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ISSUE #34 DECEMBER 2015 The Stable Magazine would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas! We hope you all enjoy our December issue. Be sure to check out the Christmas Gift Guide to find perfect prezzies for all of the horsey people in your life - see page 54! In this issue you will notice that we have new articles that will be a permanent feature within The Stable. See our new ‘Straight From The Horse’s Mouth’ pages for a personal snapshot from Loz and Sam, ‘What the Fetlock’ – each month a new random WTF moment will be posted, AND our new ‘Name & Shame’ of the month – goes without saying! As of January we’ll also be including a new Trades and Services directory - so you can find who and what you’re looking for all within the pages of The Stable! We are expanding (like my Stockhorse in a lush spring paddock!), and while we will still be covering all of the events that you love, we’re also introducing other new and exciting articles. The Stable Magazine would like to commend all the tireless efforts of the equine rescue organisations across our country, so to show our support we will be running an article each month on a rescue of our choice, giving an opportunity for them to further showcase the amazing work they do. Like us on Facebook and follow Loz and Sam on their travels, fun, photos and sneak peeks of our upcoming issues will be posted. Stay connected, and click ‘like’ at Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a HORSEY New Year!

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Whether its relaxation or adventure you are looking for Chum Creek Horseriding and Huts has got you covered. Dog friendly, kid friendly, BYO horse or chose one from the menu, you will find something for everyone. We absolutely loved this place and so will you, the world’s greatest pessimist could not find fault here!

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We can’t wait to show you around, check it out on page 28!

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We would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this issue. Drop us a line - email and let us know what you enjoyed, what you didn’t, what YOU would like to see in the pages of The Stable - and feel free to tell us about your horses too. (Who doesn’t love a bit of horse chatter?!)


Our Photo Show competition has been extended until January! Get your entries in for a chance to win!


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we are a pair of ‘Negative Nancy’s’ for this article. We don’t want you to get your mistletoe in a bunch, but giving animals as a gift hasn’t always had the best track record. These are merely points to consider before you give into the nagging of your children and stick a pony under the Christmas tree.

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Wishing each and every one of you - and all of your four-legged friends the very best Christmas break you could hope for! Thanks for reading The Stable - we look forward to sharing a VERY exciting 2016 with you!

With the current situation in S.A, we felt it necessary to offer some of the information that is available on preparing for bushfires and what to expect if your area is under threat. A huge thank you to Quest Equine Welfare ( for their fantastic and comprehensive article - we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. There are too many people who deserve credit for the hard work going on right now to assist the affected animals and people of South Australia. If you’d like to do your bit and donate or support the cause, make sure your money is going to a reputable, registered charity or directly to help those in need. Check out the Quest Equine Welfare article page 86 in this issue.



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Yep. Seriously. From around the belly to the neck. The shoulders are apparently the tricky bits. A brilliant video - but please, do not try this at home!


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Clinton Anderson

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‘Two Legends’ @ QSEC

Saturday 19th December & Sunday 20th December Clinton Anderson is returning to Australia to put on a two day training demonstration with his mentor, Ian Francis. Be prepared for 2 days of inspiration, innovation, motivation and education as Clinton and Ian present the techniques that have made them so successful. The itinerary for the 2 day demonstration is as follows:

DAY 1:

DAY 2:

• Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground with Clinton

• Trouble-Free Trailer Loading with Clinton

The best training foundation begins on the ground by teaching a horse to respect and trust you as his leader. Clinton demonstrates how fundamental groundwork exercises help to establish yourself as a trustworthy leader to your horse and give you control of his feet and mind. The skills you teach your horse on the ground carry over to training him under saddle and set the horse up for success.

• Demonstration with Ian - Educate your hands, Educate your feet Developing your awareness which in turn improves the rider’s feel, timing and co=ordination.

• Gaining control of your Horse’s Five Body Parts with Clinton No matter what discipline you do with your horse, to succeed you must be able to control his body from his nose to his tail. Clinton explains how to soften and supply a horse’s five body parts - head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hindquarters - for ultimate body control and increased performance.

• Demonstration with Ian - Building your toolbox The tools to develop a basic education which allows us to develop performance and show horses and do long term maintenance.

Clinton demonstrates how to use the Approach and Retreat Method to build a horse’s confidence to willingly loading in a trailer. You’ll learn how Clinton’s trailer loading method can be used in any situation in which a horse doesn’t want to step on or go in an object, including getting your horse to cross streams and step onto bridges.

• Demonstration with Ian Form as it relates to function A study of the shape a horse needs to be in to perform quality manoeuvres and how to set a horses form up for success.

• Problem Solving Under Saddle with Clinton From time to time, all horses misbehave under saddle. Clinton addresses common problems that are likely to crop us, such as buddy-sour horses, barn-sour horses, horses that jig, horses that buck, etc., and provides a commonsense approach to correcting each problem.

• Demonstration with Ian - Advanced Manoeuvres Bringing feel, time and balance and form and function together.

At the conclusion of both days, Clinton and Ian will be available for question and answer time and to sign autographs.

For further information and to purchase your tickets, visit


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MJB Got Faith

Robert and Katherine Crowther were last week sentenced after 13 horses in their care were surrendered to NSW RSPCA. Inspectors attended the property in Atholwood after a public complaint raised the awareness of these horses.

As Briannah’s foal grew her dad figured that he could explain that there was no way that MJB would ever race as he was “a runt from poor breeding stock” and that his daughter would then be happy to sell him. Briannah’s parents were financially over committed and although they couldn’t really afford to keep the horse, figured that they would give him a shot.

The couple readily surrendered the horses and RSPCA Inspectors said that the couple ‘they knew that they were in the wrong’ after 13 horses were removed and another horse was euthanised on the property. The sentencing took place at the Inverall Local Court where the couple received $8800 in veterinary and boarding costs, prohibited from owning more than three horses combined for a five year period and issued with a good behaviour bond under the prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act.


11 year old Briannah Carsey had a dream to breed her very own racing champion, in the Spring of 2013 her foal was born, an Ohio Standardbred that she named MJB Got Faith.

MJB was so slow he barely qualified to compete but by some miraculous turn of events not only did he win his first race, he actually won all four needed to qualify him for the State Championship held in Columbus Ohio. With the blind faith of an 11 year old girl behind him this, ‘no good, no pedigree’ colt defied all odds and won. MJB Got Faith earned a cool $100k - half of which Briannah has donated to charity.

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So far eight horses have died and owners are being warned to keep an eye out for the symptoms. Rapid breathing, sweating, muscle tremors and severe weakness all being symptoms of the animals that have already been effected. The only link between the deaths was the common Marshmallow Weed which had never proved fatal in Australian horses, though it is known to cause a muscle disease in sheep. Unsure as to whether it is the cause as owners are unable to verify if their horses had or hadn’t actually eaten the plant. Vets are asking that if any horse is showing any of the clinical signs to seek treatment immediately and researchers are also asking for help to gather information about this mystery illness.


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Clinton Anderson & Ian Francis 19/20 December 2015 QUEENSLAND STATE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE (QSEC) CABOOLTURE QLD

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Hoof Health! The Secret Is Out While it technically isn’t a secret, understanding the various factors that contribute to maintaining hoof health is fundamental in order to achieve highquality hooves. As the competition season kicks off and you ramp up your training regime, keeping your horse sound for increased activity is of utmost importance. Of course, your horse isn’t going to be able to “hoof it” through that cross country course without strong, healthy feet! Look at the outside AND the inside of the horse To start, you need to identify what’s going on outside and inside the horse. The appearance and integrity of the hoof is a mirror of the health and nutritional status of the horse. It isn’t difficult to visualise how a horse in poor health could suffer from hoof problems. Likewise, animals confined to a small area, such as a stall or yard, can develop low quality hooves, which may be a result of poor environmental conditions. Standing in piles of manure is not only unhygienic, but the moisture can break down the intracellular cementing substances that ultimately hold the hoof together. So, grab your rake or “poo vac” and get cleaning! In addition, regular attention by a farrier every four to six weeks is an essential part of hoof care - don’t forget! Also, offering daily exercise or turnout will help to promote blood flow to the hooves. Those who know about Kentucky Equine Research (KER) are aware that we go on and on about providing horses with nutritionally balanced diets. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but the same message is implicated in the


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quality of your horse’s hooves – and it doesn’t have to be complicated! High-quality basic nutrition is the foundation of hoof health. Use a fully fortified feed designed for the class of the horse you are feeding, and feed according to the manufacturer’s directions. If are you feeding below the recommended rate ensure your horse is receiving a vitamin and mineral supplement to top up those essential nutrients in the diet. Why not make it easy for yourself and contact KER’s Nutrition Consultation Service and receive a FREE diet analysis for your horse!

Nutritional building blocks Once you have ensured your horse is on a nutritionally balanced diet that meets the energy requirements for the horse’s workload (maintenance, light, moderate or intense) or physiological state (growing, breeding, late gestation or lactating), we can look at the essential nutrients for hoof growth. There are several key nutrients that are vital for proper keratinisation, which is the process that builds hoof horn (see picture). >

Protein & Amino Acids  

The hoof wall is about 93% protein on a dry matter basis. Amino acids (AA’s) are the building blocks of protein, including keratin, which is the primary protein associated with the equine hoof. Essential AA’s (e.g. methionine and lysine) cannot be synthesised in the horse’s body – look for high-quality protein in diets, such as full fat soybean meal, for the provision of these essential AA’s. Methionine is a sulfur-containing essential AA linked to hoof quality.

Minerals  

Fatty Acids 

Fatty acids are components of complex lipids, which form the intercellular cement that binds the individual cells of the hoof. Lipid material is responsible for forming the extracellular permeability barrier – this barrier controls the hydration state of the hoof and, ultimately, its hardness.

Zinc is involved in the health and integrity of hair, skin and hoof. Zinc is important in the synthesis of collagen, keratin and intercellular cementing substances, as well as immunity and antioxidant activity that protects cell membranes from damage. When selecting a hoof supplement look for chelated (organic) zinc. o Chelation is the process that binds a mineral to an amino acid, which enhances absorption of the mineral in the horse’s body. o Zinpro Performance Minerals® organic zinc used in KER Bio-Bloom has been shown to enhance hoof growth. 0

Vitamins 

Biotin plays an important role in cell-tocell adhesion and therefore strengthens the hoof wall when supplied in adequate quantities. Although the biotin requirement for normal horses is 1-2 mg per day, studies have shown that supplementing the horse with 15-20 mg of biotin per day can generate a significant improvement in hoof condition.

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Hoof Health! The Secret Is Out What’s the bottom line? While some poor quality hooves are the result of genetics or conformational factors, many can be related to inadequate nutrition or poor hoof maintenance. A balanced ration is the easiest approach to maintaining the quality and condition of your horse’s hooves. It is recommended to have your horse’s total ration analysed by an equine nutritionist to identify any deficiencies that may be contributing to bad hooves. Remember, hoof growth is a slow process and when making changes to the horse’s diet to improve hoof quality and strength, keep in mind that it will take at least nine months for the entire hoof wall to be replaced. If everything is being done from a nutritional and environmental standpoint, and hoof quality is still poor, it is worth supplementing your horse with the essential nutrients that contribute to hoof health. Look for supplements that are designed to complement a nutritionally balanced diet and contain nutrients that are research proven to improve hoof health. KER Bio-Bloom consists of a synergistic blend of biotin, chelated zinc and methionine at levels shown to be beneficial for optimal hoof growth and development of a strong hoof wall. Providing your horse with a combination of these nutrients is more beneficial than feeding straight biotin alone. Bio-Bloom also provides lecithin and full fat soybean meal, which contain essential fatty acids and quality amino acids to produce a strong hoof horn.

For more information or help with formulating your horse’s ration contact Kentucky Equine Research’s FREE Nutrition Consultation Service on 1800 772 198 or email


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“KER Bio-Bloom consists of a synergistic blend of biotin, chelated zinc and methionine at levels shown to be beneficial for optimal hoof growth and development of a strong hoof wall. Providing your horse with a combination of these nutrients is more beneficial than feeding straight biotin alone. Bio-Bloom also provides lecithin and full fat soybean meal, which contain essential fatty acids and quality amino acids to produce a strong hoof horn.� The Stable Magazine 25



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Where can you find the ultimate horsey holiday destination to relax, unwind and de-stress? Where the kids and your partner have plenty to do and where you can even bring your own horse to enjoy riding across beautiful countryside? Just over an hour from Melbourne, this beautiful retreat is one of the area’s best-kept secrets... Until Now. The Stable Magazine 29



t was a misty morning on the day we set out for Chum Creek. The

township, just outside Healesville in Victoria is a beautiful area, with state forest surrounding the highways as you make your way up into what seems to be an almost untouched bush land. Light fog and a drizzle of rain had set in; but the sun was breaking through the tall gum trees, promising a lovely Spring afternoon - and there was no better place to spend the day than our destination; Chum Creek Horseriding & Huts. > >


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Driving down the winding dirt road, our expectations of the property were high. Having looked at the Chum Creek Horseriding & Huts website we were very eager to get there and take a look around. From the moment we entered the gate at 221 Heath Road Chum Creek, it was though the rest of the world just slipped away, you know without a doubt that you have found a hidden treasure. I’m not even sure that there are words to truly describe just what a remarkable place this is. If you appreciate a bit of history, a working horse property and a slice of paradise, then Chum Creek Horseriding & Huts is your ultimate destination. Tucked away at the foot of the Toolangi State Forest you’ll discover a hideaway that you can call your own for as long as you choose to stay. We were greeted by the very friendly face of Ruby the resident dog, a real character who is extremely eager to show you around. Ruby is more than willing to go on all sorts of adventures with you and miraculously seems to just pop up wherever you go! Owners Catherine and Clancy were just as welcoming and I can fully appreciate why they are so proud of what they have created at the Hut. They were kind enough to show us around the property that they have lovingly restored since taking it on a couple of years ago. The Chum Creek Hut was used as the base for trail rides into the State forest for more than two decades and has now been transformed into luxury country accommodation, combining a wonderful rustic feel with all of the creature comforts. As you step inside the Hut you are instantly at home, surrounded by beautiful decor in a retreat that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Catherine has made amazing use of the space to allow couples and families to gather around the original fireplace, or retreat to one of

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three bedrooms adjoining the central living room. The Hut is spacious and yet cosy, and no matter the weather it would be a delight to stay, relax and unwind. The hut is ideal accommodation no matter the season - whether you’d prefer to enjoy a sun drenched landscape, or light a fire on a crisp winter’s night. It’s almost like being transported back in time it would be top of our list for a holiday, away from phones ringing and the sounds of traffic passing by - although you could most definitely curl up on the comfy couch at night with your iPad - or better yet, a good book and a block of chocolate!

“Tastefully blending old-world charm and modern comfort together in one unique package. The open plan living areas provide a spacious retreat for all guests whilst maintaining a very private and intimate setting. From the design and layout, right down to the furnishings and decor, this quaint little hut is pure magic.” You can choose to bring your own horse - the adjoining paddock to the Hut is available for your equine friend, and we can guarantee he’ll be as chuffed as you are about his living quarters. As Catherine says, “People love having a barbecue on the deck and your horse can be right there - or having a bath after a day’s riding, and watching your horse grazing in the paddock from the tub!” Did we mention the tub? There would be NOTHING better than a relaxing bath in the Chum Creek Hut! >


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The bathroom boasts a spa bath, and with the candles on the window flickering as you look out over the decking to the paddock, it makes the perfect after ride treat. Each of the 3 bedrooms further compliment the space with an ambience of relaxation; the beds all look so extremely inviting I think they could put an insomniac to rest. Catherine has impeccable taste and it shines through within the space she has created, every detail is perfect and everything is exactly as it should be. One feature of the hut is Chief, whose skull adorns a plaque above the fireplace. But don’t be mistaken; Chief is no gimmicky cowboy ornament. As Barry puts it, ‘he was just one of those big, beautiful horses’, obviously a much-loved family member who passed on, but is always remembered. A jar of Peacock food and fresh potted herbs can be found in the kitchen, sprigs of lavender decorate and fragrance the hut, and from what we read on the cushion on the couch (No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle!), this is just heaven.

Seasonally, guests are even treated to beautiful home made preserves. “We make our own jam from blackberries here and our own homemade tomato sauce from our own tomatoes. We try to use as much as we can from our garden.” “Families are saying that after the first 24 hours, it’s the best thing ever. There’s no TV!” Catherine explains. The hut is also equipped with colouring books and board games, and allows great capacity for quality family time out. >


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“We put a sketch pad and some beautiful pencils out, and people just sit down and start drawing the trees, or the horses in the paddocks, and guests are loving that,” explains Catherine. “Who has time to sit down and do something like that at home? Everyone is so busy!”

It’s a bit of a step back in time, really. You have all the modern comfort that you need, but you don’t have all of the technologies and things that you don’t really need. Catherine and Clancy have really put the time and effort into the hut, which had been used as a central point for trail rides for the last fifteen or so years. “All that was standing was the fireplace,” Clancy explains. What the couple have achieved with the hut is nothing short of amazing, but they aren’t quite finished. Another building on site is the Cattleman’s Hut, a stone’s throw from the doorstep of the beautifully renovated space we’d just seen. This is one of the couple’s future projects. Boasting a beautiful old loft, the Cattleman’s Hut was one of the original buildings on the property - and we can’t wait to see what magic they’ll work on it! It is sure to be just as amazing! The paddocks outside the Hut just seemed to be an endless 150 acres of rolling hills providing the perfect setting for all the local wildlife. Kangaroos line the hilltops and although we weren’t lucky enough to see them, there are deer that regularly make themselves at home grazing the paddocks. After our tour of the Hut itself, Clancy took us to meet Frank, resident horseman, farrier and horse trainer. >


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Clancy can be quoted saying that ‘Frank is not just a horse trainer, he is a Master Horseman’; a compliment of very high regard. With his quiet manner and gentle approach it’s no wonder he has such a great reputation when it comes to handling horses. Clancy explains, “Frank is very proud of his horse hut too, so we must go and have a look at that.” So we did. “We love having Frank here working with horses. For people to come and see someone training, it’s great. For any large horse riding business, there’s different kind of really important positions. We see Frank as our Horsemaster. He helps not only maintain the horses, through trimming their feet, and breaking them in, training them and working them, but he’s also heavily involved in choosing them too - filtering through, training them. So that’s the kind of job for our Horsemaster.” > >


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Frank’s Hut, where trail rides depart is located opposite the hut, complete with yards, seats and the obligatory row of helmets for trail riders. Whether you’re up for a whole day in the saddle, just want a nice plod around some pretty scenery, or even if you feel like a trip to the pub, there’s a ride to suit you. Is there anything else that could be packed into this property?

It makes it so appealing too, having a horse trainer on site who is able to help you work through some of your horse’s problems. So don’t think that this retreat is just for accomplished riders; in fact, It’s very reassuring to have help on hand if required. Oh, and did we mention there’s an arena behind the house that guests are able to utilise? If trail riding on the Chum Creek horses is more your style, you can choose an hour trail ride to the top of the hill (more about that later), two and a half hour rides, and then day rides to the pub, or day rides to the wineries. We continued our tour with a trip to the top of the hill, from which the views are spectacular. We met the horses, who were all extremely friendly and more than willing to hang around and join in the conversation. One young bay gelding in particular provided endless entertainment stealing the show over the picturesque view (that he was constantly blocking whilst photo bombing endless shots!). All of the animals on the property were well cared for, affectionate and at ease with visitors walking amongst them. And again, every time you turn around - even at the top of the scenic hill, there’s Ruby, faithfully following us from location to location, happy to be out and about. > >


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As Clancy tells us, “Ruby comes on every trail ride.” Although the property is the ideal getaway for the horse enthusiast, you don’t need to love horses to appreciate what’s on offer. (Or, if you’re dragging the non-horsey partner or the kids, there are other activities close by to keep them occupied...) Aside from beautiful surroundings, the local township has enough to keep everyone in the family happy. There is golf at the RACV Country Club, Healesville Sanctuary is always a fun day out, Badger Creek Weir is a great spot for a picnic and walking the trails, Maroondah Reservoir Park, Healesville Racecourse, restaurants, cafes and wineries; there’s a lot packed into this one little town! The Chum Creek Hut is so animal friendly, even your well behaved family pooch can stay.

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t’s every little girls dream; waking up on Christmas morning to find a pony under the tree. Most parents would love to be able to give their child that thrill - But then reality sets it - this is not a toy that can be discarded when the novelty wears off. While I am sure that there are many people who would not allow this to happen, the truth is that it’s an all too common occurrence. The thought of buying a pony needs careful consideration before the actual purchase. Statistics show that a percentage of ponies end up being taken to the sale yards (where they end up in the hands of the first person willing to pay a meagre sum for them, with no guarantee of a good home) or suffer a worse fate of being neglected and left in paddocks unattended. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many well cared for and loved ponies who are kept as pets or riding ponies, but the other side of this story is sad but very true. If you are considering buying a pony as a gift ask yourself these questions: y Has my child shown considerable interest in ponies? y Has he or she attended horse riding lessons for a reasonable period of time?

y Does he or she understand the care involved? (Owning a pony is not all about riding!) y Has my child shown a proven track record of working hard to meet the needs of a horse or pony? y Where will you keep the pony? A backyard is not sufficient space. An acre per horse is the recommended stocking rate for land area. y How will you feed the pony? A proper, nutritionally balanced diet for your pony is required. Sufficient roughage (grass or hay) must be provided at all times, plus the addition of hard feed if grass or hay doesn’t meet your horse’s nutritional requirements. y Can you afforded vet bills for the pony? Routine costs include annual dentistry check ups, vaccinations, and worming, plus a little extra on hand is always required in case of an emergency.

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HORSECARE y If you already have a property, is it adequately fenced? Barbed wire is not recommended. Ay wire fencing must be strained correctly. y Does your fencing ensure safety of your pony? y If you already have horses, do you have the additional space, time and finances required for another equine? y Do you have time to check on your pony at least once a day? Whether you plan to keep your pony at home, or at another agistment, you need to be able to ensure you are able to check and tend to your pony every day without fail. y If you buy a pony who has behavioural issues or doesn’t quite turn out to be what you expected, are you willing and able to seek the professional assistance/ training that may be required? The initial purchase of the pony is not all that you require. In addition to cost of feed, farriers, vet bills, vaccinations, dentistry, worming and grooming equipment, you also need to kit your pony out with tack that fits. Yes, ponies also need to have their saddles fitted by a professional. Your little rider will also require an Australian Standards approved helmet (new is always a better option), and a back protector should be a priority purchase. A second hand helmet might seem like a good idea, and can still be an option if in very good condition; however, once a

helmet has absorbed an impact the inner foam can compress and it is much less likely to be effective in a fall. The cushioning will also degrade over time and will not ensure adequate protection.

Here’s what to allow for the first twelve months (an annual price guide, if you like) plus an estimate for your initial requirements:

Pony - Obviously the initial purchase price is variable, however, if you are looking for a ‘been there, done that’ safe, educated, mother’s dream pony, with a great temperament, expect to pay no less than $3000 (no guarantees!) You might well be able to pick up a pony for you child for somewhere under the $500 mark, but buyer beware. Often, you get what you pay for. Investing a couple of hundred dollars in a vet check prior to purchase is also a good ideas, to verify that the pony is fit and suitable for your purpose.

Initial costs: Pony- $3000 Vet check - $300 Saddle & Saddle fitting - allow $1000 for purchase and fitting. prices vary, but fitting is incredibly important.

Floating/Transport fee - up to $400, depending on whether you will move the pony yourself or if paying for professional transportation. Note: If you are a first time pony owner or inexperienced with towing living animals, we highly recommend engaging the services of a professional, transport company.

Bridle - $50 Bit - $40 Saddlecloth - $60 Halter & Leadrope - $20 Grooming Kit - $30 Feed Bucket -$10 Storage Bins For Feed -$80 Rug (if required) - $150. While generally hardy, some ponies may require a rug throughout the colder months, depending on breed and climate.


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HORSECARE Initial costs: Some people have some pretty crazy ideas about what is acceptable when it comes to keeping ponies. We have heard some absurd stories ranging from, ponies don’t need dentistry because their teeth are smaller, you don’t have to feed a pony because they stay fat all the time, owning a pony is just like owning a dog and all sorts of other ridiculous things. At the end of the day, regardless of size you are still purchasing a horse and your pint sized horses requirements are the same as that of a large horse, just in smaller portions. There is a wealth of information available to all and its all courtesy of the internet, there really isn’t any excuse to not seek the information that you require to guarantee to well being of your new friend. Any Equine Veterinarian would spend a few minutes on the phone helping you with your queries or concerns, I call my vets randomly with questions and they are always very helpful. So how do you choose an appropriate pony? There’s more to it than picking the colour that you like or choosing the little fat fuzzy one because it’s cute. If you don’t know what to look for, again hire the services of

someone who does. A lot of trainers and horse handlers have a wealth of knowledge and usually can suggest a few places to begin your search. There are a lot of equine rescues across our country and most are very selective when matching their horses/ponies to new homes. They have usually spent a period of time getting to know the animals in their care and may also be a good place to start. If it sounds expensive that’s because it is, without a doubt ponies and horses can cost a small fortune. If you don’t have the funds or the required time for a pony you probably shouldn’t get one, it is far cheaper and less time consuming to go on trail rides every weekend. If you don’t have the knowledge then you need to be willing to learn, we all started somewhere. I literally went trail riding, bought the Trading Post news paper on my way home (yes in the olden days, when it was in print) and within two days had my very first horse. Ask for help if you don’t know what you are doing. There is no such thing as a stupid question, the stupidity lies in not asking it.

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Photonic Therapy Photonic Therapy Photonic therapy is an advanced form of traditional complementary medicine using light to stimulate recognised acupuncture points. No needles are used. Photonic Therapy involves safe, low frequency red light (not laser) which supports the healing of conditions and injuries in people and animals. Photonic Therapy draws together scientific principles from the disciplines of mathematics, physics, biochemistry and bioenergetics. It is easy to appreciate how photonic therapy promotes healing in people and animals by reviewing the basic understanding of how Skin, Acupuncture and Light works.


Our skin has bioelectric sensing systems and as the largest organ of our body, has three main functions – protective, sensory and thermoregulatory. Humans are not alone in having bioelectric capability as this also exists in the skins or outer coverings of fish, reptiles, and mammals. By touching our skin we can change its electrical potential. When skin tissue is compressed, a well is formed which is negatively charged at the bottom and positively charged at the top edges. This is due to collagen, a subcutaneous connective tissue, which has components that are piezoelectric (responds to change in pressure) and pyroelectric (responds to changes in temperature). Collagen registers the difference between the positive and negative charged areas of the skin and this helps the body to recognise, via the nerves to the brain, whether the touch was by a soft point (a finger), a sharp point, a gentle or a severe intrusion into the skin.The electrical potential of a person’s or animal’s skin can be used to assist in healing. The skin can be


stimulated by light on known acupuncture points instead of needles.


Acupuncture is a therapy which stimulates healing through the properties of the skin. Acupuncture has been used for healing people and animals throughout history. Significant knowledge has been gathered for both intradermal methods (piercing the skin with Bian stones, fish bones, bamboo splinters, silver, gold and stainless steel needles, flower drums, seven star hammers) and externally applied techniques (massage, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion). Acupuncture, as a therapeutic modality is as strong, if not stronger, than western medicine. The World Health Organisation accepts that acupuncture works, and recognises 2,066 accepted acupuncture points. An acupuncture point is slightly more positive (5 to 45 millivolts) and slightly more acidic (the reduction/ oxidation potential is a basic measurement of the acid/base potential of the tissue)

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than surrounding skin. By stimulating a set number of acupuncture points, with light or other methods, the healing of a range of illnesses and injuries in a person’s or animal’s body can occur.

Light Interacting With Skin Western medicine has long accepted the reliability of electromagnetic diagnostic tools. It is widely and clearly understood that the application of a magnetic field on skin induces an electrical field. Applying light to tissue induces an electrical field directly and safely. Collagen, within the skin, converts light energy into a charge which is detected by the nervous system. It is the pyroelectric effect of collagen which facilitates the action of infra-red light, just as it facilitates the action of cold packs, hot packs and warming gels. Light penetrates tissue in relation to its power and wavelength.

What is Red Light (Photonic) Therapy and how can it assist your horse? We at The Stable asked Wozen Photonic Therapy these very questions, so read on to find out how acupuncture without needles can assist in the areas of pain menagement, skin conditions and a range of other ailments.

When red light is placed on an acupuncture point it promotes the AMP cycle (the cellular energy cycle) directly. The attracted white-blood cells release the hormone serotonin, not histamine, increasing the circulation in the vicinity of the wound, reducing pain and changing the acidity (the redox potential) of the tissue. By applying a red light to the area and making it negative in relation to the surrounding tissue, the wound subsequently heals and scarring is minimised.

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rehoming. Website will have updates. It’s been another progressive and productive year at STB. A group of The fertility control trials to date are erriment all round and a very beautiful paint mares from Oxley Rivers showing excellent results as we go into ete with candles was a big hit OmmITTee memberS: N.P. arrived in August and all in foal, our second year of research. Treated red in Cowen the goodies and thanks chelle ourney to join us; it was a lovely to date, two adorable new fillies have mares have not fallen pregnant, groups allum Snell arrived and more are expected. We are settled and contented and the argery Boylan also accepted four Brumbies from stallions are not showing any interest in ecently from Townsville arin Ross Carter the ladies. ent which resulted in the death the RSPCA that were the subject of SAVE THE BRUMBIES INC. Protection & Preservation of Australia’s wild horses a neglect case. These horses came er hitting a deceased horse ONOrArY AuDITOr: Progress results have to go before from CHARITY KNP. CFN 17516 Tax Deductable Non Profit Organisation ABN 62 101 380 939 ain Sanger raised concerns aboutREGISTERED eter the scientific community for approval cull was conducted despite All new arrivals have settled well and before information is formally released he locals and wide media ember of the WSPA are now in good condition. Most will to the public. We will keep you all vidence BN 62 101that 380 the 939 horse was be added to our fertility control trials updated in 2016. has many hundreds of wild egistered charity CFN 17516 and we have the extra nd management non existent. Australia hasis many thousands of wild brumby horses. bonus of three separate Slaughtered andrep. ground and left to die; tiny foals e can do about it.from Ourair Qld. ax Deductable groups perish oflocal starvation without their dams. of horses; i.e., Guy act with the authorities on Profit Organisation Fawkes N.P., Oxley Rivers Jill Pickering the ABA has of the Australian This is thefrom shameful attitude Government; it N.P. and Kosciusko N.P. ng methods of control forand thethe carnage is barbaric and cruel continues. er, we can only hope they take Brumbies from different The small percentage of horses that are trapped ‘humanely’ areas of the country vary nquiries via email: haveare further news becomes loaded onto as trucks and transported to abattoirs. The terror considerably in istype and of these wild horses as they face eventual death horrific. this could be of interest to est: This Several peopledue are to keen is directly the failure of our Government to hone: (02) 6655 2224 the outcomes of the trials. nic atinstigate our Bellingen Sanctuary a long term national management policy of control, Adoption program n, Carlos Tabernaberri. preservation and protection Our for the Australian Icon, the ATrON: will continue in 2016 ded Brumby previous clinics have Horse. This is the reality and we ask “Why?” ndrew Stoner xperience however we need as weanlings become other nations wild horse sanctuaries and controlled etiredInMP mbers of participants before available and any others breeding programs are an integral part of Government Policy; is tohere, cover the costs involved. we consider suitable forare in Australia such policies are non-existent, bullets Mares With Foals New mares withNew foals eible gratefully acknowledge theor months to consider the easy solution. nimal public assist It’s been another progressive and productive year at STB. so ifloving anyone is who interested Save the Brumbies is a candlelight in the immense darkness comment by the end of the year. urther information. Sponsored th funding these magnificent A group of beautiful paint mares from Oxley Rivers N.P. arrived that engulfs the Australian wild horse, we receive no Important: Dotwo take a fewnew minutes of NPWS News: ake part for those who do in August and all in foal, to date, adorable fillies have orses. Government Funding and we rely on a caring and aware your to access NPWS four website arrived and more are time expected. We also accepted Brumbies es and observers are always public to continue our work.There’s Come with us and to share the not much add from the from the RSPCA that were the subject of a neglect case. These and read the Draft Plan. Your input is riety of in inteddream, by accommodation Mid we Coast askPrinting, you, “Why not?” horses came from KNP. previous reports. Plan of Management vital; public opinion should be taken into 8 Hyde Street, Bellingen All new arrivalsaccount have settled well and arefinal now Plan in goodiscondition. for KNP should be available for public before the released.



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Horses offered for adoption this year have found good homes with the exception of gelding STB Saxon. He’s at our Bellingen Sanctuary, rising 3 y.o. and a superb youngster. Well handled and loves people. Contact Jan Carter at Save The Brumbies for info.

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New England Brumby foals, horse handling, More info.?? contact in Most will be added to our fertility control trials and we have the extra bonus of three separate groups of horses; i.e., Guy Fawkes N.P., Oxley Rivers N.P. and Kosciusko N.P. Brumbies from different areas of the country vary considerably in type and this could be of interest to the outcomes of the trials.

Our Adoption program will continue in 2016 as weanlings become available and any others we consider suitable for rehoming. Website will have updates.

It’s been another progress productive year at STB. A beautiful paint mares from N.P. arrived in August and to date, two adorable new The fertility control trials to date are showing excellent results as we go into our second year of research. Treated mares have not fallen pregnant, groups are settled and contented and the stallions are not showing any interest in the ladies. Progress results have to go before the scientific community for approval before information is formally released to the public. We will keep you all updated in 2016.

We hosted two visits from local TAFE students

studying animal welfare and also environmental issues. Education and awareness is part of our policy; we cater for study visits regularly at both Sanctuaries. Young people love to meet the Brumbies and learn more about them.

Meet our young volunteer, Jade Mitchell, now helping Jan at Bellingen with the horses.

‘This pony is all mine’ says Tommy

STB Tommy, alias Ranger found a wonderful new home in Bangalow with Beate Sommer who runs a retreat for people needing R. & R. Her horses are part of the therapy process and Tommy is an ideal addition to her mob as his temperament is so lovable and gentle. Anyone wishing to visit contact email: beate.sommer@

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December 2015 eDITIO We hosted two visits from local TAFE students

STOP PRESS! Education and awareness is part of our policy; we cater studying animal welfare and also environmental issues.

WSNEIGHER: Another interesting snippet from W.A. comes

from Cheryl Hedges, proud owner of STB Ayla. Now competing in Endurance events Ayla is leaving those Arabians well behind. This game little mare passed all her vet checks with flying colours and finished a commendable fourth from a large field in her first event. Congratulations to Cheryl and Ayla and thanks for showing horselovers what our Brumbies are capable of given the chance. STB Tommy, alias Ranger found a wonderful new home in Bangalow with Beate Sommer who runs a retreat for people needing R. & R. Her horses are part of the therapy process and Tommy is an ideal addition to her mob as his temperament is so lovable and gentle.

Jade gives STB Jock a workout

for study Sanctuaries. YoungBrumby Come join usvisits if youregularly can, Open at Dayboth and Social at New England Jade is a great rider, confident and experienced. She people love to meet the Brumbies and learn more about Sanctuary (NEBS) Sunday 6th December. hopes to make a career in horses and working with our them. New foals, horse handling, BBQ, a great family day out. Brumbies giving volunteer, her heaps ofJade practice. Jade doesn’t Meet ouratisyoung Mitchell, now Gates open 10am. mind cleaning up manure either !!!!!!!!!!!! helping Jan at Bellingen with the horses. For more info contact

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STB Tommy, alias Ranger found a wonderful new home in Bangalow with Beate Sommer who runs a retreat for people needing R. & R. Her horses are part of the therapy process and Tommy is an ideal addition to her mob as his temperament is so lovable and gentle. Anyone wishing to visit contact email: beate.sommer@

ome, join us if you can, Open Day and Social at Sanctuary (NEBS) Sunday 6th December. New Another interesting snippet from W.A. comes BBQ, a great day out. Gates open 10 a.m from Cheryl Hedges, proud ownerfamily of STB Ayla. Now competing in Endurance events Ayla is leaving those Arabians well behind. mind cleaning up manure either !!!!!!!!!!!! This game little mare passed all her vet checks with Go STB Ayla No. 123 out in front

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hane Rose created history by taking first and second places at the Adelaide International 3 Day Event, second leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016 series.

Holding on to first place with his Dressage leader, Felicity and Elizabeth Wischer’s CP Qualified, and testing the owners’ nerves by using up his fence in hand, he claimed victory for them with a 1.50 penalty lead. He then jumped clear on Michelle Hasibar and Brett Jones’ Virgil, and it was this round on the Vivant gelding that seemed to please him the most.

“The only way to win is to have horses that don't knock the poles down,'' declared a delighted Rose. Disappointing Dressage scores aside, Rose has challenged the Rio 2016 Olympic Games selectors to ignore him at their peril. He intends to take both horses to Europe next year with a run in the Aachen CIC three-star on the radar as a hope-to-be Rio warm-up. New Zealander Clarke Johnstone also came to Adelaide with Rio on his mind and his third place and classy performance riding Balmoral Sensation, that jumped clear in the tough final Jumping phase, put a shot across the bows of the UKbased Kiwis. Johnstone, who campaigns the talented grey in 1.50m Jumping classes, intends to head to the UK in April or May next year. We predicted that Western Australian Sheep farmer Sonja Johnson would be in the hunt in the end, and indeed she was. Johnson was in two minds to come, as her horse suffered a bad overreach not long before it was due to travel to the event.

“He really had a poor preparation, as I have only been able to ride him for a few days.''

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But once on the start list they both gave it their best shot, and Dressage aside the slight in stature, but big in heart Thoroughbred produced one of just four final phase clears to move from 15th place after the Dressage to fourth. Sonja Johnson and her tough little Thoroughbred will not be far from the selectors’ minds when it comes to making Rio team decisions. Michaela Martindale again proved the benefit of a clear stadium Jumping round, and moved from 16th, to 12th and then to fifth riding her Queensland-bred Hanoverian, Kinnordy Gatow by Gymnastik Star. Katja Weimann would have been disappointed with her two fences down aboard BP Flamboyant, which left her in sixth place after such a promising start. All 24 who completed the Cross Country phase passed the final veterinary inspection and it was also pleasing to see how well international traveller Fernhill Present (stable name Hilly) looked on the final day. Alice Dunsdon (GBR) was well received by the crowd that certainly appreciated her effort to get to Adelaide and Hilly lowered one fence to finish in 16th place.

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SUMMERPREPARATION OUT&ABOUT The sun shone again on the final day at Victoria Park Grandstand with a best-ever crowd attracted to the event. Children were admitted free this year and nonhorsey families were given a wonderful introduction to horse sport.

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n times of crisis, people worry not only about their

family and property but also about their livestock and pets. There are steps that horse owners can take to prepare themselves in case their property ever lies in the path of an advancing bush fire. The key to survival is forward planning and self-reliance. As As all Australians know, the fires during the Black Saturday event showed us that no one, and no creature is ‘safe’ from an uncontrolled bush fire. Fires leaped highways, lapped at the city fringes, engulfed entire towns, and travelled at a speed that outpaced our emergency service communications and warnings. Areas that we traditionally believed to be safe were not. It was a horror that not only affected thousands of families, but also decimated, and left both domestic and native animals dead and mortally injured. We all must learn from the Black Saturday fires, the magnitude of the devastation, the impediments faced when attempting to mount relief efforts, and the unpreparedness of authorities for an event of this scale. One thing that was driven home during our latest major fire event is that at the end of the day, when the crisis hits, you are on your own. The Country Fire Authority emphasises that bush fire protection strategies include forward planning. You are responsible for developing a survival plan for your family and horses.

Leave or stay? ... it’s your decision The first and most important thing to decide is whether you intend to stay on your property if there is a bushfire. Assess your risk from a fire and understand how safe your property would be if a fire occurred in the immediate area. If you decide you will leave, with or without your horses, you must do it early on a high-risk day, and in advance of knowing there is fire in your area. The announcement of a Total Fire Ban should be the trigger for your decision.

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ushfire The risk of losing life and property during a bushfire is influenced by: • the location, aspect and accessibility of your property; • the amount, type and location of surrounding vegetation; • the condition and placement of buildings; • availability of water; • your physical capabilities and those of family members and/or employees. Everyone’s situation differs according to the size and nature of their horse enterprise. That’s why each and every horse owner needs to develop an individual survival plan - coolly and calmly, before the hot weather arrives.

Have a plan If you live in a high risk area it is essential to develop a fire safety plan before the fire season. This may include: • A plan for early evacuation of horses to a safer district. Horse evacuations present unique problems. Make arrangements ahead of time for a place to temporarily relocate your horses. Options may include show grounds, sale yards, parks, racetracks, pony club grounds or placement with family and friends; • Identify several possible retreat routes from your property in case fires block your escape. Decide in advance which horses you will evacuate and make sure they are suitably trained for transport;<ul> • Identifying a ‘safe’ area on the property where horses can be placed if evacuation is not possible or practical. This area should be as large as possible and may be a closely grazed paddock or be created from several paddocks by opening gates. Ideally it should have a dam with clear access. An alternative ‘safe’ area might be a large well fenced sand ménage - provided there are no trees or buildings nearby that will burn readily; • Posting your plan in a clearly visible place together with the telephone number of the local fire brigade and your property’s CFA map reference; • Making sure that everyone who lives, works or agists at your property understands the plan; • On days of Total Fire Ban, putting your horses in the designated ‘safe’ area or, if you work away from the property, you might do this the night before; • Contacting the CFA Community Service Facilitator in your area; • Having an annual meeting with neighbours, friends or other mutual interest groups to discuss fire contingency plans and establish ahead of time who will check on and help whom and which resources will be shared; • Setting up a bushfire emergency plan with the landholder if your horses are agisted; • Leaving horses in well grazed paddocks if they are on ‘weekenders’ in highrisk areas, or moving them to a safer location during the fire season.


Many thanks to Quest Equine Welfare for allowing us to re-publish this article. For a wealth of articles on a range of horse welfare topics, visit the website at While you’re there, check out the wonderful work they do and please consider taking a look at how you can get involved and assist Quest Equine Welfare in their efforts.

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Equines & Bushfire Reduce Fire Hazards  Remove all fire fuel such as excess grass, sticks, leaf litter etc. for 20 to 30 metres around buildings; 

Store hay, straw, shavings, scrap wood, fuel supplies and chemicals safely away from important buildings;

 Clean roof surfaces and gutters regularly;  Create firebreaks in strategic locations;  Develop a grazing plan to reduce fire risk;  A well maintained garden and well watered lawn will help protect the house;  Use fire-resistant plants on your property;  Post “no smoking” signs in and around the stable and in vegetated areas as appropriate;  Make sure chainsaws and other equipment are fitted with an Australian or new Zealand Standards approved spark arrester;

 If you live in a high risk area, invest in a rainwater storage tank, a sprinkler system and a fire fighting pump, and consider erecting fireproof fencing, i.e. steel or concrete posts, particularly if you own a stallion; 

If your fences are electrified, make sure the remainder of fences are ‘horse proof’. Often power is out during a bushfire.

Maintain a Fire Cache Tools to have on hand at your property:

A ladder long enough to reach the roof of buildings in case of a roof fire;

A minimum of 30 metres of pre-connected garden hose, (or adequate length to reach all parts of your buildings), with a spray nozzle;

 A shovel for clearing vegetation and throwing dirt;

Prepare an Evacuation kit  Wire cutters and a sharp knife;  Torch  Portable radio, and fresh batteries;  Water bucket;  Extra lead rope and head collar;  Woollen blanket and towels;  Equine first aid items; and  Whatever else you feel is essential for the first 24 hours. Store the kit in an easily accessible location and don’t use if for anything but emergencies.

 A rake for clearing vegetation;

Identify your horses

 Water buckets;

Permanently identified horses, (micro chipped, branded or identified by a drawing, which includes whorls and white markings), will be more speedily reunited with their owners if separation occurs during a disaster. In an emergency, at the very least, be prepared to ‘paint’ your name and phone number on the horse itself using livestock grease crayons like the ones used to number horses in endurance rides, or clip similar details on its hair coat, or paint its hooves. Neck bands, hip stickers, and identification tags on leather head collars can also be useful.

 A torch;  A battery-powered radio for monitoring news. Keep these items together in an easily accessible place. Don’t let the tools be used for any purpose other than fire fighting. Mark them with red paint if necessary. Make sure everyone who lives, works, or agists at your property know where the cache is located.


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When fire strikes You should plan on the basis that you will receive no official warning that a fire is coming. You must be aware that firefighters will be concentrating their efforts on controlling the fire. When fire comes your way, your personal safety and that of the people working with you must be your first concern, so:  Try to remain calm and alert, think clearly and act decisively;  Pay attention to weather conditions and fire behaviour. Watch for a sudden change in wind direction or speed, a dramatic change in air temperature or humidity, or smoke and ash or burning embers dropping around you;  Monitor weather forecasts and media broadcasts, especially ABC radio and local community radio stations for emergency information;  Maintain good communications with the people you’re working with. Give clear instructions and make sure they are understood;

If fire threatens Decide quickly. If you decide to evacuate with or without your horse/s, this decision must be made very early. Late evacuation is a deadly option. Once the fire is close, visibility will be very poor and travel will be hazardous. Fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars, and even firefighting vehicles can easily block roads. Even quiet horses may panic in a float filled with smoke or when exposed to the noise of sirens.  Wear safe attire. In the event that a fire threatens you, whether you decide to evacuate or stay, the right clothes can help shield you from radiant heat, burning embers and flames:  Cotton fabrics are essential. Synthetics can melt and cause serious burns;

 Co-operate with fire-fighters and other emergency services. Your safety and the safety of other civilians and emergency personnel are their paramount concern. If your property is closely threatened by a bushfire and you cannot move your horses to a safer district:  Fill troughs, baths, sinks and metal buckets (plastic ones melt) with reserve water for later use;  Turn off power and gas and disconnect electrical fences;  Remove all equipment from your horse. Rugs burn, plastic headstalls melt, and metal buckles may get hot;  Move your horses into your previously identified ‘safe’ area;  If you take horses out of stables, close the doors to prevent them running back into their perceived safe area;

 Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt with sleeves down or a woollen jumper, and a wide brimmed hat;

 If you are shifting fractious horses when a fire is very close, a temporary blindfold over the eyes may help;

 Sturdy leather gloves, while cumbersome, are essential to protect your hands from painful and disabling burns;

 If hoses are still operational, wet tails and manes or drench the horse in water if it has to pass near or through fire. Early veterinary literature based on stable fires suggests that this will protect a horse from serious burns for about half a minute afterwards.

 Leather boots are the safest footwear. Tennis shoes or rubber shoes will melt, causing serious burns;  Wear a damp cotton scarf or handkerchief ‘bandit-style’ to shield your nose and face;  Goggles will help protect your eyes from smoke and burning embers. A word to the wise - condition your horse to your strange appearance ahead of time! Fire-Safe Gear for Horses

The same principles for fire safe clothing apply to your horse: Don’t use synthetic (nylon or plastic) halters or lead ropes. These may melt and cause serious burns to your horse and its handler. Leather halters and cotton lead ropes, while generally not as strong as nylon, will be safer. Don’t use nylon fly masks or other synthetic tack or equipment.


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 Remember, give your horses plenty of room to move. Past experience of bush fires indicates that horses will suffer minimal burns if given maximum space. They will gallop through flames, or around their edges, and stand on the blackened, previously burnt area and remain there until the fire has passed.  Do not shut horses in stables or small yards. Never turn them out on the road. They will be in danger from traffic and the fire. There is also the risk that they may cause a car accident, leaving you legally responsible.

The main fire-front usually passes relatively quickly (10 - 20 minutes in bushland, and a few minutes for grass fires). There is little one can do during this time. While horses might gain confidence from the nearness of humans and a calming voice, you cannot provide this assurance when smoke is everywhere and the sound of the fire is deafening. Go inside the house and do not put your own life in additional danger. Your horse will cope well on its own if it has a chance to move in open space.

After the fire has passed Deal with spot fires first. As soon as it is safe, check your horses for burns and other injuries to see whether veterinary attention is required.

Possible Problems Horses commonly only suffer facial burns, presumably obtained when they turn and run through the fire front. Other possible injuries include burns to other areas of the body, smoke inhalation, damage to coronets, and burnt and swollen eyelids, which reduce effective vision in the short-term. It is also important to check for other injuries sustained during the fire such as lacerations from running into fences etc.

First Aid Veterinarians will most probably be working under emergency circumstances and communications may be disrupted, so expect some delay before help arrives. You must therefore be prepared to monitor the progress of your horses and to administer appropriate first aid while you are waiting for professional assistance.

Skin Burns Skin burns produce severe inflammation, indicated by heat, pain, and swelling. Thus first aid must be antiinflammatory, i.e. cold water delivered by a hose or gentle sponging if you still have access to a water supply. It is also important that horses have ready access to feed and water, (if available), shade, and soft, even ground if their feet are burnt. The veterinarian will assess the degree and depth of the burns and treat accordingly. Treatment may include injections to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and prevent infection. Intravenous fluids may be given to counteract shock. Anti- inflammatory creams may also be supplied. Check all burnt areas regularly for fly strike. The horse should be kept warm and comfortable and coaxed to eat and drink. Careful nursing is of utmost importance to recovery.

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Equines & Bushfire Smoke Inhalation

A common cause of death in fires and in the days afterward is complications from smoke Smoke inhalation.Inhalation Severe smoke inhalation can cause delayed lung damage, which may not be immediately A common cause of death in fires and in the days afterward is complications from sm obvious. Horses may appear normal after the fire, but in 3 - 4 smoke inhalation can cause delayed lung damage, which may not be immediately ob hours can become anxious, with rapid, sometimes laboured breathing and an elevated heart rate. These horses need urgent normal after the fire, but in 3 - 4 hours can become anxious, with rapid, sometimes l veterinary treatment, particularly if they have burns around the elevated heart rate. These horses need urgent veterinary treatment, particularly if th eyes, singeing of the mane and forelock, muzzle burns and a eyes, singeing of the mane and forelock, muzzle burns and a soot-stained discharge soot-stained discharge from the nose.

Re-entering Burnt Areas Care must be taken introducing horses to burned areas. There may be hot spots that could flare up without warning. Partially burned structures and trees may be unstable and suddenly fall over. Make sure the fencing is secure. Check for ash pits, (areas where root systems have burned underground), downed power lines, and dangerous debris before turning horses out in Care must be taken introducing a burned paddock.

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horses to burned areas. There may be hot spots that warning. Partially burned structures and trees may be unstable and suddenly fall ove secure. Check for ash pits, (areas where root systems have burned underground), do Develop and practice your firebefore turning horses out in a burned paddock. dangerous debris

safety plan now!

Develop and practice your fire safety plan now! The distress of having a horse burnt in a bushfire can be magnified by the lack of readily available first aid measures. This can be compounded if the fire destroys The distress of having a horse burnt in a bushfire can be magnified by the lack of rea facilities and prevents any form of communication to can compounded if the fire destroys facilities and prevents any fo seek help. Good forwardmeasures. planning will This protect the be safety and wellbeing of your horses if you live in a high fire risk seek help. Good forward planning will protect the safety and wellbeing of your horse area. Carefully consider the needs of your animals when risksurvival area. Carefully consider the needs of your animals when developing your househ developing your household plan. Develop your fire safety plan now and your practice it regularly!. fire safety plan now and practice it regularly! Photos courtesy of: Danielle Hickford – Fire-affected during the Black Saturday fires. Liam Domanski – CFA Volunteer and animal rescuer during the Black Saturday Fires.

Article re-published with huge thanks to Quest Equine Welfare - For further reading on what to expect after the fires, check out After_the_Fire_Front_Equine_Care_QEW.pdf


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and other tidbits of knowledge – but nothing really concrete. When I was younger I fed my horse twice a day and he was fine – looking back now I realize that his workload (me riding every day after school and all day each day on the weekend) required him to be fed that much. As I got older and my commitments changed, I got a new horse and started competing in dressage. Tank was a lovely boy, but had his share of ‘issues’ and it was probably around this time I started meeting people who spoke to me about what impact feed had on him and his behavior. I remember him getting to a point where he would really ‘jack up’ and I called an acupuncturist – she had a chat with me about feeds and asked me to feed a certain way for a week – a ‘detox’ if you will. She explained to me that the show feeds I was feeding him were high in protein, and if I wasn’t working him enough to use the protein, it could lead to problems like him ‘tying up’. I still didn’t really ‘get it’ (that comes much later in the story!). I remember heading to the feed store and they were out of my normal feed – so they sold me a different product, assuring me it was ‘pretty much the same’. It wasn’t – my horse went ‘off the wall’ nuts. And, you know what ? I still didn’t make the connection – I went back to the acupuncturist, the chiropractor, you name it I did it – because my horse was usually so ‘quiet’ that this behavior surely had to be a pain factor (in my mind). Then my instructor asked me what I was feeding him – and nearly strangled me when I told her. I took the feed off him and within a week or so he went back to his usual self. This is an extreme case and one that you may, or may not relate to, but the more time I spend training horses and their people, the more understanding I have of horses and their dietary requirements and how they relate to behavior. So, back to our ‘party clothes’. I start young horses under saddle, and I have had them arrive in all sorts of conditions – grass fed, hard fed, stabled and fed, overfed. I have had them dropped off in their ‘party clothes’ and I have had them dropped off just ‘looking like a horse’. I can tell you now – the ones that ‘look like a horse’ get further, faster than the ones who are

dropped off looking like they could head to a royal show. The reason for this is – horses are not designed to be fed and digest synthetic feeds. STOP! – Before you get defensive let me try and explain where I am coming from. I feed all of the horses in my care – mine, and the ones here for training. They are in no way starved so they perform, or so they are quiet or anything like that – these are methods that I do not believe in, and quite frankly don’t work. What I am saying is that the horses that are in their ‘party clothes’ are generally more reactive and less thoughtful, than those that are not. I believe the reason for this is that they have an excess of energy in their body which hinders their ability to have rational thought instead of ‘reactions’. That’s why you can feed a paddock horse hard feed or grain and see no outward signs of behavioral issues – until you do. What I mean by that is, you may be able to do many things with your horse – groom him, lead him around, even ride him with ‘no pressure’ and not notice anything – and then you may ask him to perform something new, something he doesn’t understand, or a ‘pressure’ situation (horses perceived pressure – not yours) and all of a sudden you have an (in human terms) irrational fire breathing dragon on your hands. This is because they are too ‘hot’ to think. And its not about the type of feed that you feed either – cool feeds, hot feeds, pellets, whatever – it is all additional energy. Think about it in human terms – if I fed you a body builders diet for a couple of weeks and you did nothing to increase your energy output, you would just get fat. Horses don’t only just get fat – they get reactive. Watch them in the paddock for a while – are they on edge ? Spooky ? Reactive to the slightest thing ? Maybe they do have their ‘blood up’. How do you think they are going to react when you sit up on top and ask them to do something ? This article mainly refers to a younger or inexperienced / uneducated horse. The older and more educated they get the more easily they are able to control their reactive side.

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Think about kids – you are having a sleepover or party or whatever, and at some point you decide to give them lollies, chips and soft drink. Are you a) going to give it to them half an hour before you want to put a movie on and have them quieten down and start going to sleep ? Or are you going to give it to them half an hour before they are heading outside to play games for an hour or so ? I know that those of you with kids are laughing right now at trying to get a bunch of ‘sugared up’ kids to sleep! Your horse is the same! It is energy input vs energy output – every days feed should be different! Yes – different! What energy did your horse expend today ? none ? Don’t feed him a hard feed – just hay! What energy is he going to expend tomorrow ? A big endurance ride ? Then feed him extra! How much energy is he truly expending when you ride ? Are you riding for an hour at trot and canter ? or are you just meandering through the trail for 20 minutes ? It is not always going to be that way – I am not saying ‘never feed your horses hard feed’, what I am saying is make sure the training is in there before you do. He has plenty of time to look like a stunning show horse – but make sure everyone is looking at you for the right reasons. Generally during the first week of a horse being here they get lots of hay and a small hard feed, and by the time they go home they may be up to a couple of hard feeds a day – because I ride them every day, and I mean ride them – not just walk around. I know a few older horse trainers who think I am truly mad for feeding any hard feed – young horses simply are not ready for it – but I do, mainly because I have limited grass, and I also know that they are going to go home to be hard fed – so I want them to be able to ‘handle it’ as much as they can. I know a lot of people who just feed their horses hay. Thats it – and to be honest

it is probably the best thing for them. It makes us feel good to buy the shiny bags with the yummy smelling feed, and we love how our horse whinnys out when we are feeding them – but the truth is – he is a forager – he is designed to eat grass. Plain old, grows in the ground boring grass. Heaps of it! When someone calls me with a behavioral issue one of the first questions I ask ‘what are you feeding ?’ I just worked with a mare today who had been on the skinny side just a few weeks ago when the owner bought her – and has put on tens of kilos in a very short time, and is now a fire breathing dragon. I worked with her at liberty for a while, and after getting through the squeals and the kicks at me, and the ears back, I found a really sweet little horse – who is ‘sugared up’ to the eyeballs – which the owner had already come to the conclusion that it may be the feed as she was a sweet and kind mare when she bought her. In fact the trainer that worked with the horse before me said that it was ‘the meanest horse he had ever worked with’. I did not see a horse that was mean – I saw a horse whose diet made her irrational. I could make this article go on forever – the debates will come in about ‘cool feeds’ etc etc. I want to stress that I am not against feeding in anyway – in fact I feed my horses oats (gasp!). However my horses are trained before I introduce extra energy into their systems. The reason I write this article is because maybe it may save you or someone you know an injury one day – it sounds really dramatic, I know, but Phil and I were talking the other day about some of the truly dumb stuff you see people doing with horses, and Phil said “its because 30 years ago everyone knew someone who had died in a horse accident”. And thats probably true – years ago we knew, and accepted how dangerous horses could be (the horse always kicks, the gun is always

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loaded) and somewhere along the way its turned into “I trust her with my life”. I am going to finish the article with a few facts on feeding horses that I think we sometimes forget. Fact; Horses are foraging animals. Designed to eat and digest primarily grass. Fact; Horses are prey animals. They are designed to move many miles each day, grazing on grass and other foliage which they will get different nutrients and minerals from. Fact; When we domesticated horses, we put them to work, and they worked all day. Hard. And got a cup of oats or cracked corn and plenty of hay/chaff (white) at the end of it. If they were lucky. Fact; We have bred horses to be better ‘doers’ than ever before – and we still feed them like they are stick thin. In summary; the biggest issues with horses in this day are that they are over bred, over fed or under ridden. I do not advocate keeping horses thin – come and check mine out they are all ‘well covered’. The message I am trying to get across – train them – and then put the feed into them. My mission in life (profound I know) is for horses and humans to have wonderful lives together – safe, confident, happy. Question – why do we want skinny humans and fat horses ? As humans we are often ‘offended’ by obesity in our own kind, whether this is cosmetic, or for health reasons – but we are happy for our horses to be obese – they face the same issues fat humans do – heart disease, diabetes, laminitis – we are slowly killing our horses because it makes us feel good to look out into the paddock and see them big and fat.

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it and with floating would indicate some early training. Her story with PHHWV begins in they got a call from the RSPCA about a group of horses that were being kept in far from re was a lack of water supply and, in addition, a couple of the mares were nursing foals. particular, had been placed under a ‘Notice to Comply’ for Veterinary Treatment as she well. PHHWV contacted the owner and discussed the possibility of surrender. Over tiations, the owner agreed to surrender the particularly unwell mare and her foal to ng horses were taken by concerned locals, who had contacted the RSPCA in the first


Peggy’s Story

had been dealing with the owner and the RSPCA made a date and time to come and Upon arrival it was found that the mare was indeed in very poor condition, with a BCS of al of approximately 4 months was also unhandled. marewith (whose name w PHHHW Peggy is a bay Standardbred mareold born in October 2007.totally Her early years are a mystery butThe her familiarity the bit and with floating would indicate some early training.of Herfood story with begins January 2012, got had a call from the RSPCA aboutIn a th ) was happy to follow a bowl up PHHWV onto theinfloat, butwhen thethey foal other ideas. group horses that were beingthe kept in far from conditions. Therechute was a lack of water supply and, inPeggy addition, aand coupleher of thefoal mares(no over anofhour to corral foal upideal a makeshift into the float. were nursing foals. One of the mares, in particular, had been placed under a ‘Notice to Comply’ for Veterinary Treatment as she was very were then gently transported to their Short Term Carer.

thin and unwell. PHHWV contacted the owner and discussed the possibility of surrender. Over several days of negotiations, the owner agreed to surrender the particularly unwell mare and her foal to PHHWV. The remaining horses were taken by concerned locals, who had contacted RSPCA “Notice to Comply”, the initial treating Veterinarian visited to make a secondary the RSPCA in the first place.

The initial examination showed that she was quite unwell - she had elevated respiration ates and her gums were pale. A full blood work and stool sample were taken and she was anThe initial ofhadsteroids. When the and test PHHWV dose Rep who been dealing with the owner the results came back it was found that she wa RSPCA made a date and time to come and collect the horses. Upon gut albumen levels and there was the presence of faecal blood. Thankfully, faecal egg arrival it was found that the mare was indeed in very poor condition, icating that parasites were not a problem. It was hoped that having good quality feed with a BCS of about 1.5. Her filly foal of approximately 4 months old d for digestive tract), wasan alsoupset totally unhandled. The mare (whosethe namesteroids we were toldand proper care would correct things, but at h her respiration and heart rate slowed was Peggy) was happy to follow a bowl of food had up onto the float, down, she still had the faecal blood. The pre but the foal had other ideas. In the end not it tookbe 8 people over an hour the Veterinary Clinic for a full exam (such as d foal meant Peggy could taken into to corral the foal up a makeshift chute into the float. Peggy and her picion was that she either had ulcers or cancer. It was decided to begin treatment for

foal (now named PHHWV Opal) were then gently transported to their Short Term Carer. As a follow up to the RSPCA “Notice to Comply”, the initial treating sion was reluctantly made to wean PHHWV Opal. Opal was nursing frequently, but for sho Veterinarian visited to make a secondary assessment on Peggy. The ated that she wasn’t getting much milk. was also thought that she was draining Peggy initial examination showed that she was quite unwell - sheIt had Opal had already started onand solid food was decided that this offered Peggy’s best elevated respiration and elevated heart rates her gums wereit pale. blood work and stool sample were taken and she was vaccinated herA full recovery. and given an initial dose of steroids. When the test results came back was found thatcoped she was anaemic, had altered gut bonded albumen levels ell itand Opal admirably and with her new nanny. Once she had recovered out and caused the gastric ulcers. To add to her list of problems a and there was the presence of faecal blood. Thankfully, faecal egg was decided to move her to a different Carer’, dental oneexam who hadvery the time to, buccal work with her and revealed sharp points ulcers and an ulcer counts were low, indicating that parasites were not a problem. It severalany inchesfurther long on Peggy’s tongue and was a myotherapist found ans. To ensure that Peggy was not placed under strain, she Pregnancy was hoped that having good quality feed programme (designed for of mus-cle and skeletal through previously her thoracolumbar ully up negative). As been withevidence a stallion less thantrauma 4 weeks an came upset digestive tract), the steroids andshe properhad care would correct region which was suspected to have been caused by difficulty foaling. bethings, seenbuton the scan), she given a Prostaglandin injection to make sure. at the next visit although herwas respiration and heart rate With veterinary treatment, dental treatment and supporting had slowed down, she still had the faecal blood. The presence of the alternative treatments (such as myotherapy, Bowen and homeopathy), nkfully final) visitPeggy Peggy’s all returned to normal. The thought is that the unhandled foal meant could not vital be takensigns into the had Veterinary Peggy began to recover and put on weight. In the 3 years since her for a full (with exam (such scoping) but pre the suspicion was natal that andClinic birthing noassuitable or post care) followed by the stress of caring for a rescue, she has grown about a hand in height. Neglect in her early she either had ulcers or cancer. It was decided to begin treatment r water had stressed Peggy’s system out andyears, caused the gastric ulcers. To add to her along with bearing a foal whilst still so young herself, have lis for ulcers. meantand that she is developmentally a bit behind and is very fine with exam revealed very sharp points , buccal ulcers an ulcer At this time the decision was reluctantly made to wean PHHWV Opal. long legs and “rump high”. She n Opal Peggy’s tongue and a short myotherapist found evidence of muswas nursing frequently, but for duration, which indicated has been started under saddle mathat through thoracolumbar which she wasn’ther getting much milk. It was also region thought that she was was suspected to and, whilst quite “mareish” draining Peggy’s limited resources. As Opal had already started on difficulty foaling. and with a canter only a mother solid food it was decided that this offered Peggy’s best chance of could love, she is willing and hastening her recovery. ment, dental treatment and supporting alternative treatments keen. Issues with her sacroiliac The weaning went well and Opal coped admirably and bonded with y, Bowen and homeopathy), Peggy began to recover and put and suspected ovary pain mean her new nanny. Once she had recovered from the weaning it was ears since her rescue, she has grown about ashe hand height. is onlyin used for light riding. decided to move her to a different Carer’, one who had the time to was the herself, PHHWV Rep who years, along with bearing a foal whilst still soI young work with her and habituate her to humans. To ensure that Peggy collected her and rehabilitated is developmentally a bitstrain, behind is very was not placed under any further she wasand Pregnancy Tested fine with long legs her, and I fell in love with her (which thankfully came upunder negative).saddle As she had and, been with a stallionquite “mareish” has been started whilst and decided to retain her on than 4 weeks previously (embryo to be seen on keen. the y aless mother could love, shetoo issmall willing and longIssues term lease. with So now the little scan), she was given a Prostaglandin injection to make sure. At her spected ovary pain mean she is only used for horse light riding. who had so little going for third (and thankfully final) visit Peggy’s vital signs had all returned stuck in in love poor care with a p who collected her and rehabilitated her, andher, I fell to normal. The thought is that the stress of pregnancy and birthing Backyard Breeder, is a is a loved to(with retain her on long term lease. the little horse who no suitable pre or post natal care) followed bySo the now stress of family member with a promising her, stuck poor care with a Backyard caring for a foalin with little food or water had stressed Peggy’s system Breeder, is a is a future ahead of her..

PHHHW Peggy is a bay Standardbred mare b familiarity with the bit and with floating wou January 2012, when they got a call from th ideal conditions. There was a lack of water One of the mares, in particular, had been pl was very thin and unwell. PHHWV contacte several days of negotiations, the owner agr PHHWV. The remaining horses were taken place.

The PHHWV Rep who had been dealing with collect the horses. Upon arrival it was foun about 1.5. Her filly foal of approximately 4 m were told was Peggy) was happy to follow a end it took 8 people over an hour to corral t named PHHWV Opal) were then gently trans

As a follow up to the RSPCA “Notice to Com assessment on eggy. The initial examinatio and elevated heart rates and her gums were vaccinated and given an initial dose of ster r with a promising future ahead of her. anaemic, had altered gut albumen levels an 106 The Stable Magazine counts were low, indicating that parasites w

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FALLING IN SLOW MOTION Why is it that everytime you find yourself once again flung over the saddle and in mid-air, that everything seems to go into slow motion? Is it some cruel way of your brain allowing you just enough time to go, 'oh, holy crap..' - but not enough time to actually do something to fix the situation?!


f so, that is completely unfair - but a few expletives seem to be all you have the time for in a slow-motion fall situation.

Or, sometimes, it feels like it’s taking forever between the time you left the saddle, and the time you hit the ground, even if actual time equates to about one whole second. It’s those times when it feels like an eternity, and you’re somehow just a viewer watching the scene play out on a very realistic, very high definition screen. The bitch about that follows very soon after - in the impact stage, where you actually hit the ground and then spend another eternity (while your brain catches up) attempting to assess the level of pain and


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possible damage done. All very unpleasant. According to one Dr. David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Boylor College of Medicine in an article published in 2010 ( templates/story/story.php?storyId=129112147), this slow motion effect is actually the brain “going into turbo mode, and processing everything at higher-than-normal speed”. The basis of the theory is that we kick into high gear, and are then able to recollect all details clearly, which, in many falls and near-death situations (see comments on article) is one result of this slow motion effect.


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N Sometimes, all we have time to do is think, ‘oh, this is gonna be bad’, before our hand reaches out in front of us and the sand of the arena rushes up to meet us; but it does ring true. The minor details surrounding the fall can be crystal clear. The pink flowers in the arena-side planter boxes, or the rein slipping through our fingers as our brains try to remember everything we ever learned about ‘how to fall’. (Which, in every ‘fall instance’ seems about as useful as your instructor yelling at you to stay on the damn horse. Yup. No worries, let me just magically bounce off the sand and back into the saddle.) Some readers of Dr. Eagleman’s article insist that it is this slow-motion effect that allowed them to escape certain death - that they were able to process details more readily and thus avoid serious injury. Except for the fact when you factor in a 600kg animal with a mind of its own, and then in most cases, not a lot can be done once your bum is no longer firmly in the saddle. Great food for thought, but thanks for nothing. Come back to me when you have a solution specific to the ‘oh crap, I’m falling off a horse’ slow-motion moment. =)


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