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ISSUE #40 JUNE 2016 Another crazy month has passed and as all you horsey folk know the winter weather is upon us with great force. The freezing cold nights have left us assessing whether our current rugs are sufficient and the rain has us all parading our finest gumboots. (No, we aren’t the fashion police, but we are sure they’ll catch up with us soon enough!) We’ve got some great reads for you this month, including our tips for surviving the cold weather, a very interesting look into Hair Test Analysis from Kentucky Equine Research, an investigation into Shockwave and Massage Therapy and all of our great regular inclusions. So, if you’re sick of the cold, settle in and check out this month’s issue with a hot coffee (or a cheeky wine) as you’re sitting by the fire. Before you know it, Spring will be just

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A controversial plan to cull 90% of the Snowy Mountains Brumbies will see more than five thousand animals lose their lives. With numbers estimated at around 6000 the plan is to reduce it to a mere 600 wild horse over a twenty year period. The remaining horses will be confined to restricted areas as the Brumbies are being blamed for the destruction of the fragile eco system of the Alpine Region.

BLUEY’S RESCUE A nine year old pony by the name of Bluey was rescued after falling 2 meters into an old water tank at his home in South Australia. The local SES was called to the scene giving them an opportune moment to try out their new animal harness, after a five hour ordeal the harness proved to be a valuable addition lifting Bluey to safety.

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New scientific studies are looking to prove that nosebands and double bridles could cause stress for horses. A stress response has been associated with the nosebands tested and they were also found to hinder yawning, tongue movement and even swallowing. It was said that “Denying horses normal behaviours in the name of sport, is quite difficult to defend ethically”. RSPCA Chief Scientist Bidda Jones has said that “the studies have shown that these nosebands cause horses suffering and it is time that they are no longer used”. Equestrian Australia apparently don’t feel the same saying that it hasn’t seen any evidence and that the study only looked at a small number of horses.

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Winter Horse Care: Body Despite the cold, wind, snow, sleet, and ice, your horse still needs to be fed appropriately to maintain appropriate condition. Do you know how to adjust your body-condition score (BCS) skills in cold weather? “Furry coats, near-constant rugging, and potential weatherdriven alterations in how horses are fed, watered, exercised or otherwise managed in the winter often make BCS scoring more challenging than usual,” suggests Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist. Horses generate heat by fermenting fibre (from hay, for example) in their hindgut. In the winter months, many horses need to generate more heat to stay warm, ergo, they often require more energy in their diet. If pasture is unavailable due to snow cover, supplementary forage may be needed, and possibly also additional concentrates. On the other hand, some horses are perfectly able to maintain their weight on their regular diet. In such cases, no supplemental feed is necessary. Which category is your horse in? According to Luisa Wood, nutrition advisor with Kentucky Equine Research, you can tell the difference “…by tracking weight changes every few weeks through the winter, which uncovers the situation of heavy-coated horses that appear fat when they are actually losing weight. Likewise, horses that leave some hay untouched may seem to have been overfed.” There are several BCS scales available, one of the more popular being a 1–9 point scale where an ideal BCS is in the 5–7 range. Although appearing to be a visual scale, furry, blanketed horses need a hands-on assessment to more accurately assess ribs and fat pads. In general, if a horse is cleaning up their feed at every meal, seems to be cold/shivering, and has a steadily decreasing BCS, then supplementary feed is likely necessary to maintain a healthy BCS. Be aware, however, that some horses do not clean up their feed if the hay is a poorer “winter” quality, or if they have poor dentition, and they could still be hungry. “It is also possible they are leaving weeds, rough plants, or flakes containing mould. Inspect the rejected material and purchase better-quality hay if necessary,” advises Wood.

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Animal extremely emaciated; spine, ribs, tailhead, points of hip and buttock projecting prominently; bone structure of withers, shoulders, and neck easily noticeable; no fatty tissue can be felt.

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Animal emaciated; slight fat covering over base of spine; ribs, tailhead, points of hip and buttock prominent; withers, shoulders, and neck structure faintly discernable.

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Fat buildup about halfway on spine; slight fat cover over ribs; spine and ribs easily discernable; tailhead prominent, but individual vertebrae cannot be identified visually; points of hip appear rounded but easily discernable; points of buttock not distinguishable; withers, shoulders, and neck accentuated.

4 Moderately Thin

Slight ridge along back; faint outline of ribs discernable; tailhead prominence depends on conformation, fat can be felt around it; points of hip not discernable; withers, shoulders, and neck not obviously thin.

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Back is flat (no crease or ridge); ribs not visually distinguishable but easily felt; fat around tailhead beginning to feel spongy; withers appear rounded over spine; shoulders and neck blend smoothly into body.

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May have slight crease down back; fat over ribs fleshy/spongy; fat around tailhead soft; fat beginning to be deposited along sides of withers, behind shoulders, and along sides of neck.

7 Fleshy

May have crease down back; individual ribs can be felt, but noticeable filling between ribs with fat; fat around tailhead soft; fat deposited along withers, behind shoulders, and along neck.

8 Fat

Crease down back; difficult to feel ribs; fat around tailhead very soft; area along withers filled with fat; area behind shoulders filled with fat; noticeable thickening of neck; fat deposited along inner thighs.

9 Extremely Fat

Obvious crease down back; patchy fat appearing.

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he packed crowds at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA), third leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, roared their approval of Michael Jung’s (GER) back-to-back

victory on FischerRocana, realising they were in the presence of greatness. The world number one has an unbeaten record at America’s premier venue, having won on all his three visits, which includes the world title back in 2010. “I like this place a lot,” said Jung, smilingly acknowledging the crowd. “The people are very friendly and my horse, Roxie, likes it as well. She is getting better and better. I’m learning all the time from her.” Richard Jeffrey’s Jumping track proved influential and any hopes of applying pressure on Jung evaporated when he was left with four fences in hand to win. He did use up one, when the 11-year-old mare just clipped the second part of the double, but his winning margin of 13.3 penalties is thought to be the biggest in Kentucky’s CCI4* history. Lauren Kieffer (USA) will surely have done her Olympic selection chances no harm with second place – a repeat of her 2014 result - on another mare, Veronica. This was a rise of four places thanks to achieving the only clear round, albeit with one time penalty, in the top 14. Kieffer won the Land Rover Ride of the Day prize as the US rider nearest the optimum Cross Country time on Landmark’s Monte Carlo but a disastrous five rails down dropped that partnership from seventh to 18th. Phillip Dutton (USA) also plummeted, from second to 13th, with 20 Jumping penalties on Fernhill Fugitive, but he still finished fourth and fifth on Mighty Nice and Fernhill Cubalawn. Maya Black (USA) enjoyed a career best in third place on the spring-heeled Doesn’t Play Fair. The scarcity of clear rounds at the top of the leaderboard meant that four faults was good enough to elevate Boyd Martin (USA) from 10th to sixth on Blackfoot Mystery, Sir Mark Todd from 12th to seventh on NZB Campino and Elisa Wallace from 14th to eighth on Simply Priceless.


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FEINEWS FEI CLASSICS™: MICHAEL JUNG MAKES HISTORY AT KENTUCKY As his attention turns to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Jung has now risen to taken the lead in the FEI Classics™ as well as setting himself up for the Rolex Grand Slam. His great horse La Biosthetique Sam is already en route for the famous English venue. “My dream is to win Badminton, of course, but we will have to see what happens,” he said. The rest of the world has been warned. FischerRocana FST is an 11-year-old mare by Ituango XX out of a Carismo mare, owned by Joachim and Bridgette Jung.

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here were happy scenes at the Mitsubishi

Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, as a sell-out crowd watched the phenomenal Michael Jung

(GER) and La Biosthetique Sam FBW make history. He is the first German to win the 67-year-old event and, in the process, has become only the second winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The top four riders after Cross Country all went clear in a tense final Jumping phase, but Jung was the clear winner by a huge nine-penalty margin, and his final score of 34.4 was the lowest in Badminton history. When asked the secret of his success, the Olympic champion and world number one said simply: “I just like riding horses; it’s not only my job, it’s my hobby.” And, when asked if he felt like shedding a tear, he smiled and said: “I think I might. Sam is more than just a good horse to me; we’re a special partnership”. He added: “I need a bit of time for this to sink in, but it is a special moment for me, especially when you think of the history and tradition of Badminton and all the great riders who have won it before. “We [my family] agreed that we would treat this as a normal competition but now I can realise what it means. It’s not just for me, it’s a win for my whole team.” Jung’s extraordinary run of success began with victory at Burghley (GBR) last September on his parents Joachim and Brigitte’s La Biosthetique Sam FBW, followed by the European title a week later on FischerTakinou, his potential ride at the Rio Olympic Games, and, last weekend, a repeat win at Kentucky with FischerRocana FST. Andreas Ostholt (GER) scored a career best in second place on the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding So Is Et and said: “It’s like a win for me. My only expectation after two unlucky times at Badminton was to finish in a good way, so this is much more than I could have wished for.” Gemma Tattersall (GBR) thrilled the home crowd in third place on the fabulous Cross Country horse Arctic Soul and looks to have a good chance of securing a place on the British team at the Olympics.



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“I need a bit of time for this to sink in, but it is a special moment for me, especially when you think of the history and tradition of Badminton and all the great riders who have won it before.” - Michael Jung, following his badminton win.

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Michael Jung & Sam in the dressage. “I’ve had such a journey with this horse, managing to keep him when he was going to be sold, so this is a dream come true,” she said. “What a fantastic horse – he was still racing over fences when he was six years old. He has been in the form of his life this spring and I knew it was just a case of us competing at the top of our game. He did a personal best in the dressage and he’s finished on that score, so I could not be more proud of him.” The New Zealanders showed what a force they will be in Rio. The legendary Sir Mark Todd was a popular fourth on Leonidas ll and Badminton first-timer Clarke Johnstone’s journey from New Zealand paid off with fifth place on Balmoral Sensation – he is now second, behind Jung, in the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016. Jock Paget was sixth on Clifton Lush, Jonelle Price 10th on Classic Moet and Blyth Tait, riding at his first Badminton for 13 years, 13th with a double clear on Bear Necessity V. The British selectors also have interesting choices to make. Kristina Cook (GBR), a medalist in Beijing and London, has three horses qualified for Rio and, although Star Witness, on which she finished eventual seventh at Badminton, is considered the weakest in the Dressage phase, he rose 35 places as the fastest horse across country and jumped a double clear. Izzy Taylor, a great-niece of the 1962 Badminton winner Anneli Drummond-Hay, could also be going to her first Olympics after finishing ninth on the CCI4* first-timer Allercombe Ellie, the highest-placed mare. The French, who had such a good day on the Cross Country, fared less well in the Jumping. Astier Nicolas (Quickly du Buguet), Gwendolen Fer (Romantic Love) and Jean Teulere (Matelot du Grand Val) each hit two fences to drop to 14th, 16th and 17th places respectively. Worryingly for everyone, Michael Jung joked that he was not ready to retire Sam yet. “He was like a three-year-old this morning and I like to think that Tokyo (the 2020 Olympics) might be his retirement event!”



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“He was like a three-yearold this morning and I like to think that Tokyo (the 2020 Olympics) might be his retirement event!”

- michael jung. 2nd place: Andreas Ostholt (GER) riding So Is Et.

“What a fantastic horse – he was still racing over fences when he was six years old. He has been in the form of his life this spring and I knew it was just a case of us competing at the top of our game. He did a personal best in the dressage and he’s finished on that score, so I could not be more proud of him”

- Gemma Tattersall. 3rd over all after Cross Country, Gemma Tattersall riding Arctic Soul. The Stable Magazine 25


about the winner

Michael Jung (GER), 33, is the first rider in history to hold Olympic, World and European titles simultaneously and was the first to win four championship titles consecutively. He came to prominence in 2009, when he won the Luhmühlen CCI4*, the FEI World Cup™ Eventing final in Strzegom (POL) and an individual European bronze medal in Fontainebleau (FRA), all on La Biosthetique Sam FBW. The pair went on to win the world title in Kentucky (USA) in 2010, double European gold in Luhmühlen in 2011 and double Olympic gold in London (GBR) in 2012. In 2013, they were second at Badminton CCI4*; last year they finished third at Kentucky (USA) and now they have added the Burghley and Badminton CCI4* titles

to their collection. Jung has also won Kentucky twice in succession on FischerRocana FST. Jung has equaled Ginny Elliot’s (GBR) record of three European titles on three different horses: in 2011 on La Biosthetique Sam FBW, in 2013 on Halunke and in 2015 on FischerTakinou. He also won world team gold and individual silver medals on FischerRocana FST in 2014. He lives in Horb, Germany, where his parents, Joachim and Bridgette, own a riding establishment. La Biosthetique Sam FBW is a 16-year-old by Stan The Man out of a Heraldik mare. He is owned by the Jung family, Erich Single and DOKR.

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Yes, winter is coming. (Have I heard that phrase somewhere before? Oh well..!)


e don’t all have beautifully sheltered indoor arenas, heated stable blocks or a kettle on hand down at the paddock, so as horse owners we are often having to brave the weather. Despite the cold wet and sometimes miserable weather, we do have a few suggestions for you so you can be as comfy as your horse in his designer winter rugs.....

GUM BOOTS ARE A MUST! Don’t ruin your beautiful riding boots - grab a garbage bag and keep them in the boot of your car for changing into and out of for your paddock visits. Struggling to get them on and off? Pop a shopping bag in each boot. Slip the bag over your foot before putting your gumboot on and viola! Slip on, slip off! Failing that, stick some talcum powder in there. Gumboots that easily slip on AND your feet will smell somewhat like babies. Awesome.

RUGS Don’t leave anything to chance. Make sure rugs are weather appropriate, contain adequate but not too much fill, and that they are waterproof above all. Never leave rugs on in the rain that are NOT waterproof. Never put a wet rug on a horse, or a rug on a wet horse. You’re only encouraging fungal infections and discomfort. If it’s raining and your horse is wet, forget it - or put him undercover and get out the towels and use some elbow grease. If your horse is a TINY bit damp when you’re done, you can opt to put and anti sweat rug underneath to soak up any excess moisture, but remember to take it off, don’t leave it one to dry. If you don’t have an anti sweat rug, and if you bought your grass hay for less than $15 a bale, you can also stuck some underneath to soak up any excess moisture. Be prepared for a thorough grooming season upon rug removal though!


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INVEST IN THERMALS. It makes all the difference. A few more layers underneath and you might not be longing for the comfort of home quite as much. Also check out the option of ski gear. Sounds a little overboard but they do what they’re designed to do - keep you warm and dry in sometimes feral conditions. Just don’t expect not to feel like you’re carrying an extra ten kilos, and don’t expect to fit through narrow doorways. ;)

ICE EVERYWHERE! Troughs can easily freeze over, preventing access to water. A morning check to literally break the ice might be required. Leaving something floating in your trough, such as a float in the case of automatic troughs, or a large-ish sized ball can help to stop them from freezing over. >

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ERS! WARp M e in the cold

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IMPACTIONS. EEEK. Impaction colic is often seen in a cold snap when horses are discouraged from drinking enough water when it is too cold. Short of buying a heated trough, you can help to increase your horses moisture intake by adding a little extra water to his hard feed when you’re preparing it. If you have access to a kettle, making yummy warm feeds in winter can be a nice treat for your horse. (It’s probably does more for us than them though! Food is food, right ponies!?)

WINTER BLUES ARE ACTUALLY A THING! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?! Apparently, suffers of SAD - seasonal affective disorder - suffer a depression like state when the seasons turn. One answer? Keeping up your vitamin D levels. Probably easier for us horse owners, as we are there rain, hail or shine to tend to our much-loved equines. If you’re not seeing much of the sun, (leave for work in the dark, get home after it) then supplementation with Vitamin D capsules light be the go. Keeping activity levels up in winter can also beat winter blues - and keep you from turning into a couch potato. Try mixing things up a bit - even if you have a nice well lit indoor, consider hitting the trail or taking a hack in the paddock at every opportunity you get. Your horse will thank you too! Go on - saddle up! >


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Someone should explain to the horses that licking frozen metal surfaces is not recommended.

MUD SLIDES High traffics areas quickly and easily turn to slop after a decent downpour. Well used areas such as gateways and around troughs could use a little TLC prior to the wet weather. Putting troughs on higher ground can help, as can adding gravel around these areas. You can also buy products to assist in these high traffic areas that are small plastic grids, which assist in keeping the dirt where it should be, and the surface firm.

THINK OF THE POSITIVES! Mark June 22nd on your calendar. Every single day from the winter solstice (June 22) days are getting longer and weather will get warmer!

FAILING THIS, INSTALL CREATURE COMFORTS! Bring in a kettle, look at installing a wood fire in your rider’s room, plug in an electric heater - and if all else fails, we’re sure that your horse won’t mind you wearing last season’s synthetic 300g polyfill in a pinch! If it’s still too cold, make adjustments to your horse’s rugs, leave them plenty of hay, go home and read our back issues (www. html) with a hot cup of coffee!


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Splittin’ Hair


Novel Investigations into Hair Test Analysi

Fast forward two years, four years, maybe ten. You’ve found the perfect horse, the quintessential equin affable, athletic, and handsome gelding. The prepurchase exam, that requisite though nerve-racking step prior to closing the deal, is almost complete. Just as you hoped, the gelding has breezed throug usual inconveniences—flexion tests, radiographs, farrier consults. Only the results of one test are sta of you and your dream mount, those of the hair analysis. While the suggestion of hair analysis as a rou procedure may be a smidgen far-fetched, in this day and age, where millions of dollars exchange ha show horses alike, nothing is too over-the-top. As advances in hair analysis march forward, could pote day be able to chronicle certain aspects of a horse’s life, including its medication history and perhaps ev status, by simply having its hair scrutinized? Maybe, maybe not.

The Basics

Hair often does not get its due from horsemen. In fact, some gripe and grumble about the work the natural hair growth of their charges causes them. Much time is spent primping horses for appearances—pulling manes, clipping ears and bridlepaths, and polishing coats—but horses have hair for a number of reasons, least of which is sheer vanity. First and foremost, hair helps in the formidable task of bodywide temperature regulation, and one integral aspect of this role is providing a shield against environmental conditions, hence the dense, wooly coats of winter and the slick, short coats of summer. Other functions of hair include protection against predatory insects and a pathway for transport of pheromones and other physiological signals from the body. Horses possess three primary hair types: temporary, permanent, and tactile. Temporary hair covers the majority of the body, and horses shed this hair seasonally, once in the spring and once in the fall. Permanent hair includes the eyelashes, forelock,


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mane, tail, and feathers, the long hair that adorns the lower legs of many draft-type horses. The anatomical position of permanent hair also furnishes a degree of defense. When long enough, for example, the mane insulates the major bloodcarrying vessels to the brain, and eyelashes guard against eye injuries. Tactile hair includes that which grows on the muzzle and in the ears. Of these three types, permanent hair, principally mane and tail, is used most often in analysis. Mane is preferred because of its finer texture and manageability, for it is usually shorter than strands of tail. Hair from the mane is also less prone to contamination from urine, feces, and bedding. Perhaps most importantly, results from routine hair testing are more consistent when mane is used.

Assessment of Nutritional Status

Permanent hair is a potentially useful tissue for trace mineral analysis because it is easily harvested and transported, contains a high concentrations of trace




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Splittin’ Hairs elements, and may be representative of nutritional status over an extended period of time. In the past two decades, advances in laboratory methods have made analysis possible for multiple elements, and refinement in analytical procedures has resulted in comparatively inexpensive techniques. Hair analysis is beneficial only if it accurately and consistently reflects nutritional imbalances, however, and this seems to be a stumbling block for some nutritionists who are not wholly convinced of the validity of hair analysis. Without a doubt, hair analysis has been integral in determining exposure to heavy metals and other environmental toxins. In one instance, horses in central Europe were exposed to cadmium, a toxic metallic element, and traces of the substance were found in tail samples from horses of all ages, genders, and breeds. Interestingly, traces accumulated to a greater extent in the hair of geldings. In a study conducted in the mid-1990s, researchers examined the buildup of toxic heavy metals and elements in horses and other animals exposed to vehicle emissions. Abnormally high levels of lead and cadmium were found in horse hair samples. Lead concentrations were similar in hair and blood, lending credence to hair analysis as an effective measure of toxicity. Similarly, selenium, an essential micronutrient in the diets of horses, can also be detected in hair. Harold Hintz, Ph.D., a professor of animal nutrition at Cornell University, said, “Hair analysis may be useful in identifying horses being fed high-selenium diets, those in the toxic range.” Although Hintz has been investigating the possibility of hair analysis as a means of evaluating nutritional adequacy of trace minerals on and off for over 20 years, he questions the merit of the testing for the majority of minerals. “As a routine procedure, it’s not generally accurate.” Veterinarian and nutritionist Sarah Ralston shares the sentiments of Hintz. Ralston, a faculty member at Rutgers University, agrees that hair analysis may be “vaguely useful” for selenium status, but believes values from blood samples are more representative of true levels. In terms of other minerals, Ralston cited one study in which horses were fed >


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RATE OF HAIR GROWTH MAY BE DEPENDENT ON BREED. In one study, researchers found that native breeds of ponies, hardy individuals well adapted to climatic differences, grew mane and tail faster than Thoroughbreds. The growth of permanent hair in crossbreds fell between the two groups.

Changes in amount of daylight dictate hair growth. As day length shortens, hair length and density increase. UNLIKE OTHER HAIR ON THE LEGS, FEATHERS ARE NOT SHED SEASONALLY.

Instead, these remain steadfastly in place from season to season, just like the mane and tail.

Mane growth is slowest near the withers and fastest near the poll.

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Splittin’ Hairs escalating amounts of calcium. The calcium content of hair samples, however, did not correspond with increasing blood levels, once again suggesting the questionable merit of the procedure.

Determining Drug Administration History

While hair analysis may be a dubious method to ascertain the nutritional state of a horse, the notion of using it to establish pharmaceutical history is a burgeoning field of scientific study. Mark Dunnett, Ph.D., a research associate with The Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, recently completed research that examined the accumulation of therapeutic and illicit drugs in mane and tail hair. As part of this study, he also evaluated the potential of hair analysis for the retrospective detection of drug use and misuse in horses. Results indicated that common antibiotic preparations such as sulphonamides, trimethoprim, and metronidazole could be detected in mane and tail hair for up to two years following systemic administration. Methylxanthine drugs and their metabolites have been routinely identified in mane and tail hair. Caffeine and theobromine are the most well-known methylxanthines. These drugs are usually regarded as prohibited substances in equine competition because of their diuretic properties and central nervous system and cardiac stimulatory effects. Another drug in the same family, etamiphylline, was the subject of inquiry by Dunnett and co-workers. Etamiphylline is a bronchodilator often used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This study was staged to determine if hair could be used to differentiate between acute and sustained etamiphylline dosing. The drug was administered orally to five ponies— three blacks, one chestnut, and one gray—for eight days. Once drug administration ended, researchers collected approximately 30 stands of hair from the midpoint of the mane. Hair was then sliced into minute sections before analysis. Blood samples were also collected at the time of hair harvesting to determine circulating


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A study was staged to determine if hair could be used to differentiate between acute and sustained etamiphylline dosing. The drug was administered orally to five ponies— three blacks, one chestnut, and one gray—for eight days. Interestingly, hair from the black ponies contained traces of etamiphylline as early as 24 hours after administration ended, but no evidence was found in the hair of the chestnut or gray ponies. Why the disparity? Dunnett explained, “The drug binds to melanin, a pigment abundant in dark-colored hair. Chestnut, gray, or white hair contains little or no melanin, so the drug has nothing to attach to.” levels of the medication. Interestingly, hair from the black ponies contained traces of etamiphylline as early as 24 hours after administration ended, but no evidence was found in the hair of the chestnut or gray ponies. Why the disparity? Dunnett explained, “The drug binds to melanin, a pigment abundant in dark-colored hair. Chestnut, gray, or white hair contains little or no melanin, so the drug has nothing to attach to.” Perhaps the most useful application of hair analysis is the assurance of a level playing field during competitive equine events. Countless performance-enhancing drugs, including stimulants and sedatives, have been misused over the years. Unfortunately, the abuse does not necessarily commence when performance horses begin training. Growth promotants such as the anabolic steroids stanozolol and boldenone, both derivatives of the male hormone testosterone, are abused in horses being prepared for sales, show ring competitions, and racing where above average musculature is prized. “There is no legitimate reason for sustained use of anabolic drugs in young horses, including two-year-olds in race training,” said Dunnett. In older horses, anabolic steroids are often resorted to in a last-ditch effort to improve down-spiraling performance. In a recent French study, horses were given an intramuscular injection of either stanozolol or boldenone.

Hair from these horses was then compared to hair from untreated horses. Both anabolic agents were discovered in the samples obtained from the treated horses. Other drugs purported to increase performance, such as morphine, diazepam (a sedative), and clenbuterol (a bronchodilator), have been identified in equine hair. Scientists have met with less success in measuring other well-known drugs in hair. In a study conducted three years ago, cocaine was not detected in mane samples following intravenous or oral administration. However, procaine, a drug commonly used as a local anesthetic, was readily detected in hair, according to Dunnett. Hair analysis may be especially useful in determining whether drug administration was acute or chronic. Racehorses often fail post-race tests for prohibited substances because of chronic feed contamination. Examples of documented feedstuff contaminants include arsenic, atropine, caffeine, morphine, and theobromine, among a host of others. If a trainer maintains that no performance enhancing agent was given and the results of hair analysis validate the assumption of feed impurity and long-term exposure, horsemen may be able to dodge fines and suspensions or at least lessen the harshness of those imposed. “Hair analysis may be used as supportive evidence to back up findings of routine blood and urine tests,” said Dunnett, who has been called as an expert witness in the United States, “but it’s not applicable to race-day testing, obviously because of the slow nature of hair growth.”

Advances in horse hair analysis have unveiled an abundance of untouched research possibilities. As science moves forward, the likelihood that hair will reveal further information about the health and well-being of horses is almost certain. So, before wielding those scissors or that pulling comb in an attempt to tame the locks of horses and ponies, just remember that with every

severed or pulled hair, a piece of history may be lost forever.

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Equine Shockwave & Massage Therapy The demands of the show season require that horses be in top condition. Storz Vibration Massage Therapy offers owners and trainers a uniquely effective way to keep horses show ring ready and race fit by combating muscle soreness, strains and the daily aches and pains that can be associated with a rigorous training schedules. Storz vibration massage is different than traditional massage because it creates vibrations that penetrate gently and deeply through the body. This helps to stimulate circulation to affected areas and encourages healing for common conditions, such as swelling, muscle soreness or lactic acid build up. I also incorporate Ice Vibe boots while the full body treatment is taking place so the legs get a good vibration through them also. “Keeping horses healthy and able to train and compete is a vital concern for horse owners and trainers,” Vibration massage is a safe and extremely effective way to provide therapy for injuries or to offer a working horse daily help with muscle soreness and other training-related aches. In fact, routine massage therapy with the vibration machine before work can help horses come into the ring looser and perform to the best of their ability.” Horses with highly active and stressful work schedules, such as hunters and jumpers, dressage horses, eventers, reiners and race horses, can all realize benefits from the Storz vibration system. To achieve optimum results, I suggest that the unit should be used both before and after exercise. When the product is used prior to warming up, it will help to stimulate and loosen the muscles to get them ready for competition or daily exercise. Also, used as part of cooling down, vibration massage can help reduce the build-up of lactic acid, and the stiffening of muscles and joints, while greatly minimizing the risk of the horse tying up after strenuous work. Muscle soreness and strains are not the only threat to the working equine. Vibration therapy can also help relieve respiratory conditions, such as thick winded horses, and improve joint mobility. The unique system relaxes muscles and can even help shortness of stride or pulled muscles. Vibration massage also increases circulation, enhancing the lymphatic and venous systems. In addition, to this system I also have the Shockwave therapy and this is very effective in relieving hoof and leg problems, such as pulled ligaments and tendons, swellings due to knocks or inflammations, arthritis, sore shins, capped hocks, and bruising, overuse injuries all soft tissue injuries and many more ailments.


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What is Shockwave Therapy? Storz Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become an emerging new technology for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries and bone injuries in horses. ESWT is noninvasive, used to stimulate healing to return horses to a level of fully sound, useful activity without recurrence of disease. From outside the body (extracorporeal), the machine generates high-intensity shock or pressure waves, which pulse to a specific site within the injured tissue. Though its actual mode of action is still in dispute, it stimulates and accelerates the healing process, essentially combining an immediate analgesic effect with a reduction in inflammation, neovascularization in soft tissue and osteogenesis in bone, it can be used to treat various conditions, such as suspensory ligament desmitis, navicular disease, saucer fractures, bucked shins, bowed tendon, sesamoid fractures, stress fractures and vertebral spinal pain (kissing spine lesions). The technique Though some of its initial use came with the need for general anesthesia, the most common units today are portable and able for use with a standing horse in the barn or at the racetrack. The handheld wand of the unit attaches to an energy source. For the simplest shock wave procedure, the area to be treated is shaved to provide for good contact; a contact gel is placed on the horse’s skin, and the hand unit is applied to the horse to deliver the shock wave pulses. The treatment takes minutes. The horse does not experience pain. Sedation can be recommended so the horse remains still so the treatment is applied accurately, targeted to the specific treatment location. Electrical energy is used to initiate the pressure wave. The energy settings and the number of pulses are important. Too low energy or too few pulses might not create the desired therapeutic effect. Excessive energy or pulses may result in tendon damage. The pressure waves penetrate fluid and soft tissue, and their effects occur at sites at the bone/soft tissue interface. The mechanism by which shock waves stimulate healing is unknown. Theoretically, shock waves can increase cellular membrane permeability, cellular division, and stimulate cytokine production by bone marrow, neovascularization of soft tissue and osteogenesis in bone. Pressure waves might help physically break down or move a hematoma or fluid from the lesion to allow the fibroblasts to more rapidly fill the defect. At this time, the effect of ESWT on disease recurrence and future ligament strength has not been evaluated. Today, the units have flexible therapy heads — similar to an ultrasound wand on a long chord — to be applied across the horse’s body to any anatomical site.


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The most common


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espite our best intentions, sometimes we get things wrong.

When it comes to horses, you never stop learning. Even the best horsemen and horsewoman make mistakes - and most of these mistakes are made simply through lack of understanding. We’ve compiled a list of the most common horse mistakes we’ve seen (or made!) over the years in the hopes that they won’t be made again!

Feeding -

appropriate feed for your horse’s age, workload and condition, keepin in mind any special dietary requirements he might have.

The equine digestive system is complex and unfortunately all too easy to upset. Great care must be taken when it comes to calculating and implementing an appropriate diet for your horse. Horses at different stages of their lives have different needs according to nutrition. The level of work the horse is in, age, breed/type, overall health and environmental conditions are all factors which will influence your horse’s requirements.

ALWAYS read your feed label! Know what exactly your horse is getting out of his feed. If your feed is labelled as ‘complete’, it should mean it is nutritionally balanced, and you should not need to add anything to your horse’s meal. If you do, you might be unbalancing - so either check the trace element levels of EVERY SINGLE thing you feed OR consult an equine nutritionist. Don’t go adding supplements upon supplements - chances are you will do more harm than good!

Mistake #1 - Adding feed upon feed.

Not feeding sufficient roughage

Your horse requires a balanced of minerals, vitamins and trace elements in his diet. It may be possible to provide him with many of his nutrients from your grazing alone, but unless you’ve spent a year on research and an ansolute fortune on pasture improvement, it’s unlikley that your grass alone will meet all of your horse’s nutritional requirements.

Horses are designed to graze upwards of 16 hours every single day. Roughage in the form of grass of hay should be available to your hors at all times. If your horse is on the large size, don’t starve him. Choos good quality hay with lower nutrient levels, or soak your hay just prio to feeding. If your horse demolishes his hay too quickly, slow him down with a slow feed hay net.

Luckily, many pre-mixed, pre-packaged feeds are available to ensure that your horse gets his nutritional needs met. Always choose an

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FEATUREARTICLE Poor quality hay Don’t skimp on hay quality. Dusty or mouldy hay can cause colic and respiratory problems - so you won’t save money buy buying poor quality hay. It’ll be the vet that receives the money you could have spent on fantastic quality roughage.

Not individualising Don’t assume because you have two thoroughbreds that they can just have the same feed. Your horse’s nutritional needs are different, and each horse needs his or her own carefully balanced diet.

Troughs Keep them full and keep them clean! Check them twice a day to make sure they are full. Don’t rely on automatic troughs sometimes they can malfunction, so it is just as important to check them as any other old water bucket.

Feeding treats The occasional apple and carrot and sl=mall slice of bread is fine. But horses don’t need sausage rolls or Mars bars. Ice cream is out too. Keep it simple.

Lawn clippings NEVER EVER feed lawn clippings to your horse. Once it’s been mown, the consistancy of grass has been altered. It clumps and begins to compost and is not safe for consumption.

Feeding after riding Don’t throw your horse a bucket of grain after you ride. Ensure he is cooled out completely, that his respiration rate has returned to normal, that he is not sweating. Feeding horses that are worked up or sweaty can being on a case of the dreaded C.. Colic.

Rugging Do’s and Dont’s Your horse doesn’t need four rugs on at any one time. Don’t put wet rugs on horses, or put rugs on wet horses. Make sure your rug is correctly fitted and fastened. If the drop of the rug is anywhere near your horse’s knees, it’s too big. Always do the back legstraps up first, then the rug front. When unrugging, front first, then the leg straps. Why? If your horse takes off before you’re done, he won’t end up with a rug over his head. Clip buckles facing in so they are less likely to catch on anything. Don’t leave rugs on that aren’t weather appropriate. Your horse can overheat easily. You should not see sweat or any evidence of it when you un-rug your horse. Don’t make him naked and not provide compensation! If you clip your horse this season, make sure you provide him adequate rugs to keep him warm. Leave those whiskers and don’t touch those fetlocks! Recent studies have shown that your horse’s whiskers are actually connected to nerve receptors in the horse’s brain. If you trim off your horse’s whiskers, you’re taking away his tactile sensors. He needs them to detect objects underneath his chin. Much more important that looking pretty, right? Your horses’s feathers (the hair on his fetlocks) also perform a task - assisting in wicking water away off the body. In summer, his tail and forelock are his number one defense against flies and biting insects, so the more you trim, the less comfortable your horse will be. Only trim what is necessary.


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Don’t leave stallions entire Unless you’ve deliberately purcahsed a pedigreed stallion to put over the best mare you have, leave the breeding to the experts, and make sure your horses are gelded. There are too many horses in the pens at the sale yards as it is. Don’t be a horse hoarder Even if you own your own land and agistment is free, don’t collect horses. Have only the number you can afford to care properly for. Each additional horse is a big outlay - of both time and money. Don’t believe everything you hear (or read on FB!) Unless your advice is coming from a qualified professional in their field, consider it, but don’t blindly follow any advice you receive. Use common sense. Don’t break in your horse to save money Leave the important stuff - breaking and training - to the professionals. A DIY hom breaking job will take a professional months to fix, when its faster and less expensive done right the first time. Beware ‘ye olde time remedies’ While many have common sense applications, there’s usually a reason why it’s no longer common practice. Use with caution. Don’t ‘wing it’ when it comes to horse health Know when to worm and what to worm with. Don’t assume rotation means a different brand name every time. It doesn’t. Always worm according to your horse’s estimated weight; don’t under or over-worm. Brush up on your first aid, have a stocked and clearly marked first aid kit ready to go in case of an emergency, and get your vet to show you how to administer medications if you’re unsure how to do it. NEVER let your horse be overdue for dental examinations or for the farrier. When it comes to teeth and hoof care, near enough is not good enough. DO NOT take on a rescue unless you’re experienced! You are most likely getting yourself into more than you bargained for. You’ll do a rescue horse no favours if you don’t know how to devise and accurately calculate nutritional requirements. You need to have years of hands-on horse handling experience, be able to regocnise health issues and common ailments, devise an appropriate worming and vaccination program, and expect to spent something in the vacinity of thousands as you develop a great working relationship with your vet and farrier. Not checking out the grasses Do you know what’s growing in your horse’s paddock? You should! Weed toxicity can easily occur. Research your pasture. Keep things safe! Regularly check your paddock for ‘danger zones’. Make sure your fencing is safe and secure and that your paddock is free from obstacles, debris and anything else that could pose a danger to your horse. After all, keeping him happy and healthy should be your number one priority!

An unrivalled shedding tool, direct from the USA! EquiGroomer is a safe, gentle and effective tool that removes dead, unwanted hair from horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and any other animal that sheds. Unlike most grooming tools that work by reaching down through the coat and pulling the loose hair out from the base, the EquiGroomer’s coarse blade works by removing the dead hair from the ends so there’s no pulling on the fur or harm to the skin. It also lifts up the dust and dander from the coat, removing it to reveal a clean, shiny coat. At the same time, it brings up the natural oils that nourish the coat and keep it looking in top condition. Regular use of the EquiGroomer will result in a coat that’s shiny, smooth and soft. It’s design is incredibly simple but it is so effective that it has become the shedding blade of choice for countless professional pet groomers, handlers and breeders. The blade is designed to be safe no matter how much or how often you groom your pet. It simply will not damage the topcoat or remove any healthy hair.When you groom your pet with the EquiGroomer, they won’t even realize they’re being groomed! To them, it will feel more like a massage, which means you’ll be able to groom them more often and keep shedding hair at bay. It’s even perfect for animals who have sensitive skin or don’t like being groomed. Although originally designed for horses, it works just as well on pets. The EquiGroomer comes in two sizes, small (5 inches, 13cm) and large (9 inches, 23cm). The large version works well for the larger areas on horses, while the small version is good for faces, legs, ponies and miniatures. The small Equigroomer is also perfect for dogs, cats, rabbits and other smaller animals.

EquiGroomer is a really easy to use shedding tool removing dead, loose hair, dust and dirt from your horse or pet, leaving the coat smooth and shiny. • • • • • •

Equigroomer is great on sensitive animals. EquiGroomer is effective all year long, not just in shedding season. EquiGroomer’s handle is made of solid wood, coated so it doesn’t absorb water and stains. Equigroomer’s blade is made from hardened steel so it won’t wear down. EquiGroomer is available in two sizes: Small and Large. EquiGroomer comes in a range of bright fun colours, meaning it is easy to find in your grooming box.

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Fun With Stencils

Silver spray brings this crown design to life!

Quarter Marking Stencils Why not let your horse stand out from the crowd with a quarter-marking stencil? Grosvenor Park Products stocks a range of brush/spray and clipping stencils in fun designs, including the boxing kangaroo which was created for the Australian team to use at the London 2012 Olympics. The brush/spray stencils are made in England from tough, rubberised vinyl and are magnetic allowing for easy storage on the wall of your shed or float. They can be brushed on as a traditional quarter-marking pattern or you can highlight the design using a coloured or glitter spray.

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Clipping Stencils

If you are after a longer-lasting effect, this is the perfect time of year to apply a clipping stencil. A clipped design should last until the winter coat is shed but may need touching up over the winter as the coat grows. Clipping stencils used to be a disposable, one-use product that required one person to hold them in place while someone else did the clipping. The new clipping stencils from Grosvenor Park Products have solved both those problems, they are reusable and have a sticky back, meaning they will stay in place while you clip.

How to use a clipping stencil Clipping the design

1) Start with a horse which has a clean and dry coat. The adhesive on the stencil

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will not stick to water, dirt or grease. For best results, the coat should be 10— 20mm long. If you clip the design earlier in the clipping season, it will be easier to re-trim it as the season progresses. Very long coats can cause overlapping layers and this layering may distort the pattern. 2) The stencil is made from a thick vinyl which has a sticky side and comes on a wax sheet. When you are ready to clip your design, peel this wax sheet away and return the stencil to it after clipping. 3) Position the stencil on the horse, somewhere the finished design can be seen easily from the ground, then smooth into place. 4) Using only a soft brush, carefully raise the coat through the holes in the stencil. Using a set of trimmers shave carefully pressing on the stencil as you go to define the edges.

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strainer in the plug hole or rinse over a drain. 4) Using a hair dryer to dry the stencil and warm the glue on the adhesive surface will help revitalise its adhesive properties and prolong its life. 5) Re-apply the wax backing paper immediately to seal the adhesive surface from the air and store flat in a dry place.

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Look beyond the physical!


s our horsemanship skills improve and evolve, we need to start looking a little deeper at where our horse ‘is at’ while we are training.

I recently was teaching a lady and her young horse, and she was explaining to me the ground work that she does, and we were talking in particular about desensitisation (or ‘sacking out, the friendly game – whatever term you use). The lady was telling me how her horse was very quiet and she ‘stood still / didn’t move her feet’. After I had worked with the horse for a little while, it got me to thinking about the statement ‘ not moving her feet’ and how we need to look deeper as our understanding of horsemanship grows. In the very early stages, as a coach I may tell a student that what we are looking for is for ‘the horse to stop moving’ when we are doing a desensitisation exercise. This is because in the early stages of a students learning, we need to give simple and clear cut instructions about what we are looking for. As the student learns the physical response to reward (stop moving your feet), we begin to look deeper and seek the emotional response as well. So, initially we may be looking for a horse to stop moving its feet (while we throw a ball, use a plastic bag on a stick – whatever), once we begin to get the timing on the physical, we need to observe the horses emotions. Just because she has stopped moving her feet, does not mean that she is emotionally

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accepting of the item we are desensitising her to. She could be just stopping her feet and not thinking at all – staying in ‘flight mode’, and in turn – not learning anything. In fact we could be doing damage to the trust in our relationship as we continue to stop her moving, when all of her instincts are telling her to move. In the early stages this ‘control’ (and I use that term very loosely) may help to keep us safe in a situation. As our relationship continues to grow – we want her to stop moving her feet AND emotionally accept the task. Our horses body language will tell us if they are emotionally accepting of the task, and some indicators are; • breathing • tension in the muscles • stiffness in the legs • head held high • staring eyes • tightness in the mouth • curling or rolling the tongue. The filly that I was working with yesterday had a large portion of the above in her body language and so was indicating to me that what she had actually learnt was to ‘shut down’ stop her feet and just wait – all the while being ready to ‘explode’. This is not to say that she is the same at home and that the owner has done anything wrong in her training – I have only met this horse once, so cannot comment on what happens on a day to day basis. In light of the filly shutting down, and standing like a statue – I started to move her feet, I asked her to move around, forequarters, hindquarters, circles,

moving the ribs etc, and because I was allowing her to do what her instincts were telling her to do – she started to relax and assess her surroundings. By the end of the session, she was relaxed, yawning, her head was lowered, she looked like she had been at day spa! To put this in a ‘human’ scenario, think about this – if you are scared of something – like heights for example, think about someone taking you to the top floor of an apartment building, and then holding you on the balcony, trying to force you to realise that ‘its all ok’. While every cell in your body is screaming at you to move, and run away – your logical mind is not thinking or learning. If that person was to let you go – perhaps just letting you be inside the apartment, as your adrenalin got lower, and your logical mind stepped in, you may begin to think about, and assess the situation. Sure – you may go all the way back inside the apartment, and take time to slowly make your way to the balcony, but you will do it, as your logic begins to take over. If you force your horse to ‘stand still’ while he is in a situation that is telling him to run – there is no learning going to happen while he is in flight mode – you need to help him do what his instincts tell him to do – channel the energy – and then as he begins to relax, you can start teaching him. Start to look deeper in your training, Something to think about!

Have you got a question you’d like to ask Tanja about your horse? Send your question to with ‘Ask Tanja’ in the subject line - and check future issues of The Stable for Tanja’s responses!

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