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Horses and People

May - June 2019

Horses and People is an Australian publication full of educational articles written by industry experts, promoting sustainable horse management and training practices with a special emphasis on safeguarding and improving horse welfare. Horses and People has over the last 20 years become a reliable source of up to date information about products and services available to any and all horse owners whatever their discipline.

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from the editor

Welcome to the May-June issue of Horses and People Magazine!Our articles this month continue to reflect the influence of the Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate workshop that was hosted by Horse SA last February. I hope that the contributions we have collated on the topic will help to frame your own ideas about what constitutes good horse welfare.At the event, I had the opportunity to interview Professor Emeritus David Mellor, a leader in animal welfare science and main keynote presenter. Starting on page 30, you can read his views on how welfare impacts the future of horse sports, how we can foster healthy welfare discussions within the horse sector, and where the Five Domains Model of Welfare Assessment fits in.We live in an age where the public’s…

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this month’s contributors

Dr GEORGINA DOWNEYGeorgina is an art historian who has published extensively on the domestic interior. Her books include Domestic Interiors: Representing Home from the Victorians to the Moderns, (2013) and Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (2015). Integrating her love of horses and riding, recent publications include ‘Unstable relations: horses in interior spaces’ for the Australasian Animal Studies Association 2015 conference and, ‘Becoming-horse in Contemporary Art’ forthcoming, for Artlink. She is the human of Classic, the dressage schoolmaster, and Angas the Cairn terrier. Photo by Lisa McDonald.JILL GRIFFITHSJill is a freelance writer specialising in agriculture and environment. She has a BSc in Biology and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Through her work, Jill is fortunate to interact with leading researchers across Australia, providing her with access…

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just a love story

On our front cover this issue we have a fun photo captured by our new contributing photographer, Priyantha Malavi Arachchi, of teenager Danielle Armistead and her best mate Clyde, a 7-year-old Clydesdale Thoroughbred cross gelding she has owned for two years. “Him eating my hat wasn’t planned!” says Dani.Born in Alice Springs, Dani was first introduced to horses at the local Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). Her parents thought the experience would help give their young daughter the confidence she needed to overcome anxiety issues that she was experiencing as a result of her autism and trying to fit in. She fell head over heels in love with horses and, over the next couple of years, she progressed to being there every day, either volunteering or having lessons.Watching Dani…

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(Photo by Cristina Wilkins)NEWOnline Colic Risk Rater To Help Your ManagementDid you know that 80% of colic cases can be prevented with proper management strategies? Equine Guelph have produced a handy online tool that allows you to get a customised colic risk rating for your horse and identify the management and diet aspects that are increasing your horse’s colic risk. By entering details on his/her current management and diet, the tool provides a ‘snapshot’ of your horse’s colic risk. Then, you can access colic resources and find ways to mitigate the risk. Prevention is better than cure! So, have a look, take the quiz and keep the link handy. Find out more at: https://bit.ly/2KJsaQGNEWSHorses and People Magazine Makes Front Page NewsOn Saturday April 6th, the article written by Cristina Wilkins…

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legacies of strength

From the point of first contact with European explorers and pastoralists, Indigenous Australians used art to better understand the strange new animals that were appearing on their country.The first horses they saw would have actually been ponies from Timor that had been brought over by the Indonesian Macassans who had trading relationships along the north coast. The local people called these little equines ‘landol’, banteng cattle (buluki), buffalo (nganaparru), pigs (bigi bigi) and goats (nenigud). Often these were left behind to roam and become feral.These early encounters were significant, and give an insight into attitudes to animals and cultural practices on both sides. From around 1900, the horse became a creature not just observed from a distance, but soon well-known and even loved as a work partner, by the first…

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giving back

BEqSc (Hons)www.kandooequine.comHorses have been my life for half a century. They have given me so much over those years, it is impossible to calculate, and I could never imagine a life without horses.In my professional work as a trainer, I am always looking for better ways of training, methods that will make it easier for the horse. It was this search that led me first to equitation science and then to embarking on a PhD with a focus on horse training and welfare.Having built such a life on the back of the horse, I felt strongly that I wanted to ‘give back’, to repay these wonderful creatures by helping those animals that most need it and would be the least likely to receive it. Of course, I had several big…