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Horses and People

Horses and People

March - April 2021
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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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6 Issues

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4 min.
from the editor

For this magazine issue, journalist Jessica Morton, a New Zealander based in Italy, spoke with horse people from around the world about how the pandemic has affected their lives and livelihoods. It will not surprise you to learn that horses are helping people cope and in turn, people went to extraordinary lengths to make sure that the second round of lockdowns didn’t limit time spent in their company. And it is not just horses that improve our quality of life, dogs are also doing their part supporting us through these uncertain times, as they have done throughout human history. The close bonds we simultaneously form with horses and dogs has endured despite the differences between species and, as Dr Georgina Downey showcases in her column, it has been skillfully captured by…

6 min.
this month’s contributors

Dr GEORGINA DOWNEY Georgina 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 GRIFFITHS Jill 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…

3 min.
the future in good hands

On this magazine’s front cover, a portrait by Louise Sedgman Photography of Tracey Gorick and her 9-year-old homebred Welsh Pony Callanish Emrys (a.k.a. Emrys). The Gorick family started their small Callanish Stud in Tynong North, Victoria, 14 years ago. They are passionate about breeding versatile ponies that can turn their hand to any discipline, from pony club games, to eventing, dressage, jumping and driving. I spoke to Tracey just one day before Melbourne announced their third round of COVID-19 restrictions. Of all Australian states, Victoria has been the worst affected. The latest lockdown is anticipated to be lifted in five days, but the ongoing uncertainty will likely mean that Victorian students face another year of learning online. Tracey, who is 20 and about to start the second year of a psychology degree with…

4 min.
insight hp

New Insights into how Native Americans Raised Horses In 2018, a Utah couple was landscaping in their backyard when they unearthed an almost complete skeleton of a horse. Preliminary data suggested it might be more than 10,000 years old, but detailed study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has concluded that it wasn’t an Ice Age mammal at all. The Lehi horse was a domesticated horse that had likely belonged to Ute or Shoshone communities before Europeans had a permanent presence in the region. It reveals valuable information about how Indigenous groups in the West looked after their horses. Read more at: https://horsesandpeople.com.au/horse-remains-reveal-new-insights-into-how-native-americans-raised-horses/ Effect of Lockdown on Italian Elite Eventing Riders When human and equine athletes get separated for several weeks, such as during lockdown, physical and emotional strain can…

2 min.
new welfare standards for horseracing

The Horse Welfare Committee of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has published new standards for the care and welfare of horses at different times of their life. Titled ‘IFHA Minimum Horse Welfare Standards’, the document complements recent reforms which will ensure the traceability of racehorses from their foal stage through retirement and beyond. The IFHA is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races. In their announcement, the IFHA recognised that the health and welfare of racehorses, in all stages of life, is fundamentally important to the viability and sustainability of the industry. The IFHA prepared these standards, in part, by basing them upon sections of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) “Thoroughbred Welfare Assessment…

10 min.
when dogs meet horses in art

As we see in de Vos and Wildens’ dramatic ‘Horse attacked by dogs’, dog and horse contact can end in disaster with both reverting to their raw primal selves and the humans ending in a heap. Each day, different versions of the above scenario occur thousands of times. The online horse news press reports on these frequently. Yet where there is friction, there can also be love. Horses and dogs form bonds not only with us but frequently with each other, and the boundlessly rich canon of the horse in art shows us both sides of this timeless coin. Horses and dogs mingling together is our focus for this month because of the self-evident fact that dog people are often horse people, and horse people are often dog people, thus we’ve brought them…