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Horses and People September - October 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

in this issue

4 min.
from the editor

Welcome to the September-October issue of Horses and People Magazine. I hope you are as thrilled as I am with the lineup of interesting and thought-provoking articles we have for you in this edition. The Horses and People website has been completely re-built this year and, while we are absolutely thrilled with the new look and features, we are having to manually move the content from the ‘old site ’. Working on an article at a time is slow progress but allows us to check that what you find on the Horses and People website will be relevant and completely up-to-date. I thank everyone for their patience during this ‘big migration ’. If you are after a particular article or topic and it has not made it across yet, write me a…

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…

3 min.
doing what i love

On our cover this issue is a portrait by Olya Tutova of 42beats, of Michelle Lando and her homebred Arabian Riding Pony foal, Kasskade WA (a.k.a. Max). Now rising two and destined to be Michelle’s daughter Elouise’s next saddle horse, Max is out of her own purebred Arabian mare Jullissah WA and by the palomino Arabian Riding Pony stallion Keira Park Cascade. Together with her husband Dominic, Michelle set up Landohle Park 23 years ago, a boutique training centre where Michelle has bred and trained multiple award winning Arabian purebreds and derivatives. Michelle fell in love with the majestic breed in her teens when she purchased her first purebred Arabian stallion Bluegrass Reflection and went on to win the Victorian Arabian Classic. “That was back when the heats were huge, and before I met…

2 min.

STUDY What are the Most Reliable ‘Bestie’ Behaviours? Mutual grooming continues to be a strong indicator of which horses are best friends, however, horses groom each other too infrequently to provide reliable information, so researchers conducted a study to find other, more commonly observed, friendly behaviours. The findings were presented at last year’s International Equitation Science Conference in Rome. Christa Lestè-Lasserre reports on the two other ways the scientists found can help determine true ‘friendship ’ between horses. Read more on the Horses and People website: https://bit.ly/31wt32j STUDY Top Five Trends to Help Build Happy Horse Groups When it comes to understandingWhen it comes to understanding herd dynamics that help build happy horse groups, it’s hard to beath 15 years of cumulative, ongoing research. And that’s exactly what Icelandic scientists have done. They ’ ve…

7 min.
the divine marwari horses of the mughals

This celebrated painting by Payag shows us the mighty Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan, who ruled most of India between 1627 and 1658. Shah Jahan was a powerful ruler, as well as a patron of great architecture; it was he who had the Taj Mahal built for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Here he sits astride a magnificent piebald Marwari stallion, by all accounts his favourite. Both man and horse are magnificently adorned and bejewelled. The Shah is armed with a sword and a spear, and behind his head in inlaid real gold is nimbus or halo representing divinity. In the background pairs of pigeons and hoopoes fly through a cerulean heavenly sky, and beneath the horse’s hooves we see a lush meadow sprinkled with tiny perfect flowers. The flatness and simplicity of the background…

4 min.
my journey to a unique breed

www.equinephotographybyrachelflynn.com Sometimes, we have no idea where a road will lead us. We follow it because opportunities present themselves and it’s easier to move with the doors that open rather than fight with the doors that close. After a nasty horse accident, I was getting my confidence back by riding a beautifully educated Australian Stock Horse that my friends from Bindi, Don and Michelle Shaw, kindly loaned me. We were attending an adult riders club with intentions to compete in dressage and stock horse events – a previous passion of mine. The big chestnut ‘Red’ as he is affectionately called, wasn’t coping with the workload, and it was decided that he would return to his high country home to retire. Little did I know that soon after that, I would be hanging up…