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Why is Lameness so common in Dressage Horses?

August 6th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Dressage is supposed to be a series of gymnastic exercises that makes the horse healthier, sounder… why then are there so many problems with lameness? Dr Robin Bell, the Australian Dressage Team Veterinarian, looks at the problem… What is required of a dressage horse? The FEI rules state that the object of dressage is the…[More]

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Why Is An Understanding Of Biomechanics Important?

October 30th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  Biomechanics is the science of movement of a living body, including how muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments work together to produce movement. Biomechanics explains the negative impacts upon a horse’s body caused by incorrect riding and training methods, such as Rollkur. It is important for riders to understand the physical effect that their aids have…[More]

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Feeding the event horse with Elizabeth Owens

October 15th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

From The Horse Magazine Archives… FEEDING THE EVENTING HORSE with Elizabeth Owens B Sc Ag (Hons) Years of experience has taught me that most horse owners have the gift of the gab, and can put the most wonderful spin on their horse’s achievements and level of training. The only time I have been proven wrong…[More]

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Learning Theory and Biomechanics – with Andrew McLean

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The interesting thing about Andrew McLean’s approach to training horses is that his thinking is a work in progress. There are so many self styled ‘experts’ on the horse scene who get one half decent idea and then spend the rest of their lives flogging it to death. Andrew McLean’s teachings are based on one…[More]

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Supplements… are they really necessary?

October 12th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Supplements – are they really necessary? By Elizabeth Owens B Sci Ag (Hons) “As well as working as an animal nutritionist for 20 something years, I dabble in dressage (am obsessive if you ask people who know me) and now have a second horse at the cusp of Grand Prix. After years of research and…[More]

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The Veterinary Basis of Correct Training

September 11th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I have to confess that I find most veterinary lectures boring. But not the one at the German FN’s Bundeschampionate Seminar – that one was amazing!   It was really an extraordinary presentation from the famed German equine veterinary expert, Professor Stadler. Here it was laid out, black and white, good training  (that means correct,…[More]

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A New Insight into Horse Flu from Sydney University

April 24th, 2012 at 11:06 am

The management of influenza outbreaks in horses will directly benefit from research by the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. “We have demonstrated in non-laboratory conditions how air temperature, humidity and wind velocity influence the spread of influenza viruses. It puts us in a much better position to understand an actual outbreak…[More]

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Knees Up! Stifle lameness in horses

September 21st, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Lameness involving the stifle is quite commonly seen in horses, but it can often be challenging to diagnose these conditions accurately. Firstly, an understanding of the complex anatomy is essential to appreciate the structures within the stifle that might be damaged.   The stifle is largest joint in the horse, and is equivalent…[More]

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New from HyGain

July 13th, 2011 at 5:31 am

The latest addition to join the Hygain Feeds extensive product range is HYGAIN® MICRBEET®. Made from unmolassed micronized sugar beet flakes, HYGAIN® MICRBEET® is high in soluble fibre, low in sugar and starch, promotes healthy body conditioning, increases the uptake of water and is higly palatable making it uniquely suitable for all equines. HYGAIN® MICRBEET®…[More]

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Eventing with Emma Mason – Are you ready for a young horse?

November 4th, 2010 at 12:49 am

In this series of articles, eventing rider / trainer / coach, Emma Mason looks at the issues involved in starting a young horse

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Re-Educating the Racehorse Part 1

July 11th, 2010 at 5:05 am

In this series of articles we deal with the problems of re-training a racehorse with a view to a career as an eventer.

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Alternative veterinary therapies – do they work?

July 5th, 2010 at 3:18 am

This article critically examines the claims often made for alternative therapies, and explains why treatments may seem to work, when in reality they do not…

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