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Olympian joins call to vaccinate against deadly Hendra virus Olympic equestrian silver medalist, Megan Jones, has joined the call for horse owners to vaccinate their animals after figures reveal thousands are not vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases. It comes as a national survey shows 96 per cent of horse owners believe protecting their animals from infectious diseases is crucial, yet up to a third have inadvertently let their vaccinations lapse, placing their horses in greater danger. Ms Jones has joined forces with leading vets to warn local horse owners that without preventative care, Hendra virus, tetanus, strangles and equine herpes remain a real threat for horse owners. “I work with horses every day and can’t over emphasise the importance of vaccination against these devastating diseases,” she said. “Organising vaccination takes just a few minutes and it certainly beats the potential alternative – having to treat your horse for a painful equine disease. “Thankfully this alternative doesn’t have to be a reality. “Speak to your vet and get your horse vaccinated for peace of

mind.” Supporting the call for vaccination was Dr Derek Major, of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic. “There is little awareness that horses around Australia continue to die from tetanus,” he said. “It is a horrible way to die and surveys show that only 15 to 20% of Australian horses are fully vaccinated against tetanus. “Strangles and herpes vaccines, used properly, also have an important role in preventative horse health. “We are coming into the time of year when the majority of Hendra outbreaks occur and we have already seen an outbreak in Queensland during March; a sobering reminder that Hendra remains a great risk. “I encourage all horse owners to contact their vet to organise vaccinations against these debilitating diseases.” For more information on how to protect your horse from infectious diseases, visit The national horse survey was published in January 2014 and involved surveying more than 3,500 horse owners from across Australia.

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Beat the stiff body blues by Dr ET Brightlight A naturopath/acupuncturist with 16 years experience with horses wellbeing (and their riders') She practices from Murwillumbah (NSW), Sydney and on My work is with the human body and I am extremely conscious of my performance with my horses because I am what you could call “a geriatric novice”, meaning that I only started riding at the ripe old age of 49. So I am really aware that my body and posture affects my horse’s. It’s a really sad fact that many baby boomers have to face: we dreamed of having a horse all our life and when we finally can afford the time and resources to have one: we have run out of body! Whereas younger people ride to keep fit, the not-so-young need to get fit to ride. Many stiff, uncoordinated, obviously in discomfort or even in pain riders do not seem to understand that the brace in their bodies is probably responsible for the brace in their horse’s body. Your horse may be reaching his peak, but are you threatened by arthritis? It’s all very well to give your horse the best of care, but how do you think he likes a stiff person aboard? So how do we get the tendons supple, the muscles lithe, the joints lubricated and the circulation flowing? Have no Fear, Granny is here! First Principle: Diet You have been piling on toxins in your body for decades, toxins build up in your muscles and your joints, the first thing to do is to clean up your system. How do you do that? By following a *cleansing diet and then staying away from inflammatory foods such as: • Processed meats (like salami or devon) • Alcoholic beverages, especially wine. • Soft drinks with additives and artificial colours, especially cola drinks. • Peanuts. • Preservatives, especially MSG. • Too much fruit, especially oranges. • Dairy products (except for natural yoghurt) • Cakes, biscuits and pastries • Coffee • Lollies and chocolate. Second Principle: Exercise DON’T go to the gym to lift weights and/or do aerobic classes, those bales of hay and bags of chaff are weight lifting enough. These types or exercises (and that includes running, jogging and “power” walking) make the muscles short and hard and as a result they restrict joint mobility. What you need is to STRETCH. Before you get on your horse and after riding you must stretch. But you also must stretch everyday of your life, you can’t miraculously loosen up on the weekend when you have spend five days glued to a computer. The best exercises to lengthen the muscles and open your joints are: • Stretching (join a stretch class, rather than Page 6

aerobics; when you have a good routine, do it for 20 mins daily) • Tai Chi: literally millions of ‘geriatric’ Chinese practise Tai Chi daily to keep limber, it has stood the test of time. • Swimming, with emphasis on movement and breathing, not number of laps • Aquarobics, no stress on the muscles. • Yoga. Be careful of yoga: many yoga coaches are a little too fanatical and cannot adapt their lessons to their clients. Shop around until you find a teacher who understands your needs. • The Alexander Technique, Feldenkreiss or Pilates are great to tone and rebalance the body. Third Principle: Natural Remedies I am horrified at the number of anti-inflammatory drugs available over the counter. They may work for a while but you soon need to increase the dosage, move to a stronger brand and finally go to a prescription drug. This does not augur well for the future of your liver and kidneys. Instead, do what you do for your horse: use herbs. There are a lot of herbs that work really well, for a personalised formula you need to see a herbalist of course. However you can make herbal teas, which, if used regularly, will work just as well. • Meadow Sweet • Devil’s Claw • Celery Seed extract is also good but you need to take it with Dandelion tea or coffee. On its own it is useless. • Ginger and Turmeric are great natural anti-inflammatory herbs: include them in your diet. Even glazed ginger will help. • Gotu Cola(Centella asiatica) is excellent too. A Body Rub For a home made lotion try this: • Grate one hundred grams of ginger, put it in a small jam jar. • Add three tablespoons of Turmeric and three tablespoons of Lime flowers. • Top it up with olive oil. Stir. • Leave it to macerate for a week or two, shaking now and then. • Strain and use as a rubbing oil. Enjoy your new body! Elyane is available for telephonic consultations:02- 9389 6344, you can also email her: (C)2004 Dr ET Brightlight 2004

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Nutrition assists genetic potential By ANTOINETTE FOSTER Equine Nutritional Therapist and Medical Herbalist Nutrition is the key to unlocking your horse's genetic potential and Nutrigenomics is beginning to become a topic of great interest. I have been working with a genetic scientist since early 2010 and as part of my human health practice, I have been offering nutrigenomics (genetic) testing for a number of months with the most amazing results. We are beginning to apply the knowledge from over a decade of clinical studies in nutrigenomics and using this within our practice for equine nutrition. Nutigenomics identifies individuals who are at risk for single-gene and complex disorders that have nutritional implications and determines how genetic variants interact with nutritional factors to affect disease risk and progression. Nutrition has an enormous effect on disease prevention and health promotion. Determining the relationships between food, nutrition science, and health outcomes have been intensively analysed over the past century. Genomic variation among individuals and populations is a new factor that enriches and challenges our understanding of these complex relationships. Nutrition impacts us and our horses on a daily basis in both health and disease, as well as in prevention and treatment of certain multifactorial diseases. Nutrigenomics offers a significant promise for health genomics and development of customized nutritional interventions guided by human genomic variation. There are currently approximately 1000 published papers, Nutrigenomics is 100% science backed. Nutrition dictates our horse's health, maintains immune function, assists in fighting disease and many other advantages, nutrigenomics provides the opportunity to put preventative measures in place. Supplements... Feed Nutrient Dosage vs. Therapeutic Dosage There has been much argument among doctors, vets, dietitians, nutritionists, trainers, etc. regarding the need for vitamin and min-

Good nutrition is a key to ensuring a healthy, shiny, well-conditioned horse

eral supplementation. Some argue that a nutrient dosage as found in a 'good' diet or in a standard 'racing feed regime' is enough because it meets the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA's) of vitamins and minerals needed for optimal nutrition and health. At the same time, it is generally accepted for example, that mineral electrolyte supplementation is necessary for horses during and after heavy exercise stress and sweating. Often horse owners and professionals are using supplements in an unsystematic way, without a clear understanding of their therapeutic uses. Knowing each individual’s genetic makeup will enable horse owners to use the correct feeding and supplement regime. Oxidation and Oxidative Stress There are some areas of health that we already know about that can have a considerable impact the horse's overall health and wellbeing. Oxidative stress is one that is of enormous importance and is a common contributor to reduced performance in horses. Oxidation is defined as one of the processes by which energy is obtained from the diet. During this process, nutrients are broken down and converted into energy for normal metabolic function. The browning of an apple or rusting of metal is a common example of oxidation in our everyday life. The rate of oxidation depends on the

amount of activity that is occurring. At rest, the rate of oxidation is at its lowest level. However, during stress, exercise, growth, pregnancy, or lactation, the rate of oxidation is elevated because the body is rapidly breaking down nutrients (like protein, carbohydrates, and fat) to produce energy needed during these times. During these metabolic processes if the regulatory systems in the body are overwhelmed, oxidative stress can occur. Oxidative stress causes an overabundance of circulating molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS), sometimes commonly referred to as "free radicals." It is important to note that all free radicals are ROS, but not all ROS are free radicals. Antioxidants are essential in the case of Oxidative stress, I recommend using a combination such as Vitamin C, Selenium, Glutathione etc. Individual Specific Requirement and Genetic Status/Stress/Injury/Disease Recommended Daily Allowances for horses do not take into account the individual specific needs and circumstance or the individual stress, disease, injury or genetic status. This is known as biochemical individuality and there is a huge number of instances and individuals where an increased dosage, ie. A therapeutic dosage, of a vitamin, mineral or amino acid is efficacious. Continued page 9

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Nutrition is crucial for equine health  From page 8 Some examples are: Genetic Malabsorption - many horses have digestive absorption problems. These problems may be lifelong, during early growth only, or during certain kinds of stress. For example, malabsorption commonly occurs with iron, calcium, and vitamin B12. Often supplementation with a therapeutic dose will help the situation, but also vital is the form of the supplementation. 'Iron is not iron'. 'Calcium is not calcium'. How a nutrient is delivered to the Equine's gut is vital. It's not just what is ingested that's important, but how well it it is absorbed and utilized after absorption. For example, Iron is difficult to absorb in any form. Often the cheapest available form is the most poorly absorbed. Iron may be delivered as a specific inorganic salt; as an inorganic salt complex; as an organic salt; or as amino acid chelates. Wherever possible, it is better to choose those quality ingredients, which have been shown to be the best absorbed. Temperament. Both humans and animals display individual temperaments that often predispose them to increased need for therapeutic nutrient dosages. Eg. individuals prone to anxiety, fear or muscle cramps. Such symptoms may be linked together and are often alleviated by therapeutic doses of nutrients such as vitamin B1, B3, B6, magnesium phosphate, amino acids such as glutamic acid and L.tryptophan, and certain nervine herbs. Stress, injury, and disease Many of the five groups of nutrients, which are vital for normal health, become even more essential for optimal recovery from stress and injury. Stress: This is a wide term that can refer to the metabolic and nervous depletion associated with intense exercise experienced racehorses, or it could refer to the emotional/environmental stress associated with unfamiliar situations, travel, diet and injury. Therapeutic doses of mineral electrolytes and natural sedatives are often very useful for recovery and prevention of both forms of stress. Injury: In both acute traumatic and chronic inflammatory conditions, wide ranges of therapeutic nutrients are very useful. Usually single nutrient therapy, unlike synthetic drugs, has limited use in therapy. It has been found that such nutrients are more effective when taken with other complementary substances. The presence of another specific mineral or group of vitamins often enhances the therapeutic effect of a particular mineral. This complementary enhancement of action

Understanding equine nutrition can help deal with stress, injury and disease.

within a group of nutrients is known as synergy and this is a principle only recently recognized and understood by nutritionists and clinical biochemists. Naturopaths have long recognized this principle by observation and use it to explain the usually gentle, safe action of whole herbs compared to the potent action and imbalancing side-effects of isolated, synthesized herbal alkaloids, such as aspirin (originally obtained in a complex from black willow bark), digitalis (originally isolated from the foxglove flower), and quinine (isolated from cinchona bark). As side effects, Aspirin can cause gastritis, gastroenteritis and stomach ulcers. Digitalis can cause gastric disturbances and heart arrhythmias, and quinine can cause ringing in the ears, nausea and deafness. Disease and Infection: These are also stress problems. The body undergoes stress, as increased metabolism is demanded in a local area, as in a wound infection, or throughout the whole body, as in fever. Increased blood flow is usually demanded by inflammation, together with increased detoxification of pathogens and toxins by white blood cells, accelerated liver function, and perspiration. In these cases, increased dosage of a particular combination of therapeutic nutrients is very useful to produce the body's own inflammatory-mediating substances such as cortisone's and enkephalins. I recommend the use of natural substances, no synthetic chemical substances, which means that all ingredients can be found in Nature, in the human and animal body, or in food and plants. However, some biochemical ingredients are produced in a laboratory including vitamin C, several B group vitamins, and amino acids, whilst natural based, it is essential that they are produced by a reputable manufac-

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Queensland looks to cash in on equi-business By MERYN COOPER At the 12,000 seat Scandinavium Stadium, a near capacity crowd packed the stands to watch the Longines FEI World Cup showjumping in Gothenburgh, Sweden. The Gothenburg Horse Show, which oozes with prestige and featured world class horses and riders also saw transitions between classes and demonstrations as smooth and seamless as a set change on Broadway. The event was a stellar example of how popular and successful horse shows are in Europe. The value equestrian sports can bring to tourism and the economy is only starting to be realised in Queensland. New shows are springing up and organisers are looking at new and innovative ways of presenting their product to sponsors and spectators alike. According to the Equine Tourism website “Sweden has one of the highest number of horses per head of population in Europe” and as a result enjoys “a thriving horse industry”. As well as offering a wide variety of riding opportunities rang-

Queensland is looking to cash in on the value of equi-business events, following in the mould set by European countries.

ing from hacking through the Icelandic forest to carriage driving, the country boasts five thoroughbred racetracks, 33 trotting tracks and three major shows - The Stockholm International Horse Show, the Falsterbo Horse Show and the Gothenburg Horse Show. The Gothenburg Horse Show provides five days of equestrian displays, advanced dressage and world-class showjumping. It works in with EuroHorse,

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which consists of 250 trade stands with exhibitors from all around Europe. Horse enthusiasts can check out everything from wooden interiors and cobblestones for their stables to luxury trucks, fencing, farm equipment and horse and rider apparel. The combination of the two events is a huge money-spinner for the city of Gothenburg. In 2013 more than 90,000 people attended over the five days, and since opening in 1977, a staggering 2.5 million people have walked through the gates. Traditionally tourists visit Sweden during the warmer months and the event serves to bring thousands of people to Gothenburg during the off-peak winter season. During this time food, accommodation and a range of support services are needed for thousands of spectators, 330 volunteers, the working committee, around 110 riders and their support crews of coaches and grooms, and 200 horses. For the trade stand operators, it provides direct access to their target audience. Danish based MGS Horseware owner Soren Tang Hansen said it brought in his biggest sales for the year. “Over these five days of trade, I earn the equivalent of what it takes me a year to earn on my horse farm,” he said. “Saturday was crazy. We started selling at about 9am, and kept going until 9:30 at night. It was so busy, we didn’t have time for lunch or dinner.” It also creates jobs. Gothenburg Horse Show Project Manager Kristina Witt said a huge amount of manpower is required to pull the event together.

“Planning starts more than a year out. It involves an organising committee of 10 people, a working committee of eight, 30 arena personnel and more than 330 volunteers,” she said. In Queensland, capitalising on equi-business has been on the rise. In March 2013, equine show Cavalia visited Brisbane and proved how hungry audiences were for this type of entertainment. The show, created by Cirque du Soliel founder Norman Latourelle, featured a cast of 36 performers and 50 horses. Tickets were snapped up so quickly organisers extended the season to April. Equitana, a mix of trade stands and horse and rider displays featuring big names from the equine world graced Queensland briefly before being snapped up by Sydney and Melbourne. However, Moreton Bay Regional Council realised the value of the model and this year they launched the QSEC Horse Home Show. Mayor Allan Sutherland said it far exceeded expectations with planning already underway to meet demand for a much bigger event in 2015. With its spacious undercover arena and stadium seating, the council is seeking to put QSEC on the map in Queensland as a destination for international equestrian sport. “QSEC is a $19 million investment that in a few short years has paid for itself in terms of boosting local economic activity and the reputation of the Moreton Bay Region as a destination for equestrian excellence,” Mayor Sutherland said. The strong economic success of equestrian events in Queensland has prompted organisers of the Queensland International Threeday event to re-think how they do business. President Cameron Osborne said the Committee is working on a three-year plan to deliver a better event for all. “I think the potential of this sport has been grossly undervalued. In the long run, we’re aiming to provide spectator friendly grounds, offer tiered ticket prices, and big exposure for our sponsors,” he said. “We’re very interested in how the Europeans have capitalised on horse sports, and believe Australia and Queensland has the potential to follow suit.” - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Tenterfield hosts campdraft championships The Pony Club NSW State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships was held recently from April 12 to 13 at Tenterfield Showgrounds, Tenterfield. With the first formal campdraft competition held in Tenterfield at the Tenterfield Show in 1885, this was a historical event for the competition to return home to where it all began. Competitors and their families travelled from all over NSW and interstate from Queensland to camp at the grounds. The sporting championships held on Saturday attracted 180 entries. Riders battled it out in a variety of races including bending, flag and barrel racing. In the under 11s, Charlotte Bennets from Cassilis Pony Club and in the under 13s Amanda Mills from Queensland placed first. Chloe Blackwell from Helensburgh Pony Club, Zone 22 was the age champion in the under 15 age group. Courtney Tinknell from Queensland took out the under 17s, while Kate Patch also from Queensland placed first in the under 25, associate division. The campdrafting championships which was held on Sunday attracted 130 competitors. Campdrafting involves riders demonstrating their skills at cutting a beast out of a mob in an enclosure and then manoeuvring it around a set course. In the under 13s age group, Emma Johnston from Gloucester, Zone 25, and in the under 15s Sam Colwell from Walcha Pony Club in Zone 13.

THE Pony Club NSW sporting and campdraft championships were held at the Tenterfield Showgrounds in April.

In the under 17 age group, Joel Rewald from Queensland placed first. While in the under 25 age group Jade Edmonstone from Queensland was the age group champion. In both events, Zone 13 was the winning Pony Club Zone, while Queensland riders took out the overall winning State team award with a strong performance across the board. Matthew Ireland from Walcha Pony Club in Zone 13 was the Reserve Champion in the 17 and Under 25 age group for both the sporting and campdrafting championships. Matthew would like to thank Ross Green and his mother Maria Ireland for their help and preparation in the lead up to the event. "It was a great weekend and I always enjoy

these events and being able to catch up with friends that I haven't seen in a long time," Matthew said. According to Libby Sharpe from Tenterfield Pony Club, highlights of the weekend included the "fantastic weather, couldn't have asked for better, safe grounds and good competition." "Campdrafters also commented on the good quality of the cattle for drafting and acknowledged the generosity of the cattle donors," Libby said. This was the first Pony Club Association of NSW State Championship to be delivered according to the Associations Hendra Virus Vaccination Policy. All horses attending the championship had current Hendra Vaccination status and microchip scanning was checked on arrival. The Association would like to thank all event competitors, officials and local event organisers in particular host zone 13 for their assistance in the smooth delivery of this new procedure. The next State Championship is the State Jumping Equitation Championships hosted by Zone 27 from May 17-18 at Gunning. The Pony Club NSW State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships are supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner, Global Entries Online, as well as other local sponsors. To find a NSW Pony Club near you visit the state website on

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Deadly diseases - vaccination is the answer By DAVID LOVELL BVSc Redlands Veterinary Clinic All will have noticed the ongoing debate in the media regarding vaccinating children against deadly diseases that were once very prevalent and the scourge of the human race, in times long ago. Complacency has now become a major factor and many parents are now choosing not to have their children vaccinated. It is very difficult to comprehend why any responsible person could choose not to take simple, cheap, and extremely effective options to protect themselves, and those in their care, against deadly and debilitating diseases. Surely the only valid reasoning would be that the diseases now appear to be so rare and sporadic that individuals falsely believe that the risk is minimal. Nothing could be further from the truth! The bacteria, virus, and other agents that cause these illness are very much still around and waiting for an opportunity to strike. Because generations in the past, who had been exposed to the scourges of the disease and aware of just how serious they were, diligently took up the opportunities on offer to vaccinate and so a very strong innate resistance in the general population developed and so the diseases did not get the opportunity to strike. If the current proponents of non vaccination gain impetus, and more and more people

Horse showing symptoms of Tetnas stiff-legged, tail held out stiffly and the ears pricked as muscles become more rigid.

fail to vaccinate, then the general level of population immunity will drop and the next thing we know, there will be epidemics of terrible diseases occurring once again. Medicine has been a wonderful discipline and the scientific evolvement and progression of mechanisms to protect, and seemingly eradicate what once were common scourges, may now be doing us a disservice as this is possibly developing a general complacency in the general population and the “impression” that these diseases are not real. Yes, there are certain “risks” and reactions that can occur from vaccination, but the inci-

dence is extremely low and people who believe that these risks outweigh the devastation that epidemics of disease will cause, are being very short sighted. As a direct result of the efficacy of vaccination in humans, a whole new wave of disease syndromes has emerged. People now live a lot longer because they do not now die from infectious disease. Heart disease, cancer, and obesity and the associated metabolic syndromes are now the primary concerns for humans  Continued page 17

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Vaccinate -prevention is easier than treatment  From Page 16

Exactly the same has happened in the horse world. I have been a veterinarian now for well over 40 years and the diseases we see in horses are now very much different to those we saw in the last century. Up until the 1980s, most of our time was spent dealing with horses suffering colic, parasites, strangles, and tetanus. The scientific evolution of disease control and prevention mechanisms has relegated theses syndromes to the back burner and exactly the same as in humans, a new range of syndromes has emerged. Large numbers of horses suffered severe problems with colic and acute intestinal diseases. Two things have changed this. Most importantly was the development of the ivermectin class of worm medications. These drugs were so effective that they resulted in the almost elimination of “blood worm” disease in horses. Secondly, the emergence of properly formulated and “safe” feeds for the horse have removed the effects of poor nutritional management of the horse. Strangles was a very serious infectious disease of horses and was very prevalent in the population. Similarly tetanus was relatively common. The organisms that cause these problems are very much still present, but to be honest, I have difficulty remembering the last case of tetanus I have seen, and strangles also is quite rare. This is wholly and solely due to the development, and uptake by horse owners, of very effective vaccines that prevent these diseases. The tetanus vaccine is unbeliev-

The wide spread use of strangles vaccine has seen a major reduction in the number of horses suffering from its symptoms of difficulty in swallowing, temperature, coughing, swelling in the throat area, Lymph nodes in throat area and under jaw may abscessate and nasal discharge.

able in its effectiveness as horses that receive their primary courses almost seem to have protection for life. Strangles vaccine is not as effective but widespread use has certainly seen a major reduction in the disease. Thirty years ago, the vaccine was not really that effective but the product available today, is certainly very much more so. However, it must be used properly and regular boosters are essential. It is critical that owners do not become complacent in applying these disease control management procedures to their horses, in particular worming and boosters. Just because we do not seem to see the problems very often, believe me, they are very much around and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to find susceptible individuals to infect. As an aside, a very similar situation has emerged in dogs. In the 1970s, the most common disease veterinarians treated in small animals was distemper. It was dreadful and people eagerly took up what has become an absolutely amazing

mechanism for protection of their dog and virtually eliminating the disease. Disappointingly, I see exactly the same perceptions emerging in the dog world. There is now a strong move afoot recommending owners do not annually vaccinate their dog. That may well be correct, but people will forget and not remember. If this progresses, the level of immunity in the population will fall and once again, our pets will be exposed to this dreadful dis-

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Determining an aware horse from an evader By Mark Langley What signs do you look for to tell the difference between a horse that is deliberately avoiding what you are asking and a horse that simply doesn’t understand? This is a great question and I’m going to examine it by looking at two characteristics of horses. If you can work out which one your horse has, you may be able to work out what they are doing. The two characteristics I have come across horses which at times are very good at not paying a lot of attention to me ("evaders") and other horses which at times are very attentive towards me and what I am doing (“aware horses”). One horse can have both tendencies in different situations. Evaders: Horses that are very good at mentally blocking out a rider have quite a strong focus to be elsewhere, perhaps in the paddock or with their mates. These are the types of horses that can be very good at avoiding you and in some ways they can seem very quiet and bomb proof sometimes in conjunction with a confident and pushy nature. I think that they are able to “zone out” from us because there has been no need to be acutely aware of us and our ideas. I don't see this "evasion" as malicious; more that their thoughts are just elsewhere. Aware horses: I have found that some horses which are more alert or horses which come to me that have had little prior contact with people, are far more aware of me. This is the reason that I prefer horses which have had little handling to start rather than ones which have been over-humanized (horses which only consider people as providers of food, shelter and scratches). These nervous, unsure but attentive horses are more responsive to people and training purely because their attention is on you. However, there are times during training where they might feel trapped or perhaps can’t cope with not understanding and they try to find another way out. These attempts to escape can also lead to “zoning out”. Is your horse with you? When your horse is “zoning out”, it is not with you. This is one thing that we have to be very aware of when we are working horses, whether we are working on the ground or riding. We have to look for signs to indicate whether our horse is with us or not. By this I mean is the mental focus of your horse with you? So before you even go into any sort of lesson Page 20

– whether it be on the ground or ridden with your horse – assess your horse and work on gaining their calm, attentive focus. I sometimes see people gaining focus in quite abrupt ways but this doesn’t always help. Calm focus will give true mental softness and body softness. We have to draw our horses focus to us and reward when it comes. So, if I want to assess if a horse just didn't understand or if it was avoiding the task, the first thing I want to know is if my horse is with me. There are simple ways to tell Does it walk a straight line on a loose rein? Does it walk a nice circle if you pick up one rein or is there a fair amount of resistance on one side? Does the horse stay with the circle or push out? Does it look for ways out? More often than not, if you give them space – riding them in a paddock for an example, they are quick to zone out and become oblivious to the fact that you are up there. If they are loose in a round yard and you walk off, watch what they do. Do they quickly switch off and look elsewhere or do they keep their attention on you? When they trot a circle around you, are they consistently focussing to the outside or to you? These are all signs which indicate that the horse has focus on something else - not the task and not me. Quite commonly, I drop the reins to see what direction the horse takes me and to find out where they are thinking. If this horse was treating me like this on these simple things, then under pressure, I would be pretty sure that this evasiveness would be stronger.

If however, my horse switches on to me in these simple situations; if it comes with me when I pick up a rein; if it focuses with me on a circle, etc.; if it can do all of these 100% then I can make an assessment that my horse switches onto me fairly quickly and focuses with me. If this horse then showed evasion at a task, that evasion is more likely to be due to a lack of understanding or nervousness rather than avoidance. Get your horse with you So, if it is common that your horse's mind is elsewhere, your task is to get it with you. Pick up a rein, pick up a brain People often send me horses to re-educate a hard mouth. Most of these horses suffer not from a hard mouth but a hard mind. They have learnt to think against pressure because people have rewarded them for a half physical response and not waited for a mental change. This makes them become better at holding out on us. So we are just laying another brick in the wall that separates us from them.  Continued page 21

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Focus on developing a trusting relationship  from page 20 A quiet brumby (wild horse) that I once started was very reserved in her energy in the beginning. Even though she seemed an easy horse to train, I could always feel that she was blocking me out through her strong instinctual tendency to be elsewhere (with her friends). At the same token, she had a high level of intelligence. Training was difficult because she wasn't with me mentally. So before we could advance in any way, I spent weeks of just riding her out and doing basic tasks, till she was able to focus with me. Once you gain your horse's focus, everything else comes together. Your horse will move a lot more freely. They pay attention to the things you are asking so they unlock their softness and body; and are much more helpful and more pliable to train. Get your horse to focus with you in a trusting relationship. Gain that focus through feel and not force. Then you are preparing your horse's mind for body control. When a horse's mind is going in the direction of its body and which is our chosen direction, shape will mostly naturally fix itself.


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Bet Bet endurance ride strikes gold country Over the ANZAC Day long weekend, Southern Crosse Endurance held the World FEI youth and WEG quailier ride at Bet Bet in central Victoria. The venue for the two day FEI and AERA endurance carnival was horse-friendly with flat to undulating tracks through shaded bushland in the heart of gold country. Endurance riding in Australia is organised and controlled by the Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA). Each state has its own division with the Victorian Endurance Riders Association (VERA) being responsible for running the sport in Victoria. Equestrian Australia (EA) and the Federation Equestrienne Internationale (FEI) also have input to the administration of some aspects of our sport including medication control and organization of international events. Individual clubs, associations and groups run each event under an affiliation with VERA and are responsible for the actual planning and execution of each event. Many are run as charitable events and attract much community support. The rules of the sport are national and to read and familiarise yourself with them can be done through the members handbook which can be accessed at







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What’s Happening MALENY SHOW The Maleny Agricultural Show will be held on May 30 and 31. This will be the 77th show and, as usual, will be bigger, brighter and better than last year. The program will include breed classes and local events on Friday. Saturday’s program will include Show Hunters commencing at 8am, Hacks, Galloways and Pony Hacks, Miniatures and Harness as well as a full jumping program for both junior and senior. Some of the major awards on offer are the Supreme champion all breeds of show, Supreme champion local horse under saddle, Supreme champion horse under saddle , Supreme Show Hunter and much much more. There will be fireworks on Friday night and a rodeo Saturday night. For further information, phone 07 5494 9559 or visit

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What’s Happening QLD ALL BREEDS YOUNGSTOCK SHOW The Queensland All Breeds Youngstock Show will be held at Gatton showgrounds this year on June 15 in the main arena All breeds and All colours will be catered for with classes for Foals/Weanlings, Yearlings, Two-Year-Olds and Three-Year-Olds. The best of each age Exhibit ring will receive $100 cash and a Garland - Sponsored by Southern Cross Stables and the supreme exhibit will receive $200 cash prize, Garland and Ariel Mare & Foal Bronze. Programs will be available for download from the Dilutes Qld Website, Dilutes Australia face book page & the Queensland All Breeds Youngstock Facebook page. For further enquiries, contact Gail 07 3282 8858 or email or Barbara 07 3206 8526 or email

NORTHERN RIVERS ARABIAN SHOW The Northern Rivers Arabian Horse Association Inc will hold the A Class Arabian "Premier Show" at Murwillumbah Showgrounds on 5th July. There are many prizes, trophies and sashes to be won. The very popular Premier Cup events will again be held in both the purebred and derivative rings, where the horses are judged as led hacks as well as under saddle. The top 5 will be sashed, with the winners also receiving a trophy. We have a jam-packed program for Purebreds & Derivatives offering 28 champions 4 supremes and the popular Premier cups – at the prettiest showground in NSW. So come and enjoy our country hospitality. We are only 30 minutes from the Gold Coast. Entries close 16 June For further information please contact Peter & Marissa McDonald. Ph: 02 6672 1884 or

TERRANORA LAKES HACK SHOW The Terranora Lakees equestrian club will be holding a Hack show on Saturday May 17 with Led Classes, Hack class, Rider classes, Champion Novice, Open and Hunter, Small Pony, Large Pony, Galloway and Hack, Supreme Led, Supreme Hack, Supreme Rider with loads of prizes, sashes Garlands and trophies to be won. For further information Ph 0755909721 or email

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Strive to Shine The 2014 Northern New South Wales

Hack Championships 29th, 30th & 31st May & 1st June Lismore Showgrounds Em

First season, Preliminary, Amateur, Open, Hunter, Childs, Leading Rein, Rider classes, Working Hunter, Shetland, Grand National Qualifying classes and Gary Robson Memorial Hack Challenge Riding Pony Feature show

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Championship a smooth success The Pony Club NSW State Dressage Championship was hosted by Pony Clubs in the Zone 5 region and held from April 26-27 at Gunnedah Showgrounds, Gunnedah. It was a smooth and successfully run event. "Competition commenced on Saturday morning and once started flowed very smoothly with arena's running on time. Sunday saw both riders and horses more relaxed and again some great tests were ridden," Zone 5 Chief Instructor, Judith Alston said. "Zone 5 would like to thank all competitors who attended the State Dressage Championships this past weekend at Gunnedah. “You were all a pleasure to meet and deal with and your sportsmanship is to be commended." The Pony Club NSW State Dressage Championships, attracted 140 competitors from all over NSW and interstate from Queensland. Competition was close with riders competing across two separate Dressage tests with the overall champion being determined by their collective placings. In the under 13 age group Daniele Raheb riding horse Glynyarra Park Classic from Arcadia Pony Club was the champion. Emily Ballard on Hangestein from Queensland the 13 and Under 15 age champion. Wyong Pony Club rider, Hollie McIntyre on Trendee FB took out first place in the 15 and under 17 age group. Whilst in the 17 and under 25 age group, Caitlyn Hiskins from Corowa Pony Club,

NSW Pony Club dressage Age Champions, Caitlyn Hiskins, Hollie McIntyre and Daniele Raheb. Photographs courtesy of Xpozé Photography

placed first on her horse Findon Park Rose Folly. The next State Championship is the State Jumping Equitation Championships to be held from May 17-18 at Gunning Showgrounds, Gunning. The Pony Club NSW State Dressage Championships is supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner, as well as other local sponsors.

Gunning to host Jumping Equitation The Pony Club NSW, ACCIONA, Gunning Wind Farm, State Jumping Equitation

Katie Simcock puts in some practice for the NSW Pony Club Jumping Equitation.

Championships will be held at the Gunning Showgrounds from May 16-18. The Jumping Equitation Championships is an annual event held at a different location every year and hosted by a local pony club zone. This year's event is hosted by Pony Clubs located in the Zone 27 region. One hundred and sixty competitors have entered the championship from all over NSW. Riders will be competing across four classes and will be judged both on their riding style Caitlyn Hiskins, Corowa PC, U25 age and control of the horse whilst jumping. Dressage champion. The championship will commence Saturday, May 17 from 8:30am and conclude Sunday lunchtime until the conclusion of competiafternoon with the mounted presentation. tion on Sunday, with a variety of meals and Local Host Zone 27 has entered seven riders snacks available to cater for all. to compete at the event. Entry is free to the grounds and spectators According to host zone contact, Jacki Waugh, are most welcome to come and watch the in order to prepare for the event local riders competition or browse the trade stands that have been attending the local shows, clinics will be in operation over the weekend. and pony club camps. The next state event is the State "The local Jump Club held a clinic with Jane Showjumping Championships which is to Frankum (PCANSW State Coach) to which be held at Condobolin Showgrounds, members have attended, along with the usual Condobolin from July 5-6.. jump club training days, Ms Waugh said. The Pony Club NSW State Jumping “We have just held our annual Zone 27 Pony Equitation Championships are supported Club camp, which had two jumping instrucby Naming Rights Sponsor ACCIONA, tors for all the children to enjoy." Gunning Wind Farm, Sport and Recreation The host zone has been kept busy making a division of Communities NSW, Global and painting jumps for the event. Entries Online, Mitavite official feed partA canteen will be operational from Friday ner, as well as other local sponsors. - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Ex Race horse

Riding Pony Gelding

For Sale 17.1hh Rising 12 year Grey Gelding Ex Race horse - Grey Gelding - hacking For Sale 17.1hh Rising 12 year Grey Gelding. Clarry is an ex race horse, his been successful in hacking around Melbourne. Currently in light work with professional rider. Confident Rider. Genuine enquiries welcomed Located in Ballina NSW 2478 $1,800

Allround Pony club horse that's jumps, sports, competes Novice dressage, Laterals well established and is also competitive at Royal and Horse of the year level. 13.31/2 hh 6 yo This is a very sad sale but rider has moved on to Galloway and is now in year 12 $9,000 Ph 0413 733 294 * Reserve Champion Childs PonyToowoomba Royal 2013 * Hi Point Youth Horse Qld Arabian Championships * Hi Point horse & rider Zone PC Show riding Championships 2012 & 2013

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Dutch Warmblood competing at elementary, training medium/advanced. He is forgiving and very quiet. Rudi has a stunning trot and established flying changes, half pass, travers, shoulder in etc.... Rudi would suit a younger rider wanting a horse to teach them all the dressage moves or lady rider wanting a quiet reliable competition mount.

Black/Brown Gelding 17.1hh, 8 yrs.

He is 16.1hh and 15yo. Rudi loves trail rides and is great with traffic and motor bikes. Approved home only. $13,000 0422065251 Byron Bay

Lovely compact gelding, has a very good work ethic, not spooky at all to ride. Sound vet check last July, can be viewed. Selling due to overcommitments and 2 horses in work along with 2nd year university studies and horses now needing agistment as well. $23,500 Debra Phone 0428454451 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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Contact: Suzie Bloxsidge-Kennedy Email - Ph: 0400 558 218

TALENTED GELDING ••Price: $ 4,000. •17 hh •Reg. Thoroughbred •Chestnut •Gelding •21/09/2004 •Sire: Intergaze •Dam: Frisky Gypsy Arnie is a 9 yo chestnut gelding offered for sale due to riders change of circumstance. Standing at 17h, He has a beautiful big flowing trot and balanced uphill canter. Arnie has successfully competed at dressage, always bringing home a placing. He is a perfect gentleman to catch, clip, shoe, worm and float. He will make an exceptional top dressage or eventing mount for an experienced rider. Have some rugs also. More photos available also. •Contact: Danica Helsdon •Ph: 0413 953 265

STUNNING WELSH B GELDING •Price: $ 8,500. •13.2 hh •Reg. WPCS | APHA | APSB | Arabian Pony •Palomino •Gelding •2009 •Sire: Miranda Spycatcher •Dam: Amaranda Lady Luck

Scooby is a 1 in a million pony, has just finished his 1st season under saddle with amazing results, needs no working down can be taking straight off float & into the ring, fantastic to c/s/f, has been ridden by kids & has the most amazing temperament, he is a multi-supreme winner also won at Melbourne Summer Royal & Barastoc , this is an extremely hard sale. Hendra vaccinated. •Contact: Kim •Ph: 0413 307 811 •Email: •Location: VIC

Large Pony •Price: $ 9,000. •14 hh •Reg. Riding Pony X Thoroughbred •Black •Mare •2007 •Sire: Stanton Park Hells bells •Dam: TB Mare

A perfect opportunity to purchase a young pony with all the hard work already done! Belle is ready to take her next young rider to the top! She has completed her first season under saddle with ease and great success. Has attended pony club and combined training days has been ridden by a 12 year old and a 9 year old. No beginners please belle will only be sold to an approved home. •Contact: Kristen •Ph: 0418 818 147 •Email: •Location: Whittlesea, VIC

SHOW HORSE •Price: $ 5,000. neg •15.1 hh •Reg. Thoroughbred •Black/Brown •Mare •2009 •Sire: Lord Jim •Dam: Gem Porscha 15.1hh, 5 yr old Black/Brown Thoroughbred Mare by Lord Jim. Porshca is a young horse showing lots of potential. Porscha has 3 established paces and is ready to succeed with her next rider. She is good to shoe and float. She has been off the track for 2 years and has recently been in training for 8 weeks at a professional trainer. Porscha is eligible for Newcomers 2014 and has had one outing at a EV show horse clinic in July 2013. With her quiet temperament, Porchsa is showing lots of potential to excel and has a very willing nature. She will excel at showing, dressage and adult riding club with the right rider. Currently in full time work. •Contact: Brooke on 0431 450 151 or Kylie on 0438 672 225 Page 30 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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