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Horses and People

Horses and People November 2018

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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3 min.
from the editor

Welcome to the November issue of Horses and People! The ‘land of droughts and flooding rains’ presents many challenges when managing horses. If you are in one of the fortunate areas to receive the long awaited rainfall and, particularly if your equine herd is made up of ‘good doers’, you may now be wondering how you are going to cope with the sudden flush of spring grass. In this issue, Jane and Stuart Myers share some useful strategies to help you manage your horses and pastures during periods of fast growth, not only to keep your horses healthy, but to maximise the yield and health of pastures and soil. When discussing good doers, laminitis inevitably makes its presence felt. There seems to be a worldwide epidemic affecting thousands of horses and ponies in…

6 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…

4 min.
holding on to your sweetheart

On our cover this month, a photo by Louise Sedgman of Angie Johnson and her Quarter Horse and sweetheart ‘RL Double Hunch’ (a.k.a. Hunch), a 17-year-old gelding who is a double cross to the stallion Hunch Bid. Angie grew up immersed in the Western showing industry, mentored by her mother who showed successfully while Angie was a child. It didn’t take long before she was competing in leadline classes and junior showmanship. After finishing school and her final youth year, Angie took time off riding altogether, retiring her older horse and selling the young horse she had been producing. But, it didn’t take long before Hunch found a way into Angie’s heart and brought her back to the world of Western showing. “I had to take a break from horses, try to have…

2 min.

Is Your Horse Overheating Under That Rug? A team of equine scientists from Duchy College, UK set out to investigate how the use of rugs affects horse temperature, and therefore how this impacts horse welfare. Lead researcher Kim Hodgess presented her findings at the 14th International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome last month. The team studied horses who were routinely rugged, ten kept stabled indoors and two at pasture. They measured the difference in skin temperature between light (sweet itch) rugs, fleece rugs and quilted rugs and compared the results with unrugged horses. Read the full report at: https://goo.gl/pZ92xg Is Licking and Chewing a Sign of Submission or Stress? Horses sometimes lick and chew during training and this has often been interpreted as a sign that the horse is learning or…

3 min.
want to see horse sports thrive? give your opinion!

Whether you are a trainer, jockey, breeder, coach, recreational rider or elite competitor; make your opinion count when it comes to the equipment you use with horses and why you use it. Have your say at: https://goo.gl/jQgvbx Your contribution adds value! You love horses, right? We all love horses! And, we don’t just love horses, for many of us they are our passion, our obsession, the reason we get up in the morning. Our lives, lifestyles and, for some of us, our careers are built around spending time with these wonderful creatures. The horse industry revolves around us loving our horses and investing in providing them with the best possible care. Each year, billions of dollars circulate in the Australian economy as horse enthusiasts and horse owners spend; on feed, rugs, bedding, veterinary care,…

8 min.
the riding house

This month I explore the history of the indoor arena or ‘riding house’ to use its original name. Some might consider that indoor arenas are not necessary in Australia because of our climate, but this would be to overlook the Northern hemisphere influences on equestrianism, including equine architecture. It is also true that those of us in the southern regions benefit from having access to an indoor during our long, cold and wet winters, and those further north benefit from the sun shelter they provide. There is, however, another loftier reason why we ride in dedicated, properly surfaced and roofed-in spaces. If we situate equitation as both an art form and a sport across the various disciplines, then we need to train in conditions where we can focus and concentrate on…