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Dressage by the Sea at Willinga The first Dressage by the Sea CDI was held at Willinga Park in September 2017. It was the first internationally recognised dressage competition at the facility. More than 1700 spectators flocked Bawley Point, where Willinga Park gave the community a taste of elite equestrian competition and local food indulgences. This year, this event will run from Thursday, February 22 to Sunday 25. Willinga will be stepping it up a notch this time, to run a CDI3* competition, and a Medium Tour competition. There will also be young horse competitions for 4, 5, and 6 year old horses. The event will be an important qualifier for riders hopeful of selection for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. New Zealand’s best riders will also have their eyes on the prize, with several expected to make the journey. The best of the best will battle it out in the Grand Prix Freestyles, with an opportunity to take home a share in a $15,500 prize pool. Willinga Park owner Terry Snow said “It is important that we make it possible for our best riders to make a living from competing in equestrian sports.� “If we want to have a successful team at the Olympics and World Games, we need their focus to be on their training program so they can be their best,� he said. The timetable of events is: Thursday will include the Trot Up for International horses at approximately

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including the prestigious Grand Prix CDI3* Freestyle with a prize pool of $15,500. Sunday will also include the second Young Horse tests for 4, 5 & 6 year old horses. The Sunday VIP Ticket is again available and includes admission, priority parking, plus access to the exclusive VIP area. Here you will be served a delicious canape-style lunch, with fresh seafood and local produce, from renowned Tallwood restaurant. Drinks are also included, featuring carefully selected wines. Over lunch, entertainment will include the freestyles, dressage choreographed to music. For Further information and tickets visit www.willingapark.com.au


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Record breaking sale caps off massive day The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale has smashed all records for its Book One auction with previous benchmarks obliterated during the action packed four day event. A filly by Snitzel became the ninth individual lot to sell for $1 million or more when she was knocked down to NSW trainer Mark Newnham during the night session for $1.1 million. She was the standout performer on Day Four and helped elevate the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale as the highest ever grossing yearling auction in Southern Hemisphere history. Presented by Arrowfield Stud, as agent, the filly attracted a flurry of bids before Newnham traded blows with David Lucas of Phoenix Thoroughbreds to secure the much admired youngster. “That's the one we were waiting for for the last three days,” Newnham said. “It's nice we were able to get her. “She just looks a natural. “She's got a really good, strong pedigree behind her and you'd nearly give up if she couldn't run. “We thought she'd be pretty dear for us she was the best one here. You've got to pay for them.

This filly by Snitzel sold for over a million dollars at the Magic Millions. “This is the first time I've gone past half a million (dollars). “That's how much we liked her, so hopefully she can repay us.” No fewer than five other yearlings sold for over $500,000 during an action packed sale closer for Book One of the country's most popular auction. As is usually the case, the Magic Millions Sales Complex attracted thousands to the Saturday night session with a great buzz from the first lot to last. The Book One sale rounded out

with a gross of almost $156 million - over $22.6 million higher than last year. The average soared to exactly $228,000 while the clearance rate was a record equalling 89 per cent. “We've closed out with the highest grossing yearling sale ever in the Southern Hemisphere,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. “The previous record was back in 2008. It's been a wonderful sale and it's a wonderful result for Magic Millions and obviously a

massive result for our breeders. “A lot of people came to town to support us. “Many of the breeders brought us their best horses to support us and I guess in a way the perfect storm was created - everyone played their part and played it very well. “We're in a wonderful position being the number one sales company in the Southern Hemisphere for a while now and with this sale being as strong as it is, really gives us a great platform going forward to attract even better horses and quality buyers.” Former Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Snitzel edged out I Am Invincible as leading sire by average (for three or more lots sold), while James Harron Bloodstock was leading buyer and Arrowfield Stud (by gross) and Yarraman Park Stud (by average) led the way for the vendors. SALE STATISTICS (2017 in brackets) Lots Catalogued: 853 (816) Lots Sold: 684 (649) Sale Aggregate: $155,952,000 ($134,292,500) Top Price: $2,000,000 ($1,300,000) Average Price: $228,000 ($206,922)

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Gold Coast equestrian club seeks permanent home By BOB ANTHONY As the dust settles from the excitement and attention of the Magic Millions, a large Gold Coast equestrian organisation seems to have been left at the starter's gate. Equestrian Gold Coast, (EGC) formerly the Nerang and District Equestrian Club, is the biggest club of its type in Queensland and yet it doesn't have a home. With more than 360 families in its membership and a 'catchment' area which extends from Far Northern NSW through Brisbane and west towards Toowoomba, the organisation divides it's operations between the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds and the Tom Rose Park at Nerang. EGC secretary Kelly Tombs said the club had originally been allocated land at Carrara, near Metricon Stadium some years ago and had successfully run significant events on the land before it was resumed for the sports precinct in 2003 and then moved to Mudgeeraba in 2008. "Since then, we have had to share the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds with the Mudgeeraba Pony Club or use

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the park at Nerang," Ms Tombs said. "We have been fortunate to have the support of Councillor Peter Young with recently help us obtain a round yard worth $17,000 to assist with instruction. "The Tom Rose Park is a convenient site where we can run showjumping, dressage and clinics but its size is restrictive. "Currently we can run clinics and small competitions and introduce people the world of horses through club days.

"But when we want to run anything that involved larger numbers, we have to use the showgrounds which costs us about $1000 a day, the bulk of that going to the show society and the pony club. "We are also restricted by the fact that the show society and council have approved markets on Saturdays on the grounds so we can only run one day events which makes it a challenge and again limits the type of things we can do.

"Also it limits competitors, especially those coming from a distance who would normally come for the weekend." She said her organisation had been in discussion with both Cr Glen Tozer and Peter Young about suitable sites for the club. "If we have a permanent home, there are so many different event we could host on the Coast, attracting competitors from across the state and country," she said. "The potential for hosting national and even international competitions such as showjumping, dressage or eventing is huge, not to mention state and national pony club events. "We just need the grounds and once we have those, we can set about creating facilities which would be an asset for the city." Ms Tombs said the lack of adequate facilities on the Coast meant that many top local riders were moving interstate to places like Sydney to further their careers. Equestrian Gold Coast will be hosting the Pan Pac Masters dressage in November.For further information visit www.equestriangoldcoast.com

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How often is your horse in pain? By ANTOINETTE FOSTER Equine Nutritional Therapist and Medical Herbalist Dip. Nut. Š 2017

Have you ever considered how often your horse may be in pain - once a day, once a week, once a month, once a year? If the answer was yes to any of these, then you are obviously aware of some pain associated problems. How many problems can be related to pain? Horses are like humans when it comes to pain and pain thresholds, some cope with pain quite well, others simply can not cope at all. Pain can create situations that can escalate and make the problem worse. When we consider that horses are creatures of flight, often their only escape route is fast-forward, or upwards, fast. Horses are not designed for the job for which they are used, as they have a rigid spine, not flexible like a dog, a long neck and a heavy head. We then add the saddle, bridle and rider and ask our horses to perform, what are in many cases are unnatural tasks. I don't believe there are very many bad horses, I think that horses that display bad behaviour do this as a way of saying no, I cannot do this because I am in pain. The logical reasons why horses may react in a certain way needs to be considered, for example, when first mounting your horse and it goes to move off; this is annoying granted, but why does a horse do this? Sometimes it may be that the horse is a little naughty, but have you considered the horse associates being mounted with pain? Credit is often not given to the intelligence of horses and certainly some may be smarter than others, however horses often do remember activities or actions associated with pain. They are creatures of habit which allows us to train by repeating exercises, so the horse will learn. If a horse has been broken-in correctly then the forward aid should always work. However, when pain is associatPage 8

Is you horse naughty because he is fresh or is he in pain? ed with this some horses will react by balking, rearing or bucking or, in a milder case, not going forward in the trot for example or perhaps giving the rider the feeling of 'suckingback'. When your body, mind and legs are asking for forward, the horse should automatically respond, and if that does not happen then you need to check if it is your training method or if it associated to pain. Pain can impact on so many areas for the performance horse; it can cause behavioural problems, loss of performance and nervousness. A tense horse creates further pain and this compounds the problems. For us to think that horses somehow are immune to pain is ridiculous. So, what can we do to prevent problems from occurring that

may cause pain? We already know that undiagnosed pain can cause problems. What do we do when in pain the day after a hard workout at the gym? Generally, we may consider walking it off, or performing gentle exercises to keep the body moving, perhaps a massage, but the most important point is that we manage the pain. We may take something to ease the discomfort, preferably something natural, but very often we reach for the quick fix, a painrelieving drug. Horse owners must learn to 'read' their horses far more efficiently if they are going to prevent pain issues by putting one or more of the pain-preventive measures in place. Horses between the age of two and six (still maturing), and horses aged over 12 are more likely to experience pain at a

higher level. As horses age, there is a higher risk of injury and pain related conditions, including degenerative joint disease, hamstring injuries, tendon ligament damage, back pain and muscles soreness, to name a few. For young horses, the conditions tend to vary somewhat, for example, as the young horses training increases so does the risk of pain caused by the horse being asked to use different muscles. Tight hamstrings, sore backs and general soreness are very common in young horses. Managing these pain-related issues is essential to avoid the escalation of other problems. Every horse should be given assistance to prevent and manage pain. This can be achieved by regular massage, Bowen, acupuncture, equine tension relief and natural products which may include some herb and plant extracts, such as Curcuma Longa (turmeric). When at an event I always watch the horses, as there is so much you can learn from their body language, which can be very strong or very subtle. Many horses at dressage competitions appear to have soreness issues ranging from mild to chronic and, as mentioned earlier in the article, some horses can manage pain better than others. Just remind yourself that pain is common, and it should be treated seriously, take the pain away no matter how mild and see for yourself how much improvement there is in a happy, painfree horse. For free advice on managing pain, treating pain or locating and accessing pain please contact us on 1300443676 or email antoinette@hiform.com.au


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Equine Dentisty Ticks can be deadly By SAMANTHA GUNTER, AEDP Why does your horse need a dentist? Whether your horse is a training elite athlete, an amateur on the trails or a professional broodmare, each horse deserves to be comfortable and pain free in every aspect of their life. Being unable to eat comfortably or work to their best ability can lead to a multitude of future problems. Colic, choke, loss of condition, inability to flex or turn to one direction, sinus infections, and tooth loss are just a few of the many repercussions of poor dental maintenance. How often should my horse see the dentist? Horses six years and under should be seen by a dentist every six months. Before this age a horse undergoes a lot of dental changes through which problems can arise and regular check ups can help relieve any issues before they become problematic. Horses older than six years can usually be seen once a year. If regular dental work is maintained annually, problems can be reversed and prevented and the length and quality of life for a horse can be increased greatly.

How do I know if my horse needs a dentist? If you can’t remember the last time your horse saw the dentist, or you’ve recently acquired a new horse, it’s recommended you get a dentist. I offer free check ups for these circumstances (travel fee occasionally applicable) to determine if your horse needs a dental treatment. Symptoms your horse may need a dentist: • Slow when eating • Dropping feed • Hay ‘cigars’ (when a horse chews hay then spits it out in a cylindrical shape) • Change in behaviour in response to contact under saddle • Unwilling to flex or ‘come round’ under saddle • Change in behaviour when bridling •Blood coming from the mouth • Head shaking • Unable to bite carrots and apples • Loss of appetite • Loss of condition • Putrid smell coming from nostril or mouth • Colic • Choke • Whole grains found in manure (indicating poor mastication) Further information regarding equine dentisty visit www. sgequinedentistry.com.au

Everyone visiting or living around Australia's coastline and hinterland is (or should be) aware of the dangers of ticks, to themselves, kids and their animals. Ticks are dangerous and can kill people. They carry neurotoxins and can cause severe local and allergic responses as well as spread diseases like scrub typhus. The worst outcome of a tick bite is anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction which in susceptible people is potentially fatal. Most adult local horses have built up a resistance to ticks, but ticks can affect foals and young horses as well as immune-compromised older horses and miniature horses. The major symptoms in horses affected from paralysis tick infestation are weakness or wobbliness, breathing difficulties, falling or lying down, off their feed, or off-colour in any way.. A few years ago, specialist doctors that deal with tick bites and the problems they can cause started to recommend that ticks should be killed in place before removing. And the best way to do that was to freeze them. But how should you freeze a tick? There was no product especially designed to snap freeze ticks. "Peggy Douglass is the inventor of a new product that is just on the market. Trialling and testing various proto-types in the field was conducted on ticks that were on 'Runty' the (very big and very tame) Hereford steer belonging to Peggy's sister, Helen, herself a former vet and GP." "The idea was relatively simple but working through the regulatory aspects, then the commercial requirements like barcodes and packaging, then finding an Australian manufacturer and setting up a website, finding stockists - all were challenges," she says. The development process took several years and culminated in a pocket-sized solution, 'Tick Tox'. It's an aerosol can the size of a small deodorant tube. It kills ticks in place effectively and accurately. Tick Tox is now available at several local stockists. For more information visit www.ticktox.com.au

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Natural product relieves pain Normal vital signs for equine arthritis and joints for adult horses Technyflex® Equine is a natural arthritis product for horses that relieves sore and inflamed joints and arthritic symptoms. It is a natural alternative to NSAIDs that may help reduce the symptoms of:Arthritis, Musculo Skeletal Conditions (hock, fetlock, back, knee, neck), Low Grade Chronic Lameness, Bowed Tendons, Navicular Disease, Tendonitis, Queensland Big Head (nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (NSHP), Queensland Itch/Summer Itch. It is derived from the New Zealand Greenlipped™ Mussel powder and is high in the following nutritional values Glucosamines, Chondroitin sulphates, Essential fatty acids, Omega 3, Omega 6, ETAs eicosatetraenoic acids, EPA eicosapentaenoic acid, DHA docosahexaenoic acid, and contains natural glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate (glycosaminoglycans/mucopolysaccharides). Glycosaminoglycans play an important part of rebuilding cartilage and connective tissue and they also inhibit wear and tear in joints. Treating your horse with Technyflex®, a high quality joint supplement, will assist in many ways. Administering prior to onset of these conditions is also recommended for increased mobility and as prevention for ageing joints.

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mances. "I also take Mobicosa, the human version of Technyflex, and it's made me feel better overall with no nagging aches and pains like before plus, now I'm on it, I reckon I handle 'stress' better and find it easier to get out of bed each morning at 2.30. "I can only call it as I see it and I've seen nothing but positive results since I've been using Technyflex Equine on most of the racehorses in my care. It will always be an important member of our successful operation."

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VICTORIA DAVIES is an Australian FEI Grade II Para Dressage rider based in Bolong, NSW. At the age of nine she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid; since then she has undergone more than forty operations.

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•Heart rate 38-44 beats per minute •Rectal temperature 37-38.5ºC •Respiratory (breathing) rate 12-20 breaths per minute •Gums should be light pink and moist, and capillary refill time less than 2 seconds •Sounds of the intestines should be heard on both sides of the abdomen •6-10 manures and 3-4 urinations should be passed every 24 hours •A 500kg thoroughbred-sized horse drinks 20-25 litres every 24 hours How to find your horse’s vital signs: Heart Rate (HR): Place the flat side of the stethoscope behind your horse’s left elbow, in front of where your girth would sit. Count each “lub-dub” sound as one beat. Normal resting heart rate: 38-44 beats/minute Temperature: Lubricate your thermometer. Stand safely to the side of your horse’s rump. Lift the tail to one side. Insert the thermometer into the anus. When the thermometer indicates it has finished reading, remove it and record the reading. Normal temperature: 37-38.5ºC Respiratory Rate (RR): Watch your horse’s flank and rib cage rise and fall as he/she breathes. Count each inhalation (breathe in) and exhalation (breathe out) together as one breath. Normal resting respiratory rate: 12-20 breaths/minute Oral Mucous Membranes: Lift your horse’s lips to show the gums. Press your finger firmly against the gum, then release, the gum will be white when you remove your finger, watch to see how long it takes to return to normal. This is known as the capillary refill time (CRT). Gums should be light pink in colour, and moist to touch Capillary refill time - less than 2 seconds Abdominal Sounds: Listen with the stethoscope on each side of your horse’s abdomen, above and below the flank area. The sounds you hear will vary, and can be described as gurgling, rumbling, tinkling, gaseous etc. Sounds also vary in frequency and loudness, depending on which area you listen to. You should always be able to hear sounds in all quarters if using a stethoscope, however with the naked ear they may be difficult or unable to be heard.

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muscle and body temperature. As we all know, horses are very powerful animals with an enormous muscle mass. As these muscles work, an unbelievable amount of heat is generated in the muscle mass. Nature dictates that for survival, the body temperature has to be maintained at very close to 38 degrees and so it is very important for the body to be able to get rid of this wasted heat energy when exercising. In the horse, most heat dissipation is via the evaporation of sweat and radiation from the skin into the surrounding atmosphere. When the environmental temperature is in the mid 20's and humidity is low, this process is quite efficient and the horse remains comfortable. In mid summer when the temperatures are in the low 30's and humidity is high, heat loss is very inefficient and the horse overheats. Nerve centres in the brain respond to this and in an attempt at self-preservation, the horse starts to pant and breathe rapidly as another attempt at heat loss by exchange of heat with the environmental air breathed into the lungs. Compare this with the dog, which does not sweat at all and relies entirely Full Service Equine Clinic It’s all about your horse

This has been one of the hottest summers on record and none of us has enjoyed it. Most of us hide in the shade, avoid any strenuous activity, and do whatever we can to keep cool. All animals are stressed by heat, but most are able to similarly take steps to adapt to the climate. Our horses are the same, and if left alone, they cope well enough. However, the nature of their primary use, being ridden in some form of human pleasure activity, (rarely work these days), places them in a position where they are particularly vunerable to heat. When the horse commences to exercise and muscle contracts, energy must be utilised to power the muscle contractions. Biochemical pathways in the muscle fibres process energy stored in the tissues. This energy is obtained from feed in the digestive system and stored as fat and starch. The process of

on panting for heat loss. Anhydrosis or "Puffs" is a condition in horses where basically the sweat glands lose the ability to function. This is thought to be the result of an extended period of over stimulation of the glands to the point where they lose the ability to respond to adrenalin and simply "wear out". CLINICAL SIGNS: o Absence of sweat - partial or complete o Panting respiratory rate even at rest, but particularly after exercise o Hair loss, particularly around the face and neck o Exercise intolerance o General depression and ill thrift DIAGNOSIS: o Clinical signs and physical examination o Adrenaline tests - different concentrations of adrenaline are injected under the skin and the local sweating response is assessed. However, many horses that have temporary sweating problems will respond normally to these tests giving many false negatives. I believe clinical signs and history are probably enough to make a diagnosis.   continues page 15

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The most common question or symptom that clients see is the panting or rapid respiration. Many owners suspect that there is a respiratory problem with their horse. It is fair to say that nearly all horses in our region are affected to some degree and most will "puff" after exercise. In particular, racehorses can be very severely affected because of the tremendous energy requirements for a race. They very often overheat and it is a very common cause of poor performance and loss of form. TREATMENT: o There is no treatment. The problem is the environment. o No medications are effective! o Do whatever you can to cool the horse, hosing, ice boots, swim, fans, etc. all play a part but nothing counteracts the effects of a 35'C day o Always ensure your horse has access to plenty of water MANAGEMENT and PREVENTION: This is primarily an environmental condition and the underlying problem is that the horse is poorly adapted to living in

the tropics. The heat affects nearly all horses adversely and most are uncomfortable during the hot time of the year. Fortunately very few of these horses in this area progress to true clinical anhydrosis. Places like Townsville and Cairns and in particular, Singapore, have many clinical horses. In our climate, most horses can be perfectly functional during the rest of the year when conditions are more equitable. If your horse is seriously affected, the simplest thing is simply to spell the horse over the really bad months and plan your training and competition for the rest of the year. Fortunately most of the competitive year in most sports complies with this approach. If you have to train your horse during the bad months, most people tend to get up and work the horse early in the morning. I firmly believe this to be an incorrect approach and very often the early mornings are extremely hot and humid, the horse heats up, and then the day simply becomes more and more oppressive. It is usually much more satisfactory to work the horse in the early evening when at least the worst heat of the day has passed and in most cases, there is at least a strong breeze to help dissipate the heat and evaporation from sweat. If you feel your horse is having some problems, you should consult with

Do whatever you can to cool the horse your veterinarian. The horse should be examined to ensure there is no underlying respiratory system problem, and then a plan developed to allow the best management of the horse. Nearly all horses with heat intolerance can be managed to allow them to perform satisfactorily for the rest of the year. The majority of horses will commence sweating again later in the cooler months and be perfectly normal until the next summer

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Acupuncture and its effects on horses with Anhidrosis By TAMARA SHEAD Ridestrong Therapy With the summer heat and humidity in full swing, spare a thought for those owners who are dealing with a horse that has been diagnosed with Anhidrosis. This disease is commonly referred to as 'drycoat syndrome' or 'non-sweating disease' and it has no documented medical treatment. In the early or mild cases owners describe that their horses will show less sweat under the saddle than is normal after a workout. Horses will not be sweating when their pasture mates are. In addition, an elevated pulse, abnormally high body temperatures when worked, decreased performance and respiratory distress have also been documented. After exercise recovery time can extend well past a normal range. The horse may also have dry skin and a dull coat and may appear distressed or lethargic during periods of hot humid weather. The exact cause of this disease is not clear but it is commonly found in areas where temperatures and humidity are high for long periods of time. Anhidrosis takes no prisoners and will affect all breeds and ages of horses. It can develop quickly or become chronic and thus more severe. It is thought that anhidrosis can be triggered by stress, exercise, or heat but an exact etiology is not documented. Except for moving the horse to a cooler climate, there has been no proven therapy in healing a horse of anhidrosis. An integrative approach seems to produce the most effective results. Managing your horse as best you can to prevent high body temperatures is key. This should include having large water sources in the pasture where they can roll or swim in to cool down, access to cool, clean drinking water, cold hosing and scraping. Adjunctive feeding of electrolytes and appropriate salt mixtures will help balance the electrolyte concentrations in your horses body. Calm Healthy Horses offers a supplement called 'Supreme Vit and Minerals' and advocates the use of salt in a modified equine diet to help avoid and treat the symptoms of anhidrosis of which they have had several success stories. Traditional Chinese Medicine practices such as Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy is producing positive results in healing horses with Anhidrosis. Many of our clients have found that their horses have improved greatly with acupuncture therapy after an intensive, structured and repetitive approach was taken. A study conducted in 2012 by the University of Florida found that in a total of 44 horses those treated with Herbals and Acupuncture four times weekly showed increased sweating responses when compared with the baseline. Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment available and is effective when administered by a qualified and knowledgable therapist. TCM believes that Anhidrosis is associated with a blockage of energy in the lung and spleen meridians. The use of acupuncture points to treat anhidrosis may encourage the nervous system to cause the sweat glands to increase in size and production. While there are general acupoints indicated for use in Anhidrosis specific points will also be chosen that suit your horses individual case. Treatment aims to release heat, increase Qi (energy), regulate sweating, help dehydrated skin and ultimately heal the blocked organs. A good therapist will be treating your horse as an individual and should be operating under a diagnosis given to you by a vet. Remember acupuncture will produce wellness over time, it encourages the body to rebalance and heal itself. This cannot happen over night as it does not aim to mask symptoms but rather work at the root cause. While some horses showing mild symptoms may have a fast response to minimal treatment, it is more common that others require more frequent sessions to produce a lasting result. In clinic we have found that chronic horses show an improvement in their symptoms within 4-6 treatments done in close succession. Severe cases do require regular therapy in hot weather to maintain a positive response. Ridestrong Equine and Canine Therapy consists of a team of highly qualified massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine therapists on the Gold Coast, Northern NSW and Beaudesert Surrounds. We work closely with top vets, Chiropractors, Dentists, Farriers and Equine Nutrition experts to bring our clients the best and most comprehensive care possible. Ridestrong stocks a range of excellent tried and tested supplements available for purchase through our website. We operate as a mobile business as well as treat chronic cases from our facility in Northern NSW. To speak directly to a therapist about your horses condition give us a call on 0434 814 076 Page 16

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Causes of the dreaded Queensland Itch Queensland Itch also known as Sweet Itch Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis (SSRD) , Summer Itch or more technically, Culicoides Hypersensitivity. Queensland Itch is a medical condition in equines caused by an allergic response to the bites of Culicoides midges. It may be found in any horses and ponies, especially in the warmer coastal regions of Australia It is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to specific allergens (protein molecules causing an extreme immune response in sensitised individuals) in the saliva of Culicoides midges. These allergens appear to be crossreactive across many species of Culicoides i.e. many different varieties of midges produce similar allergens, giving the same effects upon horses. The hypersensitivity response is mediated by IgE, an antibody produced by the horse's immune system which binds the allergens, causing a cascade production of histamine and cytokines which make the horse's skin inflamed and itchy. Of these, histamine appears the most important in the initial phase of reaction. The allergic reaction develops at the site where the insects feed The majority of affected horses show skin lesions affecting the mane and tail and dorsal midline. Ventral midline symptoms may also occur. Lesions around the ears and head are also common.

These lesions are characterised by intense pruritus (itching), which results in rubbing and considerable self-trauma. This damage is cause by the horse violently rubbing itself against objects, and causes: broken hairs broken and sometimes bleeding skin and bald patches.

Prevention is the best treatment but this is not always possible Treatments generally fall into one of the following categories: 1) Insecticides and Repellents: These may be applied to the horse or its environment. The most commonly used and effective are

permethrins. and benzyl benzoate, Citronella has been used, with variable effect. Midge numbers are often larger near water sources, for example ponds, bogs, and slow moving water. Moving the horse away from these areas may help to prevent further problems. 2) Barrier Techniques: Rugs etc., that prevent flies and midges settling on the animal's skin to bite. In addition, thin screens may be placed over stable doors and windows to exclude biting insects. 3) Immunotherapy: A wide variety immunotherapy and desensitisation protocols have been trialled in attempts to reduce or modify the immune response, with considerable success rates. 4) Nutritional supplements: Various supplements may be effective in individuals, including fatty acid supplemantation and linseed oil. 5) Symptomatic Control: Control of symptoms to some degree can be achieved with antihistamines and with corticosteroids, although the potential side effects (e.g. laminitis, immune suppression) make this a less preferred option. 6) Alternative Medicines: A wide variety of herbal, homeopathic and other alternative remedies have been suggested. Among the natural remedies suggested are sulfur, wild geranium , Lavender oil, Aloe vera which may help reduce itching.

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Sun-bleach: Is my horse's diet wrong? By LARRISSA BILSTON, B.AgrSc (Hons 1) Q: Is sun bleaching a sign of mineral deficiency? It's frustrating isn't it? One minute your horse is deep, rich and shining, then a week later it's all gone and you are left with a pale, wishy-washing looking coat. Is it the feed? Answer: Horses with copper or zinc deficiencies or dietary imbalances between copper, zinc, iron and manganese levels are often described as 'sun bleached.' Their coats lack colour intensity because their bodies do not have enough of the right minerals to produce the pigments that colour their hair. They often experience delayed shedding of winter coats. Copper and zinc deficient horses often also have a rough coat, creating a 'wormy' appearance because individual hair fibres grow weaker, with individual hair shafts developing with rough scales and frizzy, hooked ends. But this 'sun bleached' look is caused by an internal deficiency, not by the effect of sun on the coat. However, horses who are not mineral deficient can develop a pale coat because they have genuinely been sun bleached. Sun bleaching is a real phenomenon, recognised both scientifically and in the general community. Women's beauty magazines are full of articles on how to lighten or highlight hair and obtain natural tips and streaks using weak acids or salt combined with sunlight. Beauty magazines also contain plenty of advice on avoiding damage to hair caused by salt and sun, especially if you are at the beach a lot during summer. You might not be taking your horse to the beach every day, but in hot weather and during exercise there will be salt in contact with your horse's skin and hair. It is not unusual to see dried salt on the surface of the coat (pictured)at the end of a very hot summer's day. If you are not hosing the salt off the coat with fresh water on a daily basis, your horse's hair will become damaged by the effect of salt and sunlight, creating a sun bleached appearance. Remember: Copper deficiency is more detrimental than just a poor looking coat - copper is critical for bone, skin and connective tissue, heart and blood vessel health, central nervous system function and a strong immune system. Copper deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia in horses. Ensuring adequate copper and omega-3 intake is also important for helping horses with allergies, including conditions such as itch. The Equine Vit&Min range is designed to correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies and balance mineral ratios across the whole diet. EVM Omega-3 PLUS even balances omega-6 to omega-3 ratios in a simple all-in-one powdered supplement. Visit www.equinevitmin.com for more information. Page 20

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Nutritional soundness By KERRY MARSH There is much emphasis placed on the horse being physically sound but that cannot occur unless the horse is nutritionally sound. Nutritional soundness means that your horse is being fed to meet his/her individual nutritional requirements and has the fifteen macro and micro minerals in relative balance. Ratios which are more indicative about the state of health of the horse than mineral levels alone need also to be in relative balance. The horse is a very large mammal that has a huge requirement for minerals. Just to walk across the paddock the horse has used calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium, not to mention the trace minerals and work demands. It is well-known that much of Australia's soils are depleted and deficient in minerals. Supplementing the horse with minerals is a science and using a hair tissue mineral test allows science to remove the guesswork. It is also much safer for your horse as excesses or deficiencies of minerals pose serious health risks. To identify those health risks, the following ratios are analysed: Calcium/phosphorous = bone strength and integrity Sodium/potassium = kidney and liver function Calcium/magnesium = sugar levels Iron/copper = bacterial, viral, fungal infection resistance. Sodium/magnesium = adrenal gland function Calcium/potassium = thyroid function Zinc/copper = hormone levels If you are reliant on processed feeds, commercial mineral mixes or guessed mineral mixes, it is almost certain that your horse is not being fed to meet his/her nutritional demands. Every horse has its own nutritional profile despite the feed companies often assuming that all horses have the same mineral requirements. Of course they cannot take into account your soil/water type but such considerations are critical when supplementing with minerals. Testing of hay or paddock grasses is not reliable in determining the horse diet as mineral levels of grasses varies widely throughout the seasons and hay mineral concentrations deteriorate after lengthy storage, heat etc. Bore, river and spring water often contain high concentrations of minerals and if you guess when adding a supplement to the feed you are often inadvertently overdosing your horse on minerals by not taking into account the mineral levels in the water supply. Many areas of Australia contain soils high in iron. An iron supplement is rarely required. In fact it is common for horses to have iron excess. Yearlings, geldings, stallions and mares have different mineral requirements as do horses Page 21

Equine hair testing is an accurate way of diagnosing what’s needed in your horse’s diet.

in light work compared to those in heavy work. Pregnant and lactating mares require a special diet to ensure the health of both foal and mare. Equine hair testing is a legitimate and accurate diagnostic tool for determining the health status of your horse. "Hair mineral analysis is a suitable tool for evaluating the mineral status in the horse and hair is a better biological indicator than serum in assessing mineral status" ( Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, April 2015, Vol 35, Issue 4). Testing of your horse's mane includes all the macro and micro minerals and mineral ratios that your horse requires for optimum health, performance and longevity. The horse's water source, soil type (which I locate using soil mapping) and current diet is required to identify sources of excess or deficiencies. A sample from the mane is all that is required to give you control over your horse's health and to feed your horse the minerals/vitamins that he/she actually requires in the dose actually required rather than guessing. Nutritional soundness is not difficult to achieve, the performance and health of your horse demands it. Use science to ensure your horse is nutritionally sound. Kerry Marsh is Australia's leading authority on equine hair tissue testing. She tests horses from Australia, Europe and New Zealand. Kerry specialises in heavy metal toxicities and unexplained mass horse deaths, most recently the plight of the Bodmin ponies in UK. Kerry can be contacted on 0402772124 or visit www.htma.com.au

Equine gut health Emerging research gives growing support to the importance of a healthy gut. It’s implicated in everything from effective digestion to good mental health and a strong immune system. Stressful equine lifestyles, processed feeds often high in grains or sugars and antibiotics all mess with the balance of bacteria in the body. Supplying feeds sources high in good microbes help to right the gut balance. Loose droppings represent a sign of disturbance to the environment within the large intestine and the balance between the many microbial species present. This is likely to cause a decrease in the efficiency with which feeds are digested and may lead to a loss of condition and interfere with the metabolism and absorption of vitamins and minerals. Gastric ulcers are a common problem in performance horses, keeping them confined in an unfamiliar environment and feeding diets high in grain has resulted in an increased incidence of gastric ulcers. Horses under stress, are prone to colic and laminitis, horses can develop GI upsets on medications such as antibiotics, after worming or when changes to diet are made. It is worth considering feeding a gut balancer type of product to horses under stress. Wattlelane Stables Gut Centric is a feed supplement rich in pre and probiotics, toxin binders, clay, marshmallow root, MOS, Beta Glucan that ca be fed daily to assist with gut health.

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Does your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liver need a spring clean? By ANGELA DAVISON - The Horse Herbalist With over 500 functions already identified, the the liver is life giving and essential It's the body's chemical factory. It deals with functions concerned with the processes of digestion, sugar metabolism - therefore a factor in insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. We're talking bloodstream purification, the biotransformation of many nasties, it neutralises poisons, it's the chief supplier and balancer of glucose - the basic fuel of the body. Whilst the liver is an amazing regenerative organ which works tirelessly, modern living practices affect us all, including our horses and can take its toll. Liver insufficiency frequently underpins signs or symptoms of disease or discomfort, therefore it's important to help the liver to function at its best. To do this, it is suggested that a herbal liver tonic is used to tone before detoxing as detoxing can be an uncomfortable process. In most cases, once the liver is toned it's own innate detoxification function does the rest. A toned liver, if it needs more help in the detoxification process will cope much better and the individual can remain in work without feeling ill or uncomfortable. So what sorts of things may impact the liver? Things such as stress, environmental pollution, bacteria and virus, unclean water, drugs, insecticides - including border or quarantine sprays, polluted grasses, some weeds, some herbs, any trauma, lack of exercise or over-exertion, any illness, accident or injury, inappropriate feed, allergies/sensitivities and poison. Even though the horse may not appear to show any problems directly after any of the above

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The Horse Herbalist sponsored Shannan Goodwin's Flemington shortly after he arrived at her property and after a three week course of liver and spleen - the results are impressive. indicators, there's every probability that it will exhibit any of the symptoms below in the following months. Symptoms include dull in the coat, temperament changes, lack-lustre performance, depressed, itchy, below par or not quite him/herself. Clearly these symptoms can indicate all manner of disease and if the horse is sick then seek the services of a horse veterinarian and a qualified horse herbalist. However, giving a three week course of livertoning herbs will never hurt and could be considered as good preventative medicine. Generally it's good practice to give the horse a liver tonic at the turn of the seasons or a three week course before coming back into work. St.Mary's Thistle (Milk Thistle) - Silybum marianum - is one of my most frequently used herbal extracts in 30 years of practice. This herbs usage as a medicine was written about over 2400 years ago, and science today continues to prove silybum marianum's ability to protect and tone many organs, primarily the liver. The dried herb can be purchased from a health

food store or a reputable horse herb supplier. Make the dry herb into a tea. This allows all the water-soluble constituents in the herb to be dissolved into the tea, therefore your horse's body can utilize it immediately, rather than having to go through the gut for absorption. Please do not purchase any human detoxifying products to give to your horse! NB: The above information is not to take the place of veterinarian's or qualified Horse Herbalist's advice. About the Author: Angela Davison - The Horse Herbalist Angela was one of Australia's first female jockeys before retraining as a Classical Medical Herbalist, Cranio-Sacral and Equine Bowen Therapist. As well as creating a proprietary range of Herbs for Horses Angela pioneered a unique hair assessment system for horses in the 1990's and has formulated thousands of individual hand blended herb and flower remedy formulas to address the core of most human and horse complaints. Angela is also the author of 'Flower Remedies for Horses, Pets and People'. Find out more at www.thehorseherbalist.com

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Relaxation to prevent meltdown By KATIE BONIFACE I'm sure you've felt it before - the back coiling up like a spring, legs braced and stiff ready to bolt, the neck jams tight against your rein, your own heart gets set off, racing a thousand times a second, then panic sets in, you stiffen, your chest tightens, your breath hastens or stops all together. Your horse’s sense of danger sets off your own instinct to survive, your horse is now wondering if there actually should be something to worry about because it can feel your heart racing and the fear emanating from you. Your horse’s fear feeding yours and your fear feeding your horse adding fuel to the fire. The slightest movement, a stick fall, a leaf caught on the breeze, a gunshot in the distance and all sense of control will be lost as your horse flees blindly from whatever perceived threat they initially caught wind of. How do we unravel this set of events? Well, from one perspective there is a lot to be done with building the relationship, establishing yourself as a trusted leader, showing your horse how to process its emotions without reaction but that's not what we are going to talk about the vagus nerve. This is something I accidentally figured out with my third horse, King. He was super flighty, sensitive and mistrusting of people. He only let me ride him for fear of what would happen to himself if he didn't and mostly he lived in a state of anxiety on the brink of losing control of himself at the drop of a hat (literally) anything that dropped would set him off. I got really good at hanging on, half the time you saw me riding King I was half off the side of him as he took the bolt trying to pull myself back into the saddle with the one rein I still had hold of. And there was one truly important lesson I learnt with King - never let your emotions become involved in the situation. If ever I got excited, scared, enthusiastic, tried to muck around and have fun, any kind of high erratic emotional state, bam I'd be on the floor, frequently winded, that boy had some skill. He drilled it into me so strongly that to this day, if people get too excited, chaotic and carried away around me, I feel like I'm going to fall off a horse. As a result, I stumbled across a few tricks that worked really well to quickly and effectively drop my levels of anxiety, heart rate and respiratory rate, even when I can feel my horse coiling up ready to freak out and even when I am scared I am going to fall off. ( And

Doing breathing exercises with your horse is so effective in building your relationship together. I didn't understand the science behind what I was doing until I became a naturopath and learnt about the vagus nerve. WHAT IS THE VAGUS NERVE? The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve (nerve from the brain) which is in control of your parasympathetic nervous system. Your parasympathetic nervous system is in charge of “rest and digest”. It is that deep relaxation feeling that you get from eating and then you want to lie down and have a nap on the couch. The sympathetic nervous system is kind of like the opposite of the parasympathetic nervous system it gets stimulated by fear and threats on survival to be triggered into fight or flight. Stimulating the vagus nerve can block your trigger into fight or flight and keep you in that relaxed state even when your safety is potentially threatened. There are three ways to stimulate the vagus Nerve. 1. HUMMING, CHANTING AND SINGING: Have you ever found yourself in a stressful situation and started humming or singing. I do this a lot, in fact if you see me riding a nervy horse you will probably hear me humming. When I'm stressed at work or in traffic I start humming. It’s a sure fire way to instantly drop my stress levels so that I can focus and concentrate. 2. STRETCH YOUR HEART MUSCLE: Have you ever looked at something like your pets, your kids, a friend, family member or partner and just thought “argh I love it so much I just want to squish it and love it and hold it tight and never let go!” This is your vagus nerve and oxy-

tocin in action. Problem is its the result of an external stimulation and therefore subject to your environment. When we meditate, we practice recreating these feelings of love and gratitude. We literally create these feelings with in us so that we can express them outwards not the other way around. Regularly practicing love and gratitude flexes these muscles so you can call on them when you need them when stressed. 3. DEEP BREATHING: When an external stimulus makes you feel threatened it will trip you into fight or flight, tighten your chest and make your breathing quick and short. By taking control of your breathing through breathing exercises you can pull yourself out of this spiral and get yourself back into a relaxed, deep breathing state. There are a couple of exercises I use: forcing your breath out through your teeth so that it engages your diaphragm and makes you breath out hard and slow. Another way to reset your respiratory rate is to breath in for seven, hold for seven and out for five. These are two exercises that you can use when your horse is on the brink of panic to help bring them back down. Doing breathing exercises with your horse is so effective in building your relationship together. In fact, when I practice it at the halt every ride I can tune my horses respiratory rate into mine so together we can get into a state of flow to better synchronise and harmonise our movements. I practise taking those deep breaths until my horse lets go of its breath and takes a deep breath with me.

I got this working so well with my horses that when we would go to competitions, I would go down the center line and halt, take a deep breath so and my horse would take one with me. Together we would sync up our respiratory rate for the rest of the test, creating synchronised, harmonised, relaxed tone in our movement instead of the jittery, nervous energy that normally comes from being out with the pressure we put on ourselves to do well and the new environmental stimuli for our horses. There are health benefits from regular stimulation of the vagus nerve. Being able to control and stimulate our vagus nerve can vastly improve our performance and relationship with our horses. It can also reduce anxiety and overcome rider fear and help us get that foot in the stirrup and swing on even though our brain is saying no. It does take practice to get this kind of control over our vagus nerve and create vagal tone. The good new is, that regular practise also has some resounding health benefits. In the brain low vagal tone can contribute to anxiety and depression. In the gut it can lead to indigestion, IBS and other stress associated digestive upsets. Working with your vagus nerve can lower your heart rate and risk of heart disease, lower your blood glucose, support your adrenal function, reduce systemic inflammation and promote your bodies detoxification processes. It influences the release of oxytocin, which is the hormone that makes you feel love for other people and responsible for social bonding. It helps to get you into a state of relaxed concentration and movement, which is what we are trying to do when we ride. Vagus nerve stimulation also normalises stress hormones and reduces excess cortisol. Other practices that promote vagal tone include Yoga, Meditation," Positive social relationships, Laughing, Prayer, Probiotics, Exercise, Massage, Fasting, Tai chi, Gargling, Getting sufficient EPA and DHA from your essential fatty fish oils, Acupuncture, Getting sufficient zinc. These practices aren't anything new, we're just getting new science on why they are so effective. Being able to be in control of how stress affects your body and being able to switch yourself out of the sympathetic nervous responses by practising these exercises, making sure you get the right nutrition can boost your health and athletic performance.

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

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

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ustralian jockey, Adrian Morgante ĂŶĚ ŶŽǁ Ă ŵƵůƟ ĂǁĂƌĚ ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ŝŶǀĞŶƚŽƌ ;ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ϭϬ ƉƌĞƐƟŐŝŽƵƐ ŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂů ĂǁĂƌĚƐ ĂŶĚ ƚŚĞ ďĞƐƚ ŝŶǀĞŶƟŽŶ ĮǀĞ LJĞĂƌƐ ƌƵŶŶŝŶŐͿ ŚĂƐ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĚĂŶŽƚŚĞƌǁŝŶŶĞƌ͘ Champion and Olympic riders, trainers and ĐŽĂĐŚĞƐĂƌĞƌĂǀŝŶŐĂďŽƵƚŚŝƐůĂƚĞƐƚŝŶǀĞŶƟŽŶƚŚĞ WTP (Winning Tongue Plate) bit the only bit in ƚŚĞ ǁŽƌůĚ ƚŽ ǁŝŶ Ă ƉƌĞƐƟŐŝŽƵƐ ƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂŶ ĂŶĚ ŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůĚĞƐŝŐŶĂǁĂƌĚ͘ There are two uŶŝƋƵĞ ƉĂƚĞŶƚĞĚ ƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJ designs the normal plate and extended plate both reducing bit pressure by about 85% with no pinching, and the Extended Plate is the only bit in the world proven to stop displacement of the ƐŽŌƉĂůĂƚĞĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌďƌĞĂƚŚŝŶŐŝƐƐƵĞƐ͕ĂůůŵĂŬŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ ĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞ ďĞƚǁĞĞŶ ǁŝŶŶŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ůŽƐŝŶŐ ĂŶ ĞǀĞŶƚ͘ ƵĞ ƚŽ ƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ ĂŶĚ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚ͕ ƚŚĞ new and improved 2013 designs has produced outstanding results in the equestrian and racing ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJ ĂŶĚ ŚĂƐ ƚŚĞ ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌŝĞƐ ƚĂůŬŝŶŐ͘ ,Ăůů ŽĨ &ĂŵĞ :ŽĐŬĞLJ DŝŬĞ ^ŵŝƚŚ͕ ƐĂLJƐ ŝƚ͛Ɛ ͞ƚŚĞ ďŝƚ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ĨƵƚƵƌĞ͘͟ KůLJŵƉŝĐ ƌŝĚĞƌ DĞŐĂŶ :ŽŶĞƐ ͞ŝƚ ŝƐ ĂŵĂnjŝŶŐ͘͟hƐĞĚďLJĐŚĂŵƉŝŽŶĂŶĚKůLJŵƉŝĐƌŝĚĞƌƐ͕ ŵĂŶĚĂZŽƐƐ͕EĂƚĂůŝĞůƵŶĚĞůů͕ůĂŝƌZŝĐŚĂƌĚƐŽŶ͕ WĞƚĞƌDĐDĂŚŽŶ͕<ĂƚũĂtĞŝŵĂŶŶ͕WĂƵůĂ,ĂŵŽŽĚ͕ ŝĂŶŶĞ:ĞŶŬLJŶƌĞƐƐĂŐĞ͘dŚĞtdWďŝƚƐƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵ horses that have poor bit contact and were leaning on the rein, pulling the reins through your hands, not using their shoulders or hindquarters,


ďŝƚ͕ ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐ ŝŶ ŚĞĂĚ ƐŚĂŬŝŶŐ͕ ƉƵůůŝŶŐ͕ ƌĞĂƌŝŶŐ͕ ďƵĐŬŝŶŐ͕ŵŽƵƚŚŽƉĞŶŝŶŐĂŶĚƉŽŽƌƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĂŶĐĞ͘ džƉŽƐĞĚũŽŝŶƚĞĚƐŶĂŋ ĞďŝƚƐĐƌĞĂƚĞƵƉƚŽϯϬϬŬŐ of pressure, pinching the tongue down to ĐĞŶƟŵĞƚĞƌƐ͕ ĐĂƵƐŝŶŐ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ ƚŽ ĞǀĂĚĞ ƚŚĞ ƉĂŝŶ by withdrawing the tongue or placing it over the ďŝƚ͘ dŽŶŐƵĞ ƟĞƐ ĐĂŶ ĂůƐŽ ĐĂƵƐĞ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ ƚŽ ĮŐŚƚ ƚŚĞŵ ĂŶĚ ďƵůŐĞ ƚŚĞŝƌ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ďĂĐŬ ƚŽ ĞƐĐĂƉĞ ƚŚĞ ƉĂŝŶ͕ ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐ ŝŶ ĚŝƐƉůĂĐĞŵĞŶƚ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƐŽŌ ƉĂůĂƚĞ͘ Whereas the paƚĞŶƚĞĚ tdW ĞŶĐĂƐĞĚ ũŽŝŶƚ design prevents the arms folding down, ƉƌĞǀĞŶƟŶŐ ƉĂŝŶ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ ƌŽŽĨ͕ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ĂŶĚ ďĂƌƐ͘ dŚĞ ϲ͘ϱ ƐƋƵĂƌĞ Đŵ ůŽǁ ƉƌŽĮůĞ ĐĞŶƚĞƌ ƉůĂƚĞ ĐƌĞĂƚĞƐ Ă ƐŽŌĞƌ ƐƵƌĨĂĐĞ ĂƌĞĂ ƌĞĚƵĐŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ ďŝƚ ƉƌĞƐƐƵƌĞ ďLJ ĂďŽƵƚ ϴϱй͘ dŚĞ tdW ĐĞŶƚĞƌ ŇĂƚ ƉůĂƚĞŝƐƵƉƚŽϭϰŵŵůŽǁĞƌƚŚĂŶŽƚŚĞƌďŝƚũŽŝŶƚƐ͕ allowing more room between the tongue and ƚŚĞƌŽŽĨŽĨƚŚĞŵŽƵƚŚ͕ƉƌĞǀĞŶƟŶŐƌŽŽĨƌƵďďŝŶŐ ĂŶĚŵŽƵƚŚŝŶŐŝƐƐƵĞƐ͘&ƵƌƚŚĞƌ͕ƚŚĞtdWďŝƚĂƌŵƐ have limited travel to reduce outer ring pressure ƚŽƚŚĞĐŚĞĞŬƐĂŶĚůŝƉƐǁŚĞŶǁŽƌŬŝŶŐĂŚŽƌƐĞŝŶ ĂƐƚƌĂŝŐŚƚůŝŶĞ͘dŚĞŽŶůLJƟŵĞĐŚĞĞŬƉƌĞƐƐƵƌĞŝƐ ƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚŝƐǁŚĞŶƚƵƌŶŝŶŐLJŽƵƌŚŽƌƐĞ͘dŚĞďĞƐƚ test to demonstrate how it stops displacement ŝƐ ďLJ ůĂLJŝŶŐ ƚǁŽ ĮŶŐĞƌƐ ŇĂƚ ŽŶ LJŽƵƌ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ͘ dŚĞ ƌĞƐƵůƚ͕ LJŽƵ ĐĂŶ͛ƚ ďƵůŐĞ LJŽƵƌ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ďĂĐŬ͘ EĞŝƚŚĞƌ ĐĂŶ ƚŚĞ ŚŽƌƐĞ͕ ƚŚĞƌĞĨŽƌĞ͕ ŬĞĞƉŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ ƚŽŶŐƵĞ ŝŶ ƚŚĞ ĐŽƌƌĞĐƚ ĨŽƌǁĂƌĚ ƉŽƐŝƟŽŶ ĂŶĚ ƐƚŽƉƉŝŶŐĚŝƐƉůĂĐĞŵĞŶƚ͘dŚĞƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJƉůĂƚĞ design prevents the horse pushing the plate ƵƉǁĂƌĚƐŽƌƐŝĚĞǁĂLJƐ͘


PICTURES 1 & 2 SHOW A SNAFFLE BIT ROOF RUBBING AND BIT PINCHING. ĮŐŚƟŶŐƚŚĞďŝƚ͕ŚĞĂĚĐŚƵĐŬŝŶŐ͕ƌĞĂƌŝŶŐ͕ďƵĐŬŝŶŐ͕ ƉƵůůŝŶŐ͘ůůŽĨƚŚĞtdWďĞŶĞĮƚƐĂƌĞƐƵƉƉŽƌƚĞĚďLJ ŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐŽĨĂŵĂnjŝŶŐƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĂůƐǁŚŝĐŚĐĂŶďĞ ƐƵƉƉůŝĞĚŽŶƌĞƋƵĞƐƚ͘ It ŝƐ ǁĞůů ĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚĞĚ ũŽŝŶƚed sŶĂŋ Ğ ďŝƚƐ ĐĂƵƐĞ roof rubbing and bit pinching, causing pain signals to spread to any other branch of the ƐĂŵĞ ĨĂĐŝĂů ŶĞƌǀĞ͕ ƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐ ŝŶ ƉĂŝŶ ŝŶ ĂƌĞĂƐ ŽĨ the face that have no direct contact with the

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tĞůƐŚ͕ǁŚŽďƌĞĂŬƐŝŶϱϬϬŚŽƌƐĞƐĂLJĞĂƌĨŽƌĂƌůĞLJ and other leading trainers purchased 25 WTP bits ƌĂƟŶŐƚŚĞŶŽƌŵĂůƉůĂƚĞĚĞƐŝŐŶĂƐƚŚĞďĞƐƚďŝƚŽŶƚŚĞ ŵĂƌŬĞƚ ĂŶĚ ůŝŬĞ ŚĂǀŝŶŐ ƉŽǁĞƌ ƐƚĞĞƌŝŶŐ͕ ŬŝŶĚ ĂŶĚ ƐŽŌ ŽŶ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ ĂŶĚ ƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵŝŶŐ Ěŝĸ ĐƵůƚ ŚŽƌƐĞƐ͘ ĂǀĞ DĐǀŽLJ͕ ĐŽůƚ ďƌĞĂŬĞƌ ĂŶĚ ĐĂŵƉĚƌĂŌĞƌ͕ ͞ƚŽƚĂůůLJĂŵĂnjŝŶŐƌĞƐƵůƚƐ͊͟



,ĞƌĞ͛ƐǁŚĂƚŝƐďĞŝŶŐƐĂŝĚďLJŽƚŚĞƌůĞĂĚŝŶŐŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJ ĞdžƉĞƌƚƐ͘ ^ŚŽǁ ũƵŵƉŝŶŐ ƌŝĚĞƌ :ĂŶĞůůĞ tĂƚĞƌƐ͕ ͞ďƐŽůƵƚĞůLJĂŵĂnjŝŶŐ͘/ŚĂǀĞƌĞƉůĂĐĞĚĂůůŵLJďŝƚƐ͘͟ <ĞůŝZŽǁĞ͗͞zŽƵƌďŝƚŚĂƐƐƚŽƉƉĞĚŚĞƌďƵĐŬŝŶŐĂŶĚ ƌĞĂƌŝŶŐ͘͟ZĂĐŚĞů:ŽŶĞƐ͗͞,ĞǁĞŶƚĨƌŽŵƌĞĂƌŝŶŐĂŶĚ out of control to an angel winning 5 ribbons on ƚŚĞ ĚĂLJ͊͟ dĂƌĂ ƌŽƵŐŚ͗ ͞,Ğ ƐƚŽƉƉĞĚ ĮŐŚƟŶŐ ƚŚĞ ďŝƚ ĂŶĚ ŝƐ ŶŽǁ ƐŽŌ ĂŶĚ ƌŽƵŶĚ ƚŽƚĂůůLJ ĂŵĂnjŝŶŐ͘͟ /ĐŽŶŝĐƚƌĂŝŶĞƌ,ĞŶƌLJDŽƌĞŶŽ͕͞ŌĞƌϲϯLJĞĂƌƐ͕/ŚĂǀĞ ĐŚĂŶŐĞĚ ƚŽ ƚŚĞƐĞ ďŝƚƐ͖ ƚŚĞLJ ĂƌĞ ƚŚĞ ďĞƐƚ ďŝƚƐ /͛ǀĞ ĞǀĞƌƉƵƚŽŶĂŚŽƌƐĞ͘͟>ĞĂĚŝŶŐĐŽůƚďƌĞĂŬĞƌ:ƵůŝĞŶ

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Amazing for any breathing problems and the only bit in the world to stop displacement of the soft palate.

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Joint and arms do not hinge downward thereby preventing pain to the roof, tongue and bars.


The bit arms have limited travel to prevent outer ring pressure and pain to the cheek and lips.


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Safety and horsemanship skills By KATE CLANCY The equestrian world has undergone vast and somewhat dramatic changes in recent years. Horses have become a luxury rather than a means to make a living, which has promoted a great variety of new sports and equine related activities. Due to these changes, a shift has also taken place in regards to safety around horses, what some would still consider to be "common sense" is now perceived as important knowledge that needs to be outlined. With more people purchasing horses who have not grown up in a horse background or are getting into horses later in life, it is imperative that we do our best to pass our "common sense" onto the new generation of equestrians. For this reason, this article offers assistance to those getting into horses and the parents helping their children to get into horses, as well as all those in between. As a full-time professional trainer at K Clancy Horsemanship at Narrabri, NSW, I conduct clinics, entertainment shows with liberty horses and lessons, as well as training and starting horses under saddle. In this article I have outlined some helpful tips to assist in keeping you or your child safe the next time you go out to see the horses. 1.Groundwork & handling - When performing day to day activities such as rugging, saddling or grooming try to stand at the horse's shoulder as often as possible. Standing at the horse's shoulder keeps you out of the "strike zone" which is where a horse is able to strike you with his front legs or kick you with his hind. - Do not under any circumstances walk under the horse's neck while he is tied up, if the horse

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"Good safety practices, as simple as they may seem, can make a huge difference to your safety and horsemanship skills." - Kate Clancy

Mounting with the horse flexed while holding the front of the saddle.

becomes spooked and pulls back on the lead he is likely to jump forward onto you and cause serious harm. - When walking behind a horse, maintain contact with your hand on the horse and walk as close to the horse's rump as possible. This means, if he should become provoked, the horse does not get the chance to kick you at full power and also protects your head and chest from receiving the kick. - When performing any kind of

groundwork do not put yourself between a wall and the horse, ensure you have the most room in the work space so you will not become trapped and have room to move should the horse spook etc 2.Mounting: - The first step to safely mounting your horse begins in your groundwork training. Ensure your horse will flex (bend his nose around to his shoulder) softly both left and right before attempting to get on your horse. - When you are ready to mount your horse flex him towards you, you should be standing on his near side (left), this is so should the horse move off or spook the horse cannot present his back end to you and is less likely to get away from you. Ensure you hold the front of the saddle and not the back, this is so at no point while mounting you have to release your hold of the saddle to get on. - From there you may put your foot in the stirrup. A helpful tip I

always mention is to jump 3-4 times before actually mounting the horse, this is for two reasons. First reason to jump or "bounce" before mounting is to prepare and forewarn your horse of your intention to get on and the second is to help give you lift for a smooth and seamless mount. 3. The one rein stop Once you are on the horse, it is important to have a back-up plan in case your horse should spook or react poorly to a situation. We use a one rein stop to disengage the horse as well as to help prevent accidents and the development of bad habits. Work for the one rein stop was started when we taught the horse to flex softly on the ground, this should be practices at a standstill under saddle as well. To apply the one rein stop in an emergency, pull the rein towards your pocket smoothly while allowing the other rein to fall slack. Keep the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head bent until his feet stop moving and he relaxes. Ensure you flex the horse in the stop in the direction you were travelling, or to the "inside" of the circle. In the case of a horse bolting, do not yank their head around as this may cause them to fall over, rather, spiral in from a larger circle until they slow down then smoothly pull them into a one rein stop. This is also a very important tool to use should a horse ever rear or flip over as it will assist the horse to land on their side rather than on top of their rider due to their head being flexed to one side. When you understand some of these fundamental techniques you should feel confident and prepared to handle your horse on both his best and worst day. Although it is important to remain vigilant around horses don't forget to relax and have fun along the way!

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Cross training can promote physical and mental well-being By TANJA KRAUS When it comes to athletes, cross training is nothing new. When it comes to our performance horses however, sometimes we focus so much on the training for competition, that we forget to add some variety into our training program. This often leads to a stale horse, or a horse that begins to 'shut down' in his work. I like to cross train with all of my horses - mentally it keeps them fresh and interested in what we are doing and there are several different ways I can cross train with my horses, let’s have a look at each one; THE FOCUS Technique. Some sessions I may be focussed on developing a technique - I may be working on something like shoulder in, canter departs or flying changes and in this session I will be looking to improve that particular technique, be it the responsiveness to the cue, the balance or the collection within the movement. Strength As we develop our performance horse, we want him to be strong. In a strength training session I will be focussed on power - in this session I will be looking at more collected work - halt to canters, collection in the gait, this type of thing. Cardio Developing cardio is important so my horse has the physical capability and endurance to keep going as I need him to. Cardio development is my horse’s ability to keep a pace for an extended period of time. Flexibility Without flexibility my horse’s movements will be braced and stiff. Think yoga for horses. A flexibility session for my horse will include movements that stretch him through his body

A change of scenery can really help your horse mentally, mix it up arena and trail work and keep him supple. THE TYPE OF TRAINING Ridden Work When we are training a horse, we generally jump straight to ridden skills and training. I have a training outline which progresses from foundation, to core skills, combination skills through to the advanced horse. Each 'level' allows the horse to develop skills required for the next step in training. Online When we are talking about our performance horse, we often overlook online training in his program. In the last issue, my article covered online skills for the performance horse and how we can use that to compliment our work. Liberty Liberty is another area that is underrated when it comes to a performance horse. Often used for the young horse in his early training, or used for 'play', we can overlook liberty as a

training session that compliments our advanced work. Liberty keeps my horses 'hooked on' and interested in what we are doing and my liberty work includes both ground and ridden skills. The Location For many of us the arena is 'the office' and it’s where all the work gets done. For me personally, I use the trail as my arena. The trail takes the monotony out of the training and gives the horse a direction to go. He enjoys 'having a job' and I enjoy being out and about - it puts us both in a great place to start training. I train all of my skills on the trail - from laterals, to canter departs to turnarounds - it can all be done out and about. A change of scenery can really help your horse mentally, and will help develop his 'listening skills' when he has distractions, which can really help in the show pen. I like to change locations on my horses often and will train in the arena, on the trail, at the beach, in an open paddock, or take him to different showgrounds or arenas. The discipline. We don't want to get blinkers on when it comes to the discipline we have chosen with our horses. I enjoy cross training across disciplines with a lot of the horses I ride - it does a dressage horse the world of good to go and poke around some cows and it does my cattle working horse good to do some dressage training. Adding some cross country or jumping in the mix will help to develop a horse with both sound mind and body. Changing up the discipline style of training also assists me in disguising repetition. For example, doing flat work exercises is one way to keep the horse on his hindquarter, but jumping gives him another reason to shift the weight back.


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Building confidence with scary obstacles By ADE BOWDEN I remember many years ago when I was riding night time entertainment at Melbourne Royal show on my three-year-old filly. It was opening night, we were lined up four abreast and six deep at the entrance to the main ring, all carrying our Australian flags, ready to canter in and start the show. Across the other side of the arena, a single firework was let off (which we didn't know about) then we were supposed to canter in and start performing. My filly was on the first line and ran backwards and sideways, me hanging on for dear life, one hand on the reins, one hand on my flag and kicking like crazy to get her to go forward and not get out of position and therefore put the rest of the troupe out of position. From that moment I promised myself, that I would do everything possible to make sure my horses in the future were always prepared for just about anything that life threw at us. This began my training with horses on various obstacles, which has now developed into teaching other people how to train their horses with scary obstacles. My Scary Obstacles / Confidence Clinics are designed to teach participants how to be in control of their horse's feet, all of the time. The obstacles are not designed to desensitize the horse and have him get through the obstacle no matter what. They are designed to give the horse and his handler/rider a target or focus point to achieve a specific training goal. At my Scary Obstacles / Confidence Clinics, we start out with ground work designed to get

Teaching horses and riders to deal with scary obstacles improves confidence and control of the hind end and the front end of the horse independently of each other, then work four feet together, going backwards and forwards. Once this is achieved, then we attempt a whole range of different obstacles (usually about 18 choices) ranging from a tarp on the ground, vertical and horizontal pool noodle obstacles, rope gate, vertical plastic fly strips, a tarp tunnel, tractor tyres, log and drum jumps, a timber bridge, a tipping bridge and various other obstacles. NOTE: All obstacles are designed and built with safety first and foremost in mind, so I wont use anything that can harm a horse or potentially get caught up with a handler/rider or horse. Also all my obstacles are negotiated at a speed that the rider/handler can control confidently (usually walk and trot integrated with stop).

Once horses and handlers are confident and competent from the ground, we then saddle up (some participants choose to stay on the ground for various reasons) and go through the process again of getting control of the front and hind end of the horse, going forwards and backwards, then moving onto negotiating the obstacles under saddle. Riders are free to choose which obstacles they want to ride. No one has ever got scared or hurt by having too much control of their horse. A simple test to see if you are in control is to be able to stop, change direction or back up at any time of your choosing, with or without the influence of the obstacle. To be deemed successful at negotiating an obstacle on the ground or under saddle, the horse must maintain the same rhythm and cadence of stride during the obstacle as he does when not near the obstacle. My Scary Obstacles Clinics are not limited to what I can build, there are plenty of scary obstacles, that my horses are exposed to here at Yagoneya ASH Stud & Training centre. I find this scary obstacle training very beneficial for weanlings, yearlings and unbroken horses as well. It allows the handler to work on clear communication, while negotiating obstacles in a safe and confident manner. This then develops confidence in both horse and handler, the handler becomes a better leader so the horse can become a better follower and be a more willing participant. Please be mindful of the potential dangers of obstacles if you and your horse haven't been trained correctly on how to negotiate them successfully in a safe and confident manner.

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DO YOU TALK TO YOUR HORSE? By NADINE KITTLE At Natural Horsemanship Lessons and Training (NHLT) we refer to our brand of natural horsemanship as the 'good boys' method. To understand why, here is an excerpt from the book, A Year of Special Horses, by my colleague Robyn Walton. “ Trainers - particularly males - don't talk much, if at all, to horses. If someone's horse is being a prima donna they'll say, ‘This is a girl's horse.’ When I give a clinic, students light up when I tell them I not only want them to talk to their horses but praise them fulsomely and make a fuss over them. You see, they've been reprimanded, shown up and even hollered at by instructors, male and female, natural and traditional, for doing this in every class they've been in. When a horse first does something good, such as stopping when I just lift one rein, I practically collapse onto his neck exclaiming, "Good boooy, Brave Boy! Good boooy! Isn't he a clever boy!" as though he had just climbed Mt. Everest with his front feet hobbled. And to anyone standing by I say, "Did everyone see what Brave Boy just did?" “Good boooy!” the onlookers chime in. Brave Boy's head darts jerkily backwards and forwards between myself and the onlookers, his eyes wide open. Often they take a sneaky glance behind themselves to check if maybe these accolades are meant for another horse. Then they'll positively glow and roll their eyes up under their lashes and gulp and swallow hard. From that point on they are hooked and can't wait to do something else good to hear all this praise again. But we can also use speech in a wrong way: With the dressage horse, Nigel, I spotted his problem right away. It was Noni and John. Despite all the love and creature comforts they lavished on him, they spoke about him and in front of him, in a very negative manner. Everything was, "Don't do that, Nigel. Trust you, Nigel." And sometimes Noni would just look at him and, for no reason, go, "Ohhh Nigel," in a despairing voice. I wouldn't have been all that surprised to see the horse spin around and go, "Yes my name is Nigel BUT WHAT DO YOU WANT!!" I always stress to students the importance of refraining from nagging their horses. As soon as his owners left, I set up some easy groundwork for Nigel and every time he got it right I'd quietly and calmly go, "G’d boy, G’d, g’d." With him I didn't go overboard as if to say, "Fancy you getting something right." It was like I was allowing him to enter at a higher level, pretending his reputation hadn't run ahead of him. He loved it! His ears were strained forward the whole time, not wanting to miss anything I said or did. “

TRICK RIDING AND VAULTING HLS Trick Riding was founded in 2015 by Hollie Shiels. Her passion, dedication and knowledge has shown through ever since, teaching riders from beginner through to advanced the skills of trick riding. HLS Trick Riding offers a large variety of lessons for all riders from beginner to advanced. They specialise in both private, group and clinic training for trick riding and vaulting. HLS are not just limited to trick riding, they also offer show prep services and clinics where you will learn how to transform your equine friend from scruffy paddock steed to glamorous show horse. HLS Trick Riding is located in the beautiful Tamborine Village in Queensland located approximately 35 minutes from the Gold Coast, 60 minutes from Brisbane CBD and 30 minutes from Beaudesert. Their facilities include - Fully fenced, professional grade arena - Barrel for both Trick and Vaulting practice - Educated, quiet and willing horses - Safe, fitted and quality tack and equipment For further information contact Hollie 0418 144 849 Page 34


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Miniatures horses - remarkably versatile mall in size, big in heart, miniature horses have a surprisingly impressive skill set. "But what do you do with them?" It's a question miniature horse owners are inevitably asked at some stage and the response can be far more involved than many people anticipate. Miniature horses - like their larger counterparts - each have their own personality however they tend to share a few common characteristics including great intelligence and willingness to please. This makes the horses highly trainable. The growth of dedicated miniature shows as well as miniature classes at agricultural shows, has given the breed greater opportunities to demonstrate their versatility. Since the introduction of the American Shetland into Australia, the popularity of the breed has increased dramatically. The American Shetland is not to be confused with the Shetland pony that most are familiar with.

The appearance of the American Shetland (pictured above) is very refined, athletic and elegant compared to the heavier, thicker set type of the Shetland. The length of sloping shoulder and strong hind quarter allows for a high, free flowing movement. Their ancestory is from the Shetland Isles and when brought into the States in the 1800s, they were then crossed with the hackney and Arabian. Since being brought into Australia, the American Shetland has been crossed with many Australian miniature horses to produce the Derivative American Shetland. The qualities of these breeds can be seen today in these beautiful horses. These versatile equines are being used in all areas of showing, performance and harness. Along with traditional halter classes, many shows now provide what are broadly termed 'performance' classes. These incorporate lunge-

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Many shows now provide what are broadly termed 'performance' classes which include lungeline, Jumping and Trail classes line events plus hunter (jumping) and trail classes that are based on Western models. A trail class for instance may see the horse and handler complete 6-8 movements including backing, side passes, pivots, straddles as well as negotiating bridges, cones and gates. Unlike Western events, miniature performance classes are performed in-hand so rather than using traditional aids, the handler must provide verbal and physical cues. These cues can be quite unique to one horse/handler combination and this tends to see a strong rapport develop between miniatures and their handler. It is in the area of showjumping however that miniature horses often surprise even the most seasoned horse lover. Despite their small size, miniature horses can outperform their larger cousins on a horse:jump height ratio. As a guide, in 2015 at a National Miniature Horse Show held in Tamworth, included a Guinness Book of Records bid for the highest jump achieved by a miniature horse. The eventual winner, and now world record holder - Castrawes Paleface Orion, is a 37.5 inch chestnut gelding. Paleface jumped a remarkable 42 inches on the day (though he has previously cleared heights of up to 48 inches). That's the equivalent of a 16 hand horse jumping almost two metres. Along with performance, showjumping and halter classes, there is also burgeoning interest in miniature horses harness and long reining events. For many former big horse enthusiasts who no longer have the time

or confidence to compete under saddle, miniature harness events provide a new avenue to enjoy showing horses competitively - or simply become part of a likeminded community of horse lovers.

AMHS Inc. is seeking sponsors for the most prestigious Miniature Horse Show in Australia in 2018. The National Championship show is to be held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre over five days and will attract around 500 entrants from across Australia and offers great media coverage, and International patronage. A range of sponsorship packages are available from $50 for class awards up to $10,000 Diamond package for show naming rights For more information contact Liana Wynne 0412 450 767 cnqld@amhs.com.au

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The Horse Report PRARG'S SADDLERY MARKET PRARG’s new and used saddlery market will be held on Easter Saturday, March 31 at their club grounds, cnr. Olson & Teviot Roads, North Maclean. Clubs and individuals are invited to gather gear, riding apparel and other 'horsey' items to sell or swap in a market type atmosphere. Trade displays welcome. This is a perfect way to raise money for your respective groups or yourselves. Sell as an individual or as a group. Refreshments available. Vendors to be in position by 7am and to stay until 11.30am or unless sold out. Booking fee - $15 per site (Sponsors no charge). Pay at the gate. (Sell from your car, float or truck or bring your own equipment). Only one vehicle per site on grounds. Sorry, only photographs of horses for sale. As per lease agreement with Logan City Council, this event is classed as a fundraiser - all dogs must be on a leash. Enquiries - Lorraine 0408 715 758 A/H/or Chris - 0456 597 967 or prarginc81@bigpond.com

TLEC EASTER HACK SHOW The Terranora Lakes Equestrian Club will hold their annual Easter Hack Show and Dressage day on Monday, April 2 at their Club Grounds at Bilambil Rd, Bilambil commencing at 9am. There will be a full hack program with led classes champion and supreme. A great hack program with novice, open, ladies, child’s educated, and height classes for both Open and Hunter plus a Beginner ring for those just starting out in showing. They have feed vouchers on offer for champions kindly sponsored by Mitavite and for those not into showing there is also offer dressage catering for riders - Prep to Elementary in Beginner - Junior - Senior - Masters. For further information Email: cobakibob@bigpond.com

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

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VISIT TO THE LIPIZZANER STUDS If you love horses and love travel, then Austria Travel Direct may have just what you’re looking for. One of their very popular tours is the Trail of the Lipizzaners being conducted in August/September.Join them on this unique tour where you will take in the beauty of former eastern European countries, the Adriatic coastline and classical Vienna, see the world renowned Lipizzaners, the spectacular scenery from the Danube to the Adriatic Coast, the mountain pastures in Piber and enjoy front row seats in the VIP Box The quadrille a highlight of or Royal Box of the Spanish Riding the gala performance School in Vienna for a gala performance. If you love horses and have always wanted to see some of the beauty of Europe, this tour is for you.It highlights one of the world’s most famous horse breeds. Whilst the focus is on the beautiful Lipizzaner stallions, tour participants will get to enjoy beautiful scenery in the Alps, traditional European cuisine and head off the `beaten tourist track’ to see some of the back-roads of Austria and Slovenia. Visits will be made to the stud in Lipica - from where the horses get their name, as well as the current Austrian Federal Stud in Piber. Also visit the young stallions high up in their mountain pastures before their colourful parade down the mountain to the church at Maria Lankowitz where they will be blessed by the local priest. Then it's another two kms to the centre of the village of Koeflach where all the stallions are presented before being taken to their winter stables. The absolute highlight of the tour is the gala performance at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna - the oldest classical dressage riding school in the world. Tour members have front-row VIP Box and Royal Box seats, to witness the spectacular perfection of the ‘High School of Classical Horsemanship’ with the Pas de Deux, Work in Hand and on the Long Rein and the School Quadrille which is shown with eight stallions.The Levade, Courbette and Capriole are the highlights of the Schools performance. As an added bonus, there is a private tour of the stables after the performance. And there may be an opportunity to watch the work out session of the riding school before leaving Vienna. The tour is limited to 16 persons, so book your place for this great tour through Slovenia and Austria from August 28 to September 11. Even if you have no equine interests, this trip will appeal to those wanting to experience something unique and a little different from Europe. Austria Travel Direct specialises in group and individual travel to Austria and have been dealing in that country for 30 years. Their experience and knowledge is passed on in their tour program. Whether you want to travel as part of a group, or as an individual, they can help plan your holiday to beautiful Austria. For further details on this amazing tour call 1800 830 820


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Thoroughbred Horses open call for researchers As part of its commitment to thriving rural industries, AgriFutures Australia has commenced a research open call for preliminary RD&E proposals to address the priorities of the Australian thoroughbred industry. The AgriFutures Australia Thoroughbred Horses program recently became a levied industry in September 2017, with the aim to support priority research, development and extension activities to address thoroughbred industry challenges and opportunities. The open call is a first for the new program, which has recently established a five-year Interim Thoroughbred Horses RD&E Plan. AgriFutures Australia, Research and Innovation Program Manager, Dr Melanie Bradley said the open call is fundamental for the overall benefit of the industry. "This is a chance for the AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horses program to identify and fund research that addresses critical issues for Australian thoroughbred breeders such as

AgriFutures Australia has commenced a research open call to address the priorities of the Australian thoroughbred industry. improving foal health and development, reducing the impact of diseases and parasites on horse health and performance and improving horse welfare," Dr Bradley said. "The first open call for the program is an exciting opportunity for researchers to engage with Australia's world-leading thoroughbred industry and to support AgriFutures Australia's aim of delivering practical knowl-

edge and innovation for industry members." The AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horses program is looking to fund research that address one of the short term goals specified under the six objectives in the RD&E Plan: 1. Continue to improve breeding outcomes and foal health and development 2. Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites

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Contact: Suzie Bloxsidge-Kennedy Email - info@showringclassifieds.com.au Ph: 0400 558 218 www.showringclassifieds.com.au

Absolute Price: $ POA. 16.1 hh Reg: Thoroughbred, SHC Chestnut Gelding YOB: 2011 Sire: Real Saga Dam: Maxi Legs

HOLLY Price: $ 15,000. neg to the right home. Height: 15.3 hh Registered/Breeds: Thoroughbred/Warmblood Chestnut Mare YOB: 2008 Sire: Royal Hit Dam: Oncia

Holly is well bred out of Royal Hit and the multi champion thoroughbred mare Oncia. Forward moving showing natural ability for higher movement. Exceptional type and movement and is beautiful to ride. Multiple supreme led awards and champions at Royal level. Champion at 1st outing under Saddle. This is a top level Hack which ticks all the boxes. Contact: Adam Ph: 0488 111 401

Has competed successfully in the show ring, limited outings in dressage and participated in show jumping clinics. With her outstanding breeding she has the potential to become a top broodmare. Suitable for experienced rider. Contact: Vicki Fuss Ph: 07 4056 2927 | Mob: 0417 827 276 Email: oncia@bigpond.com Location: QLD - 4865

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


DP Vienna Royal Quality Small Hack Price: $ POA 15.3 hh Reg: Thoroughbred, SHC, ANSA Black Gelding YOB: 2007 Sire: Lonhro Dam: Flame of Atlanta Ricky has just completed his first show season with great success, a true genuine royal quality hack prospect with flowing straight movement and a very comfortable uncomplicated ride. Ricky is a delight to show, with his beautiful Lonhro temperament making prep and travel a breeze. Professionally started, ready for that special home that will take him to the highest level of showing. Vet check welcome. Hormone and drug free, viewing is encouraged located 45 minutes from Gold Coast airport. Contact: Matt Mob: 0474 961 927

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Uhavta Lemaire Price: $ 8,000. 14.1 hh Reg: RP/ARP/ Part Welsh/ Part APSB/ Saddle Pony Bay Gelding Sire: Uhavta Country Charm Dam: Kirreway Dover Successful Small Galloway Gelding Some of his wins include: Champion Led ARP Gelding- 2017 East Coast Championships Champion Ridden ARP Gelding- 2017 East Coast Championships 1st Led Arabian Derivative Gelding 14ne15h- 2017 Sydney Easter Show 1st Led Partbred APSB Gelding over 13.2h- 2017 Sydney Royal Show 5th Ridden Partbred APSB over 13.2h- 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show 4th Led Partbred Welsh Gelding over 13h- 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show Runner Up Newcomer Show Hunter Galloway- 2016 NSW HOTY Best Ridden Newcomer- APSB and Youngstock Show Suit experienced home but with the right rider would go straight to the top. Accepted Sydney and Canberra Royals. Contact: Erin Ph: 0402 373 930

Rathowen Perhaps So

Price: $ 18,500. 13.1 7/8 hh Reg: RP, ASP, SHC, Part Welsh, Arabian Derv Bay Mare YOB: 2004 Sire: Courtland Boy Blue (IMP) Dam: Langtree Perhaps Love

Ultimate Childs Allround Show Pony Tia is a royal quality show pony that succeeds in any chosen discipline. She has competed at State Dressage Championships placing top 5, with complements to make her a top Pony Dressage prospect. Tia has also competed at State Sporting/Formal Championships with top 10 placings. She confidently jumps around 60cm courses with no hesitation and with ease. She has been handled & competed by children. Tia has always qualified easily for all royal shows and has always come home with high placings. She is a straight forward pony with exquisite movement and a dream to ride. Easy to clip, shoe, float and worm. This is not an easy sale and is only for sale due to riders work commitments. Price is negotiable, home is not. Many photos and videos available on request.

Naruni Park Regal Cascade Price: $ 12,000. 13.1 ½ hh Reg: APSB, EA, RPSB, SHC, ARP, APHA, WPCSA Palomino Gelding Sire: Fairlight Acres Christian Dam: Fairlight Acres Allure Naruni Park Regal Cascade (Nooni) proven show ring champion and interschool dressage mount. Suit show home or pony dressage/interschool. Suited for a teenager or small adult. Currently novice elementary, very straight, soft in hand, confident shoulder in, leg yield, rein back, turn on the forehand/haunches, half pass and training flying changes. Nooni has a fabulous work ethic with a big personality. Is happy to trail out with others and loves the beach, but jumping just isn’t his thing and hence would not be suitable as an all-round mount. Self-loads and happy to float by himself or with others, easy to c/s/f etc. Qualified Melbourne Royal Show 2017, winner of APSB POTY and never comes home from ag shows without a broad sash. Rider sadly outgrown and moved onto eventer. Contact: Sheridan Mob:0439 833 353

Corumbene Imagine Corumbene Imagine Price: $ 15,000. 13.2 hh Reg: Riding Pony, Part Welsh Liver Chestnut Mare 8 yrs

Consistent winner at Agricultural shows and is very easy to qualify. Places at Royals, was awarded Reserve Champion Child’s Pony at 2017 Adelaide Royal. Competed at the EA Show horse Nationals in 2016 and 2017. Always shown by a child! Genuine enquiries only. Contact: Jess Stones Ph: 0421 483 920 Email: jess@jandrequestrian.com

Contact: Rhonda Ph: 0422 372 206

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The Horse Report February issue 44 pages of informative and interesting articles, news stories, advertising, photos and information on what...

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