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Episode 6 – What about complementary therapies and horses?

Sue Martin talks holistic medicine and how it can be applied to help horses live healthy, happy lives.

Horse owners love to do the right thing by their horse and this often includes using herbal supplements and remedies. But do we really know what we are doing? When they should be used and when they shouldn’t. Sue has a passion for helping horses and people and is generous both with her time and her knowledge. Anyone who uses complementary therapies with their horse or is interested in holistic health should listen to this one!
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Find out more about Sue at http://www.naturalequinehealth.com.au or follow her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Natural-Equine-and-Canine-Health-227026087317653

 

 

Episode 5 – Did you know the best way for a horse to travel is actually backwards?

Dr. Barbara Paladino talks safe floating/horse transport.

Barbara grew up in Italy with a love of horses that she enjoys today.  Barbara became an Equine Vet with a curiosity that has driven her to do her PhD studies on the question of why horses get travel sickness.  Travel sickness kills a large number of horses with no real understanding of why it happens and how you might prevent it.  Barbara is now working with the University of Sydney to undertake a nationwide study of this topic.

The following is an abstract of her project:

Equine transport, oxidative stress and respiratory health
Reducing equine transport stress and identifying and preventing its related diseases is critical. Many horses still die needlessly after a journey due to these transport related illness. This project will investigate the common equine transportation practice and transport related diseases occurring in Australia to identify risk factors and to propose new best practice for equine transportation. During the project innovative instruments for monitoring the horses prior, during and after transportation will design. In particular, we will identify stress biomarkers in exhaled breath - a global first. These biomarkers will tell us clearly in real time whether the horse should be rested or more critically requires immediate therapy. These new tools will safeguard equine welfare and reduce economic impact in equine industry.

Listen to this interview to hear what she is studying, the findings so far and how you might keep your horses safe during travel.  Click here http://bit.ly/1UMqdPx to listen.

 

 

Episode 4 – Saving Gili Island Ponies – Dr. Kirsten Jackson tells the story.

Dr. Kirsten Jackson is a Equine Dental Veterinarian in Western Australia. Kirsten grew up with a love of horses that she continues to have today. As a kid she loved animals, and particularly rescuing them so it was only natural that she went on to become a Vet. Kirsten attended an education session for Vets and animal abroad were speaking there. That’s where she heard about Gilli Island ponies and so began the journey. Hear more about this uplifting story and how Australia is transforming the lives of these tough little ponies.

Listen here http://bit.ly/1TWSxPN to hear the interview.

For more information about Kirsten and her work click here http://www.dentalvet.com.au/

If you want to get hands on then clean out your tack room or make a girth cover. See instructions below.

Do you or does anyone you know have a sewing machine, some spare fabric and a little spare time? 
After spending some time doing volunteer veterinary work on Gili island, a big problem we noticed was girth wounds- many of the leather straps that run under the ponies' bellies were held together with nails which then of course rub and cause very nasty wounds (a couple of examples below). In many cases we can't remove the nails as they are holding the leather together so the only option is covering them to protect the pony's side. As such, we need to make as many girth covers as we can that slide over the girth/ nails to protect the pony and stop the rubbing.

Any help would be very much appreciated, we need hundreds of them ideally, as most ponies had some form of wound from the girth and if 100 people each make 2 or 3 (or more!) then we will be there in no time!
These are simple, cheap and easy to make and will bring instant relief to a pony in need. Many hands make light work! J

One of the girth wounds we saw and some of the offending nails holding the leather together.

How can you help? Make some girth covers!

The inner fabric is about 8 layers thick as it needs to be strong to withstand the forces of the nails rubbing. If you have a tougher fabric such as canvas, less would be fine. The measurements are around 25cm x 65cm for the inner layer and 30cm x 65cm for the outer soft layer. Then stitch the 2 together to hold them in place.

Fold it over and stitch down the side to create a sleeve. I stitched a line through all layers of material and then a second line just to make the edge neater. The internal diameter needs to be around 8 or 9cm as the girths are around 5cm wide.

Then lastly, add a small loop on the outside. This is to hold the second strap that runs from the cart and under the belly- to hold it in place so it doesn't pinch and keeps any nails in that strap away from the pony! Turns it into a double girth cover as it protects the pony from both straps!

 

 

Episode three – Talking Teeth with Dr. Shannon Lee

Dr. Shannon Lee is an internationally acclaimed Equine Dental Veterinarian and a passionate advocate for horses getting the right dental care. Dental pain and problems can go undetected and unnoticed by horse owners and Shannon talks about the common problems he sees, the myths about equine dental care and gives practical advice about what horse owners can do to prevent and manage problems.

This is a must listen for anyone who wants a happy, healthy horse.

Further information can be found on Shannon’s site at http://advancedequinedentistry.com.au/. You’ll find some great articles there that are well worth a read. If you are looking for an equine dental vet in your area follow this link http://equinedentalvets.com.au/

 

 

Episode Two

At 15 Steve Brinkworth was leading horseback tours with his family in outback Flinders Ranges. He also rode ensurance comps and achieved 2 coveted Quilty buckles.  This set the scene for his lifelong love of horses along with a curiosity and thirst for knowledge to train horses in ways that worked with the horse and his nature rather than against it. Steve now trains horses and riders in his methods with the his Horse Starting Course and regular clinics. Steve has developed a 5 step methodology for no buck training that gives solid foundational training to horses of any discipline. He talks about how this work and how horse owners can think differently about working with their own horses. If you want a calm, relaxed and sensible riding horse then this is an episode you will want to listen to.

Find out more about Steve at www.stevebrinkworth.com and check out his online membership training at www.stevebrinkworthmemberships.com

 

 

Episode One

Before Michelle Payne there was Lynne Blighton. Lynne was riding as a jumps jockey as a 19 year old woman and tells the tale of how this came about. Lynne tells how, riding in a track race, she beat the most successful international women jockeys of the time on Melbourne Cup Day 1972 in Western Australia. She describes her thrilling ride on an unknown 'hayburner' to take out the win against all odds. It's a story that will give you goose bumps! Lynne also shares her love of riding and horsemanship now that she is an over 60's woman.

Lynne left the horse industry and became a social worker. She now works as an independent practitioner helping people put their lives back together.

You can find out more about Lynne at www.fragilepuzzle.com

 

 

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