I think I'm still recovering from the busiest 5 days ever. Our booth
was too small to cope with all the people, so next year we'll be expanding
to accommodate the increasing interest in bitless bridles.
The great thing is
there are now so many more horses being ridden bitless that I'm sure
will be happier. That's what keeps me going - knowing I'm making a
difference to horses' lives and therefore people's lives too. Hopefully
everyone is really enjoying their riding.
It was great to meet so many of the people who read this newsletter
and have purchased products before - thanks for coming by to say hi.
Our success at Equitana was only possible with the help of my dear
mum, Marian, and special friends Scilla Sayer and Saskia Rietveld
(Saskia, Marian and I pictured above) who assisted at the event, while
Larissa Zajicek from Germany stayed at home looking after everything.
So a big 'Thank you' to you all - I couldn't have done it without
The Transitions to Bitless Riding Presentations were well received
with good feedback from many who visited the booth after. Several
people asked about the music we used at the start and finish –
this was a very aptly named song by www.maryannkennedy.com
called 'Ready For A Change' and can be purchased from her website.
Photo: Nelly and Cynthia with Nadia (left) on Diego and Annie (right)
on TC did a wonderful job showing how to transition to a bitless bridle.
Nelly Jaehne from Firestone
Lodge also inspired the crowds with her special performances each
day. Bendigo Bank have sponsored Nelley and you can see her on this
video talking about her continuing active life with horses
despite being in a wheelchair with MS.
Melinda Fanning from Warwick in QLD who won the LightRider Bitless
bridle from all the lucky draw entries at our booth. Melinda purchased
a LightRider Stockhorse bridle for her campdrafting mare who is responding
very well. Melinda is generously planning to donate her prize to a
local event to use as a prize.
As you will read in
the Events Details below, Equestrian Australia
have anounced their partnership with Definitive Events to hold their
Champiosnhips in conjunction with Equitana in Sydney, November 2011.
So I guess we'll see you sooner than expected!
After Equtiana I treated
myself to a relaxing three day clinic with Nevzarov's Haute Ecole
Italian instructor, Maurizio Patti. It was such a soul nourishing
experience and I believe it is the dawn of a new way of being with
horses. To do the topic justice, I will write more about it in the
next newsletter as a feature article.
Well this year sure
has flown by and now its time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Who'd believe we're about to start another decade already! Take good
care of yourselves and your animals over the holiday period and I'll
look forward to keeping you informed and entertained in the coming
Best Wishes and 'Keep it Natural' from Cynthia pictured here with
Larissa (right), the horses Zach and Jack, and dogs - Meg and Tigga.
There are so many amazing
horsemen out there showing us what a real relationship with the horse
can achieve – if you have something to share please email it
LUKAS' DOCUMENTARY RELEASED
Filming has completed on the life documentary of Lukas, the Guinness
World Record titleholder for the "World's Smartest Horse."
The self-titled documentary follows him as a "racetrack reject"
to his explosion on the world scene as a "horse hero" of
The purpose of the movie, according to owner/trainer Karen Murdock
is "To convey a message that not fitting into a mould, or even
failing, perhaps many times, doesn't mean we should give up on ourselves
It is still entirely possible to thrive and flourish and best of all,
to help others through difficulties, despite hardship."
Scenes from Lukas' training, which includes such tricks as the Spanish
walk, playing fetch, being blindfolded, and others, will be shown
throughout the movie. It will also show newer skills Lukas is learning
such as noticing proportion, spatial relationships, and object permanence--all
of which could be future Guinness record attempts.
Article -Separation Anxiety by
After having read much
info, and asking loads of people, I was still struggling with “separation
anxiety” issues!!! Nothing seemed to really work! We have 3
Quarter Horses, 2 geldings 9yrs old & 6yrs and a mare also 6yrs
old, all related, AND all born & bred on our property. So as you
can imagine, the bond between them is really strong!!!!
Getting two out riding was OK but not easy at times. There’d
always be a lot of whinnying, and distress for the horse left behind.
The other two would worry about their mate. Getting one horse out
alone for a ride was near impossible!!!
Two would have to be locked in a yard whilst the third horse was wrestled
down the drive for a so called ‘pleasure ride’!!! All
in all, a nightmare for both horse and rider!
It was some months ago that I finally decided to buy a float of my
own after having hired numerous dodgey ones! Our youngest gelding,
Bundy was in the process of being started and would need to be float
trained and transported periodically. It was during this period of
float training that we noticed changes taking place with all three
On a daily basis I was putting Bundy on and off the float. At first
all three were anxious and agitated in case one was to whisked away,
never to be seen again.!!!
After a week of this, they were all relaxed. We introduced a 10 minute
drive from home. Straight there and back, only off loading on arrival
back home. Bundy was getting used to the idea, whilst the remaining
two horses were still distressed.
As the week progressed we lengthened our time away and introduced
a couple of off load places before going home. Bundy was apprehensive
at first but soon cottoned on to the idea that he would be going home,
and started to relax.
was during these longer periods that we noticed the other two horses
had stopped rushing around the paddock whinnying in a panic! They
too had become used to their mate leaving.
By the end of the following week, Bundy was being lunged and saddled
up at various points on our float journeys. By now he was quite relaxed
and no longer looking for his pals. The other two at home were now
barely lifting their heads at his departure and arrivals.
After seeing these results, we tried the same process with the other
two individually, introducing a short ride and then going home. Very
soon they relaxed and their anxiety of being separated all but disappeared.
At last both horse and rider could have a pleasant ride!!
The key to breaking the anxiety seemed be their realisation that going
away from home was not a bad experience, and that they would get to
go home eventually. As a result we now have three much happier and
Whilst it’s not necessarily a ‘cure all’ and may
not be everyone’s solution, I do hope that this will be of help
to others who may have the similar difficulties!
The fate of some 5,000
wild horses at the Lake Gregory station in the Kimberly region of
West Australia has hung in the balance since May this year. At that
time we were told by the WA Government that the horses would be mustered
and trucked to slaughter at Peterborough (SA), then (after public
outrage) that they would be shot from helicopters, and then (after
more outrage) that none would be killed.
In a tragic twist of events, it now again appears that killing —
even trucking across Australia to be killed — may again
be an option the Government is considering.
Whilst Animals Australia continues to lobby for the protection of
these animals, for everyone who shares our concerns for the Lake Gregory
horses we have prepared a running update with the latest information
on this complicated issue. http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/lake-gregory-horses-latest-updates.php
Herbal and Natural Products targeted
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority ("APVMA")
has demanded that manufacturers and retailers of herbal and natural
products register them as "veterinary chemical products' under
the Agvet code, or face enforcement action including prosecution.
We urge you to have a look at the site www.naturalpetproducts.com.au
and take action now. The Minsiterial review consultation period
ends in January 2011. Please
sign the petition now.
Do you want to connect with like minded bitless riders?
From discussions and feedback at Equitana, it seems there are a lot
of people who ride with bitless bridles wanting to connect with bitless
riders in their area.
The idea of 'Bitless Buddies' was formed and now we're offering a
contact point for groups or people who would like to ride bitless
It can be as informal as being able to find someone in your area to
ride with occassionally, or as organised as a regular group get together
where you get an instructor to come.
I'm going to list contacts on my Bitless
Info page here.
Please send me your details if you'd like to be included– no
matter where you live in the world!
The first 'Bitless Buddies' group has been started in the LeslieVale
area – south of Hobart in Tasmania by instructor, Scilla Sayer,
who hosted their first group day with 6 horses and 11 people. The
next one is on the 2nd of January so please contact Scilla if you'd
like to be involved: Phone 62396406 or 0409476624.
Bitless bridle article:
the Dec/January Hoofbeats
Magazine has a good article on bitless bridles - great
to see the mainstream magazines focusing on bitless as well as bits!
Bitless Bridle Feedback
Twiff and Jo.
Nan from her riding school in Longford, TAS writes: "It was her
first lesson with him. He was so easy to swap to a Bitless as his
owner had done heaps of ground work in a halter. He is a lovely
steady mount that everyone loves."
"I want to let
you know that I love my LightRider bitless noseband.
It is still early days as I have only ridden in it 4 times but I have
really tested it during these rides.
I know you advise taking things slowly to introduce the feel to the
horse but I know my mare really well and trust her not to rear, bolt
or generally kick up a fuss so I chucked us in the deep end and went
for a forest ride with my friend the second time I tried it.
Well, we cantered and jumped and I had just as much control as with
I have jumped her around a tight course and she is perfectly steerable
I have never been able to do canter to trot transitions smoothly without
her rushing but yesterday she just slipped back into trot without
a fuss. Her head carriage in the trot was long and low, not tight,
high and sucked back like she can be in a bit.
My friend has a fit, healthy 25 year ex-eventer who has always been
strong/keen when jumped. Well she tried the LR noseband yesterday
and was amazed. He was calm, relaxed, looked a little puzzled and
kept licking his lips but cantered smoothly over the jumps with no
'race horse' tendencies. To me it seemed he had nothing to fight/worry
about into the jump. She went home and ordered her own LR noseband
Quality wise it is well made and looks attractive. I have the leather
noseband and the leather is supple and well stitched. I couldn't be
more pleased and am telling every horsy person I encounter about your
fantastic product. Thank you!
I have just got back from a two trek over the Okuku Ranges, in Canterbury,
South Island. My friend Jan and I used our LR nosebands for all 9
hours in the saddle. The nosebands were great. Definitely as much
control as with a bit but we felt it was kinder for the horses who
were working very hard for us.
Lots of people on the trek commented on them and liked the look of
them. I explained the difference in design of the LR to other
bitless bridles and the versatility of the LR noseband. I hope
we have converted a few people! I have heard from several people that
these were very popular at the recent Equitana. Great news!"
Sarah, Christchurch, New Zealand
"My mare Lady is a 30yr old stockhorse cross. She is still sound
and active, and we mainly do short trail rides. She was Parelli trained
when she was about 12yrs old, and I learnt to ride on her, learning
"natural" horsemanship methods rather than pony club style.
Anyway, because she had already been taught to yield to pressure,
the light rider bridle transition was virtually non-existent. I had
only rode in rope halters before this so my first experience of putting
a bridle on was interesting!
Lady loves the LightRider, it gives me a more consistent ask and I
believe more control. The rope halter knots on the older horse can
start to cause problems, and I didn't like the weight of the fiador
knot pulling the halter down constantly under her chin. The LightRider
takes that constant pressure off. It looks really smart too!
Thank you again. " Carly Richmond
Congratulations to the following
who have achieved their Certificate 3 in Equine Hoofcare with the
Tasmanian Polytechnic this month:
Kel Elford – Tasmania
Sue Vickering – Victoria
Chantelle Holden – QLD
Donna Anderson – QLD
Sarah Pelmore – NSW (pictured at the course)
writes of her experience:
“I discovered barefoot about 4 years ago and after doing lots
of research on the internet decided that it was in the best interest
of my horse to give it a go. It was a reasonably trouble-free transition
with the help of some hoof boots. I started to trim for myself after
my horse was out of work for 3 months due to an injury. I took a hoof
trimming clinic and have been trimming my own horse ever since.
Being very impressed with how my own horse was going barefoot, I was
very interested when I read
about TAFE of Tasmania offering the Natural Hoof Care course.
The course started with an intensive 2 week block which I had to stay
in Tasmania to do. This seemed quite daunting at first but I can honestly
say it was the best 2 weeks you can imagine for someone with a passion
for horses and hooves. The whole 2 weeks was jam-packed with learning
amongst a group of like-minded people. It was a fantastic experience
and some great friendships were formed.
The course co-ordinators and tutors were wonderful and generously
shared their knowledge and
experience with the students. They created a really supportive and
encouraging group in which to learn.”
The Functional Hoof
- Australian Conference
- tickets selling now !
Check out the website www.thefunctionalhoof.com
for the full schedule of events completely updated. Don't forget early
bird tickets run out on December 15th so make your booking now.
Equine Soundness are offering a
at the end of December. It has a little bit of a different theme.
Please sign up early, as space is limited. All you have to do is register.
The Australian Equine Barefoot Movement
AEBM Membership is only AU$25 a year. This money is used solely to
promote the benefits of a barefoot, natural lifestyle for our domestic
horses. Membership includes:
o Member’s only competitions
o A $25.00 Cavallo gift voucher for every member of AEBM which can
be used towards the purchase of any Cavallo Hoof boots or saddle pad
from Cavallo Australia
o A 10% discount on any purchase from Cavallo Australia (not to be
used with above voucher)
o Priority sponsorship of members’ club events
Want more information about the AEBM?
o Would you like to read articles about barefooting?
o Looking for a Hoofcare Professional in your area?
o Are you a Hoofcare Professional?
For this information and much more (like 33 articles on barefoot and
natural lifestyle), go to www.aebm.org.au/articles.htm
Want some more Christmas Reading
– The Barefoot Blacksmith's newsletter is full of good articles
and advice and this month includes a nice piece on Libby Franz's 'Walkabout
Track' design – well worth reading for some great ideas on how
to give your horses a better lifestyle. www.barehoofcare.com/media/Barehoofcare_Summer2010.pdf
Jayne and Stuart Myers
have been busy writing a whole series of information booklets on all
aspects of Sustainable Horsekeeping. We hope to have them all
ready for launch by the end of the year. For a taster of just one
(of nine!) of the booklets go to www.equiculture.com.au/planning%20teaser.pdf
Slowfeeding and paddock paradise
excellent article featuresin
the Dec/Jan Hoofbeats
Magazine. It gives a great overview of a better way to
save hay when providing it 24/7 - something on many Western Australian
horse owners minds during their current drought. The section on Paddock
Paradise shows how easy it is to set up a better lifestyle for your
horse that also preserves your grass for hay cutting or controlled
New in the Natural Horse World Store
– Films by Alexander Nevzorov -The Horse Crucified and Risen
1 (the Horse Encyclopedia) and 2 – Double DVD sets - Christmas
Holiday Special - $55 each or both for $100.
The Haute Ecole Principles by Alexander Nevzorov - $65
The Path of The Horse Tele Seminars – Set of
6 x 1 hour CD's, This excting Teleseminar series is a collection of
recorded live calls with teachers from the Path of the Horse film.
Glean new information about the understanding and wisdom of the horse
– featuring Carolyn Resnick,Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Linda
Kahonahov, Alexander Nevzarov, Stormy May and Anna Twinney. Normally
$40 – Christmas Special of $25. www.naturalhorseworldstore.com
LightRider Bitless Bridles in 'Arabian Cob' size
– dark brown (almost black) top quality drum dyed leather in
the English style only for $89.
These bridles have a larger browband and throatlatch to accommodate
the broader arabian head and jowl, with the smaller noseband and chinstrap
for the finer arabian nose. Pictured right.www.naturalhorseworldstore.com
New LightRider Rope Reins in the
Zig Zag pattern
– quality marine braid 10mm Tuff Tack rope that has a lovely
soft feel to it. With brass scissor clips - $35 and with SS scissor
clips $45. Now available in brown/beige and black/beige will be available
in the New Year. www.naturalhorseworldstore.com
12 Tips to help your horse survive
the laminitis season
Restrict access to
grass – too much grass is the number one cause of laminitis.
Restrict the amount
of grass and the time you allow grazing – the best time is
in the early hours of the morning between 4am and 9am.
Give no access to
pasture that is rye grass and clover (or more than 50%).
Make a track around
the paddock to restrict the grass but not the movement that is vital
to a horse's overall health and well being.
Provide a slow feeder
with low sugar grass hay and soak the hay if your horse has had
a good complete mineral mix and extra magnesium in a handful of
chaff with a low/no sugar feed such as Speedibeet, Copra meal or
Feeding KER's Equishure
(buffered sodium bicarbonate) can help and is gentler on the horse's
system than feeding Founderguard (contains an antibiotic) long term.
Feeding a toxin binder
can help if the pasture/track has a lot of weeds that the horse
may be eating such as capeweed, plantain, false dandelion –
all high in sugar.
Exercise the horse
(in boots if needed) to work up a sweat at least 2-3 times a week
– riding if capable, driving or leading off another horse,
or playing high energy games at liberty.
Keep your horses
in a herd so they move more around the track.
Have the hooves trimmed
at least every 4 weeks – they grow faster during spring and
If your horse becomes
lame, suspect an abscess and be prepared to call your trimmer or
vet, soak and pad their hooves until they are no longer lame.
Laminitis Videos Online
The international equine charity, World Horse Welfare has a series
of videolectures on laminitis by some of the world’s leading
authorities on the condition.
Shown in five films, the lectures provide invaluable expert advice
about the signs, treatment and prevention of laminitis.
They were recorded during a Laminitis Awareness tour of British University
Veterinary colleges earlier this year.
Featured specialists include Professor Derek Knottenbelt, Dr Cathy
McGowan and Alex Dugdale from the University of Liverpool, David Catlow
from Oakhill Veterinary Centre and Samantha Lewis from World Horse
They discuss “The Horse’s Foot and How it Goes Wrong”
(Prof Knottenbelt,) “Managing your Laminitic and Minimising
his Pain” (Dr McGowan,) “Recognising the Early Signs of
Laminitis” (David Catlow,) “Using Ultrasound to show the
Difference Between Fat and Muscle” (Alex Dugdale,) and “How
to Fat Score a Horse” (Samantha Lewis.)
The lectures were organised by Dr Teresa Hollands, Senior Nutritionist
at Dodson and Horrell. She said: “Although laminitis is perceived
to be worse in spring and autumn it is actually a condition which
occurs throughout the year. These films give owners the ideal opportunity
to remind themselves of what to look out for, and how to minimise
the chances of their horse contracting laminitis.”
The films can be watched at www.youtube.com/horsecharity
& Website Review
The Top 10 Basics of Regular Horse
Care – with Wrangler Jayne This
is one DVD every beginner or inexperienced horse owner would find
very helpful. Even those who have ridden for years but have not had
to care for a horse daily, will benefit from these important tips.
All those tasks that
we take for granted like the correct way to rug a horse or put on
a fly mask even haltering correctly are covered along with the not
so easy jobs of treating an eye injury, taking heart rate, temperature
and cleaning the sheath.
Jayne shows the tasks,
broken down into achievable steps to do things many of us take for
granted like handling the feet, deworming and spraying insect repellant.
The only commment some might make is that all these are demonstrated
on her lovely quiet gelding who is used to practically everything!
While I agreee that its often good to see what to do with a difficult
horse, this would be then aimed towards more advanced handlers.
Its also very time consuming to show the process with a difficult
horse and could make it a very long and boring DVD which this one
Jayne's engaging style
keeps you focused as she gives tips and ideas for the 10 most common
jobs that are part of every horse owner's responibility.
You can get a copy from www.wranglerjayne.com.au
Web sites recently added to the
links page: www.earthsongranch.com/
- this website has some great articles on nutrition, laminitis and
feeding. Take the time to do some holiday reading – good natural
products too for USA subscribers.
Allyson writes “I
have two ex gallopers, one who was “lucky” enough to be
a roarer and therefore was quickly discarded but found a home instead
of a dogger’s van... The other was not so fortunate.
He turned out to be quite the runner, was worked hard in his career
and when he angrily decided he didn’t want to play any more,
was thrown aside to a clueless 16 year old girl.
I am not sure which was worse – “living” like this,
being neglected and literally starved almost to death, or having a
quick end to his misery being mutilated at the dogger’s pen....
some time of being left to rot in his tiny yard, it was at this point
that I found him. Something inside this emaciated, violently
angry and abused horse made me look past the skin and bones to the
magnificent creature within.
when I first found him. Too weak to be angry.
It took 2 years for me to gain enough confidence to communicate properly
with this horse, and another 4 years to gain HIS confidence, thanks
to a little old man in Texas USA who has dealt with the 'broken soul'
animals that we find so often. This belligerent, violent (and
justifiably so) horse has now become my “back pocket pony”,
a horse so communicative, so responsive, so insightful he is going
to be the Pilot horse for my studies and fascination in helping people
who have people problems, seeking the help of horses to solve
those problems for them.
article indicates in the most polite way possible what happens to
these poor creatures as a result of over breeding and training methods
and housing methods that should have long gone by the wayside, but
still prevail in the name of “but that is the way we have always
The result of this is all too evident in the website you will
find if you google “Australia's Fallen Racehorses” and
there they all are, but only the ones who made it that far...
catalogues and labelled, details of what happened, and how short their
lives were. Lest we forget. “
Photo: Maestro, in all his glory now as a normal horse. My magnificent
writes: My 'Go Get em Jack' has been picked as the poster
boy for Equitana AERA stall for Endurance. I dont know if they
realised they picked a horse's photo who is bitless (wearing your
LightRider bitless bridle), treeless, shoeless and booted and not
an arab! lol.
“I can’t stop thinking about your words of wisdom.
This is a big moment for me. In our minds we really perceive life
differently to our horses. For them it’s all about family and
‘being’ and for us we have to be ‘doing and achieving’.
While our minds are racing with thoughts and feelings, horses are
a constant in our lives. We are all aware of the feelings that arise
when we get a horse? For me it’s been a matter of working through
strong feelings every step of the way; indecision, fear, impatience,
boredom and guilt. Each step of the way has been an excuse to “give
For many of us, the
horse is a source of pressure instead of an object of love and relaxation.
I understand how this can directly lead to neglect or wanting to get
rid of him. It is all in our thinking – I can’t do this,
I don’t have time and as a result of negative emotions we no
longer want to spend time with our horse. Many horses sit in paddocks
because their owners have come to a point of emotional overload.
We feel pressured,
guilty and driven and our horses are trying to say – “just
relax”. After four years with my lovely horse (Rex is pictured
below) and doing lots of natural training and improving my riding
that I have come to this simple point of reality.
“My horse is happy to fit in with my life”. Yes I need
to fulfil his basic needs and make sure that he is healthy and happy
but he is undemanding because he is always in the moment.
He is there for me and our relationship continues even if I am too
busy with other things or the weather is bad. I don’t have to
ride him. Even if I have ten minutes I can go out and groom him or
give him a big hug or I can take him for a walk with the dogs or we
can go for a long ride or muster sheep. Anyway we relate he is happy.
I have gone past the point where I could sell him and that’s
a big thing. It is a relationship. I accept him as he is and he accepts
me and through this process I am learning to accept myself. To
have a horse in ones life is part of a wider personal and spiritual
journey if we can embrace it that way.”
Date: 22nd January 2011 Private Lessons
23rd January 2011 Clinic (fence sitters welcome)
Venue: Tasmanian Equestrian Centre - Lauderdale
Contact: Bronwyn Fletcher
Mobile: 0408354605 Email: email@example.com
with Sam and Sascha Watson
in Western Australia -from www.horsesandhorsemen.com
January 3 - 12th Challenge 1A, and simultaneously Challenge
2A/3A Mixed Multi-level. Sam will be on 1A, Sascha on the Multi-level.
January 15th - 19th Advancing Liberty This is for anyone who
has done one of the First Liberty Courses.
January 25th - 29th Level one liberty course. This is for people
who have never done a liberty course with us. The pre-requisite
is to have attended a Challenge 1A course - at least - both
the rider and the horse.
Parelli 3 *
instructor Chris Corbidge Clinics
5 day L2/3 course at STQHA Pontville - Jan 22nd-26th 2011
Bookings contact Chris at www.chriscorbidge.com.au
Corbidge 3* Parelli instructor
2 day combined level clinic in Jackeys Marsh, Tasmania, January
29th & 30th 2011Cost is $395 for Savvy Club Members. Non
Spectators $65 for 1 day or $100 for 2 days.
For more info email Karen Lockwood firstname.lastname@example.org
CONNECTING WITH HORSES &
RIDING WITH SYNCHRONICITY
26th - 28th of February 2011
positions available - so book now!!
Cost $550.00 Book now…to improve your relationship with
Mel Fleming will be holding a 3 day Horsemanship course in Rosa
(20 Minutes east of Margaret River W.A) on the 26th - 28th of
Saddle Fitting, lecture/demo Friday 25th Feb 8:30 - 10:30 $25/head.
Followed by individual saddle fitting sessions ($88) which can
include test riding a BALANCE saddle.
Mel Fleming has a diverse range of skills, many years of experience
in starting horses under saddle, solving behaviour problems
with difficult horses, and developing competition and performance
horses. Naturally a teacher, Mel has a clear concise and encouraging
style of teaching and her passion for horsemanship is clearly
demonstrated in her training.
Mel has competed successfully in dressage and jumping and in
1990 represented Australia at the World Equestrian games in
Vaulting and although not a competitor in Western disciplines
she has trained and studied in those areas also.
For bookings and details Contact Mel 02. 6760 5519 / 0428 385
745 or contact via the website at www.melfleming.com.au
To Book saddle
fittings or for details about the clinic venue contact Gi'Nelle
Stammers email@example.com or phone: 08. 9758 7227
EQUITANA COMES TO SYDNEY IN
2011 FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
Horse lovers from all over Australia and around the World will
now be able to experience the biggest and most exciting equine
event in the Southern Hemisphere - EQUITANA - in Sydney.
EQUITANA Sydney will be launched at Sydney Showground in November
2011. This inaugural event will also incorporate the Equestrian
Australia – Australian Grand Final. Equestrian Australia
has joined forces with Definitive Events, the organisers of
EQUITANA in Australia, to develop a national annual Grand Final
for Dressage, Jumping and modified Eventing.
The Grand Final will be conducted within EQUITANA annually and
will alternate between Sydney and Melbourne.
EQUITANA Sydney will also incorporate Australian Grand Finals
in Campdrafting, Reining and Cutting.
Sydney Showground will play host to four days of competition,
entertainment, education and exhibition. The transformation
will include seating for over 6,000, 250 stables and yards,
accommodating nearly 1,000 horses and 100 head of cattle, 300
cubic metres of sawdust and 2000 tonnes of soil.
“Sydney Showground is part of the premier major events
precinct in Australia – Sydney Olympic Park, and is renowned
for delivering the best event experiences in the country.
"Charlie" 3yo Clydesdale x currently 15.3hh, Bay
Charlie has been backed and is currently being ridden out
and going very well.
He is a lovely young horse who will make a wonderful riding horse
when fully mature. Needs a knowledgeable rider who can take him
thru to his full potential.
He has been foal imprinted, is great to catch,
has regularly had his feet trimmed, and been allowed to grow into
an awesome young horse, in tough but fertile large
paddocks in a natural herd situation.
He has been backed by experienced handler using PNH methods, however
he has also been mouthed and is currently being ridden in a bridle
so that he has a rounded introduction to the world of riding, this
has included bush trails, stockwork, riding out in company and on
his own. Although still green and immature he is more
impressive with every ride, and needs someone to take him quietly
and positively forward until such time as he is ready for harder
work. Price $3,500.
For further enquiries contact Tara on 63 736145. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Horsemanship references available.
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Anybody wanting to view items or sell items may do so via appointment
ON-LINE SHOP is always being updated so pop the following link on
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Adds are free if you send them in the body of an email and if you
have a photo it must be under 200kb in size. Please submit them
before the 10th of each month for publication.
Newsletter - November
past month sure has been busy getting ready for Equitana. Fortunately,
I've had wonderful help from Larissa who is a student from Germany, staying
to look after all the animals while I'm away. I couldn't have asked for
a better person who has willingly taken on all manner of tasks to get
me to Equitana in good shape!
Nelly and Diego share a carrot after practicing their inspirational performance
for Equitana - see them at 6.45pm on Thurs/Fri in the Barastoc arena,
and at 2.45pm on Sat. in the John Deere arena and 11.45 on Sunday in the
Epsom Arena. Below: Annie and TC play ball.
final practice for the Bitless Riding presentations went
well so I hope lots of people come to see the results on Thursday
at 3pm in the John Deere demo arena, and on Friday at 10am in the Epsom
Demo arena 2. Nelly with her young nieces, Nadia and Annie have
done a wonderful job in presenting the 'boys' - TC and Diego who have
learned their roles well, having a familiar routine.
Photo below: Nadia and Diego
Horse World booth (409 in the Epsom pavillion - on the back wall near
demo arena 2) will have almost all the products from my store and a few
more such as Renegade boots on display. There will also be several 'celebrities'
and 'experts' dropping by to spend some time answering questions, so come
and meet Nelly Jaehne from Firestone
Lodge, John from Ropeonline
(Tuff Tack Rope) and Wrangler
Jayne will be endorsing
products and services and answering questions about her program of Natural
Horsemanship with Heart.
advance to my helpers coming with me too - my mum (Marian), Saskia and
Scilla. I look forward to seeing you there if you can make it - if not,
then there will lots of pics and news in the December newsletter to let
you know how it all went.
Kaya sent me this on and says: "This short film clip is one of the
sweetest things I have ever seen in my life. It brought tears to my eyes
and warmed my heart.
What touched me most was this incredible innocence of this little girl
playing with her pony...
Good to be reminded of that once again, and isn't this the essence why
most of us want to be with our horses?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmvDasFJmfY&feature=related
Karen and Bluey play with the big green ball and below, Paul gets Tiny
to accept the big monster too.
This one is excellent if you have a couple of spare horses that are a
little bored or if you want to exercise more than one horse at a time
(at liberty) - watch how its done here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRP-ZiLwA-Y
Spare a thought for
the average racehorse – by
like to dwell on the negative but sometimes there are things that need
to be said so that awareness is developed and changes are instigated.
While not all racehorses are treated badly, I worked in the industry
for long enough to see many cases where they were, and those cases are
what motivated me to write this article.
Recently we had Melbourne Cup Day where the whole of Australia comes
to a standstill at about 3pm to listen to, watch and cheer on the elite
of the horseracing world. A huge amount of money will be won or lost,
and the government will be happy about the revenue racing returns.
this day is a reminder of the suffering racehorses in general have to
endure every day they are in training. While the Melbourne Cup runners
are being treated like royalty, the average racehorse back at the stables
is facing another day of boredom, lack of exercise and lack of roughage
in their diet. Read more here ...
Winners of the LightRider
Bridle Photo Competition
The Bitless photo contest
once again received over 50 entries for the Head shot and Action sections.
There were some fantastic entries making the choice difficult for the
judges, who all came up with different choices. The criteria considered
was correct fit of the bridle, general apeal overall the message the photo
The winner of the Head Shot photo is Charmaine Cooney's Ellie who is a
Clydy x QH mare. Charmaine (from Tasmania) will receive a Leather or Standard
Biothane LightRider Bridle of her choice.
runner up is Jessica Ryan's Gypsy. Jessica (from New Zealand) will receive
a Leather or Standard Biothane Bitless Noseband of her choice.
Special mention goes to the other two finalists in this section: Katrina
Duncan's Georgia Brown (from New Zealand) on the left and Kate Neaves
Masal (from Victoria) on the right below.
winner of the Action Photo is Janeen Smith's arabian endurance horse with
the photo credit going to Rob Featonbury. Janeen (from south Australia)
will receive a Leather or Standard Biothane LightRider Bridle of her choice.
And the runner up is Louise Crosbie's Oakwood Import still jumping and
looking wonderful at 20. Louise (from Western Australia) will receive
a Leather or Standard Biothane Bitless Noseband of her choice.
Special mention goes to the other two finalists in this section: Tanja
Verhagen from Sweden (left), and Jessica & Juno Ryan from New Zealand
to all who took the time to enter.
to Bitless Riding Workshops My recent workshop at Scottsdale in the North
East of Tassie, was attended by a dozen or so members of their Adult Riding
Club. It was great to work with people so motivated to improve the relationship
with their horse by going bitless.
Everyone got to borrow a LightRider Bitless Bridle to try out and what
a change most of them saw a the end of the day. Horses that previously
snatched at the bit, tossed their heads and fought the bit, were calmly
controlled even when they tested their riders during periods of seperation
Learning how to control the horse through the hindquarter yield (and removing
the bit) certainly made a big difference.
Thanks to Christine for organising it all and I look forward to seeing
everyone again in the New Year. Photo
(by Larissa): Kathy Smith and Buster test out some obstacles.
to hold a Bitless Riding Workshop in your area?
Riding bitless is a little different to riding with
a bit, and with many different types of bitless bridles to choose from,
it's important to get one that will suit your horse and style of riding.
In the workshops I explain how to select, fit and use a bitless bridle,
focusing on being safe and able to control your horse with your leg, seat
and rein combined.
Bridles will be available to try out and purchase at these workshops.
The minimum number of riders required is six and maximum is 10. Price
ranges from $50 - $70 per rider (and $25 per fence sitter) depending on
how far I need to travel.
I am now
taking bookings for 2011 workshops so email me if you are interested in
organising one for your area.
Horseshoof.com has recently revised their trimmerslList - it
is now broken down in alphabetical order by US state, with a separate
page for foreign countries. making it much easier to navigate: http://thehorseshoof.com/trimmers.html They welcome
any updates and revisions to the listings and have also just released
the The Horse's Hoof-10 Year Anniversary CD, details are on the home page
of the Functional Hoof Conference, Marg and Rebecca, are thrilled
and excited that Dr. Kerry Ridgway of www.drkerryridgway.com
will be attending as a guest speaker at our conference on February 1st
through 5th 2011.
will be discussing one of his passions over the past 20 years which has
been the problem of High Heel, Low Heel syndrome and its many ramifications
for the horse, for the farrier and the rider. He will be looking at the
physics and biomechanics, the crookedness of the foot, not only in the
high/low, but also medial to lateral, cranial to plantar and rotational
or "yaw" aspects of capsular growth.
Trimming Workshops Coming up:
Learn how to trim your own horse at a one day workshop.
- December 4th with Wild About Hooves and Adult Education. See
Events News for more info.
December 4th with The Barefoot Blacksmith - see Events
News for more info.
December 5th with The Barefoot Blacksmith - see Events
News for more info.
New LightRider Rope Bitless Bridle colours The Natural Rope bitless bridle will
soon be available in some snazzy new colour combinations designed through
The brown and gold zig zag pattern rope (pictured) will be released in
limited numbers at Equitana followed by a black and gold version in December,
just in time for Christmas shopping.
If you'd like to be notified of their availability, please sign up for
the LightRider News emails at www.lightriderbridle.com/blog.html
or just check the blog regularly.
LightRider Bridle Fitting
Manuals now on video
Finally.... I've had the help (thanks to Larissa) to film the first lot
of videos for fitting the LightRider bitless bridles. I'm sure they will
help those who understand things better by seeing them in action.
You can see these at www.lightriderbridle.com/Fitting-instructions.html
the Bitless Noseband on your own bridle
the LightRider Bridle on your horse
the Rope LightRider Bridles
When you purchase a bridle at Equitana you will receive a DVD of them.
DVD's are also available by request for those that don't have good internet
speeds for viewing videos.
Bridle Feedback "Amazing
news with my daughters pony who has been the last to be ridden with a
bitless bridle simply because she is having lessons and I felt that might
disrupt things. Anyway look at the picture attached, he has never been
so forward and happy and is jumping much better than I have ever seen
him jump. To be honest I always felt a bit guilty with him still having
to tolerate the bit but am over the moon now.I am absolutely loving the
leather bridles and we use the rope one for the beach now. Thanks".
Kate in WA Read
more feedback on the bridles here
Automatic Hay Feeders
These automated hay feeders for your horses have doors that automatically
open and close at your preset times. A good way to restrict the hay
to certain times of the day, for eg. when you want them to eat grass
early in the morning and hay later in the day when the grass's sugar
levels climb. If you can afford multiples, it could be a way to keep
your horses moving around to find their hay. http://hayhorsefeeders.com/
Horse flogging 'abhorrent'
BULLETIN - October 22nd, 2010
who flogged a horse so badly it had to be put down has walked from Bowen
Magistrates Court a free man.
Dave Blundell, a former stock squad officer, called for a prison term
after giving a gut-wrenching description of the mare's injuries.
Barrister Bronwyn Hartigan argued for a good behaviour bond and Magistrate
Athol Kennedy, after lengthy consideration, imposed a two-month jail term,
suspended for 15 months.
a Texan who migrated on a 457 visa in 2004 to work horses, pleaded guilty
to animal cruelty after the incident on July 9 when the mare was taken
from Byerwen Station, Newlands, to Charters Towers, a 300km trip.
The owner of the
four-year-old chestnut mare had warned Meixner the horse was hard to load
on to a truck but he flogged it when he couldn't coax it on to the truck
Sgt Blundell said Meixner flogged the mare with a lariat so viciously
he told the owner "not to look at it or you'll bash me".
head was swollen, both eyes were closed, there were lacerations to the
offside front leg, grazes to its face, welts along the length of its back,
internal injuries that caused it to pass blood, rope burns and a large
haematoma in the vulva area," Sgt Blundell said. On arrival at Charters
Towers, Meixner had told the owner "not to go and look at her now,
you won't recognise her. If you look at her now, you'll bash me",
Sgt Blundell said.
Meixner was drunk when he dropped off the horse and had been drinking
since he left Collinsville.
"The horse couldn't stand up and was trying to bite its stomach to
relieve the pain. Later, it had to be put down," Sgt Blundell said.
"He did not apologise for the horse's injuries."
Skeletal Maturity guides starting
The timing and rate of
skeletal maturation in horses by Dr Deb Bennett is a an eye opening
guide to help you choose the best time to start your young horse if
you want a horse that stays sound and working into its advanced years.
The horse industry has become so conditioned to 'standard' times when
young horses are expected to be ridden that people have forgotten (or
never even realised) that if the skeleton isn't given time to mature,
the horse will eventually break down (as most racehorses do when started
as pre two years olds as is the norm).
In this in depth article, Dr Bennett explains why riding a horse as
a 2yo for any length of time, is goign to damage them permanently. Did
you know that the important part of a horse's structure, doesn't finish
growing until it is 6 or 7 years old? Find
out more by reading this article here.
Reviews - some great Christmas gift
Mountain Rider by Mary Benson and Hedy Strauss Reviewed by Carol
collection of poems reflects our deepest emotions, ambitions, desires,
hopes, fears, and dreams. It illustrates love and respect for an animal
that has earned its way into our structure of life". ~ Hedy Strauss
Blue Mountain Rider is one of the few poetry collections dedicated to
a celebration of the horse. Mary Benson and Hedy Strauss bring us an exceptional
anthology that describes the countless ways in which these unusual creatures
have enriched our lives.
In the opening
section, ‘Horse Evolving’, we are treated to elemental images
that remind us why we are often so drawn to horses. In ‘Wild Spirit’
Strauss writes one of several poems about the mustangs whose dramatic
images appear in current news of round ups and herd management: “The
sound of hoofbeats/ fill the air/ Wild prairie phantoms – disappear!”
Benson offers us the ethereal ‘Night Ride’ plucked from childhood
dreams: “Oh, the desert sings to me/ And I ride/ In windswept flight,
aloft and free/ Forever in this enchanted land, Pegasus and me.”
include poems dedicated to specific types such as the Appaloosa, the hard-working
mules of history, and the world’s wild horses, from the Steppes
of Asia to Australia and the Moors of Brittany. Another cluster reminds
us how horses have served throughout history, in city streets and country
fields, on police patrol or cutting cattle. Special relationships between
girls and horses are explored in such tender poems as ‘Pigtails
and Ponytails’ and ‘Mane of Red and Gold’. There is
sadness, too, in Benson’s pondering: “Oh, how will we say
farewell?” and Strauss acknowledging how “It will break my
heart the day you die.”
is a memorable gift for any horse-lover, but you’ll likely want
a second copy for your bedside table, so you can savour these evocative
lyrics whenever you wish.
their love of horses and the outdoors, Mary Benson and Hedy Strauss immigrated
to the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where they met. Whether
it is preserving wild mustang heritage or saving horses from slaughter,
both women are passionate advocates for animal welfare. Visit Mary and
Hedy at www.bluemountainrider.com
Paperback, 2009, $19.99 Also available in Hardcover on Amazon or at: www.xlibris.com
(Ya Gotta LOVE ‘em) - Compiled by Betsy Kelleher
Fifty Stories to Aid and Inspire Mare Owners Reviewed by
Carol M. Upton: www.dreamsaloud.ca
require special handling before their best side is evident'~ Betsy Kelleher
(Ya Gotta LOVE ’em), Betsy Kelleher has assembled a diverse collection
of tales representing different breeds and backgrounds. Each of the fifty
stories has one thing in common – they are an inspired tribute to
the elusive Mare. The book is also about women, and the essence of being
female is an interwoven theme. The original true stories, written by 38
different mare owners, enlighten and entertain while introducing us to
the seeming paradoxical nature of mares – from stubborn to loving
to dangerous to protective and loyal.
Craig’s Lisa, the quarter horse with the permanent scowl, will capture
your heart. Trainer Ron Meredith includes an excellent article on Gender
Differences: Training Mares. If you’ve ever loved and lost any horse,
you’ll cry when young Erin Landers tells the tale of Duchess, her
very first horse. You’ll root for Factor, the thoroughbred brood
mare, in Chiropractic Saves a Life. Helen Farley sticks with her little
bay Abby, despite repeated admonishments about mares being no good, in
the touching Kindred Females.
acknowledges the unexplainable moments present in the lives of horse owners
and encourages us to find God at work even in more difficult situations.
Some of the stories are completely zany and others touch on profound sorrow,
yet lessons of love and hope show up in each tender tale, alongside practical
tips for handling your mare.
leave an impression on every horse lover and is an irresistible read for
those moments when you just want to take care of you.
first riding horse was a Percheron mare from her grandfather’s work
team on an Iowa farm. She writes a monthly column for the Illinois Horse
Network newspaper. Her website, www.goduseshorses.com, shares her columns,
horse photos and information about her books. Her Blog, Mares and More,
is located at: http://betsykellehermarebooks.blogspot.com/
This book sells for $23.99 and is available from the author: http://www.goduseshorses.com/mybooks.shtml
The Story of the UN-NAMED
Pony by Ruth Tanner.
As it often does it started with a phone call from a rather stressed
lady. About a pony they had rescued from being abandoned. They had him
for two years and now, he has a skin issue and they didn’t know
what to do with him. Although the family had horses?. The husband wanted
it gone after all it wasn’t their pony. They had heard about me
and got my number off the RSPCA and asked *could I help*
“Yes of course
I can, can you bring him to me?” Anyway, as it does, the story
didn’t really match the sorry little sight that awaited me.
A skinny, bloated
wormy bellied , hairy , dirty, lice and tick ridden, scabby, wounded,
long toed Shetland.
So run down and unresponsive
his head low ,no energy emerged from the float .
He as it turns
out has been like this for a good year. Yellow sulphur was applied after
a close inspection.
Caroline and I started the task to trim his fluff. Hoping to leave some
coverage. NO we couldn’t it all had to come off. Every single
section of hairy body was infested with feeding lice and then there
was at least 4 generations waiting in the ranks for their turn. Ticks
In the meantime
my youngest daughter Monica had given him a name. TYKE.... as in *poor
Tyke was shaved,
washed. Scabs and wounds attended too. Feet trimmed. He was adorable
he stood and put up with it all, I like to think Knowing we were trying
to help him. I don’t have a rug that small!! He can’t be
totally bald and no coverage. A full sized woolly neck rug almost covered
him from his neck to his little none stub of a tail. A doona cut out
to shape for the night air. He did look the part.
out an intro email and hello on face book, for sponsors/help. After
the death of my husband and main support on my casual wage I could not
afford all the medicated items he would need and rugs etc.
Borrowed rugs come
from Nadine, Bronwyn from saddle world Devonport sent up a winter combo
for him, Claudette bought him a summer. Claire bought up a wormer and
quit itch. Tamara bought him towels, oil and mineral block, Vicki sent
him a neck rug and bits.
he was going to be ok with all this for TYKE. I started his hard feed
and telling him how very much he was loved by so many. Not that he really
cares I think that is after all a human emotion. But hey J It made me
He has yet to have
his teeth done as I suspect he has never had them done. !!!
But as bald as
he is and rather funny looking with no mane and tail his wounds are
healing , scabs are brushing off, he is at least holding his head a
little higher and calls out to me with energy. He canters in the paddock
nicker of a morning to say “HI”, his snuggle in the paddock
when I sit beside him and scratch his itches. Is why the passion for
what I do is the reason I am here. After the loss of my husband I had
given up hope of ever continuing with the horses. Not able to take on
the strays and unwanted. On a causal wage it is too hard. But I have
learnt if you ask a question you get an answer if you ask for HELP you
shall be helped. I ask not only for me but I ask for TYKE for assistance
with his teeth bill, and maybe some feed.
want to thank everyone for their words and support over the last few
months. Too many to list. But without you guys I couldn’t do what
I need to do and that is be here for the unsung hero’s of our
country the HORSE in what ever size it comes. And my two girls who are
my life and my treasures for their support.
Ruth Tanner can be contacted via www.monJesLodge.webs.com
Silk writes: "My husband and I are members of the Victorian
Brumby Association, we help re-home brumbies that are being caught by
the National Parks of N.S.W and Victoria. Our President Colleen O’Brien
is working very hard with the Parks to try and stop Brumby Running in
Victoria. My Husband and I are also very lucky to have two of these
beautiful brumbies as a part of our family. Their names are Adina (pic
left) and Alabama ( pic below). I ride Adina in a bitless bridle which
I purchased from your website and we love it."
(above) and Seductress (below) are the stunning new additions to Lisa's
colourful Zintahn herd in Tasmania.
New Arrivals: (left)
Anne's Florianne with her first foal - a palomino 3/4 arabian colt and
(right) Vanessa's Missy with her big colt, Talley, by a Waler.
Wallbrook Stud's Nadeen
and Lee Davis welcome Kestral's filly (left) by ster stallion 'Hotse"
and Reimke's filly by a Gypsy Cob stallion.
- October 2010
Hello Horselovers -
my preparations for Equitana have included a new logo for Natural
Horse World. It was designed by talented artist Nicole
Cameron who also did my LightRider Bitless Bridle logo. I hope
you like as much as I do.
Equitana is the largest
Equestrian Expo in the southern hemisphere and runs from from November
18 to 21st. For the first time, I'm presenting two sessions on 'Transitions
to Bitless' at 3pm on Thursday the 18th in the John Deere demo arena
3, and at 10am on Friday in the Epsom demo arena 2. You can
read more info on all the
Equitana educators here.
Fundraising to assist
Nelly Jaehne to purchase a 4wd wheelchair has been successful and
Nelly now has the chair that is enabling her to prepare the horses
for her Equitana Inspirational displays and the 'Transition to Bitless'
3% of all LightRider Bridle sales
between August and November will go towards the expenses involved
in getting her horses to Equitana (a 12 hour ferry ride across Bass
Strait) so many thanks to all who have purchased a LightRider Bridle
If you are coming to
Equitana, find me at the Natural Horse World booth 409 in the main
Epsom Pavillion where you can also get your free 'My Horse
Loves a Natural Horse World' bumper sticker.
Remember to bring the LightRider Bridle Coupon from Horse Deals magazine
so you can be entered into the draw for a LightRider Bridle plus receive
10% off your bridle purchase.
For those who can't
make it to Equitana, I'm hoping to keep you all updated via a new
blog that I'll be starting. I'm thinking this may take over the newsletter
format so that all the news items are properly catalogued and easily
searched for. Please let me know what you think - it means you would
hear from me weekly and have more up-to-date news. I would still include
all the current regular sections of the newsletter so you get to read
about all that's new and natural.
Looking forward to hearing from you and in the meantime love those
Article - Evolving Horsemanship
“It is less
about method and more about connection, communication and authenticity
in a relationship situation.” says Mark Mottershead from Horse
This comment got me
thinking about how much the world of horsemanship is changing for
the better. I'm continously coming across people from all over the
world who are thinking and acting quite differently with their horses.
These are people who put relationship first - not the dominance kind
either - the equal relationship that errs to the side of putting the
horse first and allowing them to make the choices about whether and
how they would like to interact with us.
these truly horse conscious people, ego has no place in the horse
arena, and many are prefering to hang out with their horses to competing
for that recognition that humans seem to crave. Some are even going
as far as to not ride their horses, or travel them anywhere due to
the stress it can put on them, and in many cases I tend to agree.
Unless you are willing to spend a lot of time carefully conditioning
and educating your horse to carry a well fitting saddle, bitless bridle
and a rider, without future long term physical harm to their structure,
its probably better to stay off them.
Unless you are willing
to put in the time and gradual training to have your horse cope with
seperation from the herd, freely going onto a horse trailer, and cope
with increasing levels of exposure to different situations, without
stress, then better to leave them at home. Or better still - play
with them at home until they can do all the above and enjoy it.
And then there's the expectations we put on our horses to perform
and do things for us. Carolyn Resnick put it beautifully in her blog
- excerpt below:
A Word About Horses
and Humans and Performance from Carolyn Resnick.
“Horses and humans are both social by nature, the difference
is that horses are looking for well being through sharing the moment
in companionship more than humans these days.
It is a true magnetic draw that horses have for certain people, but
it appears that the human is not wanting to connect with the horse
as much as they want the horse to perform some act that they think
is desirable. Maybe the horse does not want to be ridden or competed
An example of dysfunctional expectations would be if someone expected
to train a rock to jump over a fence. Rocks can be trained, and I
happen to have an exceptionally well trained rock.
My secret to well trained rocks is that I don’t ask them to
do something that is out of their ability. A rock can’t jump
– but if I play my cards right, it can become a great paperweight!
Some people are so performance oriented that they measure the depth
of a horse’s love for them by how well their horse performs.
Few people get a horse just to enjoy its friendship.” Read the
rest of this post at www.carolynresnickblog.com/a-word-about-horses-and-humans-and-the-performance/
So you can start feeling less guilty about having your horse purely
for the joy of spending time with them, admiring their beauty, feeding
and caring for them, knowing that you're not alone. You might even
join the ranks of those 'horse rescuers' who keep their old horses
when they are past their prime, or keep a horse purely as a companion
to another. If you have the resources, why not!
So many people agonise over selling their much loved horse because
they 'don't have time for them or feel they need to be doing something
Well guess what - the
horse doesn't mind sitting in the pasture provided it has food/water,
shelter, horse company, room to run and regular attention to maintenance
such as worming, hoof trims and dentistry. Horse love to do eat, socialise
and sleep - and if they're young, play with another at times.
What they don't enjoy is stress, changing owners, leaving their friends
and lack of care and companionship. Food for thought.
Here is a video that
will also get you thinking called Horse Motivation.
Did you know
that the original bitless bridle was a cavesson ? –
according to research done by Thomas Ritter, who says “classical
dressage has used a bitless bridle for over 400 years. It’s
called a cavesson. It began as a type of rope halter” read
with a Llama! Teresa in the USA sent me this lovely photo
- if you can drive a Llama bitless and blinkerless why not a horse?
Bitless Dressage: The Heart of England Natural Horse Group
in the UK recently held a Stressless Dressage day, it was a great
day with very few rules and and no stress, it was more like a group
of friends getting together than a competition.
Bitless wasn't mandatory but there was a class for anyone who had
bitted in a walk and trot test to ride the test again bitless for
The idea was to try and encourage people to have a go at bitless.
Everyone who rode the test bitless improved on their score from anything
between 4 and 15%, and the judge commented on how much freer the horses
The class was actually won by a lady who went both bareback and
News from Paul
Walker who works in Argentina:
"I wanted to tell you something that I found interesting.
Chilean Rodeo is a very rough sport, either for horses and for the
cows. I have trained chilean criollos and they are very intelligent,
couragueous and forward thinking. Very fast learning.
I went to a very famous stud and heard that the national champions,
two high class riders with very good rodeo horses, had competed and
won the nationals.... bitless! They won the championship
working their horses from the nose, even though the rules don't allow
them to ride without a bit, they rode with the bit but the reins attached
to the noseband.
I find this is interesting because it is a class that is very traditional
and short minded, so these small changes say a lot." Aussie News
Horse Lovers Protest
Against Sale of Horse Meat
Today a group of over 50 horse lovers (with horses), community members,
and local Labor politicians gathered to protest against the Liberal
State Governments recent decision to allow the sale of Horse Meat
for Human Consumption.
Minister Terry Redman
granted local Perth Butcher, aka "The Price of Flesh" Vince
Gareffa a license to sell Horse Meat for Human consumption. The protest
was organised by Beth Reily a local Horse Rescuer and Amanda Vella
from Save a Horse Australia (S.A.H.A) which has a membership following
of over 2000 people across Australia.
Horses and their owners, Horse Rescue Groups and Pony Club representatives
gathered, to voice their opposition at the Liberal State Governments
decision to allow the sale of Horse Meat for Human consumption.
The groups consensus,
headed by protest organiser Beth Reily, was that Horses are companions
and much loved pets, and within Australian Society - they have played
an important role assisting to develop the country, served as a method,
and continued method of transport, served to protect the community
in the Police Force, and to go to war along side our soldiers.
The opinnion was that Horse Meat for dinner is un-Australian, and
is not within our accepted cultural practice or community values.
The questions raised
and comments made by those in attendance today included, "Where
is the moral line drawn, how many more animals will be sent to slaughter?",
"Why stop at Horses, will we eat dogs or whales as other cultures
do, when does it end?".
"Why is this Government continuing to neglect the welfare of
animals in this State?". "I wouldn't tell the Indians to
kill their cows which are sacred to them because I just felt like
a burger, if you move to Australia, guess what, we don't eat horses!".
The issue of Horses
being slaughtered for export and pet food was enough in itself, Amanda
Vella from S.A.H.A stated that on her visits to knackery's and dogger
sales, she encounters direct evidence of cruelty and neglect, seeing
horses with broken limbs left in yards to suffer for example and has
compelling pictures of this available.
Opening a "new market" for the sale of Horse Meat, would
inevitably mean more horses will suffer the same cruel fate, with
demand increasing. And in Western Australia this is of particular
concern due to the absence of ANY welfare inspections and industry
Lisa Baker MLA, member
for Maylands and Chris Tellentire MLA member for Gosnells, attended
to speak to the gathering, highlighting the issue of the State Governments
recent decisions and their impact on the Welfare of not only these
horses that are sent to slaughter for Human consumption, but also
for the thousands of horses and other livestock, who are not being
inspected or monitored across the entire state, due to the underfunding
and staffing of the State Animal Welfare Unit Inspectorate.
Not one animal in the Agricultural Industry in WA in the last 12 months
has been inspected, including horses, at sale-yards, stockyards and
transport. This raised questions about the issue of the welfare of
the animals sent to slaughter, as we are not assured of any animals
condition or welfare at sale, transportation and slaughter in this
State - are we serving cruelty for dinner?
Dawn Lowe from Animals
Angels also attended and addressed the gathering, discussing the issue
of the State Animal Welfare Unit Inspectorate and the impact the State
Governments underfunding is having on Live Stock in WA, including
thousands of horses in transport and slaughter. Dawn has spent many
years monitoring the welfare of Live Stock animals in Western Australia
and regularly reports to the Animal Welfare Unit with evidence of
possible breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 2002.
The issue of Horse Slaughter
and Consumption is in the media spotlight internationally with recent
protests against Horse Meat/Slaughter held in Canada and the USA.
A recent feature film documentary has been released in the USA and
has the support of international Animal Welfare Organisations, backing
the end of the practise of Horse Slaughter - which is deemed by many
to be particularly cruel from transport to slaughter. Film information:
The gathering vowed
to continue to lobby the Government and to continue to highlight this
issue amongst the broader community - asking them to draw a moral
line in a society where very few remain. A facebook group called "STOP
the sale of horse meat for human consumption in WA!" has an active
membership of 5000, and a recent petition for this cause gathered
over 4000 signatures. Many are calling for concerned members of the
public and community to voice their opposition with their vote come
next election. Pictures
here: - No copyright and full permission for their print or reproduction
is hereby given.
The Australian Brumby
Research Unit has just developed
a new initiative which will allow the community to experience first
hand the brumby country of Australia.
Tours of the Outback are now available for groups.
So if you have an interest in
being part of groups or organizing a group yourself just contact the
Unit to book your experience.
Horses Saved! We are thrilled to report
that following a massive public outcry, the West Australian Government
has called off the planned aerial killing of wild horses at Lake Gregory
in the Kimberleys.
If you have been following
the updates on our website you may recall that in June we were first
able to halt the initial plan to truck these horses all the way to
a slaughterhouse in South Australia — only to be faced with
the government's second, and equally unacceptable plan for an aerial
WA's Indigenous Affairs
Minister Kim Hames was inundated with protest letters and emails appealing
for a non-lethal solution. He has now called off the helicopters which
were set to start the killing in October. Instead, Minister Hames
has now advised that an aerial survey will be conducted to provide
an accurate count of the horses, then an expert committee will be
convened to find non-lethal means to reduce the horse population on
Animals Australia has
applauded Minister Hames' decision to spare the lives of the Lake
Gregory wild horses, and of course we hope it heralds some new thinking
about the way wild horses and other 'feral' animals are managed in
What's next for the
wild horses of Lake Gregory?
Animals Australia will continue
to closely monitor the situation at Lake Gregory. Watch our website
for updates on the future plans for these horses. In the meantime,
you may wish to thank Minister Hames for his compassionate decision:
Hon Dr Kim Hames, WA
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
28th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000
P.S. The ability for
Animals Australia to lobby governments and mount successful campaigns
on behalf of animals is dependent on the ongoing support of our members
and donors. Animals Australia receives no government funding in order
to conduct critical campaigns and investigations. If
you love animals, please consider becoming a member today.
Spirit of the Horse
- The New Myths of Equus by Carole Devereux is
now available in the Natural
Horse World Store. The shipment is on its way so if you place
an order now, your book will be reserved and posted as soon as they
This graceful and timely
book takes us on a transformational journey like no other, to the
mystic world where the spirit of the horse resides. Carole Devereux
introduces a rich language for concepts we may have felt while working
with horses, but have been unable to articulate. Read
the full review here.
LightRider Bitless Nosebands in black and brown with stainless
steel fittings are now available again. These come with a nice leather
padding and matching chinstrap.
The Stockhorse (pictured)
and English LightRider bridles now also come in leather and have a
nicely padded noseband, browband and headpiece. They are available
in black or brown and cob, full and warmblood/draft sizes for just
"I purchased one
of your Stockhorse LightRider bitless bridles a year ago in hopes
to be able to train my Tennessee Walking Horse filly without metal
in her mouth. A friend told me to use a 'S' Hackamore, and we tried
it for our first few rides and my filly hated it. She was fairly unresponsive
and I felt the way it "sloshed around" on her face annoyed
her to no end.
our first ride with your bridle I noticed a huge difference. Her 'woahs'
were gorgeous, she was much lighter when I asked her to turn, her
headset was perfect, and she seemed happy! Fast-forward a year later,
and I've started taking her out on short (6+ mile) trail rides. Even
on days she's feeling her oats I've never felt like I don't have control
over her. She still plants her feet firmly when I pick up my reins
and say "woah" (even when there's a barking dog running
out of the forest at us), and I was told "Oh, she'll never gait
in a bitless bridle" - apparently no one told her that!
I am 100% happy, and
even more importantly so is my Kelosia. She even puts her nose into
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I am purchasing a yearling TWH and you bet when it comes time to train
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this great bridle!"
Help for laminitic
prone horses and hindgut acidosis
There's a new product available that is proving to help horses prone
to laminitis, or suffering from gut pain due to acidosis.
is thought to result from overconsumption of either high-starch concentrates
or pasture grasses rich in fructans.
When large grain meals or sugar rich grasses are fed to horses, it
is often impossible for the stomach and small intestine to sufficiently
digest and absorb the massive onslaught of starch. Hence, some starch
moves into the hindgut without being sufficiently digested.
As digestion of easily-fermentable
starch progresses in the hindgut, the production of volatile fatty
acids (VFA) and lactic acid increases, causing a significant decrease
in the pH. When the hindgut endures insults such as this several times
a day it teeters on becoming overwhelmed with acid. Additionally,
because lactic acid is a stronger acid than the VFA, it can cause
serious damage to the intestinal mucosa.
The shift in pH provides an unfavorable environment for some of the
many microorganisms that inhabit the hindgut and aid in digestion.
In particular, fiber-digesting bacteria are sensitive to decreases
in pH. When pH drops, fiber-digesting bacteria become less efficient
and begin to die off.
Changes in the pH of the hindgut due to alterations in the microbial
populations and acid profiles cause a condition known as subclinical
It is also thought that when large numbers
of bacteria die off, this produces toxins that are released into the
bloodstream and so effect the laminar connection in the hooves.
A new product developed by Kentucky Equine Research called Equisure
has proven beneficial for controlling these issues.
It has a timed released buffer so the product reaches the hindgut
where it is needed to be effective. Read more about it here. www.kerx.com/products/EquiShure/
Workshop for Horse
Owners Takes Mystery out of Saddle Fit
Horse owners in Northern NSW and SE Queensland will have a chance
to learn how to check their own saddle fit at a series of workshops
being held over the next two months. Run by NSW saddle fitter and
bodyworker Jane Clothier, the Saddle Fit Essentials for Horse Owners
workshop is believed to be unique in Australia as, unlike talks run
by retailers, it offers owners a chance to learn how to check saddle
With so many makes of saddle on the market, a lot of horse owners
feel overwhelmed by all the options available. Most buy expensive
new saddles from retailers or purchase used saddles without having
any idea whether they are right for the horse or not. Meanwhile, many
owners are increasingly aware that their horses may be showing pain
or discomfort and wish to do something about it.
Saddle Fit Essentials for Horse Owners is designed to demystify the
topic of checking saddle fit. The day is an enjoyable mixture of slide
presentation, demonstrations and hands-on practice.
Participants learn how to check their own saddles for problems, both
on and off the horse. They also look at different types of horses
and learn about some typical problems relating to different body types.
As well as the basics of saddle fit, participants learn how to recognise
the many issues that saddles can cause and how to address these. English,
stock, swinging fender and western styles of saddles are all considered.
Jane says: “The days when any old saddle would do are long behind
us. Many owners are taking more and more responsibility for their
horses’ welfare on every level. Concerned about saddle fit,
they’ve gone through the dreaded ‘saddle nightmare’,
when they’ve bought saddle after saddle, losing money every
time. They often realise the saddle isn’t right, but don’t
really know why not.
“Without a doubt, a badly fitting saddle can cause problems
of all sizes in a very short time. Attending this workshop creates
a win-win situation – horse owners can save a fortune by avoiding
mistakes, knowing that their horses are going to be happier and healthier
as a result.” Saddle Fit Essentials for Horse Owners takes place
in Ballina on Sunday 17 October, the Sunshine Coast on Saturday 23
October, Jimboomba on Saturday 6 November and Toowoomba on Saturday
For further details or to book a place, phone Jane Clothier on 0447
672 523, or email email@example.com
The Magic Within
- A View from the Hoof by Kerry M. Thomas with Calvin L. Carter
I would like to take a moment to introduce you to my book which, for
me, is the culmination of an eclectic-style research of the psychology
of the horse. The book takes the reader on a journey of discovery
of the intimate drama of life in the equine circle.
Along the way, you get to see what a view from the hoof is like as
I delve into the developing mind of the horse and its Behavioral Genetics
which is measured by a term I refer to as Emotional Conformation.
The esoteric information within the emergent properties of the equine
psychology, behavior, influences every aspect of its life from breeding
to training, pre-purchasing, and even a horse’s adoptability.
I truly believe that you have to nurture the horse before you develop
Is your horse hitting the wall? Your equine athlete may be physically
fit, but still seemingly aloof and disinterested. The Emotional Conformation
or Mental Fitness is your key to ultimate success but is perhaps one
of the most underutilized aspects of horsemanship.
"...I have to tell you that when I started reading it was
already like magic... It was like I was the one writing your words...
so linked and aligned with my experience and thoughts that I was reading
and at the same time, listening to my own voice inside, since I don´t
know yours.... and wondering how "mine" are also the things
you express in your Preface. I truly believe that this is among the
most important books on the equine, for the equine and the entire
industry of horse, to have ever been written. Your insightful measures
in explaining the horse not only will impact breeding selections and
sales, but also how we train and comprehend the horse. So I write
to you Mr. Thomas, to thank you for this effort, it will eventually
reach the entire world." Very Sincerely- Claudia Mesquita
Kayala of Uruguay- Haras Cuatro Piedres
Whether you are a breeder,
trainer, casual rider, or just a human who loves horses, your deeper
understanding of the minute intricacies of this rather private, but
social animal is crucial for its health and well being.
Within the pages of this book, it is my hope to take you on a journey
inside the magic that is within the spirit of the horse. Sincerely,
Kerry M. Thomas, Founder of the Thomas Herding Technique
To purchase an e-book download please
go to the store here: For more information about the psychology
of the horse and Emotional Conformation, you can visit Kerry’s
website at: www.thomasherdingtechnique.com/
from WA shares her hay feeding solution which is working well with
the addition of the SlowFeeder haynets.
For safety you need to buy rag wall tyres. Cut, or ask the supplier
the top rim out so that the lip is only a few inches wide (hence why
you want rag wall tyres and not steel belted). This helps keep hay
in when not using the nets but the lip isn't big enough for equines
to get their head stuck.
We have screwed a short bolt into the thick wall of the tyre to tie
the net in. We also have the tyres on rubber sheeting to reduce them
picking up sand or gravel when eating the "spills". Our
property is all
pea gravel. We have found these tyres successful in feeding our small
donkeys, Clydesdale and quarter horse all together without an issue.
the tyres free of charge from a second hand tyre dealer and paid him
cut the rims out. A bargain price as the cutting would be a difficult
Zintahn Pinto Stud
is proud to introduce the first foal for the season.
Zintahn Pandora is a bay and white tobiano filly born on 10th September
2010. She is sired by the magnificent purebred arabian stallion Robali
Dargeeling and out of Roxy Hart, a buckskin tobiano. I am very pleased
with the result of this mating, she is exactly what I hoped to produce!
See more of her as she grows by visiting her page on my website. www.zintahn.com.au
This beautiful boy
below is called Sharlan (meaning free man) and he is out of Vanessa's
Percheron x arab mare, Roxy, by a Friesian stallion.
Below is Natasha's
gorgeous filly, Thaedon Nazirah is (aka Jaz) is out of Nayyir by Robali
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no responsability for the way this information is used by viewers. The
information is provided to help PREVENT problems, not to replace veterinary
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