We’ve just received our advanced copy of the February/March 2018 Hoofbeats and, as always, it’s a fantastic read. One article that really appealed to us was all about how you can be a Mum and continue to participate in your equestrian sport, with some real-life examples of other women balancing their horses and children.
Here’s what’s inside this issue:
Few riders reach the highest levels of equestrian sport and earn the right to represent their country on the world stage. Achieving this feat when legally blind makes Sue-Ellen’s achievements even more remarkable, and she’s not done yet! She shares her story, and current Grand Prix ambitions with Georgia Hawkins.
Riding Mums – how do they do it?!
Can mothers really have it all? When there’s a will, there’s a way, as a number of Hoofbeats readers demonstrate as they explain to Kaye Meynell how they manage the juggle that’s often required to combine horse ownership, riding, competing and parenthood.
Anaesthesia of the Horse
Horses can require anaesthesia for a number of reasons, including for castration, wounds, colic and even certain imaging techniques. With risk factors increased due to their size and nature, there’s a number of factors taken into account before the procedure can take place explain vets Dr Jo Rainger and Allison Stewart from the Queensland University.
Feeding for Healthy Muscles
All movement in the horse depends on the contraction of skeletal muscles. For optimal muscle health, especially for equestrian athletes, Kentucky Equine Research explain that the horse’s diet will need to meet their nutritional requirements.
The Gobi Gallop
Covering 700 kilometres on horse back is not for the faint hearted! This challenge was tackled head on by Jenna Arnett and two other Australians who headed to Mongolia in 2017 for the ride of a life time in the longest annual charity ride in the world.
Keeping the High Performance Horse Sound
It takes years of training, work and attention to detail to progress a horse to an elite level, the management of their health, fitness and wellbeing similar to that required by the most elite human athletes. For those competing in eventing, a sport like no other, every effort is made to ensure the horse can perform at optimum health explains Olympian Shane Rose, former head girl for UK based Olympic medalist Sam Griffiths, Imogen Mercer, and equine veterinary physiotherapist Teresa Dufosee to Harriet Leahy.
Pain May Be Inevitable But Suffering Should Not Be An Option
Diagnosing pain in horses is not always straight forward, and some horses, like humans, cope better than others. Equine Nutritional Therapist Antoinette Foster explains why learning to recognise symptoms, knowing what can be done to help, and what could prevent pain in the first place should be a priority for all owners.
Midnight Messages – what your stable could tell you about your horse
A lot of activity can go on in a stable overnight. Equine Natural Therapist Catherine Bird explains how your horse’s stable can provide a number of vital clues about the state of their health and well being.
Deafness in Horses
A number of factors, including inflammation and trauma, can contribute to hearing loss, along with deafness, which, while rare, can be a congenital condition. Senior lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science Allison J Stewart explains how horses hear and the conditions that can affect their hearing while readers share their experiences with their own deaf horses.
Cold, Hot and Warmbloods
What do these frequently used terms actually mean, and should owners treat horses any differently depending on what ‘type’ they have? PhD candidate Kit Prendergast explains how it’s possible to see how the geographic origins of a breed could have shaped a horse’s personality, behaviour, form and physiology.
Riding Through Our Children
Children develop a love of horses and a desire to ride for many reasons, and children can loose that desire for various different reasons too. There’s also considerable support and commitment required from parents, some who may want to push their children in the sport when their interest might be waning. Sandi Simons suggests a few things to keep in mind to ensure riding is safe, fun and enjoyable for all.
Make it Fun
Young riders need to learn how to care for their pony and how to ride it, but to keep their interest and desire to learn, it also has to be fun explains NCAS Level 2 Dressage Coach and Mum Liz Tollarzo.
This edition sees the return of the popular Please Explain explain section with Kentucky Equine Research addressing when and why Lupins would be fed to your horse, and Liz Tollarzo explains the difference between a Dun and a Buckskin.
Inside The GREEN HORSE – your guide to sustainable horse management
Rodent Rage – controlling rats and mice
Preventing that crater in the paddock
Can a soil test tell you what’s in your pasture?
Reducing Carbon Emissions = Reduced Running Costs
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WA Show Scene – Free inside Hoofbeats, this issue you’ll find 24 pages of content dedicated exclusively to the Western Australian equestrian scene!
In this edition you’ll find coverage of the WABA State Championships, Shetland Breed Show, Dressage with Stephen Clarke, Oakford Jump X and WA Riders over East plus profiles on Pamela Rickard, Chloe Moon and Jennine Thomasson, and the latest Adult Riders feature!
Don’t forget to check out the Summer Fun at the Beach pictorial! Is your beach photo from Vicki Photos included in this issue?
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