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Top Tips for Developing Your Equestrian Property

Designing and building a horse property is a big project, one that will require significant time and financial investment. To get started, what are the planning steps you should take to start this journey? 1. Make a wish list Start big and write down your ultimate wish list with exactly what you would like on[…]

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Feeding the Family

Someone vaguely commented to me the other day, as I was handing over some astronomical sum of money for “god knows what” (as my darling other half would say) at the local feed store, that if my children ate as well as my horses did I must be a very good mother. I, of course,[…]

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TOP 24 MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR HORSE OWNERS

There is no doubt that horse ownership is an expensive undertaking. With Christmas over and those credit card bills arriving, we thought it might be good timing to share some of our top money saving tips! Feed 1. Purchase feed in bulk. Can’t store a large load of hay yourself? Round up some friends and[…]

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The Importance of Horse Rider Health and Fitness

Have you ever been told “horse riding is not a sport you just sit there”? I think every single person that has ever ridden a horse has been told this at some stage in their riding career. We all know this is definitely not true, but how many times have you got to the end[…]

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Nutrition: Feeding foals, weanlings & yearlings

Fewer topics in equine nutrition stir more controversy than feeding the growing horse. A healthy foal will grow rapidly, gaining in height, weight and strength almost before your eyes. From birth to age two, a young horse can achieve 90 percent or more of its full adult size, sometimes putting on as much as 1.5kg[…]

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Caring for Your Horse in Summer

During the hot summer months in Australia horses are under extra stress from heat, humidity, poor feed quality and insect worry. Some horses tolerate the heat well, while others lose coat and body condition and don’t perform at their best. Dehydration About 75-80% of the energy used by the horse’s body is given off as[…]

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Selling or buying your horse: what you need to know

MYTH #1: Caveat Emptor AKA “let the buyer beware” Q: What laws apply when buying and selling horses? A common myth when buying and selling horses is that the principle of “caveat emptor” or otherwise known as “let the buyer beware” always applies to the sale. Whether you are buying or selling it is important[…]

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Hub Hero: Sue-Ellen Lovett – Dancing in the Dark

At the age of twelve, Sue-Ellen was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that over time left her legally blind. This didn’t stop her passion for riding though, with her sight deteriorating every year. Sue-Ellen is now competing open FEI on her beloved gelding Desiderata in the hopes of making Grand Prix level.[…]

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Horse rescue spotlight: Project Hope

Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria began in 1973 when Val Collingwood of Victoria wrote into RIDER Magazine regarding the number of neglected horses in Australia. She outlined how someone could coordinate the rescue and rehabilitation of these unfortunate animals, suggesting the name “Project Hope” in memory of a neglected, supposedly aged, buck-jumper from Queensland. Unfortunately[…]

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Plaiting like a pro!

Do your plaits look like hairy golf balls? We’ve got some hot tips from champion British equestrian, Jo Bates, on how to tame that mane! The thought of having to plait is enough to cause sleepless nights if the process seems like some impossible challenge, but a well plaited mane will be admired. If you[…]