstacles. There will also be theory lessons for proficiency certificates, fun with games, trick riding and vaulting and lots more. To attend the camp you need to be a financial member of a pony club for 2020, have your own horse and prenominate via the nomination form available on request. This year, adult riders will be welcome to join in at the camp so long as there are financial riding members of a pony club. Nominations are essential to attend both the gymkhana and camp. For further information contact Paula on 0413 733 294 or Glenda Bowkett 0412 491 839


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Ad Standards finds against supplements firm's advertising By MALCOLM GREEN Research and Marketing Director Calinnova Ltd Honesty in advertising is always an important issue and it has been shown just how important following a recent investigation into a complaint brought to the Ad Standards. Following an exceedingly thorough and exhaustive examination, the Industry Jury appointed by Ad Standards ruled that Jenquine's promotion of Dr Stewart's Bone Formula Forte misled or deceived with respect to: * The composition of the product - the amount of chelated calcium relative to inorganic calcium * The efficacy of the tiny quantity of chelated calcium in the product * The presence or absence of the amino acid methionine The Industry Jury determined that Jenquine's marketing emphasis on chelated calcium did not reflect that only 1.65% of the calcium the product contains is actually chelated. Over 98% comes from standard and commonly available inorganic sources, which are barely mentioned in the marketing materials. Indeed amongst a host of references and claims for chelated calcium, the Industry Jury identified only two, well-buried, mentions of the inorganic calcium the product

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mostly contains. Further, despite claiming to have clinical trials, the Industry Jury determined that Jenquine provided no evidence that satisfied them of efficacy. And finally the Jury determined that, as Jenquine admitted they had no methionine in their product, they should stop claiming that they do. Jenquine have chosen to direct this misleading information at both riders and veterinarians and sell much of their product through the veterinary wholesalers and veterinary practices who were on the receiving end of those misleading campaigns. Oxalate pastures are recognised as a major animal welfare issue by riders and veterinarians in NSW and Queensland, making it all

the more distressing that any firm should misrepresent their own product specifically marketed for horses on such pasture. The Ad Standards complaint was reluctantly brought by EquiFeast Australia following multiple, sophisticated analyses of the Jenquine product. EquiFeast's main supplements are patent protected and formulated with 100% of the calcium coming from chelated sources. They deliver about 24 times as much chelated calcium per day as Jenquine's product does for roughly five times the price. For the full Ad Standards Case Report look here:

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Victoria takes a good look into Equine Uveitis Blog by VICTORIA FERGUSON Renee Staffleu writes from Queensland's Darling Downs "In April 2019, my 17.2hh Warmblood Gelding 'Showman' had his first vet treatment for what was first thought to be an eye ulcer. By July 2019, many weeks later, after a rediagnosis of Uveitis and continued treatment he wasn't showing any improvement. A friend had recommended I call Victoria to see if she could help. I was extremely concerned about the loss of sight which was highly likely. Victoria provided a holistic assessment including nutrition. As a result of this she customised a herbal treatment program and VF Natural Diet, especially for my horse and his needs. After a month on his herbal prescription and eye wash which Victoria dispensed for him, he had a marked improvement. We had monthly reviews to check on progress and make any necessary adjustments to the prescribed herbal treatments. Four months later the herbal treatment program is complete and Showman is maintained on his natural diet. His energy, metabolism and mobility have all improved markedly, allowing him to be more forward, and he is shining with health and is a beautiful happy horse. At our third event out ever, Showman won Reserve Champion and overall best combination. Thanks to Victoria and her knowledge of horses and herbs, this novice mum, with a weekend addiction for horses has been able to get her healthy, confident and happy horse back!"



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The causes and symptoms of Equine Recurrent Uveitis Equine recurrent uveitis (ERU), also known as moon blindness, recurrent iridocyclitis or periodic ophthalmia, is an acute, nongranulomatous inflammation of the uveal tract of the eye, occurring commonly in horses of all breeds, worldwide. The uveal tract consists of the iris, the ciliary body and the choroid. These are the vascular (blood vessel) and pigmented structures of the eye. The cause of Uveitis (pictured) is not known, but several pathogeneses have been suggested and it is the most common cause of blindness in horses. Several aetiologies are suggested and any combination of these may be present in any given case - Ocular trauma, Vitamin deficiency, viral infection, bacterial infection and or parasitic infection. The disease has been suggested to be primarily autoimmune in nature, being a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to any of the above agents. In the acute stage of the disease conjunctivitis is present, with signs of ocular pain, usually blepharospasm, increased lacrimation, and photophobia. Miosis is also usually present. After a few days, this will progress to a keratitis and iridocyclitis. SIGNS OF UVEITIS: Common signs of uveitis you may observe include:

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Dealing with diarrhoea in the adult horse By DAVID LOVELL BSVS

Healthy manure should have a glossy shine, indicating normal hydration, and forms neat, somewhat firm, balls. disease of the mucosal cells reducing the efficiency of absorption. The majority of cases of sudden diarrhoea in mature horses are the result of some induced increase in speed of transit, and most of these are reversible if the cause is eliminated. Degenerative failure of cells is in the main, irreversible and there is little hope of cure. Obviously there are also the acute explosive diarrhoea syndromes also such as colitis, trav-


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el sickness, and salmonella, which are very serious and life threatening, but I am restricting this discussion to the less acute problems. Most owners, when their horse’s stool becomes loose, immediately demand antibiotics to "control' the infection. The reality is that bacterial causes of diarrhoea, particularly in adults, are extremely rare. By far the most common infection causing diarrhoea is worms. Large burdens of parasites in the gut, or encysted larvae in the wall of the bowel, cause irritation, inflammation, and increased speed of transit and worms should always be the first possibility considered as they are so common. Most modern wormers are extremely efficient and a rapid cure can be expected, although resistance is now becoming more common and should be assessed. Most cases of sudden onset acute diarrhoea are the result of some form of "digestive disturbance" whereby the horse ingests or is suddenly exposed to some new or different type of feed. Obviously sudden changes in pasture would be very common, access to feed sheds or suddenly being given something like bread or carrots can all result in loose manure. The horse's digestive system is actually made up of very large numbers of micro-organisms that are trained to process, break down and digest food and transform it into essential nutrients that are absorbed and nourish the body. These populations of bacteria and protozoa are very labile and any sudden change in the character of the food can cause chaos within the populations, lead to

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Happy "poos" mean happy horses, and also importantly, happy owners. Fortunately most horses pass 6 10 piles of well formed faecal manure balls every day. The horse's digestive system is remarkable in the fact that horses are "hind gut digesters" in that most of the food material is processed in the large colon. The large colon and caecum are easily the largest primary organ in the horse and amazingly contain a very large volume of "watery material", amounting to up to 120 litres. Incredibly, the small colon, which is only three metres long, has to absorb all the water out of the colonic fluid that progresses towards the rectum and eventual expulsion as formed faecal balls. The normal small colon is unbelievably efficient at absorbing water and fortunately in most horses, little goes wrong. Two disease processes commonly occur. Increased speed of passage of abdominal fluid through the small colon exceeding its capacity to absorb, and degenerative

change, and diarrhoea can result. (Note there are also many extremely serious disease conditions that can result as well). Fortunately most of these disturbances are transient and as soon as "normality" is re-established, normal manure production resumes. That being said, probably the most common cause of inflammatory diarrhoea results from the ingestion and accumulation of sand. This is so common, and yet many people refuse to acknowledge or suspect it. Horses are habitual grazers and they naturally spend most of their "free" time nibbling and nuzzling around with their head to the ground. The lips are constantly nibbling and exploring the ground and in particular, if grass and food material are in short supply, the lips ingest dirt and sand like a vacuum cleaner into the horse's mouth which is then swallowed and start to build up in the gut. It is amazing how much sand material can accumulate in the colon in particular. This sand is extremely irritating and the resulting irritation results in increased speed of transit and loose faecal material. Very often, the stool is more so called 'cow pat' rather than watery diarrhoea but all forms can occur and the loose manure is often intermittent, seemingly firming up and then relapsing. Sand "colic" is not that difficult to diagnose and can often be recognised by a typical "washing machine" intestinal sound heard near the sternum with a stethoscope. A definitive diagnosis can be made by placing manure in a bucket, flooding with water, mixing, and allowing the sand to sediment out to the bottom. Sand accumulation is difficult to treat. The single biggest issue in treatment is preventing any further access to sand. This is often not easy as I said before, the horse is a constant grazer and will always be nuzzling around on the ground. Each situation is different and management needs to assess the circumstances and make whatever changes are appropriate. People rely on addition of psyllium to the feed but this only has limited effect, particularly if in the face of continual and constant ingestion of sand.

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Most cases are curable, as long as further intake is ceased. Over time, the sand already present is slowly passed on and eventually the gut returns to normal. We have performed quite a few surgeries on horses where findings have been the presence of sand and it is simply incredible how many "buckets" of sand can be removed. The most serious causes of diarrhoea or soft stools in the horse are the various inflammatory or degenerative bowel diseases that occur. These are most common in older horses and they usually have a slow insidious onset but the condition is progressive and often results in serious consequences for the horse. Over the years there have been a plethora of different names for the problems, but these days most are lumped into the syndrome "Inflammatory Bowel Disease".

Diet plays a key role in ensuring a healthy bowel in your horse.

Diagnosis is usually not that difficult as history, clinical presentation and the age of the horse are strongly suggestive. Blood tests are informative as such horses usually have a low blood albumin and some sort of inflammatory profile. Ultrasonography can detect thickening of the intestinal wall and rectal biopsy can give very useful clues. Interestingly a lot of these biopsies reveal a high number of eosinophils, (a white blood cell associated with allergy) in the sample. This suggests that the horse has possibility developed a sensitivity to some chemical or feed material in the gut and

has developed an immune reaction over time. Once again, each case is different and must be analysed. Certainly it is very important to "chop and change' the feed around and in some cases, stability can be achieved with certain feeds. The only real therapy is long term treatment with cortisone as this reduces the inflammation and so allows better fluid absorption. Rarely does this result in a cure, simply management. In horses with very low albumin, we often try a plasma transfusion which, combined with feed changes and cortisone, can allow a degree of healing and slow the process.

Controlling flies in the dry is vital to reducing infections Hot dry weather produces conditions where flies thrive. By taking some strategic measures, you can reduce the risk of infection or disease. 1. Remove all manure right away. Manure is a magnet for flies. You can help to keep your horse’s eyes safe but swiftly removing all manure in your stable area. 2. Eliminate standing water. Like manure, flies are drawn to dank areas with standing water. If possible, eliminate puddles and other places where water has accumulated to reduce the fly population and keep your horse’s eyes safe. 3. Introduce predatory wasps. A natural way to target the fly population in your area is to introduce predatory wasps. These can usually be obtained from your local feed store. Simply allowing a nest of wasps to accumulate in your area will significantly impact the flies. These wasps are not dangerous to horses. 4. Use flytraps. Finally, a simple way to reduce the number of flies that have access to your horse is to install flytraps in and around your stable. This may include glue strips, insect zappers, or catch and release traps. 5. Ask your veterinarian about a feed through. Your vet may be able to recommend a medication that you can put on top of your horse’s food. Once the medication passes through your horse and ends up in their manure, the flies that land on the manure will die. 6. Apply insecticidal repellent. Sprays are available from vets, produce and saddleries. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Natural therapies for performance horses By ANTOINETTE FOSTER

Dip Nut Equine Nutritional Therapist Advanced Diploma Nutritional Therapy and Genetics. Natural Therapy means the use of a group of five nutrients and substances with medicinal action, which are found in Nature. These five groups are vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and organic herb extracts. These five groups are also found in animal feed, however in natural therapy these groups are often used in doses or concentrations much higher than that found in food. Note that feeds like lucerne and red clover are considered as herbs, and that while some herbs have useful medicinal action, other herbs can also be toxic in high doses. However, one of the major arguments for the advocacy of natural medicine for both animals and humans is the overall safety and low toxicity of natural substances. Supplements... Feed Nutrient Dosage vs. Therapeutic Dosage There has been much argument among doctors, vets, dietitians, nutritionists, trainers, etc. regarding the need for vitamin and mineral supplementation. Some argue that a nutrient dosage as found in a 'good' diet or in a standard 'racing feed regime' is enough because it meets the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) of vitamins and minerals needed for optimal nutrition and health. At the same time, it is generally accepted for example, that mineral electrolyte supplementation is necessary for horses during and after heavy exercise stress and sweating. Often horse owners and professionals are using supplements in an unsystematic way, without a clear understanding of their therapeutic uses.

and circumstance or the individual stress, disease, injury or genetic status. This is known as biochemical individuality and there is a huge number of instances and individuals where an increased dosage, ie. A therapeutic dosage, of a vitamin, mineral or amino acid is efficacious.

is the most poorly absorbed. Iron may be delivered as a specific inorganic salt; as an inorganic salt complex; as an organic salt; or as amino acid chelates. Wherever possible, it is better to choose those quality ingredients, which have been shown to be the best absorbed.

SOME EXAMPLES ARE: Genetic Malabsorption many horses have digestive absorption problems. These problems may be lifelong, during early growth only, or during certain kinds of stress. For example, malabsorption commonly occurs with iron, calcium, and vitamin B12. Often supplementation with a therapeutic dose will help the situation, but also vital is the form of the supplementation. 'Iron is not iron', 'Calcium is not calcium'. This means that how a nutrient is delivered to the equine’s gut is vital. It's not just what is ingested that's important, but how well it it is absorbed and utilized after absorption. For example, iron is difficult to absorb in any form. Often the cheapest available form

Temperament. Both humans and animals display individual temperaments that often predispose them to increased need for therapeutic nutrient dosages. Eg. individuals prone to anxiety, fear or muscle cramps. Such symptoms may be linked together and are often alleviated by therapeutic doses of nutrients such as vitamin B1, B3, B6, magnesium phosphate, amino acids such as glutamic acid and L. tryptophan, and certain nervine herbs. Stress,injury, and disease Many of the five groups of nutrients, which are vital for normal health, become even more essential for optimal recovery from stress and injury. Â continued page 17

Individual Specific Requirement and Genetic Status/Stress/Injury/Disease Recommended Daily Allowances for horses do not consider the individual specific needs

Recommended Daily Allowances for horses do not consider the individual specific needs of the individual horse.

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Complimentary therapy produces results  From page 16 Stress. This is a wide term that can refer to the metabolic and nervous depletion associated with intense exercise experienced racehorses, or it could refer to the emotional/environmental stress associated with unfamiliar situations, travel, diet and injury. As mentioned earlier, therapeutic doses of mineral electrolytes and natural sedatives are often very useful for recovery and prevention of both forms of stress. Injury. In both acute traumatic and chronic inflammatory conditions, wide ranges of therapeutic nutrients are very useful. Usually single nutrient therapy, unlike synthetic drugs, has limited use in therapy. It has been found that such nutrients are more effective when taken with other complementary substances. The presence of another specific mineral or group of vitamins often enhances the therapeutic effect of a mineral. This complementary enhancement of action within a group of nutrients is known as synergy and this is a principle only recently recognized and understood by nutritionists and clinical biochemists. Naturopaths have long recognized this principle by observation, and use it to explain the usually gentle, safe action of whole herbs compared to the potent action and imbalancing side-effects of isolated, synthesized herbal alkaloids, such as aspirin (originally obtained in a complex from black willow bark), digitalis (originally isolated from the foxglove flower), and quinine (isolated from cinchona bark). As side effects, Aspirin can cause gastritis, gastroenteritis and stomach ulcers. Digitalis can cause gastric disturbances and heart arrhythmias, and quinine can cause ringing in the ears, nausea and deafness. Disease and Infection. Disease and infection are also stress problems. The body undergoes stress, as increased metabolism is demanded in a local area, as in a wound infection, or throughout the whole body, as in fever. Increased blood flow is usually demanded by inflammation, together with increased detoxification of pathogens and toxins by white blood cells, accelerated liver function, and perspiration. In these cases, increased dosage of a combination of therapeutic nutrients is very useful to produce the body's own inflammato-

Do you no what’s in your supplements? ry-mediating substances such as cortisone's and enkephalins. I recommend the use of natural substances, no synthetic chemical substances, which means that all ingredients can be found in Nature, in the human and animal body, or in food and plants. However, some biochemical ingredients are produced in a laboratory including vitamin C, several B group vitamins, and amino acids. There is a focus on the whole combination rather than the individual ingredient - synergy. There is a focus on the anergic biological activity of each ingredient and the form in which it can best be absorbed by the gut, rather than on crude but often pure high gram doses, eg. ... HiForm Australia for example, uses the HF mineral tissue salts which have been microfined by ultrafine grinding and dispersed through a lactose carrier (known as trituration). It must be noted that pure chemical substances are often not as well absorbed and metabolized by humans and animals, compared to many organic complexes containing actual lower concentrations of a specific mineral. Perhaps this is because the minerals and vitamins found in human and animal food are not found in a purified form, but rather in complex organic molecules or complex solutions. There is a focus on prevention before treatment. It is now clear that if a horse experiences stress whether facing a possible viral infection, competing too heavily as a two-year-old, about to travel on a long float trip, or is just very nervous either way, therapeutic nutrient dosing can prevent problems before they occur. This involves achieving optimum nutrition for the individual. Optimum nutrition means

achieving the right mix and amount of nutrients necessary for peak health and stress prevention. This is an ideal and obviously difficult to access since it varies with the individual and specific circumstances. However, clinical biochemists are now suggesting some Recommended Optimal Allowances (ROAs) instead of RDA's. The whole idea of natural therapies is to treat the whole horse not just the ailment and to treat

by using preventative measures, on a long-term basis. To achieve optimum health is the key to a longer life. Why will you turn to complimentary therapy? * Because you embrace the underlying philosophy of holism, which seeks good health in the balanced convergence of all life aspects, from diet to personality to conformation to environment to work. * Because you are seeking drugfree performance enhancement for your horses. * Or because you feel you have exhausted all the curative possibilities offered by conventional medicine and turn to complimentary medicine as a last resort. * But for whatever reason you choose complimentary therapies it will ultimately be the right decision. If you would like any assistance with feeding your horse, or if you are experiencing any difficulties, such as balancing you feed ration, nervousness, weight loss, weight gain, arthritis or lameness please contact one of the qualified nutritionists for free advice email phone 03 97756422.

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Arthritis – Natural Treatment Alternatives By Julie Massoni It’s not just the elderly that suffer from the pain and discomfort of arthritis, it can also disable our beloved pets and horses. For humans, mobicosa is a NZ green lipped mussel supplement that helps to soothe and maintain mobility in joints naturally. Available in convenient capsule form, this excellent supplement is highly recommended. Holistically, we look at arthritis as being caused from a genetic predisposition or from toxicity. Conventional treatment is aimed solely at suppressing the patients symptoms, while naturopathic treatment looks at the underlying causes, and by making the necessary adjustments to the diet, and using natural remedies & nutritional supplements to relieve symptoms and bring about improved health over all. The poor nutritional value of processed foods and preservatives is a major contributor to arthritis in animals. Diets consisting of excess grains also run the risk of causing imbalances which can cause excess acidity, joint weakness and stiffness. The common mistake of feeding excess grains to horses along with the use of cooked (processed)

Horses can benefit from natural herbal supplements feeds and synthetic fertilizers on pasture is the main cause. Pain is nature’s way of telling us, to stop and rest. Pain relief may be used, but don’t allow it to give a sense that all is well and vigorous exercise can be resumed prematurely. Regular exercise is vital for health and even animals with arthritis need regular exercise to keep joints moving, but take it slow and steady so as not to cause more discomfort until they are ready to increase exercise levels as improvement occurs. Generally after starting on naturopathic treatment results can be seen within a few weeks.


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The following nutritional supplements can be beneficial for animals with arthritis:Spirulina , alfalfa and green barley are rich sources of chlorophyll and may be beneficial in helping to balance excess acidity in the body. Dolomite powder is a natural source of calcium and magnesium, and kelp is rich in many minerals, iodine and vitamins. Flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil and fish oils are rich in essential fatty acids. (Use only good quality oil that is kept refrigerated to prevent rancidity). OMEGAPLUS OIL contains a blend of EFAs. Apple cider vinegar (use only good quality vinegar made from whole apples, not just the peelings). Green Lipped mussel extract contains high levels of glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin and glucosamine sulphate as well as many amino acids, antioxidants, lipids and minerals. TECHNYFLEX is one of the best products available which is cold processed and very effective. It has proven very extremely beneficial in treating arthritis. Technyflex is available for canines, felines and horses MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is a natural form of biological sulphur found throughout the body; it is needed for proper cell func-

tion and well-being. All pets that have been fed on cooked and processed foods need this essential element. Glucosamine powders (sulfate and HCL), these pure glucosamine powders are excellent nutritional formulas for arthritic conditions, especially for osteoarthritis. Joint GMC is a blend of glucosamine, MSM and pure rosehip powders that is an excellent joint food supplement for horses and dogs. Homeopathic remedies can help provide effective relief from the symptoms. Some of the most common ones used are: APIS In the early stages, where the joint is swollen with an increase in synovial fluid. RHUS TOX- Lameness associated with stiffness of muscles and tendons, which improve with exercise. BRYONIA -When the condition is worse on movement and pressure on the joint brings relief. ARNICA -Is excellent for pain, swelling and bruising after an injury or accident. BELLADONNA -When the joints are very hot and swollen without excess fluid. Various joints may be affected. HYPERICUM -This is one of the main remedies for pain relief. CALC CARB -For overweight animals that have calcium imbalances. MINERALS -This homeopathic remedy is excellent for all calcium imbalances and calcification in the joints. CALC FLUOR -For dislocations such as knees that continue to pop out. Homeopathic remedies are easy to administer to all animals and are safe and effective without any side effects. Greenpet homeopathic ARTHPN formula is a unique combination specific for assisting with arthritic symptoms. There are many herbs that have anti-inflammatory actions that can greatly benefit arthritis sufferers.  continued page 19

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Supplements and exercise benefit joint health  From page 18 A few of the more common ones used are:GUAIACUM is especially beneficial for rheumatic complaints showing inflammation and pain. CELERY SEEDs have long been used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout, and are often combined with juniper to ease pains in the joints and muscles. DEVILS CLAW is beneficial in some cases of arthritis to reduce inflammation and pain. MEADOWSWEET is an effective pain-reliever that is also beneficial for the digestive system. This herb should not be used for cats. BURDOCK ROOT is also helpful, especially when suffering from skin conditions as well. COMFREY is an excellent herb for arthritis and is often eaten by animals that need it, or it can be made into a poultice and applied to the affected areas daily. Some of these herbs should not be used during pregnancy & professional advice is recommended before self administering to animals with pre-existing health conditions. Greenpet herbal JNT tonic is suitable for dogs and cats added to food twice daily. Fresh or dried herbs can be fed directly to horses in their feed or

for dogs or horses. As you can see from the above, there are quite a few options available for assisting arthritic conditions safely and effectively without having to rely on drugs which can have adverse side effects to the long-term health of your pets. In most cases, by simply making some dietary changes and adding one or two nutritional supplements to the diet with homeopathic or herbal treatment, you can help support your animals joints safely and effectively. Please seek the advice of a qualified animal practitioner for the most appropriate treatment recommendations for your pet.

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Feeding horses to survive the drought Supplied by EQUINE PASSION As the drought worsens, coupled with widespread fires and water sources drying up, keeping a horse’s weight on can become increasingly difficult. Cost of horse feed is skyrocketing, and common feeds are even hard to source at times. Honest consideration needs to be made if you can sustain feeding long term during the drought, or if you may need to move your beloved horse(s) on to homes that can provide adequately. Doing so before it becomes a welfare issue may be wise and the kindest thing to do. Ideally a horse requires 1.7% of its body weight in feed per day to maintain optimal condition. During extreme times a horse can be managed leaner yet still healthy on 1.5% of body weight in dry weight feed. The minimum body score to be deemed lean but healthy would be a 2.

Daily feed requirement in kg other health issues. Grains include oats, corn, barley, wheat and millet. Grains are the seeds of grasses hence high in sugar and insoluble carbohydrates (insoluble fibre pass through the entire digestive tract unchanged so little calorie uptake can occur). Cereal grain types of hay & chaff (oaten, wheat, rye) are also high in sugar and NonStructural Carbohydrates, averaging alarmingly between 22% - 39% NSC.

Minimum body score of 2 during drought Working on what your horse’s ideal weight should be, use this chart to calculate how much dry weight he should be getting. Your horse’s daily diet should at a minimum be 70% grass or hay to provide enough fibre to maintain a healthy gut. During periods of no available grass, hay should be fed in small amounts and often to ensure the gut is never left empty for hours at a time. A horse not being fed enough forage throughout the day, will develop gut ulcers and poor gut health. A horse produces stomach acid all day and night, upwards of 30 litres a day. Leaving the gut empty for hours at a time results in reduced gut pH, allowing the stomach gastric juices to attack the stomach mucosa. Page 20

A horse eating regularly produces enough saliva (a high concentration of bicarbonate and mucus) to buffer this attack. Slow feeder hay nets are a perfect option to prolong feeding time and increase saliva production to buffer and protect the gut lining. Providing smaller hay nets 2 to 3 times a day is ideal to ensure sufficient forage is consumed over adequate periods of time. The balance of the daily dry weight feed can be made up of hard feeds to include balanced vitamins and minerals to further ensure optimal health is maintained. Why you should NOT feed grains Grains have been the go-to for 100s of years. Research is now able to explain why this is likely to increase gastric ulcer incidents and

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During the grain digestive process, both sugars and starches are turned into sugar. Horses have a limited capacity to digest substantial amounts of sugar and starch in the stomach and small intestine. The excess supply of sugar and starch travels through the small intestines and on into the hindgut where the trouble begins. An increase of sugar fermentation creates lactic acid. Lactic acid lowers the pH causing an acidic environment, this in turn kills off the good microbes. The dead microbes give off endotoxins that now enter the blood stream, this chain reaction often culminates in poor gut health, ill thrift and potentially laminitis. Most commercially prepared complete horse feeds contain grains or grain biproducts, read the label and ask if unsure. Suitable base feeds for a healthy gut Copra, beet pulp and lupins are rich sources of ‘super fibre’ type of polysaccharides. These super fibres have a high water-binding capacity (viscosity increases from the presence of fibrous polysaccharides). The fibres carry volumes of water and nutrients un-digested through the small intestines and on into the hindgut (large intestine) to release their nutrients and feed the good microbes such as Clostridium, Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Streptococcus, Enterobacter and Escherichia hence stimulating colonization of intestinal microflora. Fibre types of polysaccharides provide sustainable energy (slow release energy) and help stabilize blood sugar levels (reduction in glycaemic response). Polysaccharides fibre have also been claimed to increase the amount of feel-good chemicals in the brain, decrease gastric emptying, increase satiety, improve immune system health and assist liver function. Soybean base feeds can be fed short term in preference to grains. It should be noted soybean is relatively high in phytate. The behaviour of phytate is to bind to calcium-magnesium and/or to proteins. Phytic acid has also been implicated in decreased availability of other minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium and copper. Soybean contain isoflavones, there are 12 isomers of isoflavones in soybean. These compounds have been implicated in reproduction issues in animals fed diets containing large amounts of soybean meal. Other studies attest to the estrogenic effect attributed to the consumption of soybean biproducts.  Continued page 21 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Managing equine diets  From page 20 Oils Recent research findings are now showing horses should only be fed coconut oil, hemp oil, flaxseed oil or fish oil. Coconut oil is very good for gut health and microbial activity. Unrefined Coconut Oil is 92% saturated fat. Two-thirds of the saturated fat is in the form of medianchain fatty acids. Of particular interest is lauric acid, found in large quantities in coconut oil (also found in human breast milk). This fatty acid has strong antifungal and antimicrobial properties.The issue with most polyunsaturated oils (rice bran, canola, safflower, sunflower, vegetable oil) is the Omega 3:6 ratio. Too much Omega 6 • Is pro inflammatory (increase joint pain and allergy symptoms) • increases prostaglandin formation • predisposes a horse to degenerative joint disease • predisposes to laminitis • affects coat hair quality • can lead to arthritis • can lead to obesity • can lead to mood disorders – depression • can lead to osteoporosis • can hasten growth of cancer cells Health benefits of correct Omega 3 supply include: • reduction of inflammation • reduced prostaglandin (smooth muscles contraction, help control bleeding, enable clotting after injury) • improved coat colour and lustre • reduces risk of laminitis • improves blood clot formation • essential for cell functioning – maintaining cell membrane structure • assist central nervous system development • improve sperm shape, motility and concentration • likely strong positive connection with the mare’s reproductive system • improved content of Omega 3 in lactating mare’s milk – resulting in foals with stronger immune systems • boost immune system Premixed horse feeds are typically a combination of grains (wheat, oats, barley or rice), contain added sunflower seeds and vegetable oils (sunflower, safflower or canola oils) contain sugars (maltodextrin - sugars extracted from grains). All these inputs will increase Omega 6 in your horse’s diet to dangerous levels. Short term the results may look like quick weight gain and a temporary shiny coat (from supply of added minerals and high fat and protein content), but over time these results may inverse, and the opposite occur –

along with many other potential health issues. Choosing base feeds selectively based on their Omega 3:6 profiles and fortifying with a feed supplement much higher in Omega 3 to 6 (hemp, fish or cod liver oil) will help improve the imbalances from hard feeding in general. Flaxseed (linseed) has long been a favourite Omega 3 rich add-on feed supplement, however flaxseed’s ALA must be converted first by a limited supply of enzymes into usable EPA and DHA. As a result, only a small fraction of its ALA, between 10-15% can be utilized. The remaining value of ALA gets burned up as energy or metabolized in other ways. Quantities of Flaxseed thus must be higher than using hemp, fish or cod liver oil. Preferred hay option Having the luxury to afford and source the preferred hay choice may not be possible during a severe drought, finding some forage is more important than going without, to ensure the gut is never left empty for long periods of time. If you have the luxury to choose what hay to feed, we recommend lucerne. Lucerne has been recommended as preferable after comparing the content of non-structural carbohydrates or NSC of alternative hay types. Carbohydrates also include starch, water-soluble sugar, and fructan. Of note lucerne hay does not contain appreciable levels of fructan carbohydrate when compared to other types of hay. It has been shown when lucerne is baled later in the growing season with a stalkier appearance, the sugar content will be at its lowest. Common NSC levels in hay/chaff: • Grass hays average of 13.8% • Lucerne average of 11.3% • Oat hay average of 22% • Rye grass average 39.1% • Clover hay average 11-18% Making your own base feed Weigh your chosen base feed ingredients to make up the remaining kilograms necessary to meet the minimum 1.7% of body weight. Ideally feed cracked lupins, beetpulp and copra (mixed in equal parts or higher lupins ratio to increase good proteins for muscle building). Soak the lupins & beetpulp for at least an hour in 5X volume of water to expand fully (this is essential to avoid colic), combine with equal volume of chaff and The Nude Horse recommends FLOWERS GOLD as a premium quality mineral & vitamin supplement to ensure daily dietary needs are met. You can now create your own nutritious hard feed to keep your horse healthy during extreme drought conditions and beyond. (READ: ‘Keep It Simple Diet’ at

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Whip use in equestrian sports By MELISSA MCGILLOWAY and Equine Guelph Team Whip use in equestrian sports is currently a highly debated topic across the industry. Two presenters, Jane Williams and Kirstin Spencer, at the 15th Annual International Equitation Science Conference shared insight on whip use and its perception in riding sports. Previous research has focused mainly on whip usage in the racing industry; however, it is necessary to evaluate all disciplines in order to effectively address whip usage concerns and any welfare issues. A survey conducted out of the UK revealed 72% of respondents ride regularly with a whip when doing roadwork, hacking, schooling and or lessons. Nearly 70% of survey participants agreed that whips should only be used by experienced riders. Additionally, the great majority wanted to see tighter restrictions on whip usage in competitions including warmup. Those surveyed were asked to share how they use whips. The majority responded that they are used to reinforce aids, for training and should be used lightly and never continuously out of aggression or frustration. Dr Williams said “It is encouraging to see most riders believed the whip should be used as a training aid, however when asked how and when to use it in this way, this was not always aligned to how horse’s learn, outlining a need for increased rider education.” Another study evaluated streamed data recordings of British Show jumping affiliated competitions between August 2018 and January 2019. This study included 285 horses and riders competing at heights between 0.8m and 1.25m. Statistical analyses were conducted to determine if and how whip usage related to performance. The findings revealed that approximately 76% of riders carried a whip of which 14% of those riders actually used their whip in competition.

The majority of riders in a UK survey believed a whip should only be used as a training aid. Additionally, this study found that increased whip usage correlated with decreased performance (increased faults). These findings compliment previous studies published in 2012 and 2013. Ms Spencer said observations found whips often being used with poor timing which may reflect rider education issues such as misunderstanding a horse’s cognitive ability and how it learns. “Potential issues were also recognised within BS regulations, for example, significant use took place whilst riders held their reins and BS technically excludes this type of use. Initial findings raised further questions as to the efficacy of using a whip to enhance horse performance in BS competition,” she said. There is an appetite for changes in whip use and training. This will require riders/trainers/coaches etc. to understand how horses learn. Understanding how horses learn will lead to effective rider decision-making regarding when and how to use a whip if necessary. More research is needed to better understand how whips are used across the industry and in competition. Investigating what is currently considered normal will provide insight on how to best establish and change regula-

tions in order to protect the welfare of equine partners and preserve equestrian sports. The International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is a registered charity (UK) that

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EA supports National Safety Conference The peak body for equestrian sports in Australia, Equestrian Australia, is welcomed as a sponsor of the first national safety conference for horse sports in February next year. Hosted by Pony Club Australia and designed for all those involved in horse sports - decision makers, coaches, officials and participants, the attendees will have the chance to hear about current research and learn what rider and horse safety changes are being made already or are under consideration. CEO of Equestrian Australia Lucy Warhurst said one of the guest speakers will be Roger Kane, EA's National Safety Officer appointed in 2017. With Roger's leadership and guidance, EA has been identifying, prioritising and implementing initiatives to improve safety across equestrian sport. “Equestrian Australia is committed to being a world leader in Equestrian risk management and safety and welcomes the opportunity to support this forum and join with Pony Club Australia and HRCAV to share ideas to achieve that goal,” Ms Warhurst said. As well as high profile guest speakers, there will be panel discussion sessions with industry experts on topics including Insurance and Compliance, Rider education to increase rider safety, personal risk mitigation and decision making, Setting the standards for courses, gear and events, levels of medical services should be provided at equestrian events and Grading horse and rider combinations for competition Speakers presenting at the

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Dr Andrew McLean will be among the guest speakers at first

national safety conference for horse sports in February. National Safety Conference for horse sports include: Dr Andrew McLean, widely considered one of the leading academic experts on horse training. He has written six books on horse training and co-authored 48 papers for scientific journals. His competitive career spanned 25 years and he has been an equestrian coach for over 40 years. Because of his broad knowledge of equine psychology, he has coached some of the world’s greatest riders, coaches and trainers. He is a founding member of the International Society for Equitation Science and a Director of Pony Club Australia. Denzil O’Brien, CEO of Equestrian Australia for five years. She has worked in epidemiological research in horserelated injury and in spinal cord injury, sports management and

project management, including with the Sixth World Three Day Eventing Championships in Adelaide in 1986. She has been published online and in print on various topics, including risks in eventing and risks for horses in jumps racing. She is currently a Management Committee member and Secretary of Horse SA, a community organisation advocating on behalf of the horse industry. Denzil was previously a Board Member of Vets Beyond Borders. Rachael Arnold, a partner at Hall and Willcox and an experienced insurance lawyer advising both insurers and corporates. She specialises in the defence of public liability and product liability claims, professional indemnity claims and medical negligence claims. She advises a range of industry groups including sporting clubs, and is a Board Director of

Dr Kirrilly Thompson, has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. She has an international reputation for her research into human-animal relations, animal welfare and safety. Kirrilly has researched risk perception amongst eventers in Australia, showjumpers in Europe and mounted bullfighters in Spain. She has a particular interest in driving behaviour change for animal welfare and identifying meaningful motivations for increasing personal protective behaviours amongst animal owners. Kirrilly is Vice Chair of the Horse Federation of South Australia and the Participation Manager for Pony Club Australia. Lindsay Nylund, former Olympic gymnast, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, and has expertise in biomechanics, physiology of exercise and sport psychology. He has qualifications in fitness, training, physical education and advanced accreditation in men's and women's gymnastics. He has developed a fall safety training program suitable for riders of all disciplines to reduce injury risk in falls and has conducted training over the past four years with riders of all disciplines. He is also undertaking PhD research on jockey and rider safety and reducing injury risk in falls. Lindsay has published the world’s first reference book on rider fall safety training, and is recognised as a world expert on this subject matter.  Continued page 25 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Research leads to changes for rider safety  From page 24 Meredith Chapman has advised on Work Health & Safety and Vocational Rehabilitation throughout Australia for over 20 years. She has a Masters in Safety Science and post-graduate degrees in Rehabilitation Counselling, Health Sciences and Accident Investigation. For her PhD she is exploring how ‘WHS as a framework can reduce horse-related human injuries and fatalities’. Meredith contributes to journals and magazines on the topic of Equine WHS and develops corporate training courses. She helped develop the NSW Code of Practice - ‘Managing Risks when New or Inexperienced Riders or Handlers interact with Horses in the Workplace’. Meredith is also an accomplished rider, breeder, judge and inspector. Dr Tess Goodwin is a rural GP in northeast Victoria and Chief Medical Advisor to Equestrian Australia. She volunteered at Pony Club and EA equestrian events, moving on to state EA eventing competitions and tak-

Conference to discuss safety standards, medical services and grading horse and rider combinations for competition

ing an active role on the EA National Medical Consultative Committee as the Victorian Representative. This group was formed in early 2017 and has provided advice to the National Safety Officer of EA on minimum medical skills and medical equipment that should be available at a cross country event in Australia. She also advises on event preparation, education of officials, attending to riders who are unwell, concussion, and follow up of injured riders after an event.

Roger Kane was appointed Equestrian Australia’s first National Safety Officer in early 2017. As well as extensive management experience, he has been an event organiser and technical delegate (TD) at FEI and national events across Australia and in Japan. With Roger’s leadership and guidance, EA has been identifying, prioritising and implementing initiatives to improve safety across Equestrian sport and enable Australia to be a leading nation in setting global best practice benchmarks.

Geoff Sinclair is a former chair of Equestrian Australia. In 2018 he was appointed to lead the FEI Eventing Risk Management Steering Group (RMSG), which has the sole aim of reducing horse falls in the sport. Geoff came up through the Pony Club ranks and mainly evented, and now enjoys polo as his main horse sport. He still officiates at many eventing competitions including the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain and 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, as well as acting as the cross country course controller at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. At the 2006 World Equestrian Games he was Chef de Mission for the Australian team. To be held Saturday, 1st February 2020, at WestWaters Hotel & Entertainment Complex & Mercure Melbourne 10-20 Lake Street, Caroline Springs, Victoria. For further information email or visit http://www.ponyclubaustralia.c nferenceforhorsesports.aspx

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2020 Dates January 19 - Measuring - Park Ridge February 2 - Measuring - QSEC March 1st - EQ State Cup & Measuring Day April 26th - Anzac Day Show June 7th - Newcomer HOTY September 11-13 QLD HOTY @ Toowoomba October 10 Show Horse QLD Youth Clinic October 10 - Champion of Champion Jackpot show

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Champion Led ASH Gelding Doongara Power King shown by Karl Nastasi

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Winner of the Led ANSA Gelding Washington DC exhibited by Ella Devantier

Champion Led welsh pony

Graham Patison had a successful day in the ASH ring

Supreme led exhibit of the show Tremayne True Moment exhibited by Paula Anthony

Champion led Pony Baxters Mr President exhibited by Bella Shoemark

Balena Regal Romance exhibited by Georgina Ellis

Champion ridden Borouqe exhibited by Kim Herwig

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Merivale Royal Park Doulton Exhibited by universal Stables and Michelle Harpley

Rosedale Matilda winning Childs Small Show Pony Owned by Sarah Young Ridden By Georgia Cronin

Dunelm Fashion Star Ridden by Felicity Hafemiester Owned by Jayne Anderson

AATC Kracker Jack Champion Large Show Hunter Hack Exhibited by Universal Stables& Owned by Rebecca Crane

Champion Small Galloway Gordon Park Supernova with Georgia Fairweather

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Champion Show Hunter Galloway Lee Arnes Magestic Rose Owned by Janine Woodall & ridden by Charlee Anthony

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Champion Led Freisan Stallion

Tracey Stinson and Power to Succeed (Roy) winning Off The Track at Murwillumbah Show with sponsor Helen Gorton and Judge Mieke Bigg

Supreme led ANSA Tremayne True Moment exhibited by Paula Anthony

Sam Buchannan in the jumpoff

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Kate Dolan and Tremayne Yours Truely working out for a win in the Pony ring

Champion Ridden Saddle Pony Bordershow Waltzing exhibited by The Senter family

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Supreme led exhibit of the Show exhibited by Peter McDonald of Wollumbin Arabians

Supreme led Mare of the Show Lee- Arnes Magestic Rose exhibited by Charlee Anthony for Janine Woodall

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Champion Led Standardbred

Champion pony and Supreme hack of the show exhibited by Bianca Van Kampen

Champion Led Stock Horse exhibited by Holly Nastasi

Champion Junior rider Kaitlyn Phillips

Nathan Johnson going clear for a place in the final

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Supreme Led Thoroughbred exhibited By Tracey Stinson

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Trail riding through the beautiful Beenaan Valley near Noosa with friends on horseback. What a great way to spend your holidays.

Children learn how to groom and care for the pony they are allocated for the camp

Children also learn to care for their horse and have opportunity to feed and enjoy all the friendly farm animals that live on the property. During their camps each child adopts a horse to pamper and care for. They follow an active and busy schedule to provide a great range of outdoor fun, including an over-the-dam flying fox, a camp fire night with marshmallows and a fun gymkhana at the climax of the week.

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The Horse Report JUDGES SEMINAR Show Horse Queensland will be hosting their annual Judges Seminar with well-known show identity Bev Richards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Beaudesert RSL, 23-25 William Street, Beaudesert. This seminar is open to new and refreshing judges, coaches, riders and anyone interested in the discipline of Show Horse. Bev has produced horses to the highest levels within this country – with horses winning at EA Nationals, SHC Grand Nationals and Royal Shows throughout Australia. Bev has also judged at many Royals and HOTYs and will be sharing the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated over the years of showing. This Queensland judges seminar aims to bring you insight of judging show horses not only from the judges’ viewpoint but also from a competitors and spectators perspectives. The cost is $45 per person. Forms can be downloaded from the Show Horse Queensland Facebook page or

PONY CLUB CAMP & GYMKHANA The Murwillumbah Pony Club will be holding their annual three day camp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 15, 16 and 17. Instruction will be provided in show jumping, sporting, show riding, dressage, mounted games and getting horse over scary obstacles. There will also be theory lessons for proficiency certificates, fun with games, trick riding and vaulting and lots more. To attend the camp, you need to be a financial member of a pony club for 2020, have your own horse and prenominate via the nomination form available on request. This year, adult riders will be welcome to join in at the camp so long as there are financial riding members of a pony club. Following the camp, there will be the annual Zone 15 fundraiser Tshirt gymkhana with a program that offers something for riders of all ages and interests from the lead line under eight riders up to associates rider 17 yrs and under 26 yrs. Events include dressage, best presented, hack, rider, pleasure and bareback classes, showjumping and sporting events. The club operates out of the Murwillumbah Showgrounds and offers great facilities, stables, camping, canteen, new dressage arenas, jumping and sporting equipment, qualified instructors and friendly helpful members. New members are welcome to join the club and join in the fun but riders from any club are welcome to come along. Nominations are essential to attend both the gymkhana and camp. For further information contact Paula on 0413 733 294 or Glenda Bowkett 0412 491 839 or email

SHOW PREPARATION CLINIC 18/24 Equine is opening their doors and sharing their tips and tricks for that winning edge show preparation at a Show Prep Clinic. They are now taking Expression of Interests for the Sunday, 8th of December from 9am-3pm. This will be a fun, hands-on and informative clinic covering everything you need to prep your horse for your next show. Held on a private property in Moonbi (15 minutes north of Tamworth) with undercover facilities. Cost is $100pp or fence sitters welcome $55pp. To book your place email


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RIDING PONY QLD CHAMPIONSHIPS The RPSBS Qld committee have listened to its members and for 2020 will run the annual State Show with an even bigger and better program at a new venue. The March date was popular last year so this event will be held on 15 March, 2020 at the Jimboomba Equestrian Centre, 239 Greenridge Road, Jimboomba starting at 8am. 2019 Winner of the Supreme ridden These grounds have undergone Child’s exhibit was many improvements and now offer Bordershow Magic Mike ridden by an indoor arena, ample parking, Anastasia Blanch work areas and safe day yards. As the 2019 state show was held prior to the end of the 2018 2019 newcomer year, the 2018 - 2019 newcomer final will be held at this year’s show along with classes for the 2019-2020 newcomer ponies. March will be a busy time for RPSBS Qld as it will also see the Champion of Champions final to be held in conjunction with Toowoomba Royal on Tuesday, 24th March. This event is like the Grand National State final for registered riding ponies offering rugs, trophies and prize money in each division for Show and Show Hunter Leading Rein, First Ridden, Open 12.2, 13.2, 14.2, and Overheights plus the final of the Young Judges Competition. The qualifying performance required for entry to the Champion of Champions is 1st and 2nd in Ridden RPSBS breed classes at RPSBS breed shows, open saddle classes at Royal Shows, open classes at Equestrian Australia and Show Horse Council Shows that are qualifiers for National Events and winners of RPSBS Breed classes at any recognised show. Qualifications for the Young Judges' Final is a 1st ,2nd or 3rd in any RPSBS Young judges competition in 2019. Champion of Champions final entries will be with your Toowoomba royal entries and close date of entries as per 2020 RASQ Horse Schedule. Full details of all performance requirements are on the Qld Riding Pony web site

TERRANORA LAKES EQUESTRIAN CLUB The Terranora Lakes Equestrian Club have two dressage events coming up in January on the 12th and 19th. The twilight dressage series run over two weekends offering Beginner classes up to elementary in junior and senior and masters age groups. Ribbons, prizes and rosettes will be on offer to the winners So come along meet new friends and enjoy some friendly fun in a lovely relaxed environment. For further information visit the website or Facebook page or contact


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Easy Riders saddle up for official comp Club to host first Work Equitation By JANE CAMENS The development and growth over more than 20 years of Northern Rivers Easy Riders sees this innovative horse riders' club host its first official Working Equitation competition in March 2020. The event will be open to anyone with an Australian National Working Equitation (ANWE) number. This comp marks an important landmark for Easy Riders, whose members meet every Wednesday at the Bangalow Showground, either to train in a variety of disciplines with terrific horsemen and women, or just to ride with friends in a safe environment. The competition is being held on a Saturday, 28 March, 2020 making the event more accessible to more people. Anyone who doesn't have an ANWE number and would like to have a go at the Working Equitation obstacles, dressage and speed tests can join their nearest ANWE-affiliated club to get a number, or just join Easy Riders. There's a budget half-year membership offer of just $45, valid until the end of June 2020. Working Equitation is the logical next step in horsemanship for this club, which has changed dramatically over the years but always focussed on improving horsemanship skills. It began in the mid-1990s by a small group who formed the club under the umbrella of the Northern Horse Action Group (NHAG), a now defunct group which worked to open trails in the area. NHAG was insured with the Australian Trail Horse Riding Association (ATHRA) and Easy Riders members duly did the necessary ATHRA accreditation courses to become Trail Bosses, Ride Coordinators or Ride Stewards. Most of the club's founding members were Parelli Natural Horsemanship devotees. In the early days, the club met just once a month on a Sunday at the Mullumbimby Showground. They strove to advance through the Parelli levels and organised irregular lessons and camps with Ken Faulkner, who helped build confidence and skills. Founding member Beate Sommer recalled, “We learnt about hindquarter control, ribs and shoulders and passed the early levels of natural horsemanship”. The group was keen for more practice. They started to meet every week on Wednesday at another venue, the Bangalow Showground. New members joined and, as the founding members moved on, the club grew more diversified. Incoming members tended to be less interested in Parelli. Beate remembers other teachers from those days. “Mel Fleming became the popular teacher, with her focus on seat and fluidity and horse psychology,” she said. “There were fabulous camps at Ebor, Grafton and Bangalow. Mel's focus grew towards horse health issues, including foot health, saddles and past history.” She also ran a course for people with fear issues handling green horses. Page 36

Working equitation attracts a lot on interest from riders on the Northern Rivers. “'The focus on horse psychology and solving problems, especially in fearful situations, was fascinating,”Beate said. Later, natural horseman Bruce Lee became a monthly fixture at club, helping less experienced riders to build trust and confidence. As the new generation of riders joined and the old guard of accredited ATHRA officials went their own way, the new club members voted to leave ATHRA and affiliate with Equestrian Australia. This was a necessary step to secure the required insurance to become an ANWE-associated club. The change of focus was inspired in part by half a dozen members who had flown to Portugal to train with master horse instructors. There they were introduced to the likes of Pedro Torres and Working Equitation, the fast growing horse riding discipline that originated in Portugal and Spain.

“The great thing about Working Equitation is that it brings together so many skills,” Easy Riders current president, Astrid Gran-Innes said. “Now we offer regular training with horsemen and women in a range of disciplines. “We always have our Working Equitation obstacles set up on the first Wednesday of the month, so everyone can practice. Now we also have a new WE (40x20 metre) arena, which will be set up for WE dressage training. “But in addition to that, once a month we have stockhorse trainer Deb Curtin come to us, natural horseman Will Hawkins, and showjumper Alex Brown who holds a popular training with poles and sometimes small jumps.” If you'd like to enter the competition in March, or just become a member of Easy Riders, contact Astrid and others on the executive by emailing - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Training - the art of teaching skills By SUZY MALONEY B.Eq.Sc Training is the action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behaviour, according to Google. The main word in this sentence is ‘teaching’. Training is not about making a horse behave or perform in a particular way, training is all about teaching. The two main components required for attaining a skill or behaviour are training and relationship. Both are necessary. Just training on its own without a relationship will never really work, resulting in slow or no progress, or a horse that does what it's told but is dead inside (Learned Helplessness). Relationship on its own can work if the horse already has all the skills you require for whatever you want to do. If you're in this category lucky you! Go out and have fun with your horse and read no further. If however you're like most of us and there are things you'd like to do with your horse which they don't yet know how to do, then read on. When you decide to do a 'training' session with your horse, pop on your teacher’s cap. You are in the role of teacher and mentor. A mentor models the behaviour they are seeking in their students. If you want a calm horse, then you need to be calm. If you want your horse to listen to you, then you need to listen to them and so on. A good teacher wants their students to succeed. When you're doing a session with your horse, try and always set it up so your horse can succeed at whatever skill you are working on. Asking them to do something they are not yet prepared for is frustrating for both of you and

Training a horse is more about ‘teaching’ a horse and have it learn what you are after. can result in things going backward not forward. Break skills down into bite sized chunks, don't try to teach the whole behaviour at once. For example, I was with a horse who had been throwing her head up when her rider mounted. She was an Arab and when her rider mounted the head sprung up at high speed (She'd been checked by a chiropractor and was sound, plus had no problems with the riding, just the mounting). My job was to ask her to lower her head while the human mounted. We did this in a series of bite size chunks. First I asked for the head to stay down while weight was put in the stirrup, once she had achieved this without needing to be asked, we moved on to laying over the saddle, continuing until she could do this with the head down without being asked. Then the actual mounting, and by the time we

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engagement back into school or study. Youth and family services, school chaplains or counsellors, mental health organisations, child protection, homeless youth, DV services and the Justice Dept refer the students we work with. The training covers extensive communication and body language techniques as well as requiring horsemanship ground skills to be of a high level. (The program is based on professional horsemanship, self regulation and life skills which translate straight into everyday life situations.) The License includes full business set up, extensive hands on individual training with me at HHH here on the Gold Coast as well as me working with Licensees at their property with their horses, me speaking at Licensees’ local Youth and Family interagency meetings to discuss outcomes and the referral system, I contact local council MP's and training colleges, my attendance at the opening as I organise a media launch and offer ongoing support. Everything from invoice templates and advertising, referral forms, training manuals, videos, workbooks for youth workers, horsemanship, media releases upon opening, follow up and our annual conference is included. It is the most rewarding career and it is a blessing to be able to help so many make positive changes in their lives.

got there she didn't need any more help and just kept her head at normal height. This behaviour was dealt with in 10 minutes by teaching her what we wanted for each tiny step. If it reappears we will repeat the steps, knowing that each time it will take less time. I always try and remember what it was like when I was at school. Which teachers did I actually like, which did I learn things from, and what were they like? How did they teach? Without exception it was those teachers who took the time to treat each student as an individual - those that were patient and kind, who listened and communicated with me as an equal. And remember that every single thing you do is training. From the moment you open the paddock gate you are training, whether you mean to or not. Horses have no idea that one thing is a training session and another just everyday life. The beauty of this is it means every time you go near your horses you need to be present and in the moment, you can't just 'attend' to horses while thinking about something else.

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Bayview Ivy League

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Price: $ POA 13.3 7/8 hh Reg: SHC | EA | Riding Pony Arabian Riding Pony Chestnut Gelding YOB: 2010 Sire: Rothwell Toy Town Dam: Bayview Babydoll

Price: $ 10,000. 13.3 5/8 hh Reg: EA & SHC Chestnut Mare YOB: 2010 Sire: Wynara Valentino Dam: Willowcroft Regal Rose

Junior needs no introduction currently NSW large pony of the year for both SHC and EA. junior is qualified for GN in both open and child’s for 2020 and will be entered for Sydney Royal. Junior will be available for viewing but will not be available for purchase until after Nationals. Junior is a very special pony that has a great personality and will only be available to the best of homes. Junior has been ridden by children and adults and does not require a lot of work down. This pony is a beautiful ride with incredible movement that is very elastic. Junior is for sale through no fault of his own as his rider has out grown and current health issues have restricted outings this year, junior only had around 5 rides from March to NSW HOTY in October and a fortnight of lunging a tribute to his temperament. It is important for us to see Junior continue to compete at the highest level as I do not think he has yet reached his full potential and would love to see him go to a home that Would continue to build his success. This is a ? Horse.

*QUALIFIED ALL ROYALS 2020* Alice is an absolute dream to have around the stables and is such a pleasure to produce. She is a lovely well educated pony to ride. Always very consistently in the placings at GN qualifiers and royals. Top 10 Large Show Pony GNs 2019 Borrowed for rider class at GNs 2019 by 10yo and went like a dream. Alice is a lovely forward moving pony who would be best suited to a capable teenager who just wants to ride! For sale due to lack of rider and change in circumstances of owners. Home is essential. Very regretful sale. Contact: Kate Halliday Ph: 0409 873 600

Contact: Sharon Gillespie Ph: 0438 871 565

Ardenvale Serenade Price: $ POA 14.0 hh Reg: EA | SHC | Riding Pony Black Mare YOB: 2011 Sire: Willowcroft Regal Chase Dam: Denholm Green Sadie *AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING EA NATIONALS* *QUALIFIED OPEN AND CHILDS GNS 2020* Sally is a pony of the highest quality and has proven that she has the class to compete with the best in her short show career. Sally is exceptionally mannered and an absolute pleasure to have in the stable and show. Would best suit an adult or experienced teenager. Current performances seeing her qualified for EA Nationals and GNs include: - Champion Large Show Pony - Rising Star (GN qualified 2020) - Champion Childs Show Pony - SHC HOTY (GN qualified 2020) Ridden by 11yo - Runner up EA Large Show Pony (tied for 1st) Qualified all Royals 2020. Offered due to owner changing disciplines. Please contact for any video or info. Contact: Kate Halliday Ph: 0409 873 600

Beauparc Attitude Price: $ POA 13.3 ¾ hh Reg: Welsh, Riding Pony, EA, SHC Bay Gelding Sire: Manorvale County Royal Dam: Beauparc Samsara Ashton has been with me since he was broken as a 3 year old, now 10 and due to my busy work schedule he needs to go on and make a new rider happy. Ashton is full of personality and does not have a nasty bone in his body. He is a competitive Large Show Hunter Pony, easy to catch, trim, float and very easy to prepare. Some of his other performances include: 2016 SHCV Southern Stars Champion Large SH Pony 2017 Canberra Royal Champion Large SH Pony and 1st Childs SH Pony 2017 SHCV Junior Showcase Runner-up Childs Large SH Pony 2018 SHC Grand Nationals Top 10 Childs Large SH Pony 2018 SHCV Battle of the Borders Champion Large SH Pony 2019 SHCV Junior Showcase Champion Childs Large Show Hunter Pony (Qualified for 2020 GN Childs Large SH Pony) Nothing fazes Ashton, he lets the dogs jump up onto his back, loves water and rides down the road. He has been ridden at royals and HOTY’s by a 12year-old and often worked at home by my mum. He is a forward pony with big movement therefore he would suit as a second pony, or a small adult. Ashton has attended pony club, HRCAV events, completed in working hunter classes and loves to jump. This is a genuine sale of a pony that is dearly loved by all in our family. Contact: Laura Ph: 0429 900 902 Page 52 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Koorana Forever

Price: $ 6,500. 13.1 hh Reg: PB APSB, SHC, EA, ASPA eligible Part Welsh Liver Chestnut Mare YOB: 2010 Sire: Koorana Limited Edition Dam: Dianne "Faux" was purchased as a project pony and is now ready to move on to a capable child rider or small adult to continue her education. Shown lightly this year she is qualified for EA Southern Stars for child’s & owner rider. With her stunning colour, conformation and movement she makes her presence felt wherever she goes. Faux can jump and sport as well and took Mia to Champion Secondary Hack Rider at the recent Berry Interschool’s. She has a big future in a number of disciplines and is only for sale now as we have another horse arriving. Full sibling to Koorana Timeless Monument, GN Childs Show Hunter Galloway 2019. Phone for videos or more information.

Mandaley Noah's Ark Price: $ 7,000. 13.3 hh Reg: EA, SHC, Riding Pony, Saddle Pony, Arabian Derivative, Part Welsh Grey Gelding YOB: 2007 Sire: Oakvale Serenade Dam: Kirreway Wave Well educated, lovely movement. Snaffle mouth. Novice dressage, some pony club and sporting. Many champions and supremes. Won both led and ridden classes at Ekka 2017. Too good to waste in the paddock. Not suitable for beginners. Contact: Anne-Marie Sleader Ph: 0427 270 790

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Price: $ 25,000. 15.1 1/3 hh Grey Mare Age: 6 yrs

Nigs is the pride and joy of the Late Sarah Rose Beltz, a passionate 16yo rider from Tasmania. Sarah backed and educated Nigs with the help of her coaches Fiona Fehlberg, Paul Austin and Peter Fischer. Nigs has four lovely paces, established flying changes. Alannah and Ava Halloran have kindly cared for and shown Nigs in Sarah’s honour for the last 12 months but Sarah’s family now feel the time has come for her to continue her journey with her new person. Nigs has a long list of performances including multiple State and HOY Champion, Champion Open Hack and Childs Hack at 2019 VASA and placing 3rd in the Childs Open Hack at the 2019 Grand Nationals. Nigs is also qualified for the Childs at 2020 Grand Nationals. If the right home cannot be found, Nigs will be returned to Tasmania to her forever family to live out her days being loved and cared for and potentially bred from. Please direct any enquiry to Alannah Halloran or Paul Austin who will be managing this sale on behalf of Sarah and the Beltz family. Nigs will be competing with the Halloran family at Melbourne Royal Show in September. Rugs included, saddle and show bridle optional. Contact 1: Alannah Halloran on 0438 661 060 Contact 2: Paul Austin on 0401 660 189

Memphis Blues Price: $ 9,000. 15.3 ¾ hh Reg. Thoroughbred Bay Gelding YOB: 2012 Sire: Tickets Dam: Chardou Blue is a fabulous 7yo OTT gelding. In his first season in the show ring has taken many ribbons and taken his rider around her first royal. His first royal at Melbourne Royal Show he took out 3rd in a big novice class. He is qualified for VASA 2020 in the OTT championship and Barastoc HOTY 2020. He was top 10 at Barastoc HOTY 2019 in the child’s small hack class. Blue would suit a competent rider who is looking for a fabulous asset to their show team. He has also been to pony club where he took a liking to jumping as well! Blue will only go to the best of homes as he is a beloved member of the family. Only selling due to rider time constraints and wanting to downsize. Contact: Megan Winfield Ph: 0497 277 441 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Gordon Park High Profile Price: $ 10,000. Price Reduced 14.3 ¾ hh Reg. Riding Pony / Thoroughbred Bay Gelding YOB: 2011 Sire: Penmain Heir Apparent Dam: Shy Blue Orchid Bentley started his show career in WA where he was runner up newcomer both EWA & SHC. Since moving to Victoria unfortunately has had limited outings due to owners time restraints. He is nicely educated with a soft mouth, lovely length of rein that naturally sits in a frame and 3 elegant well balanced paces. He is a very comfortable ride and would also make a lovely rider class mount for a confident teen or adult. Bentley is for sale due to no fault of his own. He is a real character to have around and you will soon fall in love with his cheeky yet quirky personality. He will be available for viewing at SHC southern stars located at Werribee. Serious enquires only as this is a sad and genuine sale. Entered for Canberra royal 2020.

Sanlirra Redemption Price: $ 6,500. 14.3 hh Reg. EA | SHC | Riding Pony Bay/Brown Gelding YOB: 2011 Sire: Sanlirra Revelation Dam: Sanlirra Prunella Large Newcomer Hunter Galloway Ed is going kindly under saddle, currently ridden by a capable teen. He has all the basics with a soft mouth lovely length of rein that naturally sits in a frame and 3 elegant paces. Ed would suit someone who is looking for a competitive galloway to take to the top. Only for sale as cutting numbers. Contact: Suesanne Hope Ph: 0400 438 337

Contact: Jacqui Phillips Ph: 0424 862 650

Carlingford Park Milan Price: $ POA 14.3 hh Reg. EA, SHC, RP Bay Mare YOB: 2010 Sire: Westlake National Anthem Dam: Meadowbrook Mosaic Heart breaking sale due to owner’s personal circumstances. Milly has HOTY and Ag show titles to her name but still has a huge future ahead of her and will be an asset to any show/dressage home or stud. She's has a beautiful quiet personality and is easy to prepare. Suited to teen or lady rider. Priced to suit current market as the perfect home is most important. Milly will only be sold to the very best of homes and will be retained if this perfect home is not found. Contact: Hannah Wright Ph: 0457 319 189

Silkwood Party Time Price: $ 15,000. 14.2 hh Reg: EA Bay Gelding YOB: 2012 Sire: Jackets Bluebird Dam: Beckel Beuquet Timmy has been nothing but a pleasure since joining our stable. He has qualified for all Royals 2020, winning at every show attended. Timmy has also been ridden by a capable 11yo at ag shows with success. He needs minimal working down at shows. We feel he would thrive in an environment where he became a child’s best friend! Would make a fantastic interschool pony. Easy to clip, shoe, float etc. Easy to catch in paddock, happy to be stabled. Timmy is sadly offered for sale on behalf of client due to lack of rider. Home is essential. Videos available on request. Contact: Kate Halliday Ph: 0409 873 600 Page 54 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Xtra Violets Of Sefton

Price: $ 17,500. 13.1 5/8 hh Reg. SHCA, RP, ASP , Part Welsh Grey Mare YOB: 2012 Sire: Xtra Of Sefton Dam: Kirreway Blue Orchid

Violet has just competed her first full season under saddle. She is a pleasure to take out anywhere with no work down required. Always comes home with a bundle of champions and supremes both in hand and under saddle. Placed top 10 in both open and childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes at HOTY. Recently won Champion Prelim Large Pony at Rising Star in June. Can be ridden by young kids with no hassles. Would make the ultimate all round kids pony. PM for more info and video. Contact: Selena Williams Ph: 0439 409 494

Dutch Diamonds

Price: $ 10,000. neg 15.3 hh Reg: Warmblood Bay Mare YOB: 2004 Sire: Dutch Choice Dam: Diamonds and Pearls

Dutch was purchased as a beginner show jumping mount for her young rider to learn the ropes which she has now achieved. Dutch is the perfect all-rounder, inter-school show jumping mount with good ground manners, level headed attitude and an easy way of going. Previously Dutch had great success at Ekka and inter-school competitions with junior riders. She is completely sound & available for viewing Beaudesert Qld. Contact: Ashley Harris Ph: 0418 470 555

Hanley Park Burlesque Price: $ 16,000. 14.1 ½ hh Reg. ASP, Part Welsh, SHC Chestnut Mare YOB: 2012 Sire: Owendale Master Black Dam: Galmei Gretel is a beautiful moving Royal Show Hunter Galloway mare. She placed at GN the last two years and is qualified all Royals 2020. Gretel has done extensive showing and some PC. Well educated and super soft, she is a stunning mare. Easy to handle and used to farm life. Suit teenager/lady rider. Sad sale as rider going onto bigger mount. Contact: Virginia Kennedy Ph: 0421 448 655

Bloomfield Verocca Price: $ POA 16.0 hh Reg: Warmblood Brown Gelding YOB: 2017 Sire: Versace Dam: Bloomfield Sensation (Sirocco) Bloomfield Verocca is absolutely stunning and boy can he move! He has excellent confirmation, straight legs with a beautiful length of rein. With large eyes and small ears he really is very pretty. He is expected to mature to 16.2hh. He has three correct and expressive gaits which absolutely turn heads. He has a lovely personality, is intelligent and shows a willingness to learn. With his pedigree this gelding is well suited to a career in any of the disciplines and should excel to a high level in whatever path is chosen. He would also make an outstanding show horse as he is just so stunning to look at. Video available on request. Contact: Kim Ph: 0406 355 000 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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