Inside the October/November issue of Hoofbeats
The Road to Recovery
Victorian dressage competitor Renee Pedretti’s path towards a successful career as a rider and trainer has taken a few unexpected turns along the way. Her candid story highlights some of the challenges she’s faced, from being the highest ranked Australian Grand Prix combination with Sunbury Lodge Thomas in 2005, heading to Europe to train and ride, and the aftermath of a nasty fall back in Australia at Werribee on a mare she had brought home from Europe.
The Long Haul
Research has shown that every horse experiences a degree of stress during transportation, no matter how often or calmly it travels. Over long distances the cumulative effects of stress can seriously impact the horse’s health, leading in some cases to psychological and physical exhaustion, and even death. Many Australian horse owners regularly travel long distances to compete and this requires exacting preparation and attention to detail. Olympian Sonja Johnson, the Carona Park Show Team and professional rider and trainer Paul Austin share their tips for travelling long distances along with towing specialist John Eggenhuisen and Stephen McMorris of Stephen Jays Floats.
A Medieval Life
When Phillip Leitch from Victoria goes to work each day ay Kryal Castle, a medieval theme park North of Melbourne, he is living his boyhood dream of being a medieval knight, performing a jousting display and skill at arms demonstrating the various weapons used by cavalry on a medieval battlefield. As Australia’s only full-time jouster, he’s not looked back since entering his first jousting competition in 2009, going on to win awards all around the world.
The Importance of Body Language
What do horses already understand without training asks Ian Leighton, one of Australia’s most experienced and popular clinicians. He explains how riders can greatly increase their ability to teach in a way that a horse can understand, without it having had any previous exposure to what is being taught. This becomes an advantage when under saddle as the horse makes associations with your behaviour on the ground.
One of the finishing touches to enhance a show horse’s attributes, turn out professional Nicole Groves demonstrates how the techniques to create a checkerboard, hunter stripes and ‘shark’s teeth’ are readily mastered with a little practice and a few tools.
Colombia – a Challenging Ride
Despite having no previous experience with horses, NSW adventure seeker Jarrad Pye and his friend Jimbo headed overseas determined to learn all they could before buying their own local horses and setting off to ride across Colombia and the Andes, an incredible journey that covered thousands of kilometres, involved hiking up mountains 4000metres above sea level and took three long hard months.
After a Foal Arrives
After an equine pregnancy the mare needs support to help with healing and the additional nutritional requirement for feeding the foal. Equine natural therapist Catherine Bird explains which nutritive herbs can assist the mare to recover, be useful to keep milk flowing and assist when weaning.
Prebiotics and Probiotics
It’s important that a horse’s health is managed sensibly and a healthy gastrointestinal tract can improve many aspects of their overall health. Nutritional formulas have become very popular with prebiotics and probiotics now commonly found in the stables of many owners. Equine nutritional therapist Antoinette Foster explains what these digestive products are and the actions unique to each.
The differing genetic makeups of horses are what makes each of the individual breeds so unique. What happens when their genetics come into play in a way that’s not so appealing, leaving them susceptible to inherited conditions due to genetic mutations, a number of which are specific to certain breeds. These include the muscle diseases Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) and Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM type 1), Malignant Hyperthermia (MH), Glycogen-branching Enzyme Deficiency (GBED), Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA), Overo Lethal White Syndrome (OLWS), Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB), Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS) and Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA).
My Life With Horses
Bernie Dingle’s passion for horses and the industries associated with them has led to a life immersed in horses and the creation of a collection that would become the Light Horse and Field Artillery Museum in Nar Nar Goon, Victoria. Filled with beautifully restored and maintained memorabilia, Bernie’s museum is in need of financial assistance as red tape threatens its existence and the learning opportunities it’s able to offer.
Inside The GREEN HORSE – sustainable horse management
Managing Soil Health – Maintaining ground cover to ensure healthy soil and pasture.
My Place – the first in our series, Sophie Love who took on a 400 acre property in mid north west NSW.
Deeds, Steeds and Weeds – preventing Summer sores, Bioreactors, Redback spider bites.
The Nervous System – The Horse Herbalist, Angela Davison explains why your horse may be nervous or spooky.
Spring Time is Bug Time- tackling pest activity.
Inside WA Show Scene
Free inside Hoofbeats, this issue you’ll find 32 pages of content dedicated exclusively to the Western Australian equestrian scene!
Events covered include:
Horse of the Year
AWHA State Championships
PCAWA Active Riding Championships
Swan River Show Jumping Club Championships
Baldivis Breed Show
PCAWA Dressage Championships
WAQHA No Frills Show
Beverly Ag Show
Serpentine H & PC Show Jumping Series Final
Perth Royal Show Photos
Hoofbeats Perth Royal Show photos are now available from the Hoofbeats website.
Hope you enjoy reading the latest edition as much as the Cavalletti team did! – Kate