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MONTHLY ONLINE EXTRA EDITION 35 MAY 2017 IN THIS ISSUE * Equine Therapies and supplements feature * PCANSW State Champs * Equine Assisted Therapist’s * Rose-Hip Vital * Pet Cremation * Miniature Horses

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Gold Coast Saddle Fitting Ser vice Equestrian Australia Achievement Awards Equestrian Australia has announced its 2016 Sport Achievement Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees at a gala ceremony held in the Stockmen’s Bar and Grill at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Hosted in Brisbane for the first time, the event was attended by icons of Australian Equestrian sport including Olympians Wayne Roycroft, John Fahey, Gillian Rolton and Stuart Tinney and other leading members of the equine community, award finalists, their families and friends. Equestrian Australia CEO Paula Ward paid tribute to the recipients, congratulating all the outstanding horses and people for their contribution to Equestrian sport in Australia. “Special mention must go to the Equestrian Australia Hall of Fame inductees who have all played a significant part in the long success story and history of Equestrian both here and abroad,” she said. “We are very thankful to have such wonderful equine and human athletes flying the Australian flag and inspiring the younger generation of the Equestrian community.” European based Boyd Exell capped off a huge year taking out two awards – 2016 International Athlete of the Year and 2016 International Horse of the Year. He was inducted into the Equestrian Australia Hall of Fame in recognition of his remarkable individual achievements in carriage driving. “All I can say is wow what an honor to be inducted into Equestrian Australia’s Hall of Fame,” Exell said. “It is one of the highlights of my career. I received an OAM a few years ago and that was also very high up there for me but this something really special. “I am very honored to be alongside athletes like Andrew Hoy, Wayne Roycroft and Ted Dwyer.” Rio Bronze Medal winning Eventing rider Stuart Tinney was also inducted into the Equestrian Australia Hall of Fame for his contribution to Australia’s Gold Medal winning Eventing team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. “I’m very proud and grateful to be inducted and on behalf of my fellow riders on the team it is great to be here in this uniquely Australian environment and be able to reflect on some wonderful memories and achievements in the saddle,” Tinney said. 2016 Sport Achievement Award Winners •2016 Domestic Athlete of the Year– Clint Beresford (Showjumping, NSW) •2016 Domestic Horse of the Year – Clifford (Eventing, NSW) •2016 IRT International Horse of the Year – Four-in-hand team of Carlos, Celviro, Daphne, Rambo 395 and Zindgraaf (Driving, Boyd Exell, based overseas) •2016 International Athlete of the Year – Boyd Exell (Driving, based overseas) •2016 Young Athlete of the Year – Mary Warren (Dressage, from NSW) •2016 Owner of the Year - Nikki Harwood (WA) •2016 Administrator of the Year – Christine Bradfield (QLD) •2016 Club of the Year – Alexander Park Dressage Club (NSW) •2016 Coach of the Year - Prue Barrett (NSW) •2016 Volunteer of the Year – Andrea Goddard (SA) •2016 Official of the Year - Graeme Watts (QLD) •2016 AIS Event of the Year – Aquis Showjumping Classic (QLD) Equestrian Australia Hall of Fame Inductees •Service to Sport – Gillian Rolton •Outstanding Horse – Kibah Tic Toc •Individual achievement – Boyd Exell •Team Achievement – Sydney 2000 Olympics (Eventing) Andrew Hoy, Matt Ryan, Stuart Tinney, Phillip Dutton, Wayne Roycroft (Coach)

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Animal Biomechanical Medicine - The Trusted Professionals The core principal of Animal Biomechanical Medicine (ABM) is the identification of biomechanical dysfunction anywhere in the body and the application of therapies, most often manually applied by the ABM professional, to return the patient's body to best possible function - promoting homeostasis and optimum performance of that individual. Your AMB Professional's treatment scope will range from high velocity low amplitude thrusts typical of Chiropractic, through a large range of soft tissue massage & release techniques, to non-force neurological influencing techniques such as fascial and respiratory releases, which are derived more from Osteopathy. Uniquely, all members of the Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia (ABPA) are professionals holding University degrees in Veterinary Science, Chiropractic Science or Osteopathy. They also must hold at least a Graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine (ABM) or RMIT University Graduate Diploma Animal Chiropractic to be eligible for membership of the ABPA, and must be registered to practice their original profession in the States or Territories in which they work. Every ABM Veterinarian is a thinker who has questioned the status quo - they are also likely to think deeply about examination & treatment options we well as case management and preventative recommendations, without losing their awareness of the importance of evidence based and scientific validity of treatment/management options offered. Chiropractic is primarily concerned with the well-being of the spine, particularly from a 'mechanical' point of view. Why? Quite simply, the spine houses and protects the spinal cord - which links the brain with the rest of the body. In simple terms, when there is dysfunction (alteration to normal function) at any point of the spine, there is almost always a disruption in the nerve traffic through that part of the spine, and this will therefore affect whatever those nerve pathways are travelling to. This dysfunction produces changes in nerve messages to structures such as the skin, muscles, ligaments and bone, potentially increasing or decreasing the reactivity of these tissues. Similarly function of organs such as the lungs, kidneys and gut can be affected. ABM is specifically directed at assessing the spinal biomechanics of animal spines, and correcting them using a variety of techniques, including the "spinal adjustment". An 'adjustment' applied by a qualified ABM professional is a much safer, more specific technique than 'manipulations' applied by unqualified practitioners. Spinal adjustment is a highly effective technique that really does get excellent results, and is usually very comfortable for the animal. ABM is directed at conditions, syndromes, or other symptom patterns that can be attributed to a biomechanical cause. Where a practitioner cannot attribute the problem to such a cause, or where concurrent health problems are suspected other veterinary protocols will then be recommended. (NB: in the case of Chiropractors and Osteopaths, they would promptly refer the patient to a Veterinarian for further assessment) Commonly, conditions such as shortness & irregularity of stride, lameness, back pain and stiffness, injury and traumas, may respond very well to ABM procedures - but many conditions may show a response to ABM if biomechanical dysfunction is present and contributing to the problem.

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What’s so special about Rose-Hip Vital? By JUSTIN DIAMOND As you can imagine I am asked to explain how Rose-Hip Vital Equine compares to other rosehip products just about every day. The humble rosehip is a true superfood. A wholefood, a fruit, packed full of 8 naturally occurring vitamins (including C, E, B1 and B6) and 23 minerals (including iron, copper, zinc and magnesium), essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9), antioxidants and flavonoids. Rosehips, one of nature’s richest sources of natural vitamin C, are typically fed to horses as a feed supplement for immune system support and for a range of other health benefits including hoof health, improved circulation and digestive function to name but a few. So what makes Rose-Hip Vital so different to other rosehip products? The answer is simple: Manufacturing processes, effectiveness and scientific research. Patented extraction and drying processes isolate and activate a fatty acid/galactolipid (glycoside of mono and diglycerol) which has powerful clinically proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. We call this active compound GOPO®. GOPO® is unique to Rose-Hip Vital powder and rosehip products that do not contain GOPO® have not been shown to have antiinflammatory properties. The same patented manufacturing processes result in a bright orange powder containing a high concentration of the naturally occur-

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Low Level Laser Therapy can help healing  By Rebecca McShane Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also called cold laser, involves the application of light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing, reduce pain, and to promote tissue repair and nerve regeneration. Unlike non-coherent light emitting devices, such as common LEDs and infrared LEDs, the radiation emitted by LASER has unique, specific, and scientifically-proven effects that persist deep into the tissue. There are two primary forms of effects generated by laser irradiation of biological tissues: photon-absorption and speckle formation, which is unique to laser therapy. Photon-absorption results in photonic energy and is then converted to chemical energy within the cell, and is utilised in the form of ATP. The unique effects of laser therapy are due to the speckle field that is created when coherent laser radiation is reflected, refracted and scattered. There are now over 1100 published, laboratory and clinical trials, showing the positive effects that Laser Phototherapy has on healing soft tissue injuries, wounds, alleviating pain, and resolving inflammation. In simple terms Laser Therapy is the most effective light therapy available today and can penetrate deep enough into the horses' body to have a healing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect on muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and bones.

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Understanding how horses help us to heal? By JANE FAULKNER Director, Equine Assisted Therapy Australia Horses are sensitive beings with complex social systems and highly developed skills of communication, relating and perception. They deeply sense the world around them and respond to what they feel. They are highly aware and live moment to moment, responding to situations as they arise. Horses are relational and depend on other members of the herd for socializing, grooming and forming relationships. They are very honest, clear communicators; they let each other know how they are feeling and what they are ok with. This is really helpful to anyone who enters the paddock, as they encourage us to be present and clear about what we need as well. A lot of us have forgotten how to communicate well; we are out of touch with ourselves and therefore can't clearly state what we need to others. This leads to feelings of confusion, disappointment and sometimes alienation as we feel that no one understands us. Horses remind us to live in the moment and to check in with ourselves first, they remind us to take deep breaths and to check in and feel. They also provide a safe, non-judgemental

Horses like authenticity and can sense when humans are not showing their true self - by doing this, they can help humans get back in touch with themselves.

space for us to remember how to relax into our own experience. Horses help us to heal, as they demand our presence, if we are over thinking or distracted they will often walk away. They

also ask us to just be ourselves, this is when they feel safe and they relax when we relax. Healing happens through relationship and through feeling and being in the body, most of us live up in our heads, detached from our body, our feelings, ourselves and from others. Being around a horse encourages you to drop back into your body and to get in touch with how you are feeling. Horses like congruency and authenticitywhen you are real and everything matches - your feelings match your words, match your body language, and match how you relate to them- you can't fake that you are ok around a horse. Horses can feel when we are not fully showing up in our authentic self and they will respond to that either by walking away or sometimes by trying to send us away- they find incongruency and inauthenticity unsafe- like most people do, we have just learn to pretend it's ok. Horses provide a non-judgemental safe place for us to try out different ways of forming relationships and they provide a steady, calming presence that helps us to feel safe to feel again. In my experience horses will push to get the best out of us, they want us to authentically show up, if we are open to listening to them, they will help us to remember all of who we are.

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Horse responses need human understanding By CATHERINE MCDOWELL One of the most challenging issues each of us faces is our own ability to be calm whilst training our horse. If we are calm and receptive, we are often able to perform miracles with even the most difficult of horses. As a rider and trainer of horses for my own pleasure, I know only too well the challenges faced by trainers if the horse that we have chosen to ride and train has anxiety and behaviour problems that really cannot be explained. The tragedy of our time is that a horse is often labelled “too hot” to handle, or just too much hard work. The nervous system of all organisms is one of Nature’s most amazing of expressions. The heart and its nerve plexus are the first to form in the newly forming foetus, followed by the central nervous system and then the peripheral nervous system. Interestingly, in humans, the nerves plexus correspond to the Ayuvedic Chakra system. The heart has such a complex nerve plexus that it is now found to have it own “brain” cells, brining a new meaning to the term ‘Heart Intelligence’ . The autonomic nervous system (categorised into the parasympathetic and sympathetic) is the highway for all kinds of information – keeping all systems synchronised and in harmony. The brain’s neuro-plastic properties have

become hot topics amongst medical researches and scientists as they discover more and more that we are not ‘hard wired’, but as organisms, our nervous system responds and adapts to change as Nature intended. The most interesting of this science is focused on our own consciousness influencing our own brain’s beuro-plasticity, and therefore influencing our own evolution. Cognitive Resonance and Dissonance. When any animal experiences a challenge to their routine, they experience a cognitive dissonance. This simply means that this new information creates new neurological pathways, and a feeling of disharmony in the body can result as the para sympathetic nervous system (our

flight/fight system) gets triggered. This sets a cascade of neurological chemicals and feedback loops in motion that stimulates the endocrine system- in particular the adrenal/thyroid aAxis via the flight/fight mechanisms. In short, the biochemistry of our horse becomes very different – so different that in many cases the feedback loops keep a repeating pattern of dissonance and hormone imbalance. Mares and some stallions, as many owners would know, are particularly susceptible to this stress response as you will often see mares coming into season after a stressful event, or stallions becoming uncontrollable. Many stallions are often gelded as a result of a trauma unable to be rectified. Many owners, desperate to help their horse or protect their investment will resort to using sedation, hormone therapy and excessive supplements and at worst, inhumane and forceful management strategies. Harmony (Cognitive Resonance) can only be restored in the system when the cause is removed, and the system has completed its survival response. If the animal (or person) continues to be on alert for danger, harmony can never be achieved. An echo of Trauma Trauma and the impacts of trauma are felt in the body and can reside in the rider and the horse for significant periods.  Continued page 14

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Herbs can help in keeping nervous system in harmony  From Page 13

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now widely acknowledged in human somatic psychotherapeutic theory as having far reaching consequences. Horses are no different. Trauma affects them, just as trauma affects us. From a herbalist’s perspective, PTSD , or , residual traumatic responses actually affect the way the body processes information and can impair the immune response. In order for the body to heal efficiently, we need to deal with the residual impact on the nervous system, when this system is healthy; the whole body (human and horse) is able to work in harmony again. A good way to understand how the nervous system can be damaged is to consider lightening going through the phone line - too much energy ( resulting in an overproduction of neurochemicals) can short out or damage the neurons and axons – the highway of information which controls all systems of an organism. Good Fats and the CNS Consider as well that the brain is made up of fat , and the insulation of nerve cells ( the myelin sheath ) is nourished by fatty acidsprimarily Omega 3s.

You can see then that good fats ( from flax seed and evening primrose oil ) are essential for overall nervous system health, not to mention that certain essential fatty acids are critical for prostaglandin production- essential for endocrine balance. Using Herbs My favourite restorative nervines would have to be St Johns Wort, parsley, mugwort, valerian, hops and the humble chamomile. Each of these herbs have a very specific action and should be used with respect for the whole picture of symptoms. Adaptogenic herbs are another class of herbs being well respected scientifically. These herbs have the capacity to balance the nervous system bringing any dissonance

A good way to understand how the nervous system can be damaged is to consider lightening going through the phone line - too much energy ( resulting in an overproduction of neurochemicals) can short out or damage the neurons and axons – the highway of information which controls all systems of an organism. into resonance as these herbs act to bring the whole organism into harmony. The beautiful herb known as Withania or Ashwaganda is one of my favourites here, as it really helps to restore the adrenal glands which are fatigued from trauma, and brings the feeling of heart strength back in those that feel defeated. Borage is another herb which has these properties. Herbs that sedate are also useful. It’s critical that the system is able to rest and

relax well between periods of stress. I often use the herb Zyziphus with valerian, aiding muscular relaxation as well as mental relaxation. Lavender is a gorgeous nervous system herb – relaxing muscular tension and promoting a sense of peace and relaxation. I had a client’s horse that was being worked near a lavender bush, and he kept diving his head into the flowers, creating a powerful smell. This horse was a little uptight, and would often run around the paddock for no reason. A course of nervous system restorative herbs resulted in this horse no longer diving for the lavender bush every time he passed it or running around the paddock randomly. This is a good example of watching your horse for cues that he is trying to self medicate. Again, it’s critical to get a very knowledgeable Herbalist to help prescribe the most appropriate combination for you and your horse. In-depth discussion is critical, as is checking the usage of herbs like St Johns Wort which are contraindicated with some medications.








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The EMMETT Technique provides relief The EMMETT Technique is an amazingly gentle, safe and simple to apply muscle release therapy. It is used to address pain and discomfort, improve body movement, restore a positive emotional state and improve the quality of life. This internationally recognised technique developed by Ross Emmett and taught in over 26 countries worldwide is equally effective on both people and animals. How it works The EMMETT Technique is an understanding of the body’s response to light touch. It has been suggested that the body reacts in a similar way to the workings of a touch-screen. Small sensors allow access to the brain via the therapists’ touch. As well as the ability to directly influence muscle action, these points may have a memory and emotional attachment. It is used on humans horses and dogs to ease pain and discomfort, improve body movement and restore a positive emotional state and improve quality of life. For humans symptoms which may be relieved include neck

and shoulder restriction, heel and foot pain, back pain, lymphatic congestion, abdominal cramps, headaches, dizziness and sinus congestion and much more For horses it may assist with unbalanced head carriage, sad-

dle soreness/ girthing issues, tension in back/lumbar area, restricted forward movement, dragging hooves and much more. The Emmett Technique is a highly effective stand alone therapy or can be successfully integrated

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Rosehips fed to horses recuperating from illness or injury as they help to restore the immune system and aid tissue repair. Feeding them as part of the daily diet is beneficial for preventing illness. The vitamin C in rosehips acts as a natural antihistamine, which can assist the allergyprone horse. Bioflavonoids, as well as having potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, enhance vitamin C’s ability to strengthen blood vessel walls, and this effect contributes to rosehips’ reputation for encouraging healthy hoof growth. Rosehips can also help alleviate gastric inflammation and diarrhoea.

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Diet from an equine dentist’s perspective By SAMANTHA GUNTER, AEDP I am not a nutritionist and so the following information will be based on my dentistry training and further research I’ve done to compliment my studies. This advice is more practical than scientific and it aims to help your horse maintain his or her own teeth as best as possible. People regularly ask me why wild horses don’t need their teeth done. The answer is that they do technically need their teeth done, especially if they are hoping to live past the age of 15 which is the average lifespan for a brumby is 15 years. This is easily 10 to 15 years shorter than our domesticated horses. Most brumbies at the end of their life will be suffering from a chronic dental problem that ultimately leads to their death. Sharps points lacerate mouths and cause infection, slow eating and weight loss; malocclusions that are untreated for 15 years can be extremely destructive and cause teeth to fall out, infection to form and significantly lower the teeth’s grinding effectiveness. Without being able to grind correctly, a horse may be managing to swallow food, but their stomach will be unable to process it and the horse will get no nutrition out of the feed. A skinny wild horse means lack of life-giving fat surrounding the organs, no energy to escape predators and a poor resilience to illness. Bad teeth ultimately kill most wild horses. The more surprising thing about wild horses is that they don’t show signs of suffering from dental problems earlier in life. A domesticated horse that is overdue for a dental visit by two to three years will, in most cases, have a mouth full of ulcers and sharps points, and if they happen to suffer from a malocclusion then this will be doing quite a lot of harm as well. So why do wild horses manage to survive until 15-years-old without any dental visits?

It is because their lifestyle compliments their natural anatomy and this allows them to control the above problems for quite a while. The horse has Hypsodont teeth, meaning each horse has a reserve of tooth stored in their jaws that continues to erupt overtime to compensate for the hard, fibrous feed horses are supposed to consume. Unfortunately, the entire tooth doesn’t get ground down evenly, which why the top molars form sharps points on the outside edge and the lower molars form sharps points on the inside edge. The diet of a wild horse, being long, fibrous, native grasses, is the most natural for a horse and Hypsodont-type teeth. This feed makes a horse use the entire width of their jaw and they use the majority of the surface of their teeth to grind. Hence, fewer sharps points are formed as they are ground away regularly. These wild horses are not only eating tougher feed than our domesticated horses, they will eat for up to 20 hours a day to get the caloric intake they require. The low number of calories in this feed means to survive they must almost always have their teeth grinding something down. Compare this to our two to three hard feeds a day domesticated horses and you may begin to see why our horses require dental care at least every 12 months to stop any problems occurring. So, how can we help narrow this divide between wild and domesticated teeth? Constant, low-calorie, fibrous feed. Grassy, stalky, poor quality constant hay is perfect for this, especially if your paddock is short on grass. Even if your paddock is chock-full of grass, it’s important to remember that short, soft grass isn’t what your horse’s mouth was intended for and will still not help grind their teeth down as effectively as hard, fibrous hay. Fibre should make up 80% of your horse’s diet and the more freedom they have to selfserve from appropriate fibre sources, the better your horse’s mouth will be the next time the dentist is out! The position in which your horse stands while he eats can also have a surprising affect on your horse’s mouth.

The horse’s anatomy is most suited to eating from the ground. A lot of people will advocate having the feed bucket at fence level to encourage the horse to stand square, or have a hay net above wither height to stretch and build topline, but throughout the dense world of horse advice, the best way to determine the best option for your horse is to consider the most natural option: head below wither majority of the time. Dental problems associated with consistent unnatural head heights are serrated bites (please refer to my article explaining different malocclusions), overbites, incorrect jaw alignment, and it hinders the grinding effectiveness of the jaw, meaning sharp points are formed more quickly. Finally, it is very important to make sure your horse’s diet is balanced. A wild horse will travel kilometres a day, sourcing different feed and receiving different vitamins and minerals. Our horses are confined to small paddocks and fed one to three meals a day. If this feed is not balanced with the grass that the horse has available, deficiencies will occur. I will reiterate here that I am not a nutritionist, however, I will quickly mention one important ratio for the horse’s diet: the Calcium-Phosphorus ratio. If this ratio is not correct (and in Queensland it is likely to be off due to the low calcium levels of most of the grasses in this state) it can have dire consequences including brittle bone and teeth; Big head, which can cause loose molars and further dental problems; muscle weakness; and an increase of blood glucose levels to name a few. I would highly recommend getting a qualified nutritionist to examine your horse’s diet, or purchase a good quality complete feed and feed it in the correct quantities. The majority of the time, hay and grass are the best feed for your horse. They are natural, they use their teeth to the best of their ability, and they can save you time and money in dentist and vet bills. If we try and stay as close to nature as possible, we will be doing both our horses and ourselves a world of good and your horse should happily live out his days contented.

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Wound recovery involves cost and time

Horse owners need to weigh up the cost of attending to a wound properly, not only in suturing a wound but also providing proper after care to ensure a quick and successful recovery. do this, and yet, it is easily the most critical factor in a rapid resolution. There are many reasons, often not having a stall available being one, but more often it is a combination of not being prepared to put in the extra work in maintaining a horse in a stall 24 hours a day, and a perception that it is "cruel" to the horse to be locked up. This is certainly not true; however, many horses appear to be very upset when suddenly con-


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fined in their own environment, particularly if other horses are being let out. Horses are creatures of habit and "herd" animals and like to be able to stick to their daily routine. In many circumstances, the sensible and most cost effective decision is to consider agisting the horse during the healing process. The horse is always much more relaxed and settles quickly into a routine at a new environment. Even more cost effective is to consider hospitalising the horse at a veterinary clinic. Now, professional supervision by people experienced with assessing progress and dealing with wounds is available and the end result is more likely to be advantageous. Whatever the owner decides as the best way to deal with a wound, it is always going to be expensive. People rarely realise the ongoing costs of nursing a laceration and every bandage change and medication gradually accumulates into a sizeable figure. It makes sense to elect to obtain the best possible treatment and in the end, get the best value for money spent. At Redlands, we believe it is in everyone's best interest to hospitalise the horse and so we offer very reasonable inclusive packages for horses to agist in such circumstances. The reality is that once the wound is properly sutured and bandaged, there is usually not a lot that needs to be done each day other than maintaining strict confinement and monitoring the horse. Healing time is much quicker,

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By DAVID LOVELL BSVS To stitch or not to stitch - the answer to that question is so easy - yes. All wounds will do better and heal much more quickly if they are sutured. The reality is often different as there can be many reasons why a decision is made not to stitch a wound. By far the overwhelmingly majority of reasons for electing not to properly attend to a wound are cost. Be particularly aware that it is not the cost of the actual stitch up that is prohibitive, but the after care is where the real expense occurs. There is absolutely no point at all in going to the trouble of suturing a wound if the management is not prepared to do whatever is necessary to maximally enhance the healing capabilities of the wound. There are very few wounds that will not require strict stall confinement for usually three to six weeks before there is sufficient healing to allow any relaxation. Very few owners are prepared to

and the end result far more optimum. The biggest "expense" of a horse sustaining an injury such as this is the "down time" waiting for healing during which the horse cannot be ridden or used. Most significant wounds will take six to 12 weeks to heal if properly sutured and managed. Those that are left to heal as open wounds, or sutured and not properly maintained so that they end up breaking down, can be expected to keep the horse out of action for six to 12 months so the primary benefit of quick and proper attention is a more rapid return to work Almost all wounds can be stitched, irrespective of how "bad" they may look. Some that are severely traumatised or with a lot of skin missing, may be difficult. Those on the front of joints where there is a lot of movements can be challenging but each must be assessed and decisions made. Certainly injuries that involve tendons or ligaments, where bone is exposed, or around the coronet or joints must be attended to if satisfactory outcomes are to be anticipated. The so called “Golden Period" for suturing wounds is within the first six to 12 hours after occurrence. The tissues are fresh and contamination is usually at a minimum giving a much better chance of success, but even wounds that are a few days old can usually be attended to. Some wounds may even do better if left for a few days to allow the body to clean up some of the damaged tissue and to create healthier tissues for healing.  Continued page 25

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Movement impacts on recovery speed From page 24 The most critical factor in success at suturing is the technique and how the wound is stitched. Every student at veterinary school is given instruction in Halsted's very simple seven principles of surgery and adherence to these basic principles is the first step to success. In lacerations and wounds the principles of "Preserving adequate blood supply", "Eliminating Dead Space", and "Minimising Tension", are most important. Experience is obviously a major benefit in getting the best result, however, once the wound is sutured, after care is almost always the most important factor in obtaining satisfactory healing. Here, the most essential element for success is eliminating movement of the sutured area. There is absolutely no way on earth that the most perfect stitch up is going to heal, if the opposing tissues are constantly moving and pulling the edges apart. This is the major reason for stall confinement, but many wounds require bandaging, splints, and casts. Everyone always wants to blame "infection" for wounds breaking down. This is rarely the case. Proper debridement and flushing of the wound gets rid of the bacteria and dead tissue and if the wound is properly dealt with, movement is almost always the prime culprit causing failure. This is where most attention in aftercare should be directed. Be well assured that no amount of "penicillin", which everyone seems to demand, will compensate for any degree of movement of the sutured area. Almost always, the most serious

wounds are those on the lower limbs. There is very little muscle and support tissue here, and consequently usually a poorer blood supply, and this is the area where most movement is going to occur. These wounds very often involve critical musculo-skeletal structures and damage can be devastating to the career of the horse. I believe proper attention to almost all of these structures can be successfully dealt with, but proper professional attention is essential. Many body area injuries can look quite spectacular, but they are often the least serious and most will heal, often with surprisingly little scarring, even if treated as open wounds. Wounds to the head are usually the easiest to deal with. I always say to my junior vets that they should try to be the one to get to a head wound first as they will always look good because of the usual outcome. There is minimal movement here, but more importantly, the blood supply is far superior to other body areas. Horses by nature are reactive animals and this explosive nature and flight as a primary means of defence, means that they will often sustain injuries. If your horse is unfortunate to develop a laceration, be sure to obtain proper attention and advice and remember, "Stitch", "Stitch", and "Stitch". I will deal with the topic of "Proud Flesh" in another discussion. Far from being the demon and devil that most people think, so called "Proud Flesh" is often one of our best friends when dealing with the healing process.

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Understanding Maneuvers step by step  By Tanja Kraus As we begin to progress in our training, we want to perform certain maneuvers - these could be related to our discipline or simply a progression in our communication level and skill level with our horses. In either case, I often talk to people at my clinics, about what the manoeuvre they are trying to perform actually consists of, and how to break it down. Once we get chatting about it, I often discover that the rider hasn't put much thought into how many skills they are asking the horse to combine in order to perform the maneuver. Lets take the turn on the haunches for example. If we go and break down the turn on the haunches, bit by bit, how many skills are combining to perform this one maneuver. 1. We ask the horse to maintain collection. 2. We ask the horse to laterally flex in the direction of the turn. 3. We ask the horse to respond to the cue we have developed for the cue, so the horse understands what we are asking (for example we lay the rein on the neck). 4. We ask the horse to load his hindquarter, and either anchor the inside hind, the outside hind, switch between each hind, or continue stepping with each hind on the spot (depending on the requirements of the discipline, and the maneuver (spin or pirouette). 5. We ask the horse to reach with the leading / inside front leg, and step in front / cross with the outside front leg. 6. We ask the horse to continue this until we say stop, irrespective of fatigue or discomfort (mental self carriage).

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These are the basic components of a turn on the haunches / spin / pirouette. And yet I see riders asking their horse to perform this move, when the do not have an established cue. Or when they don't have control or an open line of communication of the individual parts of the horse that are being spoken to in this move - mouth, neck, hindquarter, and yet they want to talk to all of these parts as part of one complete move. If we are wanting to perform specific maneuvers on our horses then we have a responsibility to ensure that we have control of or communication lines with our horses individ-

ual body parts required for that maneuver. If you are unable to ask for the horse to 'load' his hindquarter on its own, how can you expect that he can do it when being asked to do other things ? If you are teaching a child his numbers, you aren't teaching him maths at the same time, you do one, and then the other. Each move that we teach our horse is built by combining multiple singular moves together. If you are wanting to teach your horse something, take the time to think about what goes into it, and if you have the ability to ask for each piece individually, and then combine.

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Has equine nutrition been lost in the equation? By ANTOINETTE FOSTER Dip. Nut. Diploma Equine Nutritional Therapy, Diploma Medical Herbalism What are the most important aspects of riding dressage, well as a rider, naturally we must learn how to ride and train our horses effectively, but what does that really entail? We all know that to be competitive in any sport we must be fit and healthy, we all know that to be successful we also require a coach, which means one that is not just a great rider but a great teacher as well. We also require the right horse, the right saddle, bridle, riding gear etc. As a human and equine nutritionist for almost 30 years and someone who has travelled worldwide conducting seminars and training workshops I can see there is a major breakdown in the most fundamental aspect off dressage riding and training. I see that there is a missing link that no doubt if corrected can have a major influence on the performance level of our horses. The key is nutrition, by nutrition I mean getting it right in every way, not just throwing everything at the stable door and seeing what sticks, this means getting serious about your horse's health. It doesn't matter how good your saddle is, what amazing sticky breeches you have or

how incredible your coach is if your horse is not healthy or is not being supplied the correct daily nutrient intake, he all she will not be able to maintain the workload and will not reach full potential. So how do we achieve this, because let's face it just as our health should be at the top of our list, so should our horse's. Always remember that our horses rely on us 100% for their survival! We know that every horse is biochemically unique and each horse has its own set of rules when it comes to feeding and nutrition, we must feed per the individual. If we were to feed per NRC recommendations or perhaps the level of feed recommended on the back of a bag of feed, it will not take into consideration the individuality of each horse. So how do we ensure our dressage horses are receiving the correct feed and supplements every day without overloading unnecessarily and without it costing us a fortune? At this point I think it's important to remember that supplements are there to support a horse's diet only. To begin with you will require all the details about your horse which includes his or her work program, what do you wish to achieve in a 12-month period? Horses change shape, use different muscles and very commonly suffer pain during progressive training. If you are someone that heads to the gym a few times a week you

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would have experienced changes in your body shape and some soreness too, this is something you can relate to when thinking about your horse's body. Horses suffer pain and training can have an enormous impact on the type of pain and severity so this is something that must be part of your preventative program. ‰ Continued page 31

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Go natural and stay natural with your feeds From page 30

When calculating your daily feed ration, you must take into consideration the type of horse, his or her temperament, the level of work, the age of your horse, even the arena surface and also if your horse has a preexisting condition such as low-grade arthritis. There are a few important things that one must not forget when managing a horse. Horses that are working five or six days a week are in full work. What you will feed your horse will depend on the level the horse is working and the intensity of the work. On many occasions horse owners tend to over feed their horses, this is very common and not just in Australia but worldwide. Overfeeding horses can create many health issues, one of these common issues is providing excess energy for horses that may not require it. This can also create behavioural issues because horses become more energetic and possibly a little bit less controllable. The biggest question that one must ask is why are you feeding what you are feeding! Put simply very often you may have been given advice by friend, a trainer or another owner, because what they have been using on their own horses has worked well but this does not mean that it will work for your horse. Tailoring a diet to suit your horse's individual needs becomes even more important. Feeding horses is not a complicated process, in fact it is quite simple, horses have evolved to eat only one way, it has been made more complicated by marketing campaigns from various supplement and feed companies. Many commercial feeds in the market are simply not suitable to feed to most horses, this is also the case with a high number of supplement brands. Learning how to read a label is essential in making the correct choice. As horse owners, we just need to think logically, has the anatomy and physiology of horses changed? The answer is categorically no, so therefore feeding is very simple. What you will feed is not the complicated part it's how much and how often. How can you put preventative measures into place to create a healthy digestive system? How can you put preventative measures into place to reduce the risk of injury? And how can you ensure that your horse is receiving the correct nutrient intake daily? Horses require a high level of roughage to support the digestive system and it is essential for us to provide sufficient roughage to our horses every day. If our horses do not have access to pasture then we need to provide sufficient hay in its place. Granted there are many cases where horses do exceptionally well on lower levels of feed, so in these cases we need to make adjustments, but still we must provide the energy level that the horse requires to perform his or her work load. Just like humans, if horses are not supplied the correct nutrition then they will not reach

Providing a diet for your horse which includes plenty of natural feeds also offers simplicity and ease in adjusting your energy, protein, roughage and fat content. their full potential. Many horses may require levels of grain, this can be in the form of whole oats, which are readily digestive and utilised by the horse, or perhaps steamed and rolled barley, but the horses diet really does not need to be a complicated process, horses simply need energy, protein, water, vitamins, minerals, roughage and fats in their diet. A horse requires feeds that can be easily digestive and utilised and are of the most natural variety possible. I love feeding hay to horses, this can include pasture hay, oaten hay or lucerne hay, but there are other varieties of hays also. These varieties will depend on where you are located. Find out the nutritional analysis of all feeds and hay that you are feeding your horse. If you are training a high-level performance horse or working up through the levels to reach that goal, knowing the analysis of the feeds is of great advantage. The other advantage of feeding natural feeds is the simplicity and ease of adjusting your energy, protein, roughage and fat content. When your horse has a day off for example it is important to lower the feed levels, especially the energy. A good simple diet will always consist of the above plus there may be a need to add a good daily supplement into your horses feed regime.

Let's keep it simple, at Hi Form we have developed a software program which will be available very shortly and is a free service. The difference between our software program and others is that it has been individualised to suit each case, it also has a medical section which allows us to integrate conditions such as arthritis and design a management plan for these horses. We are great believers in not changing what has already been placed before us, horses have not changed so why are we trying to change the way we are feeding them. Please consider this article with great thought, so you can make the right choices for your horse, so you don't forget that fundamental aspect of managing your horse which is nutrition. Always get professional advice, at Hi Form we pride ourselves in the advice that we can give you which is not only backed by science but backed by common sense. We have an amazing group of staff who are qualified to advise you, we are market leaders in the products we produce, we sponsor some of the greatest riders in the world but we are all horse owners and riders and all down to earth and very easy to talk to. So please take advantage of the opportunity to access free advice any time, to get your horses health back on track. The difference it will make to your horse's performance will be noticeable in a very short time. Always question why you are feeding the way you are, always question what is contained in each product that you are using. The horse feed industry is not regulated so therefore it is not necessary to provide detailed information on a bag of feed. It's time to make the right decision for the health and well-being of your horse and not to sound clichĂŠd but go natural and stay natural. For further advice please contact our office on (03) 9775 6422 or email us at - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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What’s happening 117th BOONAH SHOW “Showcasing our youth ” is the theme for the 2017 Boonah Show which will be held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June. To mark this theme, the Show Society have invited Kaitlin Schultz current Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl and runner up Chloe Maxwell and the current Queensland Rural Ambassador Justin Matthews and runner up Toby Worley to be guests for the day. A full two day and two nights show with fireworks both nights, bringing back the old favourites. A big feature of the 117th show will be the trotting program on Friday evening commencing at 4pm, with the finals commencing at 7pm, finishing with fireworks at 8pm. The Junior "Young Farmers Challenge" will be held in the main arena between the trot. Woodchoping events will be on Saturday while keeping all the regular features of a good, old fashioned country show. The Vintage Machinery Display will feature 100 years of Fordson Tractors, and this is expected to bring a lot of tractor enthusiast to Boonah. Entertainment includes FMX KAOS stunt bike show, The Crack-up Sisters comedy circus, Noah’s Farm Pig Races, great fireworks displays both nights, demolition derby and the Kangagang Childrens Show will be a special highlight making its first appearance in Boonah and the ever popular RSPCA Emu Van will be back. Local school bands will be performing throughout the day. Having all the pavilion judging completed on Thursday makes Friday a fully functional show, allowing patrons lots of time to examine all the wonderful exhibits from the Boonah district, at the same time to check out the many breeds of dogs in the main arena and prime cattle judging and auction. Fireworks will also be on Saturday night commencing at 8pm, with the bar and band continuing until 10pm. For further information visit

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The Northern NSW Hack Championships 25th - 28th May

Lismore Showgrounds

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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. A new addition to the classes this year is the Riding Pony Young Judges classes with the winners of these classes qualifying for the sate final to be held at the RPSBS Champion of Champions show Classes are now open for entry on SHC Data base visit Closing date for entries is April 20. For further information contact Di McMahon email: or Ph 0413 474 074 or secretary - Tanya Stuart 0439 547 985 email:

80TH MALENY AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2017 marks the 80th Maleny Agricultural Show, held on Friday and Saturday 2nd and 3rd June. There are two full days of horse events in the main ring. Pavilion, dairy, beef and poultry displays as well as our popular small farmers tent with plenty of free entertainment. We have an animal nursery, free gold panning, motorbike stunt riders, dreamtime reptiles, sheep dog displays, duck and dog shows, cooking demos, master classes, informative talks, local producers, trade vendors and plenty of food to cater for every taste. Wood chops will run all day Saturday. A grand parade each day of the show. The main ring will also host our trick rider Mikayla Jade doing her stunt riding, with our fireworks on Friday night and our rodeo on Saturday night. Our big news this year is to celebrate our 80th birthday, we are having two nights of free music (once you enter the show) with our Country Rocks the Mountains event, on each night of the show. Golden Guitar winners and Nashville recording artists will play along side local and national acts to provide one hell of a birthday bash on each night of the show from approx 6pm.Honky Tonk Rodeo on Saturday night will feature Open and Novice bull rides, Saddle Broncs, poddy calves and barrel races. For horse enquiries contact chief steward Kayrene Corkin on 0477 008221 or visit for all other show events and details. Page 32

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What’s happening PRARG'S SADDLERY MARKET PRARGS new and used saddlery market will be held on saturday 15th April at their Club Grounds, cnr Olson and 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. For further information contact Lorraine 0408 715 758 or Chris 0456 597 967 or

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THE 89th MUDGEERABA SHOW . 24th and 25th June 2017

Fun and excitement at the show with a weekend of entertainment, including acts like Rompin Stompin, Epic Darren, Aerial Angels, the Cheerleaders, the Globe of Death and the fabulous Mr Fireworks and Laser Show.

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TERRANORA LAKES EQUESTRIAN CLUB The Terranora Lakes Equestrian Club is located in the Bilambil Valley on the NSW-Queensland border. It is a great little club that’s offers agistment , training days, clinic, shows and dressage days. They have lots of events all ready planned for 2017 including, Hack show and Dressage day - Monday 12 June and school holiday clinic for the July school holidays. For further information contact Paula 0413 733 294.

MUDGEERABA SHOW The 89th Mudgeeraba Show is almost with us - 24/25th June. This is a family event not to be missed with all the fun of the fair, along with a huge variety of exhibits that include cuddly miniature goats, curious sheep, gentle cows and an exciting and revised two days of equestrian events. Birds, poultry, camels and racing pigs, Mudgeeraba has them all. Woodchop events, community exhibits along with the wonderful arts and craft displayed in the pavilion too. Come and see what a farrier does? The Mudgeeraba Show has something for everyone - all age groups and interests. There will be great bands along with a huge variety of singers and entertainers. There will be buskers, magicians, dancers and the ever popular grand parade. There will be animal farms and trick BMX riders for the young at heart along with death defying globe riders for those who dare to watch. Everyone's favourite at the show is the night program and this year is no exception with acts like Rompin Stompin, Epic Darren, Aerial Angels, the Cheerleaders, the Globe of Death and the fabulous Mr Fireworks and Laser Show. Music for all include the talented Casey Barnes, rising stars Sunset City and the unforgettable Chad Morgan along with a huge variety of entertainers many of whom have already released albums. To enter or for more information on becoming a member please contact Cecilia on 5530 2754, 0418 182 533 or email

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Miniatures horses - remarkably versatile By Nicola Field Small 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 Miniature horse shows offer a variety of classes including halter performane and in hand jumping however they tend to share a few common characteristics including great intelligence all performance and youth classes. There are over 200 classes over the 2 and willingness to please. Trophies and sashes will be awarded days and catering for all ponies, This makes the diminutive horses highly trainable, and Miniature, Small, Little and Foundation for all Performance Champions and Hithe growth of dedicated miniature horse shows as well Point Champions in each division. Horses as well as Purebred American as miniature horse classes at regular agricultural shows, Shetland and Derivative American The Gladstone Miniature Horse and has given the breed greater opportunities to demonstrate Shetland classes. Sashes and trophies Pony Extravaganza is open to the pubtheir versatility. lic - Free Entry. for all Champion and Reserve Along with traditional halter classes, many shows now Come and see these remarkable at their Champion place-getters with Garlands, provide what are broadly termed 'performance' classes. best! Catering is also available for your sashes and trophies for all Supreme These incorporate lungeline events plus hunter (jumpconvenience. winners. A Supreme of Supreme ing) and trail classes that are based on Western models. For further infrmation contact Award will be presented. A trail class for instance may see the horse and handler Liana Wynne on 0412 450 767 The Sunday program will comprise of 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 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 NSW, 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 Gladstone Miniature Horse and Pony Extravaganza! almost two metres. at the Gladstone showgrounds Further highlighting the versatility of miniature horses, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 2017 (nominations close 2nd June) the same National Show featured a three day event comprised of the traditional elements of dressage (in-hand), Over 200 classes catering for Ponies, Miniature, Small, Little & Foundation Horses as well as cross country and showjumping. Purebred and Derivative American Shetlands! Breed classes on the Saturday. The event was judged by well-known horseman Sunday program – Full performance and youth classes for all height divisions. Kentucky-based Wayne Hipsley, who commended the Plenty of trophies, sashes, garlands and prizes up for grabs! ability of the 3DE to showcase the skills of both horse and handler. Hipsley noted, "It would be great to see this type of event being offered for miniatures in the USA". Along with performance, showjumping and halter classes, there is also burgeoning interest in miniature horses harness events. For many former big horse enthusiasts who no longer have the time or confidence to ride under saddle, miniature harness events provide a new avenue to enjoy showing horses competitively - or simply become part of a like-minded community of horse lovers. The Gladstone Miniature Horse and Pony Extravaganza For further information please contact our will be held on the 17th & 18th June, 2017 at the Central & North QLD Representative Gladstone showgrounds. Liana Wynne on 0412 450 767 or via This is a pre-nominated event with entries closing on the You will also find us on Facebook under AMHS Central & North QLD 2nd June, 2017. Page 34 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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New Veterinary practice for the Northern Rivers Summerland Equine Veterinary Services is based in Clunes and services the Northern Rivers. Our primary focus is equine medicine and surgery, although we also see small animals, small ruminants and birds. As an ambulatory practice, we come to you and your pet, so no more packing up the car with an anxious dog or hitching up the horse trailer or dealing with a car sick cat! We can attend most health issues at your home where your animal is happy and comfortable with you, saving you time, effort and giving peace of mind that your animal is in the care of an experienced veterinarian. We do work hand in hand with local surgeries should admission to a surgery be necessary, and our veterinarian, Dr. Alex, works with North Coast Emergency Vets every weekend. Our equipment includes mobile Xray, ultrasound, mobile equine crush with scale, ecg, equine power float tools for equine dentistry, as well as in house blood analysis and all the many additional tools veterinarians need as part of their everyday repertoire. Dr. Alex had her own practice in Brisbane, in the leafy and horse filled suburb of Samford, and her devoted clients reluctantly let her relocate to the Northern Rivers where she was able to find acreage to feed her own several horses as well as enjoy a nice change of pace from frenzied city life. Dr. Alex has worked in small animal, equine and mixed practice, but her passion is for equine medicine and small animal emergency medicine. We love animals and we treat your animals as we do our own ~ as part of the family, with the best care possible. We believe in giving owners options and helping you understand what is happening to your animal so we can make the best choices for care. Please feel free to give us a call or send us a text message, as we are often on the road on the way to see our patients. We look forward to meeting people and getting to know your animal families.

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Reserve Champion Junior Rider Holly Taunton riding Whitmere Royal Opera

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The Riding Pony Stub Book Society Qld Branch ran their first event in their Junior Judging Series which was well supported by competitors in both age groups next event i the series will be held at the Northern Nsw Hack Championships in May

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Top Results at Pony Club Championships The first of four Pony Club NSW State Combined Championships for 2017 were held from the 8th-10th April at the Gravesend Pony Club Grounds. Over 150 riders made the journey to the remote small town of Gravesend to contest their speed, skills and agility in Sporting, Campdraft and Team Penning over three days of competition. Competitors and their families from all over NSW and interstate from QLD were treated to exceptional hospitality from the Gravesend Pony Club and Zone 8 volunteers with a Welcome Dinner held on the Friday night and a Championship Dinner on Saturday night. The grounds were carefully prepared with extra yards, amenities and equipment brought in from around the region. The State Sporting Championships commenced at 8:30am on Saturday Morning with the best Sporting riders from all over NSW and QLD taking part in seven races including the Flag, Barrel and Bending Races. In the Under 11 years age group, Zali Duncan all the way from Cobargo Pony Club, 12 hours south in Zone 14 was declared the Champion and Madison Shaw from Queensland took the Reserve Champion. The 11 & under 13 years was the largest Sporting age group with 33 riders aiming for the title of Age Champion. The riders were very competitive with Hannah Gordon from Queensland recording the fastest time in the whole competition for the Bending race at 10.84 seconds. Hannah was awarded the 11 & under 13 years Sporting Age Champion, while Georgia Osmond from Dungog Pony Club in Zone 25 claimed the Reserve Champion award.

Charlotte Bennetts from Cassilis Pony Club in Zone 7 is pictured with President of Pony Club NSW, Mr Wayne Pernice. Photo: Paul Smith Photography Page 38

Katie Kelly from Wingham Pony Club in Zone 9 had a very successful Combined Championship placing overall 9th in the Sporting, Reserve Champion in the Campdraft and Reserve Champion in the Team Penning. Photo: Paul Smith Photography. Kiara Bressington from Queensland scored the most points across all races in the 13 & under 15 years Age group and claimed the Sporting Age Champion title, with Amy Shultz from Gloucester Pony Club in Zone 25 being awarded the Reserve Champion. Riders in the 15 & under 17 years division claimed the fastest times of the competition for the Flag, Barrel, Bonfield Bounce Bend and Key Hole races with rider Thomas Smith from Queensland claiming two of those records and being declared the 15 & under 17 years Sporting Age Champion. Martin Clancy was announced the Reserve Champion from Merriwa Pony Club in Zone 7. Long-time competitor Kate Patch from Queensland showed she isn’t slowing down taking back the Associate Sporting Age Champion award which she claimed in 2014 & 2015. Fellow Queensland competitor Tegan Byrnes was also awarded the Associate Reserve Champion title for the third consecutive year in a row. Queensland dominated the Interstate point score for the Sporting championship, claiming the Champion State Award with riders Thomas Smith, Madison Shaw, Kate Patch and Hannah Gordon scoring the highest points for Queensland. The Sporting Zone with the highest points and winner of the Champion Zone was awarded to Zone 7 in NSW with riders Clancy Martin, Anastasia Martin, Makayla Mobberley and Jack Mobberley all from Merriwa Pony Club recording the highest points in their Zone.

The Sporting Fitness Check Trophy winner for smartest Zone was awarded to Zone 24. The State Campdraft Championships kicked off on Sunday 9th, with just under 100 competitors taking part. Cattle were brought in from neighbouring farms and the event was held in the newly built Gravesend Campdraft Arena. Riders were fortunate to have two runs in the campdraft, doubling their chances to get a great score. The Under 13 years age group saw Queensland rider Mitchell Lunney at the top of the leader board and awarded the Under 13 years Campdraft Age Champion with Madison Whitley from Oberon Pony Club in Zone 3 coming away with the Reserve Champion title. Darcy Curran from Queensland was the most successful in the 13 & under 15 years age group, with a top score to take out the Age Champion, while fellow Queensland competitor Kira Holmes was declared the Reserve Champion. It was a winning streak for Queensland with Rohan Fenlon rounding out the final award for the Queensland team, being awarded the 15 & under 17 years Campdraft Age Champion and Taylah Wilkinson from Upper Horton Pony Club in Zone 8 claiming the Reserve Champion. The Associate age group was the largest of the championship with just under 30 riders vying for the top position. The sibling rivalry was high as Daniel Kelly from Wingham Pony Club in Zone 9 scored the highest points of the competition to be declared the Associate Campdraft Age Champion, with his sister Katie Kelly also from Wingham not far behind to be awarded the Reserve Champion title. The Champion State Award was on everyone’s mind as the points came very close between NSW and QLD, but for the 3rd year in a row NSW was declared the winning state with riders Daniel Kelly from Wingham in Zone 9, Katie Kelly from Wingham in Zone 9, Matthew Ireland from Walcha in Zone 13 and Jack Hart from Breadalbane in Zone 27 awarded the highest point scoring riders in the state. Zone 9 was awarded the Champion Zone award with siblings Daniel, Katie and Matthew Kelly all from Wingham Pony Club and Jane Laurie from Camden Haven Pony Club earning the highest points for their Zone. The Campdraft Fitness Check Trophy winner for smartest Zone was awarded to Zone 25. The State Team Penning Championship was the final event to be held and in only its second year running the entries were on the rise this year with 22 teams competing. Teams consisted of 3 riders whose aim is to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30, and put them into a pen at the opposite end of the arena within two minutes.  continued page 39 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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A Successful Combined Championship ‰ From page 38 The Team Penning is always fun to watch and this year did not disappoint with both the Junior and Associate Age groups setting great scores. In the 10 & under 17 years Junior competition it was the team from Gloucester Pony Club in Zone 25 who took out the top position. Riders Amy Shultz, Charlotte Maslen and Chloe Shultz were able to pen 3 cattle in a time of 59.41 seconds to be named the Junior Champion Team for 2017. In second place Jane Laurie from Camden Haven, along with Tahya StokesMarshall and Kye Moran from Coffs Harbour Pony Club in Zone 9 were the second fastest team to pen three cattle and were named the Reserve Champion Junior Team. In the Associate Team Penning competition the home-town Gravesend Team of Rhiannon Byers, Charlee Haley and Tayla Macey scored the best time of the competition, penning three cattle in a time of 53.22 seconds to be awarded the Associate Team Penning Champions. Just behind them with a time of 60.25 seconds with three beasts was the Wingham Team from Zone 9 with Matthew, Katie and Daniel Kelly who have had a very successful Combined Championship. The Team Penning Fitness Check Trophy winner for smartest Zone was awarded to Zone 9. The State Sporting, Campdraft & Team Penning Championships will be held again in 2018 with applications for suitable venues being welcomed now through the Pony Club NSW Website. The next State Combined Championship for this year is heading to Tamworth for the Showriding, Showjumping, Dressage & Jumping Equitation Championships being held from the 1st-8th July.

Rose Malone from Garah Boomi Pony Club in Zone 8 competed in the State Campdraft Championships. Photo: Paul Smith Photography.

The Champion Team Penning Junior Team was awarded to the Gloucester Pony Club Team from Zone 25 with riders (L-R) Chloe Shultz, Amy Shultz and Charlotte Maslen who received a Champion Sash, Trophy and Rug thanks to Horseland. Photo: Paul Smith Photography

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Vet association challenged over stand on vaccination A senior equestrian industry spokesperson has strongly criticised the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) claiming they are holding the industry to ransom and responding prematurely to the Queensland Parliamentary inquiry into the Hendra virus vaccine. Board member and former president of Equestrian Queensland, Peter Toft said the association's ongoing pressure on its members to boycott equestrian events where vaccination was not mandatory was counterproductive and failed to address the responsibility of all involved to create a safe environment in which people can enjoy their horses. "If vets are refusing to adjudicate endurance events unless they are vaccination only, they are effectively forcing event organisations to turn away any members who have concerns about the vaccine and the impact it has on their horses," Mr Toft said. "The reality is that this is a new vaccine and its long-term impacts are largely unknown at present, so it's understandable that some horse owners - particularly those living in areas that are free from bat colonies - are hesitant to vaccinate their animals. "Any decision to mandate or not mandate vaccination at equestrian events is premature - everyone should take a deep breath and let the impact of the inquiry's recommendations take its course, and genuinely hope that some of those recommendations are enacted, including helping vets to be compliant with Workplace Health and Safety obligations like all other employers in Queensland." "People have been labelled ‘anti-vaxxers’ by veterinarians when nothing could be further from the truth. People used the vaccine in good faith and have been devastated by the adverse reactions their horses have been having. If this was a set of brakes failing in a car there would never be such a reaction the brakes would have been withdrawn from the market and fixed. “Why is this not happening with this product? Is it just because it's been called a vaccine? "Casual infection has never occurred in people through the day-to-day handling of horses. People have only been infected when performing invasive procedures without adequate PPE and they have been exposed to copious amounts of body fluids from dead and dying Hendra-infected horses. “The disease is extremely rare, is very hard to contract and there have been no further human infections or deaths since it was established in 2009 that human infection can be prevented through the use of basic PPE." Mr Toft's comments followed confirmation that for the first time in its history, the Queensland Endurance Riders Association (QERA) had approved a second endurance event to be hosted on the Easter weekend to ensure all its members had an equal opportunity to participate in an Easter weekend event. QERA's policy has always been to prevent

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An Equestrian Queensland board member has criticised the Australian Veterinary Association’s position towards boycotting events where Hendra virus vaccination was not mandatory. any two events from being held on the same weekend so all riders had an opportunity to partake in the full endurance calendar; however, the industry body believed it had no choice but to sanction a second event given the first ride was reclassified as 'vaccination only' by the host club, leaving a number of members with no place to ride come the long weekend. Ride organiser Lyndell Abercrombie said the event was created solely to provide an opportunity for those who supported the pro-choice side of the vaccination debate to still enjoy a weekend. "It's disappointing to see the industry divided, and this can largely be attributed to the significant pressure the AVA has put on its members to refuse attendance at events without a vaccination mandate," she said. "For the safety of both animals and riders, host clubs are required to have one qualified equine veterinarian for every 30 participating horses; however, finding local professionals to attend events that accept unvaccinated horses has become difficult. "It is my understanding that the original Imbil event planned over the Easter weekend was unable to source vets in their local area that were willing to be involved, so they opted to implement a vaccination-only mandate to allow the event to proceed. "It's not uncommon for vets to withdraw a few days prior to a pro-choice event after receiving considerable pressure from the AVA to suspend their involvement. “The fact that the AVA is sponsored by Hendra vaccine manufacturer Zoetis certainly raises some questions as to why the industry body is so supportive of a vaccine that is still very much in the early stages of development with long-term effects that are unknown. "We had to resort to flying vets in from interstate to be able to meet the quota of professionals required for our event, and we're

glad to be offering pro-choice endurance riders who are ineligible to participate in the Imbil event the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of riding and sharing great experiences with friends and family." One endurance rider registered to attend the event was Leigh Ann Sample from Brookleigh Stud in Kenilworth who said that while she understood the Faraway Club's decision to run a vaccinated only event, it was a shock to her family. She was disappointed that it had come to this given the great tradition that existed for Easter rides. "While I understand that vets are being put into a difficult position given the pressure from the AVA, we can't overlook that there has never been a vaccination with so many negative effects on a horse's performance, meaning more testing must be done by the manufacturer before any calls to mandate vaccination can be considered. "It's important to note that the vaccine carries no guarantees by the manufacturer and given that no-one has ever contracted Hendra while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as an industry we should surely be able to create standards that ensure the safety of all involved without mandating a vaccine that has not been sufficiently tested. "The AVA should be calling on the vaccine manufacturer Zoetis to conduct further testing to confirm the safety of the vaccine and the requirements for boosters based on its potency.” Mr Toft said with inaccurate, unreliable and misleading statements from both sides of the debate - veterinarians and horse owners - it was challenging for those who want the current impasse to be resolved and for endurance events to return to being prosperous and a truly rewarding lifestyle for many, riding out in the bush for long distances like the early pioneers of Australia." - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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CROFTON WEED AND MISTFLOWER Crofton weed is a significant pasture weed in Australia and it is highly toxic to horses. The toxin that causes poisoning in horses has not yet been identified. Regular ingestion of the weed causes chronic lung disease and the condition has been reported in horses in Australia and in several other countries. The exact mechanism by which the toxins in Crofton weed cause damage to the lungs of the horse is unknown. The air sacs in the lungs become inflamed and subsequent scar tissue is produced (fibrosis). The fragile walls of the air sacs are permanently damaged and this leads to a reduced ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen to the bloodstream. The horse develops a cough and is unable to tolerate exercise. Horses are the only animals affected by the ingestion of Crofton weed. Experimental feeding studies have shown that the ingestion of mistflower can cause the same symptoms in horses as those seen with Crofton weed poisoning. The toxicity of mistflower is thought to be less than that of Crofton weed and there have been no confirmed reports of poisoning cases outside of the feeding studies. Horses will readily eat Crofton weed and mistflower and they will sometimes eat these plants in preference to other pasture species. The plants can be found as contaminants of hay, although the toxicity of the dried plants is less than when fresh. The plants are most toxic when in flower. Crofton weed poisoning in horses is known as ‘Numinbah horse sickness’ in New South Wales and ‘Tallebudgera horse disease’ in Queensland. Signs of crofton weed and mistflower poisoning The toxins in Crofton weed and mistflower are thought to have a cumulative effect. The symptoms of poisoning may develop after only a few weeks or after several months of grazing infested pasture. The toxin in these plants damages lung tissue and the signs include: coughing, particularly during exercise, exercise intolerance, depression, loss of condition, laboured breathing, respiratory failure leading to death There is no known treatment for the condition and lung damage caused by these plants is largely permanent. Early recognition of the signs of poisoning and removal of the source of the toxic plants from the affected horse’s diet is essential to prevent further damage to the lungs. Moderately to severely affected horses may never again be capable of strenuous exercise and may be at risk of sudden respiratory failure if forced to exercise. Veterinary attention should be sought if Crofton weed or mistflower poisoning is suspected in the horse.

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The Horse Report IDENTIFYING TICKS The following diagrams and descriptions will help you identify which tick is which Bush tick - Legs are dark redbrown and the first pair are close to the snout. Cattle tick - Legs are pale cream with a wide space between the first pair and the snout. Paralysis tick - Legs are close to snout; the first and last pair are brown and the second and third pair are pale. If you find a cattle tick, or you're not sure, then contact: Cattle Tick Program headquarters Ph. (02) 6626 1201 If you intend crossing the NSW-Queensland border with your horse, please ensure you make an appointment. This will help avoid delays to your journey, particularly if treatment or inspection is required. Treatment facility (Kirra), Ph. (07) 5536 4714 Crossing Office is open 7 days, 5am-9pm (Qld time) with spraying appointments from 6:00am to 8:00pm only

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BOND Price: $ POA 16.1 hh Reg: Thoroughbred Black Gelding Age: 8yrs Sire: Dam: A stunning 8yr Ott TB Gelding who was highly successful as a racehorse (imp/exp) Hong Kong, sired by O'reilly. Unofficially measured at 16.1hh, very sensible, clean legs, straight moving, very comfortable and genuine quality horse. Eligible newcomers! A sad and unfortunate sale through no fault of his own. Due to a change in work commitments, he is going to waste. This boy will certainly not disappoint! Video available upon request. Contact: Jess Stalling Ph: +0421 483 920 Email:

Beautiful Chestnut Hack Price: $ 9,000. 15.3 hh Reg: ANSA, SHC registered TB Chestnut Gelding Sire: Seven Figures Dam: Primevall With a heavy heart I offer for my beautiful Freddy up for sale. He is a 15.3hh, 12yo chestnut hack who is no stranger to the show ring having attended countless shows at ag and royal level. Freddy never comes home without a ribbon and always places in his classes. He has also attended pony club which he took all in his stride. He attended NSW State Show Riding in 2014 and 2015 placing and holding his own in a competitive line-up of horses. Freddy is a pleasure to own and ride with the most wonderful work ethic, always trying to please. He is easy to take out and about and is comfortable in the show environment. He requires minimal work down at shows - my warmup is often my first class. He has three lovely paces and a soft snaffle mouth making him a perfect rider class mount. Freddy's ground manners are impeccable and he has the most beautiful temperament. He is very affectionate and loves attention. Will only to be sold to the very best of homes.

Price: $ 15,000. 16.1 hh Thoroughbred Black Mare Sire: Dane Shadow Dam: Caring Kind Ruby is the Elle McPherson of the horse world, oozing presence and is a picture of elegance. She has all the characteristics of a top quality show horse with lovely even paces, correct conformation, great length of rein, large kind eyes and superb manners and temperament. She completed her race career in November 2013. After some spelling and initial training she was then sold to a novice dressage rider. She has had spelling, re-schooling and lessons since coming off the track Ruby recently competed at her first ever Ag show at Neville and took it all in her stride. No lunging down required, tied up to the truck all day and was a pleasure to take out. Nothing fazed her at the show including loudspeakers, chainsaws, kids running around, tents or other horses. She won all three classes she competed in, Hack over 16hh ne 16.2hh, Adults Hack and Ridden thoroughbred beating some lovely hacks much more established and seasoned than her. She then went on to win Champion Hack with a lovely workout including lengthen trots and canters. Video Footage Link - Contact: Megan Bryant Ph: 0429 831 427 Email:


Carlingford Park Milan Price: $ 8,000. Neg 14.2 hh Reg: RPSB AHSA EA SHC Bay Mare YOB: 2010 Sire: Westlake National Anthem Dam: Meadowbrook Mosaic

Heart breaking sale. Milly has a huge future ahead of her. She has had very limited outings through no fault of her own. She's been brought on slowly and is a beautiful moving mare, she would also suit pony dressage and has done a few pony club rally's. She's has a gorgeous personality will be a valuable asset to any stud. Promising young mare who will be dearly missed. Suited to teen or adult rider. Contact: Skyla McGorlick Ph: 0438 138 099

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Price: $ 9,500. - Price reduced 20/01/2017 14.2 hh Bay MAre Reg: Welsh Pony and Cob Society | Show Horse Council of Australia Sire: Seawynd Welsh Prince Dam: Wyvern Duchess

After much deliberation we offer one of the most amazing horses we have ever owned...Firefly II is uncomplicated & unflappable...this WB x TB 15.3hh, 10 yr old mare needs no working down and is quite possibly one of the easiest horses you could wish for. Qualifying for the Interschool nationals for the last three years, winning the Victorian secondary show hunter section in 2016, runner up 2017 & recently qualifying two riders for Grand Nationals 2018, she is super competitive in both the show and interschool arenas. Remy is THE MOST PERFECT HORSE for a competitive junior....super easy in every way and unbelievably reliable without being boring...a really fun horse with an absolute heart of gold....Remy will only be sold to the most amazing home as she deserves to be some lucky person's #1! Rem would also suit the busy adult who doesn’t have the desire to ride every night or lunge before a competition! Contact: Alannah Halloran 0438 661 060

Naaman Pure NV Price: $15,000. 15.1 hh Reg: Riding Pony X Black Gelding Sire: Merivale Park NV Dam: Mel's Charade

We are offering our very beautiful boy Naaman Pure NV/ Milo for sale. Super elegant true open small hack with look at me movement, 3 beautiful paces. Always ridden and handled by kids. Milo will give anything a go with 100% effort, so if you're looking for a super competitive and quality interschool/show hack don't look any further. Only sold to experienced horsey home

Contact: Holly Stewart Ph: +0410 320 205

Brandy is a true Welsh D, she has been shown in Hunter and Welsh classes with great success, placed at Canberra Royal, Bathurst Royal and top ten battle of the boarders, she always comes home with a broad ribbon, only shown lightly this season due to HSC. Selling due to tarting full time work. Easy to clip(full body), S,S,F, not marey. Brandy has a great character, she has lovely movement, she jumps, trails and shows. No B or B, she does not get hot or fazed at shows. Brandy is accepted for Sydney Royal 2017 and Canberra Royal 2017 and also invited to NPOY. She will be sold with rugs, boots, tail and bridle. (Black Country Show Hunter 16.5" saddle designed specifically for Brandy is available at extra cost). Sad sale. Video Footage Link - Contact: Karen Crea Mob: 0417 698 892

Show Hunter Galloway Price: $ 17,000. 14.3 hh Reg: EV,SHC,Riding Pony, Arabian Deriviative Bay/Brown Gelding YOB: 2000 Sire: Arinya Park Klass Dam: Tod Park Sunrise Show Hunter Galloway 14.3h gelding first season Show Hunter with a big future. Extraordinary boy with big movement, beautiful eye and personality. He has the X factor and is a once in a lifetime horse. Always brings home a sash and qualified for Royals and QN easily. Scout is gentle and can be handled by all the family and is well educated ,suit a teen or adult. Contact: Georgia Ph: 0419 245 626 - Ph 07 55909721 - mob 0413 733 294 - Email:

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