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Horses and People January - February 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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6 Issues

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3 min.
from the editor

Welcome to the January/February issue of Horses and People Magazine, the first for 2019. I hope you have enjoyed a Christmas break and feel invigorated to start a new year. We are certainly looking forward to the months ahead, with many exciting plans and some changes coming to fruition. As many of you already know, Horses and People Magazine will now be published every two months, allowing our small team and fantastic network of contributors to continue producing the excellent content you expect to read in every issue. We have re-built the self-serve subscription system on the Horses and People website and can offer more flexible options to all who continue to enjoy receiving the paper copy of the magazine in the mail. You can choose to pay upfront for the yearly…

6 min.

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 to…

5 min.
worth their weight in gold

On our cover this issue, professional equine portrait photographer and mum, Louise Sedgman has captured a moment of family fun as her daughters Grace and Emma play under the sprinklers with their ‘worth-their-weight-in-gold’ ponies Petal and Midnight on a hot summer’s evening. Born in England and based in Drouin, Victoria, Louise says she’s loved horses her whole life; “I’m completely obsessed!” she laughs. “I got my first pony at age 5 and have had horses in my life ever since.” Although her direct family was not into horses at all, Louise was lucky enough to have cousins who were, and her first pony Gina, “a sweet Skewbald Welsh cross pony with spunk” came from them and taught Louise a lot. The winner of the prestigious Australian Institute of Professional Photographers 2018 Pet/Animal Photographer…

4 min.
equitation scientists challenge ‘misinformation’ on welfare research

In an open letter, the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) asked World Horse Welfare (WHW) to publicly rectify “a number of incorrect claims and insinuations” made by Olympian and WHW trustee Richard Davison regarding noseband research at their recent conference. Roly Owers, MRCVS, WHW chief executive responded and praised Richard Davison for sharing his personal opinions and encouraging debate on issues affecting sport horse welfare. Hon. President of ISES was asked by WHW to publish the response. The ISES, whose aim is to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse–rider relationship, says it is important to prevent misinterpretation [of the scientific research] as it may damage the welfare of sport-horses. WHW is an international horse charity that claims to be driven by a desire…

7 min.
legends of the bush

The horse in Australia has played a central role in the formation of our national identity. The distinctive Australian values of mateship, toughness, anti-authoritarianism, and concern for the ‘battler’ were carved out in the presence of horses. From the ponies who arrived here on the First Fleet in January 1788, and the others who joined them and were bred here, in peace and war, in sport and leisure, in work and play, horses and their riders have been fundamental to our collective sense of Australian-ness. In the colonial period, skill with horses and firearms made the mounted bush worker something more than a mere labourer, since a trained horseman always had the makings of a gentleman. A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson reflects the prestige accorded the remarkable horseman in his great poem, The Man…

4 min.
herbs for itchy skin

From a herbal perspective we don’t necessarily suggest the same herbs for a specific problem with every horse. For example, with Queensland Itch, the herbs one owner may use with their horse may not be the same as the herbs that work for the neighbour’s horse. This is because herbalists look at the whole horse and often the expression of itchy skin gives other indicators that help the herbalist decide the best possible combination in each case. When addressing itchy skin conditions looking at body systems can be an effective way to make a horse more comfortable. The skin is the largest elimination organ and if another body system is not able to cope and overloads the skin’s elimination processes the horse can develop an itch or rash. Skin issues can…