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Horses and People

Horses and People

July - August 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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4 minuti
from the editor

Welcome to the July-August magazine. I hope you will be as interested in reading it as I have been while producing it. This particular collection of articles is astounding! If you admire the art of classical dressage you won’t want to miss Dr Georgina Downey’s column. It places the spotlight on les écuyères, professional equestriennes from a glorious but sadly lost and forgotten era when horsemanship defied gender and class stereotypes, and the finer points of dressage were discussed in the daily newspapers. Denzil O’Brien’s lighthearted recall of her childhood, with its horse-filled fantasies, is both heartwarming and so relatable to anyone who grew up reading horse books. I am sure you will smile if not laugh along as you read about her 9-year-old antics. In our property management section, Dr Carol Stephens…

6 minuti
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 with access…

3 minuti
memories made on horseback

On this issue’s front cover we feature up-and-coming youth Sara Leitch riding her mother’s Paint horse Duke (a.k.a. BPS I’m Obsessed), by the Quarter Horse An Obsession, and out of Ransoms First Priority. The beautiful and serene scene captured by Louise Sedgman instantly caught my eye when I was searching for a candid image to portray that unique bond we develop with our horses. That Sara is confidently riding Duke bridleless through Hastings Pony Club grounds is proof that this pair have it. “Mum bought Duke for herself and I stole him” laughs Sara after describing that six years ago, she had stopped riding after a bad fall. “I don’t know what it was… He spoke to me”. Even before she was born, Sara’s family life revolved around horses. Mum Diane and dad…

2 minuti

Webinar: Tongue Ties and Tight Nosebands Noseband tightness in competition is a hot topic that is high on Equestrian Canada‘s agenda. They recently invited Professor Paul McGreevy to present a case for reviewing the rules. Watch this informative talk which outlines the relevant research and highlights concerns in the context of welfare and maintaining horse sports’ social licence to operate. Read more and watch the webinar on the Horses and People website: Dr Andrew McLean Webinar: First Principles of Training There are many ways to train a horse. Whatever technique, discipline or activity you do with horses, we must ensure our training and management practices are good for the horse. On 11 June, 2,555 people from all around the world joined Dr Andrew McLean live for an exclusive presentation. If you missed…

8 minuti
les écuyères and the art of haute école

‘Horses always start the circus’ claimed its inventor, Philip Astley, the eighteenth-century born cavalry rider. His 13m diameter standard ‘hippodrome’ or horse theatre arena ultimately became the ‘circus ring’, from the Latin circulus or circle. The circus blossomed in the nineteenth century, and had a strong equine focus, but the stars of these equine spectaculars were not the male but the female riders, who found independence and fame through their skill. The écuyères were the celebrities of their generation. They were professional riders who rode in the circus, who taught in riding schools and who trained horses and could hold huge audiences in thrall with their riding skills and daring in ways that defied the usual boundaries. Not only did les écuyères challenge the gender and class boundaries of their age with their…

12 minuti
a wild horse fantasy

My obsession with horses apparently began at a very early age. There was absolutely no family background for this obsession to occur. My mother and father had never even been close to a horse, other than those which featured in their lives as working animals. They were city folk. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and we lived there, in safer times. The front door was always open if the weather was kind. One morning my mother couldn’t find me and ran out the front door to see me sitting cross-legged among the four great feathered hooves of the milkman’s delivery horse, goo-ing and giggling and stroking those feathers. I was about 18 months old, and my horse-obsessed journey has never faltered since. I cannot now remember when I first read…