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Horses and People

Horses and People January - February 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

Following the lead of the young Greta Thunberg, I hope 2020 is a year of action in firmly securing the horse industry’s social licence to operate. If you are not familiar with the concept, turn to page 80 of this issue to read a report that explains why we need to take the public’s expectations of how we treat our horses very seriously. It has emphasised the premise that using horses for sport and recreation is a privilege not a right, and that public’s expectations of animal welfare are continually evolving and cannot be ignored. It has placed the spotlight on the urgent need for the horse industry to make a choice - either carry on business as usual and continue to erode public trust, or take their concerns to heart and…

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…

6 min.
friendships built on fun and a love for horses

On the far right is Dani Armistead who featured on our May-June issue cover with Clyde, the 7-year-old Clydesdale Thoroughbred cross she bought at the horse sales some two and a half years ago. Clyde has helped her overcome anxiety issues she was experiencing as a result of her autism and trying to fit in. “We have developed such a good understanding between us” says Dani. “When we are together we are one and we both have fun. It’s just the most amazing feeling you could have”. In the centre is Jorja McCloskey with her superstar schoolmaster Apollo, a 24 years young Australian riding pony. The pair have had a very successful competitive year, winning at numerous Pony Club events including wins at state and national championships in dressage. “He is…

9 min.
little riders and cute ponies: the world of horse book illustration

Some pony books, the ones we are looking at here, such as the Billy & Blaze series, Misty of Chincoteague, and of course, the Thelwell books, are timeless, and as such their continuing readerships demand they remain in print. My brief selection of personal favourites is based around a preference for a finished pencil and charcoal drawings with lots of detail. As a child I obsessively drew horses on every surface (and sold the drawings at school for twenty cents a pop!) so what I needed from illustrated pony stories was information on equine bone structure and how to render light and shade on shining coats. My three favourite illustrators were able to show me many technical solutions. Their horses spring off the page, and you can feel their biomechanics. Their horse…

10 min.
future proofing pony club with an evidence base

www.sustainableequitation.com.au With over 23,000 riders and 40,000 members (including volunteers and coaches) and 850 clubs, Pony Club is one of Australia’s largest youth sporting bodies. It is also unique, because it doesn’t only focus on the Olympic disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing, but encompasses a diversity of participants from disciplines such as mounted games, tent pegging and mounted archery. Pony Club’s primary aim is to produce students who are competent across a broad range of equestrian disciplines and who have a thorough understanding of horse management and care. This approach has been extremely successful – ask any of Australia’s top riders where they began riding and there’s a very good chance they will say Pony Club. Dr Ainsworth and her board are leading from the front in the quest to improve safety…

12 min.
horse fencing part 3: the ins and outs of gates

Split Rock Mountain Premier Horse Agistment In this series, we cover all aspects of fencing - from planning the layout to straining a wire - but with the mindset of prioritising the horse’s safety. Strong, safe fences: • Prevent serious injury and even death of horses due to fence-related injuries; • Avoid costly veterinary expenses; • Teach horses that fences cannot be pushed through or pushed over; • Provide peace of mind – horses will not injure themselves or get out on the road; • Add to the aesthetic appeal of a property; • Significantly enhance the value of a property; and • Are more durable and require minimal maintenance. Gates ain’t gates Gates are a critical, but often overlooked, component of good, safe fences. While the majority of gates manufactured today are constructed of steel, there are many variations available. Some…