With the launch of our official range of limited edition EQUITANA Melbourne 20 years merchandise, Equitana will be donating 100% of proceeds from the ’20 year Anniversary’ pin and 10% of all proceeds from the rest of the range to Rural Aid and Buy a Bale.Between us and the thousands of passionate equestrians that make up the family, we can join together and have a small positive impact to help our Aussie farmers.
Across Australia there are thousands of farmers who need our help. As Australian’s have done in the past with floods in Queensland, fires in Victoria and South Australia, we have supported those less well off than ourselves.
Farmers in Queensland and Northern NSW need our help to keep their cattle, sheep and horses alive through one of the worst droughts in living history and after the cessation of live cattle exports, no wet season and fires.
Australian farmers are the backbone of our country. For hundreds of years they’ve fed us all. Now they need our support to keep their cattle alive and the food in our stomachs. Australia if you can help by donating we’ll see that they receive the fodder they need and the support to get them through this tough time.
Equestrian Australia (EA) is pleased to announce its eight riders for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA. Congratulations to the following combinations; Chris Burton – Quality Purdey (Claire Poole)/Cooley Lands (Kate Walls) Sam Griffiths – Paulank Brockagh (Steve and Dinah Posford, Jules Carter, Sam Griffiths) Andrew Hoy – Vassily de Lassos (Paula and David Evans, Andrew Hoy) Bill Levett – Lassban Diamond Lift (Elisabeth Murdoch)
There are roughly 7 people killed and 45 injured each year caused by crashes involving a light vehicle towing a trailer in New Zealand. Trailers include caravans and boats as well as garden and horse trailers. Carrying any of these loads involves skills, conformity to existing regulations and obedience of laws surrounding towing. Specifically, horses are delicate animals to transport not only because of their size, but also due to possible movements that they will perform while the vehicle is in motion. But, transporting animals should not be a problem if you follow the rules and apply common sense when maneuvering a vehicle with a horsebox attached to it.
Pay attention to the technical aspects of towing and loading
The first thing to check is the towing capacity of the vehicle you are driving. As a standard practice, car manufacturers indicate the tow ratings of their vehicles that state the gross trailer weight both braked and unbraked that they can safely pull. NZ laws do not require that these be followed but they are recommended to be considered when towing a load. The law, however, specifies that a vehicle and trailer combination must be able to stop within a distance of 7 meters from a speed of 30 km per hour. Your trailer must also be equipped with front/rear position and stop lamps as well as reflectors, registration plates and direction indicators. Extended mirrors are also helpful for better visibility.
In loading your vehicle, it is critical to pay attention to the maximum loaded weight to prevent personal injuries to passengers. Objects and animals that are being transported must be also protected from harm. In the same manner, a horse must be secured properly using a harness for its safety. It should be tied in a way that it will be able to fully stand or lie down but not reach the sides of the trailer or climb out. When traveling long distance, consider food & water stops to replenish supplies and clean the trailer.
Practice specific maneuvers
There several maneuvers that can become problematic if you do not have sufficient experience. One of these is reversing, a tricky movement when towing a horsebox. To avoid breaking out in a cold sweat when confronted with these situations, you can practice without the horse inside the trailer to ensure your capability of performing this operation, especially in tight spaces. If you are unsure of yourself, you can also drive along empty or low traffic routes to get the hang of towing. Other movements that may pose as challenges include climbing or going down a hill. Use the low gear when descending and be vigilant of engine overheating when ascending.
Towing a horse trailer is not as straightforward as it seems because you are dealing with an animal that may shift during the drive. Hence, it is important to drive carefully, respect the speed limits and ensure that the vehicle & trailer are maintained properly. Above all, look ahead, prepare for the unexpected and remember that as you are big & heavy, you need more time and space to stop.
After the first two competitions in the DHL Prize, of the Eventing Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen, all signs indicated that it was going to be a success across the board for Germany. However, today’s cross-country course brought several surprises with it – especially for Julia Krajewski.
The dressage test was first on the agenda for the four-in-hand drivers in the Prize of the Firma Horsch, Der Entsorger today. The Australian driver, Boyd Exell, was once again unbeatable – in spite of a broken ankle.
Recent studies have shown that hydrotherapy can lead to signs of improvement in as little as 20 days for horses that have suffered from Deep Digital Tendon Flexor damage (DDFT). Daily treatment can both reduce inflammation, and provide gentle exercise to aid recovery. Working with the natural resistance of water, you can improve muscle tone around the area, as well as building up fitness and stamina levels without ridden exercise. There are several effective types of hydrotherapy that can be used in treatment combination, including swimming and water treadmills. In the world of both racing and events, hydrotherapy is often used to help train horses that have fragile limbs and joints, as well as helping them to build up strength.
If your horse has DDFT, using cold water and ice as a form of hydrotherapy is extremely beneficial. It can help to decrease swelling and inflammation in the same way that using a cold compress would help human beings. Following this treatment, use warm water on the affected area, to maintain blood flow and get the lymphatic drainage system working effectively – this is essential for repairing tendons. The natural buoyancy of the water will help support your horse’s limbs, whilst building up the muscle strength, in order to return to full health and fitness. This means that they will have no strain on the injured tendon area, whilst they are recovering.
Salt water pools are extremely eco friendly, and don’t contain harsh chemicals that can harm the pH balance of a horse’s skin. In treating DDFT, the saline in the water is a natural anti inflammatory, that will help to soothe aching wounds and accelerate the healing process. It is natural type of hypertonic poultice. Salt water can also improve suppleness and prevent stiffness of limbs. Horses find soaking in these pool very relaxing, especially when the water is kept at a cool 2°, as it encourages circulation. Along with DDFT, salt water can help treat wind puffs and wind galls that are often found in combination.
Returning to fitness
Swimming is highly recommended for horses when they are returning to fitness after DDFT damage. A study by New Zealand researchers into non-invasive measures of animal welfare found that it is a great substitute for ridden exercise, as the viscosity and buoyancy of the water naturally supports muscles and ligaments, as well as aiding muscular development. Swimming also provides the horse with good cardiovascular exercise – essential for rehabilitation.
Equine Hydrotherapy is a natural and extremely effective way of supporting your horse if he is recovering from DDFT. It is beneficial for muscle strength, as well as being a calming and relaxing experience.
For Sara Gumbiner and Polaris, the Kentucky Three-Day Event has always been in the stars. Sara and the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Brandenburg’s Windstar X North River Lady) have been partnered for seven years, with
One of Australia’s leading Eventing riders and coaches, Will Enzinger, has been appointed to Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Panel. He will fill the position formerly held by the late Gillian Rolton (AM). The role of the High Performance Panel (HPP) is to oversee the EA High Performance strategic direction, plans and provide guidance support to the HP program. It also ensures the program is consistent with the policies, procedures and objectives of EA.
Horse SA has recently launched a free online course for horse owners titled ‘Incidents involving large animals’. The easy-to-follow format supported by illustrations and photographs, covers such topics as horse behaviour, working as a team and specialist equipment.
German eventing medalist Ingrid Klimke taught “A Through the Levels Dressage & Eventing Masterclass” last weekend in Cloverdale B.C., Canada at The Cloverdale Agriplex. Here is some of her best advice from the session, courtesy of Tara
Horse owners will often experience a great sense of wellbeing from the companionship and affection their animal offers. Along with pet ownership, holidaying is one of the best ways human beings can benefit their wellbeing. However, many pet owners feel forced to stable their companions, and suffer from separation anxiety as a result. This trend has led to many Australian holidayers going pet-friendly, with towns like Brighton reporting higher concentrations of local holidaymakers.
When it comes to horses, you’d be surprised to find that travelling abroad is absolutely feasible. However, there are medical considerations in hand, alongside logistics, choice of location and planning. If you plan ahead, though, there are great benefits – for you and your equine pal.
What to consider
Before you embark on a trip, there are a few key considerations when considering protecting your horse. Transporting a horse via plane is absolutely doable, as in other modes of transport. Be wary, however, of conditions such as shipping fever. You will be well aware of the risks of shipping fever over short distances, and a break every 3 hours is recommended to mitigate risk. Consider this when travelling long distances. There are wonderful places for you to experience on horseback, from the mixed lush and desert vistas of Andalusia, a particularly horse-friendly country, to the steppes of central Asia. Plan your trip into segments to keep your horse healthy whilst still experiencing the world.
Where’s good to go?
Obviously, some countries will be less horse-friendly than others. Depending on the familiarity of the surroundings at home, you might look for more open terrain, or be comfortable in forested areas. Furthermore, the culture of a country and the relative costs of stabling and land permits can be a sticking point. That aside, look no further than Northern Europe. The United Kingdom and Ireland have a rich equine history and have a culture positively minded to animals of all types. The United States shares this, too, for trips further afield and to a different culture entirely.
What about when you’re there?
When you’re there, you should have picked a country with a good network of stables and support facilities with accommodation lined up. In the worst case, using modern mapping apps can help you to find a place to stay in the worst case. Be aware of different food labeling in other countries, and that the ingredients and types of hay and so on are suitable. It never hurts to ask.
Travelling with your horse can be wonderfully invigorating and give both you and your companion the opportunity to see the world together. However, there are certain considerations to be made to ensure your horses’ safety. Make sure you take them.