Hoofbeats February/March 2016 issue – On sale now


Few Australians would be unaware of the massive bush fires that have devastated communities across several Australian states this summer. It’s been a terrible few months with a record breaking early season heat wave and hundreds of property and stock losses in Victoria, SA, WA, and Tasmania, and sadly a number of lives lost in SA and WA. More than 130,000 hectares was burnt in Esperance, WA in November, followed by 85,000 hectares later that month in SA, 72,000 in Tasmania and more than 70,000 hectares in fires across WA’s South West early January, one of the worst fires in the state’s history. In all instances the community has certainly rallied behind those that have been affected, the horse community quick to help those who have lost everything.

While not directly affected, the Hoofbeats office has certainly been on alert a number of times as wafts of smoke has filled the air, with immediate searches commencing online for information as to the whereabouts of any fire. A few days of production were affected with offers of help from our staff taken up by those in need, resulting in the magazine’s deadline taking a back seat while assisting. So, our apologies for the delay in getting this issue out, it’s a week later than planned but there’s plenty in this edition including the following features.


So what happens to racehorses after their racing career comes to an end? Harriet Leahy considers this and highlights some of the programs that are in place with a number of racing organisations to support and promote retired race horses. Performance riders, including Tania O’Brien, Bec Fidge, Sophie Warren and Sharon Joyce, discuss their training methods and the positives and negatives of riding and training Thoroughbreds.

Racing To Performance


The re-education process features a number of hurdles for Thoroughbred owners as these horses can often need to re-learn most of what they know. Eight major points to address when re-educating a retired are explained.


This second profile in our series of Australian riders overseas, Briana is training and riding with the world’s best as she develops an equine related business in Germany. Her journey from a young rider leaving Australia at 18, to working with Monica Theodorescu, a winner of three Olympic  team gold medals and World Cup titles, and more recently partnering up with Michael Klimke, is inspiring reading.


True diarrhoea is a sign of large intestinal dysfunction in adult horses, small or large intestinal dysfunction in foals and may or may not be accompanied by weight loss. Dr Jennifer Stewart explains the different types of diarrhoea, their causes, what to be concerned about, how the gut works and treatments.

Demystifying Diarrhoea


The way in which we train horses is continuously evolving, however it remains largely based on tradition and knowledge handed down through generations, and often doesn’t not consider what we know now about the learning processes of the horse. Renowned trainer and author Dr Andrew McLean sheds some light on the top ten mistakes commonly made when training a horse, and highlights the importance of understanding the horse’s behaviours and responses.


Owners are faced with many decisions in their role as carer for their horse or horses, with where to keep the horse the one that usually requires the most consideration. The pros and cons of agisting or having your horse on your own property are addressed.  There’s also details on how technology, in the form of an App, gives agisters the option of viewing their horse any time, and from anywhere.

TAPING TECHNIQUES – kinesiology taping for horses

The benefits of the use of kinesiology tape outlined in the December/January issue for riders are just the same as those for the horse. Applied correctly to the horse, Kinesology tape can be used to reduce or control pain, to assist the horse in recovery and to maintain functionality and comfort in training. This taping guide provides instructions as to how to apply the tape to the horse’s hamstrings, stifle, sacroiliac joint and lumbosacral region.


Dressage specialist coach Liz Tollarzo explains how riders having problems with achieving a correct flying change can step-back and check the horse’s basic responses to keep it confident and prevent stress.


Dr Kerry Ridgeway was a prominent veterinarian and lecturer in both integrative and conventional medicine. At  the 2015 Bowker lectures he presented to conference delegates on the role of fascia in the biomechanics of the natural horse versus the ridden horse.  With a newly gained understanding of Fascia – the connective tissue that envelopes muscle, bone, organs and other soft tissue in the horse’s

body – a completely different concept of how the horse’s anatomy works is required.


Part of the healing of any injury, whether it be a wound, muscle damage, tendon or ligament, involves the formation of scar tissue. The way scar tissue develops can reduce the function of that particular tissue and adjacent tissue, putting pressure on nerves and ultimately resulting in a horse that is unbalanced, has a shortened stride, has a reduced range of motion in a joint, or is in pain. Kaye Meynell explains treatments to minimise scars and preparing the horse to return to work. These include controlled exercise, drug therapy, nutrition, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, acupuncture, ultrasound, laser therapy, stem cells and platelet rich plasma.

Minimising Scars


Equestrian journalist Sarah Warne considers how can we keep the horse relaxed in its mind and in its body. Horses do not learn when they are mentally stressed, which presents a problem in training. It is therefore important for riders to recognise signs of stress and what relaxation technique works best for their horse. Some horses are, by nature, more anxious and more likely to become nervous and agitated, and variation in training can help them to be better prepared to cope.


In this edition’s Please Explain, our regular section with experienced horse people shedding light on common ‘horse lore’,  dressage rider, coach, FEI International judge and judge educator Ron Paterson explains the purpose of the spur and how to use it positively and effectively; Kit Prenderast (BA and BSc) explains scientifically the Flehmen Response, and there’s an explanation on how to introduce horses to the beach. Perfect timing for those keen to head to the beach with their horse for the first time this summer!

Featured in  THE GREEN HORSE – your guide to sustainable horse keeping  are articles on the following topics: Stagger Weed, Bushfire Recovery, The Natural Paddock and the pros and cons of solar arena lighting.


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Entries close soon for the Foal Brag Competition so if you’ve bred a foal in 2015 be sure to submit your photos now for your chance to win great prizes from Kentucky Equine Research PLUS new this year, one Foal Brag entrant’s photo will be featured on the front cover of Hoofbeats! Head to http://www.hoofbeats.com.au//  for all details on how to enter. Entries close February 22nd!

Inside the February/March WA Show Scene 

WA Show Scene is focussed exclusively on the Western Australian equestrian scene. It’s included FREE in Hoofbeats and this edition includes the following:

The WA Bush Fires – Living Through the Yarloop Fire

Living through the Yarloop FIre WA


Masters of Dressage

Oakford Jump X Series

BARC Encouragement Hack Day

Pony Club WA at the RAC WA Sports Awards

PCAWA at  the RAC Sports Awards

Working Equitation Show

Profiles  – Vanessa Hancox,  Sarah Guy and Ellis Brook Training Centre.

Riders Over East – Madison Tristram and the EA Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships

Special Feature – Preparing the Young Horse for Life 

Check out  http://www.washowscene.com.au/ for even more show coverage not included in the magazine. New shows and events are going on the site regularly.

As Hoofbeats enters its 38th year of production we continue our aim to present informative and educational articles that can be of benefit to all horse owners. We value your feedback on how we’re going, what you’d like to read in future issues and your input. Feel free to send us an email or message us via Facebook.

Enjoy the latest issue.

The Hoofbeats Team 


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