New in the Natural
Horse World Store
is ‘Bug Buster Hoof Disinfectant’ – an antimicrobial
preparation for the treatment of all infections of the non-living
hoof capsules of horses.
Hoof capsule infections are often described as ‘Thrush’,
‘Whiteline disease’ or ‘Seedy Toe’ but are
usually caused by a combination of common groups of anaerobic bacteria
that invade existing faults in the hoof material. These faults are
frequently difficult to eliminate without ‘Bug Buster’
as the non-living material has no immune response.
The long term answer to these faults once the infection is eliminated,
is to maintain good hoof care and a suitable environment. Cracks and
separations should be eliminated by regular correct trimming.
In some cases, a change of diet from high sugar, toxic pastures to
a grass hay based diet (see the Nutrition article in this newsletter)
will also stop the infections from recurring when damage to the laminae
of the hoof wall is the cause.
“Bug Buster’ is made in Australia by Hoofworks and has
been used by many hoofcare practitioners with great success. It retails
for $33 plus postage.
A new range of supplements from New
Zealand are now available here in Australia. These exciting new products
address some of the behavioural and physical issues that arise from
horses eating grass or other feed that contains mycotoxins (ryegrass,
clover, and others), or is an oxalate that causes calcium deficiency.
The excellent quality organic vitamins and minerals in the Supreme
Vit & Min means the minerals is already attached to an amino acid
and therefore ready for immediate absorption. They are not available
to attach to other minerals, thereby interfering with their absorption.
Supreme Vit & Min contains MSM, selenium, iron, chromium, copper,
manganese and zinc in their organic form. By combining Supreme Vit
& Min with plain feeds like chaffs, beet pulp, oats and barley
you have a more natural and economical way to feed while knowing you're
taking care of your horses mineral and vitamin requirements.
From years of experience
we have found the best strategy for solving problems is to firstly
ensure you are feeding the horse properly, then see what problems
you have left after a month or two.
To find out more about
feeding your horse and the symptoms that indicate feed (especially
the grass or hay they are on) might be an issue, go to Jenny
Patterson's web site - the lady who has developed the
Provide It products in response to her own horses' problems.
Or you can purchase Jenny's book from the Natural
Horse World Store.
Zealand horses showing one who has been on the Provide It Plan (left)
and his dam who hasn't. She should be the same colour.
for a copy of the 'Provide It Plan' - a guide to feeding and using
the Natural Horse World Store
for the whole Provide It range of products.
in the Provide It product range -
Daily natural supplement
to promote gut health in horses.
Prebiotic non-digestible food ingredients that promotes healthy gut
Binds mycotoxins present in feed for grazing animals.
Helps produce well formed manure.
Helps maintain a healthy immune system.
A blend of natural yeast cell extracts with vitamin E, plus a unique
yeast culture and psyllium husk with added essential Amino Acids.
In-Health is produced under strict quality guide lines and only the
highest quality pre-biotic ingredients are used.
Horses that are suspected of having digestive problems could benefit
Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the
growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system which are
beneficial to the health of the body.
Full Dose = 1 months supply
Maintenance Dose = 2 months supply – comes in a 4kg tub for
$121 from the Natural Horse World
Shop and other Provide It product stockists around Australia.
what are Prebiotics? Read this article from Thehorse.com - here
is the beginning:
Prebiotics and probiotics
are different types of supplements that have unique
mechanisms of action. In the simplest terms, probiotics are a source
of “good” microbes and bacteria, and prebiotics are the
foods used to feed those good microbes and bacteria.
Microbes in the horse’s hindgut (large intestineand cecum) help
the GI tract break down and ferment the fibrous portions of grass
and hay. This process results in volatile fatty acids that provide
a significant energy source to the horse.
Microbes also create B vitamins and other nutrients essential to the
health of the horse, and the “good” microbes (such as
yeasts, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi) keep the “bad”
microbes (such as the bacteria Salmonella and Clostridium difficile)
from overpopulating the gut and causing illness.
In the equine industry,
prebiotics and probiotics are primarily administered for GI-related
concerns (such as diarrhea), to encourage the growth of the good microbes,
and to minimize the invasion and growth of disease-causing bacteria.
For example, antibiotic administration, stress, transport, abrupt
changes in feeding, and infection with Clostridium spp. or Salmonella
spp. can potentially alter thepopulations of the normal microbes in
a horse’s large intestine. Some owners therefore elect to administer
prebiotics and/or probiotics to horses that are being treated with
systemic antibiotics, have developed diarrhea, are off feed, and prior
to shipping or some other stressful event.
Owners also elect to feed prebiotics and probiotics to “hard
keepers,” geriatric and older horses, or high-end performance
horses. These products are inexpensive, easy to administer, and can
potentially have a profound beneficial impact.
visited a customer of mine this morning - her two horses, have now
been on 'Alleviate' for 5 weeks, stood there, so calm and quiet.
Normally it is a circus with the two, they are mad and flighty and
nervous and impatient... Today they were behaving like two very
different horses !
I actually enjoyed trimming them. One just stood there, ground tied,
at liberty. Couldn't believe the change.
My client said she definitely sees a big change in her horses behaviour
Yesterday I trimmed
a little Arab mare who normally is a complete nut-case. With the 'excuse'
that she is young and still has to learn to behave....
I put the horse owner onto the 'Alleviate' 5 weeks ago, and now this
little mare stood there, completely calm and sweet.
No pushing and biting and walking all over me and the handler.
We couldn't believe it, until it dawned on us that it must be the
The horse owners jaw just dropped, since she’d had problems
with this mare for a long time.
Today she had to be loaded onto a truck to go to her 'breaking-in'
training facility. Normally she plays up and hacks the trailer to
pieces. Today she walked in like a dream and arrived safely.
Scary to think how many horses get abused and hit and judged as 'unruly',
if all it is a mineral imbalance...
So, a lot of happy people and horses up here now.”
Thank you Lucy (and Jenny!). Kaya in Northern NSW
“I have a friend
(into show jumping) who thought I was crazy but she recently brought
a horse that came from Goulburn and when she trialled the horse there
he was fabulous with no problems. 3 weeks into being at her place
on lush grass (mainly kikuyu) the horse had become a raving looney,
spooking at the jumps, cavalettis, not even being able to be lunged
without going off his trolley. I gave her a reminder about Casper
and she took the horse off grass…viola 2 weeks later the horse
is almost back to what she originally brought. Ok enough of my ramblings
but if this information can save a few horses from being labelled
dangerous or sent to the doggers then my work here is done.”
Leanne in Sydney
Natural Horse World Store stocks Alleviate and
all the Provide It products. To read more about these top of the range
supplements click here.
NATURAL INSECT REPELLANT Collar
GONE natural insect repellant collars
for horses are now available in Australia through the
Natural Horse World Store
Photo: The Gone collar
can be worn high around the neck and has a plastic buckle that will
break should it get caught. It is also long enough to wear around
the base of the neck but the risk of it catching on something is greater,
and it could slip up the neck when the horse grazes unless it is plaited
into the mane at the wither.
This USA manufactured product has just been approved by the Australian
Pesticides & Veterinary Authority. It’s active ingredient
is peppermint oil so it not only smells great but is totally harmless
to your horse (and you) but very effective against flies, mosquitoes,
ticks, midges and bot flies.
Several Tasmanian horse owners have been testing them out and they
report excellent results.
The gelding pictured above suffered from QLD itch before he came to
Tasmania to escape the midges. But they bothered him here too (though
not as badly) so we tried the collar plus the left over collar end
plaited into his tail. He happily wore them for several weeks and
remained fly and itch free with the lovely cloud of peppermint aroma
surrounding and protecting him.
I was impressed with the ability of the collar in repelling ticks
when my dogs returned from an 'excursion' in the bush, literally crawling
with ticks. Normally it takes me over an hour to pick them off before
they burrow in, but this time, I put the horse collar on them and
an hour later, there was not a tick to be seen! I was very impressed
and glad they hadn't burrowed in anywhere on the dogs.
Peppermint oil is also used for aromatherapy to stimulate the brain,
aid concentration, mental fatigue and depression. So lots of positive
benefits there for your horse.
While fly season is almost over here in Tassie, there are plenty of
mozzies and ticks around, expecially in warmer climates.
When comparing the cost of the horse collar at $39 (for 30 days of
protection) to other methods of applying insect repellant, the convenience
far outweighed the the more expensive chemical based repellants that
need to be applied daily.
For those who can't visit their horse daily, the Gone Horse Collar
provides the ideal way of protecting your horse 24/7 in the most natural
For the past six years I've not used
a blanket on my horses unless they have been ill or old and chilled
to the bone by wet windy weather.
As an advocate of a more
natural life for horses, it seems strange that I should be reviewing
a horse blanket (rug as we say here), but this one is different so
worthy of consideration for the times when you do need to use some
extra cover for your horse.
Dave MacDonald of Macs
Equine invented the Old Mac Hoof Boots and is always trying to think
of new products to solve old problems. This time I think he's come
up with another winner for the horse and the owner.
revolutionary 'Cool Heat' blanket has a unique construction that allows
the horse to regulate it's own body temperature using it's natural
thermo-regulation process. There is a good explanation of this on
Equine web site so have a look and find out all the great
benefits of this blanket.
As you can see in the photo at left, the inside of the blanket is
covered in rows of raised rubber-like fingers that allow the majority
of the horse's hair to work as nature intended - standing up when
it's cold and laying flat when it's warm. The air can also freely
circulate under the blanket so it helps dry off a wet or damp horse
when blanketing after it rains or when the horse has been washed or
This blanket also fits
really nicely being shaped high around the neck line so there is no
pulling or pressure on the wither. The long chest darts allow good
freedom for the shoulders and even after my horses rolled in the rug,
it stayed evenly in place.
The fingers on the underside would help this as they keep the weight
even on both sides and run either side of the backbone. The blanket
is suprisingly light too - it's 600 denier ripstop waterproof material
is seamless and is breathable and, it looks great - just like other
top of the range rugs.
Cool Heat Blanket also has a generous tail flap, soft nylon leg straps
and crossover surcingles. If your horse has to wear a blanket and
you are away when the day warms up, the horse will be far more comfortable
in a Cool Heat blanket than any other.
This product certainly gets my tick of approval so when you need to
replace your old rug or just want the best for your horse, consider
the Cool Heat first.
Cool Heat Blankets are
available from the Natural Horse
World Shop and other distributors around Australia listed
on the Macs Equine web site.
Dry Seat Saddle Pad
Another very practical
Macs Equine Invention provides a cover to keep the chills out and
the rain off you, and your expensive saddle while riding or when dismounted.
As you can see in the
picture here, the pad is a neat wool kersey material, with the cordura
bag attached at the front containing a waterproof skirt (as shown
in the photo below). The bag zips up and can also be used to hold
other items such as cold drinks/food in the summer, when you don't
need wet weather protection with you.
The skirt quickly folds
out when you need it and fastens around your waist or over the saddle
with velcro tabs. A velcro leg strap secures the skirt to your leg
and if you happen to part company with your horse (deliberately or
not!) then the velcro tabs all release so
you are never trapped.
When you are not on your
horse, the skirt keeps your saddle dry or protects it from dirt, dust
and marks made by tree branches brushing past on the trail.
When you're finished using
it, the skirt rolls back up easily into the bag on the front of the
pad in less than a minute.
The Dry Seat Saddle Pad
also offers good wind protection to keep you warm while riding on
chilly days and doesn't restrict your movement in the saddle. The
skirt material is also nice and 'quiet', so less likely to spook nervous
horses with the sound but it's always recommended that you 'desensitise'
your horse with it over the saddle by moving actively online, before
riding with it on.
This wonderful product
is suitable for all outdoor riders, especially those who ride trails,
endurance, mounted search & rescue and at pony club.
It is available in English
and Western sizes in both navy and maroon, and is a thin enough to
go over another saddle pad such as the Theraflex air pad or other
theraputic pads. To see more photos go to the Macs
Equine web site.
from the Natural
Horse World Store
is an excellent choice
to include in the diet because it assists digestion and enhances absorption
allowing MICRO NUTRIENTS to be absorbed easily into the blood stream
where cellular functions take place. ie., provide the nutrient support
that maintains healthy cells and a healthy body.
The tremendous pressure
in the formation of the Himalayan mountains created Himalayan Rock
Salt, the ideal salt crystal and the many elements within it are colloidal
and readily absorbed.
When table salt (or rock salt) is sold, minerals are often regarded
as “impurities” and are removed during processing. Commercial
salt licks are made with table salt, and nutrients are often added
later during the manufacturing process.
salt licks already contain these minerals and nutrients without any
processing. The levels of the minerals are more likely to be healthy
to consume, since they are naturally occurring within the salt.
Salt from the Himalayan mountains is nourished by the nutrient-rich
water and soil in the area, and contains upwards of 84 minerals, including
calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Calcium promotes
muscle strength and nourishes the bones, leading to stronger and healthier
bones, joints, teeth, and hooves. Magnesium is particularly wonderful
for your active horse, providing relief for tired and aching muscles.
Potassium is essential for a strong heart, while Iron keeps your horse’s
Another benefit of Himalayan
Rock salt is the fact that it is so hard, horses have a hard time
biting off chunks as they can with regular softer salt licks.
You can tie the lick anywhere your horses like to hang out and if
you have other animals like goats, sheep or cattle, they will love
the lick too so put it at a height they can also reach. With the lick
off the ground, there’s little chance of contamination by dirt
Himalayan Rock salt is totally natural so give your horse the best
salt supplement – you can purchase from your local produce
store that stocks Minrosa products.
For more Himaylan Rock
Salt products such as lamps, candle holders, loose salt, bath salts
etc. go to www.minrosa.com.au
Often, when a horse realises he’s
tied solid he feels trapped, panics and pulls back – potentially
breaking tack and hurting himself. When tack breaks, there is a sudden
release of pressure and horses have to scramble to keep their balance
and can easily flip over backwards and/or seriously hurt themselves.
Unique, the Blocker Tie
Ring offers some resistance, but allows a horse to pull some slack
in the lead rope when he pulls back which releases pressure and relieves
the source of panic. This reduces the perceived threat to the horse
dramatically, as well as reduces the threat to people who might try
to release a distressed horse.
Often times, a horse just
needs to pull a foot or two of slack in the lead to regain his confidence
and quiet down.
A great tool for teaching horses to tie, re-schooling horses that
have a pull back problem or for any horse, the Blocker Tie Ring offers
varying degrees of resistance, from as little as a few pounds to a
few hundred pounds, depending on the tying option and lead rope used.
Versatile, the Blocker Tie Ring can be used anywhere one would tie
a horse: cross ties, single ties, grooming areas, tack areas, wash
racks, picket lines and inside and outside horse trailers.
The Blocker Tie Ring is
perfect for use in trailers, should a horse fall down while tied in
a trailer, the Blocker Tie Ring allows a horse to pull enough slack
in the lead rope to get up on its own, reducing the need to manually
free a horse and the chances of horse or handler getting hurt.
Blocker Tue Rings are
distributed in Australia by Zilco so should be available from all
good saddlery stores, and the RRP is $49.95 for the Stainless steel
or $29.95 for the chrome plated. .
For extensive information
and videos on tying up with the blocker tie ring Click
This treasure for your trim kit was designed by Jeremy Ford of www.wildabouthooves.com.au.
The Wild Knife is easy to use with the hoofpick as part of the
blade, so it optimises your time and efficiency when trimming.
the steel is tempered ensures it stays sharp and holds an edge like
no other. The shortness of the blade and handle gives you power and
precision to tackle the toughest hooves.
The pick serves to clean out the hoof before trimming and also allows
you to investigate seedy toe or separation issues in a pathological
This knife has been designed to suit everyone from beginners to professionals.
high quality premium steel and hand forged, each knife is individually
crafted with the handle shaped from magnificent Tasmanian Blackwood.
Available now from the Natural
Horse World Store.
Dave McDonald of Mac's
Equine is the inventor of Old Mac Boots and the Pee Wee Bit, and has
now come up with another helpful tool in the form of a hoof rasp with
a handle called the Barefoot Sculptor.
The handle on the rasp makes the job of trimming much safer, especially
for beginners or children. The rasp being slightly smaller and narrower
than most, enables the trimmer to 'sculpt' the hoof, particularly
in the quarters where a natural arch is required for healthy hoof
function. The smaller rasp makes this an ideal tool trimming for ponies
Having a handle also allows
you to easily rasp with one hand. Simply hold the hoof with one hand
and rasp with the other.
The Barefoot Sculptor kit includes one handle and two rasps. Replacement
rasps can also be purchased seperately. Find out more about the Barefoot
Sculptor and watch a video of it in use at www.macsequine.com
or purcahse from the
Natural Horse World Store
Rider Bitless Bridle
This 'bitless bridle' functions like
a bridle and is suitable for horses ready to go up into a bit and
for riders who don't want to use one.
It's called the Light Rider Bitless Bridle because being lightweight
and quickly converted to a lead line and halter, it will enable the
endurance horse to be more comfortable, drink and eat easily and be
led or tailed up and down hills.
As you can see in the
photo, a chin strap helps the bridle stay in place when pressure is
applied to the reins - no noseband twisting around. The swivel snaps
on the reins enable you to quickly unclip them and the chin strap
serves as a tail for the lead rope you now have. (see photo below).
The Light Rider Bitless Bridle sells from $90 complete with reins,
plus postage and comes in all sizes and various coloured headstalls
with black reins and chinstrap.
The New Light Rider English
style and Light Rider Performer are now available so
click here to read more about them.
To purchase a Light Rider Bitless Bridle go to the Natural
Horse World Store
Finally, a horse firendly
feed is now available in Tasmania and most parts of Australia.
Speedi-Beet is made from pure unmolassed sugar beet pulp which is
a by-product of the sugar beet industry. Sugar beet is grown in Europe
and North America as an alternative to sugar cane which is grown in
tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is mainly grown
as a source of table sugar for human consumption.
After cleaning, the beet is sliced into cossettes by a machine that
resembles a kitchen grater and as much surface area is presented to
maximise the sugar extraction process as possible. The sliced sugar
beet is mixed with hot water and the sugar is extracted.
After the water has been squeezed out, the pulp is dried and usually
molasses is added back where upon the pulp is either used in its shredded
form or it is pelleted. Speedi-Beet is manufactured from beet pulp
which has not had molasses added to it and is therefore around 95%
sugar free. The beet pulp then undergoes a further patented process
and is then cooked utilising our process, micronization. This involves
heating the dried beet pulp at relatively low temperatures for a short
time using infra-red heat and prevents the protein from denaturing
allowing for quicker release of nutrients into the horse’s digestive
system. The micronizing process also imparts flavour into the beet
pulp so the product does not require the use of added molasses i.e.
sugar for palatability.
The beet pulp is then
flaked to increase surface area to aid rapid water absorption. That’s
why Speedi-Beet can be prepared in under 10 minutes instead of the
usual 24 hours for traditional sugar beet pulp.
Speedibeet is reccommended as an ideal feed for easy keepers (good
doers) and any horse or pony prone to laminitis as it's NSC content
is quite low - between grass/lucerne hay and grains.
It has a high level of calcium so is a good feed for older and young
horses, and at 10% protein is ideal to mix with other feeds without
overinflating protein levels if you're trying to put weight on a horse.
Due to its low starch
and high fibre content, Speedi-Beet is an ideal feed for horses and
ponies prone to insulin resistance and can help in its prevention.
The Laminitis Trust has awarded the prestigious official feed seal
of approval to Speedi-Beet.
For more information please
visit the website
where there is an excellent help & advice section with answers
to most frequently asked questions.
If you are looking for
suppliers of Speedibeet in Tasmania go to our Service
Instinct Wool Co. Products
While browsing the stalls
at Agfest this year I found a very stylish hat. made in Australia
of pure wool. It has a very comfortable soft inner hat band that moulds
to my head and didn't give me a headache at all. It also has a brim
that returns to its original shape, even if you squash it up accidently
(or on purpose for travelling). Natural Instinct also have a lovely
range of woollen vests popular with riders for their length to cover
the lower back.
Their products can be embroidered for corporate use and also include
jackets and wraps. To see their full range, go to www.naturalinstinctwool.com
Trailer Design - Good and Bad points.
I have yet to see a
trailer that has no design faults from the horse's point of view.
That's not to say they are bad trailers - the construction is often
top quality, but as with most things to do with horses, the human's
needs are put first and the safety of the horse suffers. Click the
title link to see and read more.
Best Bareback Pad
For a long time, I've
been wanting to improve on various design aspects of bareback pads
now commonly available, and often expensive.
These new bareback pads are made locally by Mobile Saddler, Rick
Allen, here in Tasmania with top quality materials.
The new design features are:
Shaped back seam
curved for a higher wither.
Will not tighten
directly onto the backbone.
or western girthing system (girth not incl.)
D rings front and
back to tie on your coat, lead rope, water bottle etc.
Made from quality
16mm felt covered with black or brown suede.
RIDER BREAKAWAY STIRRUPS
your foot entangled and caught up in the stirrup whilst horse riding
and being dragged is EVERY riders worst nightmare!!! Countless deaths,
serious debilitating and permanent injuries are unfortunately attributed
worldwide to horse riding related dragging accidents!!!
company, SmartRider Pty Ltd invents designs, develops and manufactures
In fact, in July of this year, on the ABC television programme, the
New Inventors, they were chosen as the episode winners..
typical English style riding there is the SmartRider 'Classic' Breakaway
stirrups (above) and for Western style or trail/endurance riding the
100% Australian, manufactured SmartRider 'Escape' Breakaway range
The Escape range comes in a great range of colours and can be ordered
with a range of leather coverings to match your saddle or just for
looking fancy! (see bottom photo).
with all products I review, I tried both styles of stirrup out and
found them to be very confortable to use, especially the 'Escape'
which I used on my treeless saddle. I think all treeless saddles should
be fitted with quality safety stirrups such as these because most
don't have a slide off stirrup bar. Not that the stirrup bar always
releases the leather in a fall either. So really, all saddles should
be fitted with safety stirrups for the best insurance possible. Fortunately,
I didn't have to fall off to see the release part in action! I did
it while stepping down and going backwards so my toe pushed on the
inner bar to cause it to release from the upper bar. This would be
useful if you're mounting a horse that jumps away suddenly, leaving
you standing with one leg caught up!
came with easy to follow instructions so they were quick to set up
on the saddle. Both stirrups were easy to put back together
when 'released' and the Classics have a little clear tube to fit over
the release join for those riders putting a lot of pressure on the
stirrups (making the stirrups more tolerant or forgiving) in active
events such as polocrosse, camp drafting, sporting etc.
like the way the Escape stirrup can rotate within itself to hang down
allowing easier mounting especially if you have a tall horse. To
view the stirrups in action go to www.smartrider.net
Whilst SmartRider Breakaway Stirrups won’t stop you from falling,
they will allow you to enjoy the freedom of riding secure with the
knowledge that if you do part company with your horse, you'll do just
that!!! SmartRider Breakaway Stirrups give peace of mind to all riders
and their loved ones so give them as the perfect gift for Christmas.
Smart Rider Safety Stirrups are available from the Natural
Horse World Store
with prices ranging from $99 to $199.