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Episode 15 - Michelle Nicols is the Victorian Agent for Southern Stars Saddlery

Michelle Nicols is the Victorian Agent for Southern Stars Saddlery.  But she doesn’t just sell products.  Michelle’s all about happy, healthy horses and riders and this passion is what has driven her to build a successful business with great products that solve problems.

Michelle gets out there and helps people get the right gear, fit for purpose focussing mainly on the English riding population.

In this episode we talk about safety gear – what makes some protective gear better than others, changes to the new helmet standards, how to choose a safety vest working through the myriad of products on the market and how to dress your horse to protect him and keep him comfortable.

So much gold in this show for everyone.

You can find out more about Michelle at www.southernstarssaddlery.com or follow her on facebook. 




Ever had a time when you spent a whole day prepping your horse for an event only to get up the next morning to find he WILL NOT get on that float?    In this episode I talk to resident horse trainer extraordinaire Steve Brinkworth on how to get your horse to love the float.  We cover refusing to get on, rushing off, scrambling and much more.  A really, really useful episode!! 

Click HERE to access 2 videos showing Steve training floating in 2 different horses.  The video with Forest has a bit of wind noise and might be best watched with the sound turned down!  Note the time spent training moving and leading before even heading over to the float.    You’ll also note the use of the rope to train the feel of the breaching doors against the horses hind.  The second video you can hear Steve explaining what he is doing with Cervaza.

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You can contact Steve at www.stevebrinkworth.com or connect on Facebook at horsemanship essentials




Carol Layton is a woman with a curiosity that led her down the path to becoming one of Australia’s leading Equine Nutrition experts.

With a background in Science and a love of horses, Carol found that she couldn’t find good evidence to back the way we were feeding our horses.  There was not much to help horse owners work through the maze of feeds at the feed store and so most of the information was based on people’s opinions or small pieces of research undertaken on small groups of horses.  This began a search for real knowledge about equine nutrition and led her to Dr. Elizabeth Kallon.  Dr. Kallen is a Vet who has specialised in the development of sound nutritional practice for all horses.  Carol has studied under Dr. Kallen for almost 10 years now and lectures both here and overseas on the subject.

Carol also consults and sells balanced mineral mixes individualised for your horse's particular needs.  Her website can be found here http://balancedequine.com.au/ and her facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Balanced-Equine-270340003009716/

Today she talks about feeding the laminitic horse.

A fabulous interview.  We did have a few hiccoughs with the connection but it has turned out pretty well in spite of this!!

#HorseSense #Horse #Equine #EquineCareClinic #laminitis#equinenutrition



EPISODE 12 – Sandi Simons – Riding with Confidence

Sandi Simons is an inspirational horse riding woman. Why? Because she has felt the fear of losing her confidence as a horse woman and rider......and more. In this interview Sandi talks about her journey from struggling mum afraid to get on her horse to the confident woman she is today, helping other women overcome their fears and insecurities. Be inspired and motivated by Sandi. In her words - you're worth it.

Find out more about Sandi at http://www.sandisimons.com.au/ or follow her on facebook at David and Sandi Simons #HorseSense #Horse #Equine #Courage #Inspiration #overcomingyourfear



EPISODE 11 - Jane Myers talks Equicentral land management practices

I love my horses and I also love the land.  I want to live as sustainably as possible and not be one of those horse owners that ruin the land their horses run on.

We also all want the best for our horses and by far the best nutrition or horses is grass so it stands to reason that we want to grow as much of it as possible and manage worm burdens and the like.

Jane's system of land/grazing management combines horses natural grazing behaviours with sensible systems of horse keeping to make our lives easier.  I could listen to Jane all day - some incredibly practical information that we can all implement with minimal fuss and cost.

A scientist, researcher and author, Jane's a wealth of information and tours both Australia and the UK teaching these principles.

You can find out more at her website: http://www.equiculture.com.au/equicentral-system.html

Audio Link:  http://bit.ly/22Ph6Ow



EPISODE 10 - Emeritus Prof Bob Cook talks the science behind the bitless bridle and causes of sudden death in performance horses.

This interview changed my thinking and what I knew about how horses breath and how they work under pressure.

Prof Cook has dedicated his life’s work to the study of issues with the horse’s breathing and how this is impacted by the way in which we ride and the equipment we use. As an equine ear, nose and throat surgeon and specialist he began by asking the seemingly simple question ‘what impact does a bit have on a horse?’. This question started a long journey to research and study. In the course of this study he came to see that horses actually didn’t need to be ridden in bits and in fact this is a relatively recent phenomenon and that the use of bits not only decreased performance but potentially were causing significant damage and even death. He developed a bitless bridle based on the research and now sells these to continue funding the research.

If there is one episode you should listen to it’s this one.

Resources and links:

Prof Cooks website:  https://www.bitlessbridle.com/

Download an article about the Bedouin bridle and a letter written to Racing Victoria here

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Audio Link: http://bit.ly/1rmOBwp



EPISODE 9 – Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance Group – Pauline Naudi talks practical strategies for management

Pauline Naudi is a first responder for the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance Group.  Pauline is a Veterinary Nurse and Equine Acupressure Therapist.  She started her journey with Cushings when she came across Jack, her cheeky little pony.  Pauline had two horses with Cushings, Jack and Spur, and found it difficult to get good information on how to best manage a horse with Cushings.  Then she found the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance Group which she has been part of ever since.  Pauline has a wealth of knowledge on the topic and this interview covers what to do and where to go if you think your horse has Cushings.  Incredibly practical and helpful interview.

Here's some helpful links:

EIRCG - https://ecir.groups.io/g/main (the new link) and http://ecirhorse.org/ (still current)
Hay testing: http://equi-analytical.com/
Audio Link: http://bit.ly/1VGEsqB



Episode Eight – Confidence and riding success tips with Australia’s No. 1 Equine Mindset Coach.

Tanja Mitton is Australia's number 1 Equestrian Mindset Coach and talks to me about how riders can overcome fear and build confidence and success into their riding experience.

 Tanja is a riding coach and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Coach with over 25 years of coaching and competition experience.  She talks about how she noticed that many riders struggled with what was going on in their heads when they rode and this held them back in their riding success so she added this component into her coaching and watched her students transform.

Tanja is the Australian High Performance Mindset Coach for the Dressage and Para Squads and in 2012 Tanja was invited to the Australian Institute of Sport to present to the NCAS Level 3 coach candidates a workshop on how to improve the Mindset of Australian Coaches.

Tanja is the Author of the Book “Seven Steps to the Mindset of an Equestrian Champion” and has regular articles published in ‘The Horse Deals Magazine’, ‘Local Horse Magazine’ and ‘Horse North’ as well as having been an Educator at EQUITANA in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Tanja conducts  clinics all around Australia and her Seminars have been approved by the EA (Equestrian Australia) for NCAS coach accreditation points.

You can find out more by listening to the interview and hitting her up on facebook or her website www.tanjamitton.com



Episode Seven

Catherine Louise Birminham grew up in a non horsey family with an obsession for horses and an absolute determination to make them her life. Starting by helping out at Riding for the Disabled with her mum she went on to become an accomplished Grand Prix Dressage rider and subsequently a coach. She has ridden and coached at the highest level in Australia, Germany and Japan. Now Catherine has added successful author to her name with Ride for Life and now Just Be You. I caught up with Catherine for an interview whilst she was in Bali writing book number 3. In this interview she tells her story and talks about the rider/horse connection. This discussion went deep and its a fantastic interview.

You can find out more about Catherine at http://catherinelouisebirmingham.com and her books can be ordered online on Amazon or through her website.

#Horsesense #horse #equine #equinecareclinic #horsetips #dressage #Spirituality#Catherine Birmingham



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!

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



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