How Well Are We Doing? Why Some Horses Thrive While Others Just Get By

 Look at the horses around you. Do you believe that they’re thriving? Are their lives the healthiest, richest and most fulfilling they could be – from a horse’s point of view? OK - so how would you … [Read More]

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Why It Matters To 112 Million Working Equines That You Read This Post

Most of us have a good idea of what animal welfare means and why it’s important. But in developing nations, cultural and economic concerns can prevail when it comes to issues such as ending a working … [Read More]

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Buying an Ex-Racehorse: Can You Spot the Major Physical Issues?

The ex-racehorse: a huge heart, a strong work ethic, great athleticism, wonderful sensitivity... and, potentially, a host of physical issues. Are you able to identify the problems so often present in … [Read More]

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Revealed: the Common Equine Arthritis You Won’t Read About in Textbooks

Sometimes, a person from outside a profession successfully identifies something that has been unnoticed, overlooked or wrongly assessed for a long, long time. Coming from another direction, they see … [Read More]

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10 Ways to Seriously Mess Up When Buying a New Saddle

Not long ago, I was having a quiet think about the reasons that people buy saddles that so obviously don’t fit their horses. This is a regular spell of head-scratching that occurs when I’ve worked on … [Read More]

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The Disturbing Truth About Neck Threadworms and Your Itchy Horse

Look on any ivermectin or moxidectin-based wormer packet and you’ll see a long list of parasites. Tucked in neatly at the end – it’s nearly always at the end – you’ll see the words Onchocerca … [Read More]

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How Well Are We Doing? Why Some Horses Thrive While Others Just Get By

 Look at the horses around you. Do you believe that they’re thriving? Are their lives the healthiest, richest and most fulfilling they could be – from a horse’s point of view? OK - so how would you … [Read More...]

Why It Matters To 112 Million Working Equines That You Read This Post

Most of us have a good idea of what animal welfare means and why it’s important. But in developing nations, cultural and economic concerns can prevail when it comes to issues such as ending a working … [Read More...]

Is Your Mare Having a First or a Third World Pregnancy?

When foals are born prematurely, many people tend to think it's just one of those things. Causes such as placentitis (inflammation of the uterus) are fairly well-known, although the causes behind many … [Read More...]

What This Pony’s Tail Tells Us About Owners Who Abandon Their Horses

I’ve been thinking about horses and abandonment recently. By abandonment, I mean a situation where a treasured or most favored horse has suffered an irreparable  injury and has suddenly been dropped … [Read More...]

8 Golden Rules For Helping Your Thoroughbred Get Right Off The Track

Sometimes, you can achieve more by doing very little. There's a lot advice around about what you can do to help ex-racehorses, or OTTBs (Off the Track Thoroughbreds). Much of it focuses on what can be … [Read More...]

How The Anatomy Books (Unintentionally) Fail Us Over The Nuchal Ligament

The nuchal ligament is a soft tissue structure that is widely discussed in dressage circles. Unsurprisingly, given its deep location, relatively few of us get to cast eyes on it or feel it directly … [Read More...]

Equine Lyme Disease Doesn’t (Officially) Exist In Australia – Here’s How it Affected One NSW Horse

According to various authorities, Australia has no Lyme disease, human or equine. Despite this, many Australians are testing positive - and that’s happening with horses, as well.   The … [Read More...]

Debunked: The Lie That’s Told About Adjustable Gullet Saddles

One of the best innovations in the world of saddle making has been the interchangeable gullet plate in the synthetic saddle tree. I mean, there’s no getting away from it, it’s brilliant. With the … [Read More...]

Why Thinking About Neck Threadworms Still Leaves Us Scratching Our Heads

Less than 12 months ago, I wrote about neck threadworms and how they might be behind many horses’ frantic itching. The uptake on that article continues to astonish me. It has now had well over 60,000 … [Read More...]

The Worm That Kills – And Why Only Two Worming Chemicals Can Stop It

Guest Post: After worming with standard wormers, some horses become critically ill with colic. Some even die. This post by Ann Nyland explains why this can happen in horses that haven't received … [Read More...]

Buying an Ex-Racehorse: Can You Spot the Major Physical Issues?

The ex-racehorse: a huge heart, a strong work ethic, great athleticism, wonderful sensitivity... and, potentially, a host of physical issues. Are you able to identify the problems so often present in … [Read More...]

Revealed: the Common Equine Arthritis You Won’t Read About in Textbooks

Sometimes, a person from outside a profession successfully identifies something that has been unnoticed, overlooked or wrongly assessed for a long, long time. Coming from another direction, they see … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Seriously Mess Up When Buying a New Saddle

Not long ago, I was having a quiet think about the reasons that people buy saddles that so obviously don’t fit their horses. This is a regular spell of head-scratching that occurs when I’ve worked on … [Read More...]

How to Fight the Big Fight against Neck Threadworms

This follow-up to 'The Disturbing Truth About Neck Threadworms and your Itchy Horse' discusses how to manage the parasites, once you know your horse has them. The original article was aimed at my … [Read More...]

The Disturbing Truth About Neck Threadworms and Your Itchy Horse

Look on any ivermectin or moxidectin-based wormer packet and you’ll see a long list of parasites. Tucked in neatly at the end – it’s nearly always at the end – you’ll see the words Onchocerca … [Read More...]

After the Storms: 6 Ways to Help Your Horse’s Skin Recover

It's not much fun being hit by 3 days of an ex-Cyclone's wrath, as dwellers on Australia's east coast have just learned. In the aftermath of the storms, an unusually high number of owners are … [Read More...]

Why Too Much Hot Air Can Burst The Bodywork Balloon

Exaggeration and overselling - it's really nothing new. Blowing a bit of hot air has always been a good way to attract attention and, hopefully, some cash in its wake. Ever since the first … [Read More...]

Two Interesting Cases from the Saddle Mortuary

It’s not often that I get asked to take part in a cull, but that’s exactly what happened last week. The venue was a riding for the disabled center, where elderly, unused saddles were threatening to … [Read More...]

When Saddles are like Boring Boyfriends

Some people's other halves just don't mix very well. We've all had one of those girlfriends who brings her long-term boyfriend along to a night out with the girls. It seems they're joined at the … [Read More...]

Who Has the Best Therapist – You or Your Horse?

Well? It's not such a daft question. Many therapists double up for horse and rider and some even work on riders while they're on their horses. There’s a saying that holds that how we treat our … [Read More...]

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