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Horses and People

Horses and People

September - October 2020

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

in this issue

4 min.
from the editor

At the time, COVID-19 was but a novel virus affecting people far away and, although concern was rising, I don’t think many of us appreciated just how fast and how far it would spread, how much loss, sadness, disruption and frustration would be imposed on the lives of so many people, all over the world. Australia had early success controlling the first outbreak, but for many, it came after a long drought and the most devastating fire season on record. This is why, when this month’s cover star who (for the second time this year) finds herself under Stage 4 restrictions said, “one week in… five to go” I was devastated. Victorians have simply had no time to rest and recover. It was a stark reminder of how much our resilience is…

7 min.

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.
riding out 2020

On the front cover of this issue we have a portrait by Louise Sedgman of Ashelee Capizzi and her first pony Mary. A veteran in her early thirties, Mary is now retired but helped Ashelee learn to ride and rekindled her love of horses after a break. The photo was taken three years ago when Ashelee and Mary were winning pony club ribbons. It is a cherished memory of more certain times. There is no doubt that 2020 is exceptionally challenging but, for the Capizzi family as well as many other Australians, the upheaval started much earlier - with a long drought that brought many rural communities to their knees and was followed by the most horrific fire season on record. Gippsland, where Ashelee’s family lives, was one of the worst hit…

1 min.
first welfare assessment protocol for wild horses

Judging the welfare of wild, free-roaming animals actually isn’t something scientists have had the means to do, until now. Australian and New Zealand researchers have just developed a scientific protocol for assessing the quality of life of these animals, which—prior to their project—had been lacking. Without such a protocol, they said, people haven’t really been able to know whether those wild animals were actually living good, “happy” lives, or not. Read more on the Horses and People website or follow this link: https://bit.ly/39XaY2N…

1 min.
warning on weaning: costs may outweigh benefits

In a recent study, European researchers have questioned the traditional practice of artificially separating foals from their dams saying the costs may outweigh any benefits, especially in small-scale breeding of just a few foals a year. Previous research has already identified weaning time as a critical point in the development of oral stereotypies, such as cribbing. They found that without intervention, foals naturally wean themselves at around nine months of age. Read more on the Horses and People website or follow this link: https://bit.ly/3kcQ5We…

1 min.
riders tell of their reasons for choosing to use nosebands

So many nosebands, so many reasons for using them. Yet still so little knowledge about how they affect horses and, in particular, how to be sure they’re not too tight. That’s what Australian researchers have found recently. Gathering responses from more than 3000 riders worldwide, they determined there are many ‘passive’ or ‘aesthetic’ reasons for using nosebands—as well as many complications. And meanwhile, there’s very little standard on evaluating tightness or comprehending its effects. Read more on the Horses and People website: https://bit.ly/3icjn5E…