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December 2019 edition

Welcome to our fabulous jam-packed with goodies Christmas edition, which has come to you with a few special challenges. Leading up to the this month’s issue, we at HorseVibes HQ have dealt with fires, evacuations, no internet, air that is so thick with smoke that the solar energizers won’t charge, water shortages and paddocks that are turning into dirt bowls.

We know that here in the Northern Rivers we are luckier than most. We’ve always been protected from the worst droughts and the worst fires, but this has given us a taster for what it’s like out there for those continuing to battle this drought and the terrible fires that have engulfed so much of Australia.

To be honest, turning our mind to a ‘festive season’ wasn’t always easy, but we rose to the occasion to bring you a gift guide full of our favourite things, and we hope that some of these ideas, as well as a subscription to HorseVibes, lands in your stocking.

Our Hero this month is Andrew Hoy who was interviewed by HV editor Candida Baker. Andrew has qualified two horses for the Olympics, and if he makes the team this will be his 8th Olympics. What an outstanding feat. His belief in the importance of harmony, and his dedication to his horses and his sport of eventing are inspirational.

We have a cheeky little character making his way into our pages as a regular contributor. Don’t ask me how he did it. I think he broke into the feed shed and wouldn’t come out until I agreed. Meet Salty of Sleepy Creek Stables, whose pony adventures are a great reminder of those tiny terrors we all loved as pony-mad kids.

Charlie Brister gives us his usual unique take and this month’s lesson is to teach us how to safely teach a horse to lift its feet. So easy when they do it for you. So hard when they don’t! Charlie has some great tips to help you along the safe hoof-lifting road.

 

Amanda Mac looks at the beautiful Lusitano breed, who doesn’t want one of these magnificent beings under the Christmas tree?

Our Tackbox this month is renowned equine veterinarian and dentist, Dr Oliver Liyou, who climbs onto his tackbox and talks about how to tell if you are getting value for money from your equine dentist. Also on all things medical, Dawn Blackwell explains the horse’s digestive system and how to feed in these dry and challenging conditions.

We bring you the winners of the #lifeafterracing competition as well as a massive compilation of Around The Traps, keep those pictures coming, we love seeing everyone out and about with their ponies.

Brook Dobbin talks striding in Training Tips; the Horse Listener reminisces about freezing Christmas rides in the snow; Jane Camens gives us a quick round of pub rides – don’t get drunk and ride! And we introduce the dates for the next round of the Delivering Dreams Scholarship.

Us HorseVibers are going to take a little summer break, since we don’t produce a January edition. Our BIG news is – watch out in February as we move to a bi-monthly publication, so that we can bring you an even bigger and even more beautiful publication, with all your favourite pieces and so much more. Don’t worry. If you have a subscription, you will still get the same number of editions you’ve purchased, just spread out over a longer time.

From all of us here at HorseVibes and The Saddle Hub, have a safe and wonderful Christmas, see you in 2020. Relax, pour your favourite glass of Christmas cheer and enjoy our December issue.

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December 2019 edition

Welcome to our fabulous jam-packed with goodies Christmas edition, which has come to you with a few special challenges. Leading up to the this month’s issue, we at HorseVibes HQ have dealt with fires, evacuations, no internet, air that is so thick with smoke that the solar energizers won’t charge, water shortages and paddocks that are turning into dirt bowls.
 

We know that here in the Northern Rivers we are luckier than most. We’ve always been protected from the worst droughts and the worst fires, but this has given us a taster for what it’s like out there for those continuing to battle this drought and the terrible fires that have engulfed so much of Australia.

Welcome to our fabulous jam-packed with goodies Christmas edition, which has come to you with a few special challenges. Leading up to the this month’s issue, we at HorseVibes HQ have dealt with fires, evacuations, no internet, air that is so thick with smoke that the solar energizers won’t charge, water shortages and paddocks that are turning into dirt bowls.

We know that here in the Northern Rivers we are luckier than most. We’ve always been protected from the worst droughts and the worst fires, but this has given us a taster for what it’s like out there for those continuing to battle this drought and the terrible fires that have engulfed so much of Australia.

To be honest, turning our mind to a ‘festive season’ wasn’t always easy, but we rose to the occasion to bring you a gift guide full of our favourite things, and we hope that some of these ideas, as well as a subscription to HorseVibes, lands in your stocking.

Our Hero this month is Andrew Hoy who was interviewed by HV editor Candida Baker. Andrew has qualified two horses for the Olympics, and if he makes the team this will be his 8th Olympics. What an outstanding feat. His belief in the importance of harmony, and his dedication to his horses and his sport of eventing are inspirational.

We have a cheeky little character making his way into our pages as a regular contributor. Don’t ask me how he did it. I think he broke into the feed shed and wouldn’t come out until I agreed. Meet Salty of Sleepy Creek Stables, whose pony adventures are a great reminder of those tiny terrors we all loved as pony-mad kids.

Charlie Brister gives us his usual unique take and this month’s lesson is to teach us how to safely teach a horse to lift its feet. So easy when they do it for you. So hard when they don’t! Charlie has some great tips to help you along the safe hoof-lifting road.

Amanda Mac looks at the beautiful Lusitano breed, who doesn’t want one of these magnificent beings under the Christmas tree?

Our Tackbox this month is renowned equine veterinarian and dentist, Dr Oliver Liyou, who climbs onto his tackbox and talks about how to tell if you are getting value for money from your equine dentist. Also on all things medical, Dawn Blackwell explains the horse’s digestive system and how to feed in these dry and challenging conditions.

We bring you the winners of the #lifeafterracing competition as well as a massive compilation of Around The Traps, keep those pictures coming, we love seeing everyone out and about with their ponies.

Brook Dobbin talks striding in Training Tips; the Horse Listener reminisces about freezing Christmas rides in the snow; Jane Camens gives us a quick round of pub rides – don’t get drunk and ride! And we introduce the dates for the next round of the Delivering Dreams Scholarship.

Us HorseVibers are going to take a little summer break, since we don’t produce a January edition. Our BIG news is – watch out in February as we move to a bi-monthly publication, so that we can bring you an even bigger and even more beautiful publication, with all your favourite pieces and so much more. Don’t worry. If you have a subscription, you will still get the same number of editions you’ve purchased, just spread out over a longer time.

From all of us here at HorseVibes and The Saddle Hub, have a safe and wonderful Christmas, see you in 2020. Relax, pour your favourite glass of Christmas cheer and enjoy our December issue.

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Our engaging feature articles include ...

Our Hero
Andrew Hoy

You know it, don’t you, when you see it – the effortless fluid grace of a true athlete, whether it be a swimmer, a runner, or in Andrew Hoy’s case, a rider. And for me, the invisible communication between a great rider and a great horse takes that grace to another level. “Someone once asked me to describe my riding in one ..."

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Honouring your beautiful Thoroughbreds
& Standardbreds

Here at HorseVibes, many of us have Thoroughbreds we’ve competed on, bred from, had as companion horses, play with in therapy work, and generally enjoy. They have larger-than-life personalities, for sure, and we were so moved by your stories and photos that we’ve chosen eleven of the best, which we are sure will ....

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Give me land, lots of land and a
starry sky above…

Not everybody thought it was a good idea when 18-year-old Tara Shiels confessed she had a desire to spend her gap year on a remote cattle property. After all, says Tara, “I’m absolutely a town girl, hot and cold water at the turn of a tap, a short walk to the shop, all those convenient things.” Where she’s been...

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Digestion does best when it’s
as nature intended

If you think about the digestive pro- cess, digestion begins with chewing and the essential production of saliva. Your horse feels with her whiskers; grasps, bites, chews and passes a moist bolus of food down the oesophagus. Slowly. If not, choke may occur. In a horse, it can only go one way as there is a flap preventing food coming back ...

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Merry Christmas from HorseVibes

A horse walked into a bar…

Before you raise your glass this holiday season, drink in this cautionary note, it’s both unsafe and illegal to ride a horse if your blood alcohol level is over the legal limit for driving a motor vehicle. The most recent arrest was of a woman above the limit who rode her horse into a drive-in bottle shop in the city of Logan, near Brisbane. Once you’ve digested that sobering information, it is my happy duty, with the ....

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Safety first each and every time

We’ve all heard the horror stories of riders and horses coming to grief in the cross-country component of events both here at home in Australia and overseas. Tragically, on occasion these accidents have resulted in fatalities. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of serious injury resulting from a fall, Equestrian Australia (EA) keeps up to date with ...

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Have yourselves a horsey little Christmas

The HorseVibes team have had all year to fine-tune their Christmas wish lists… and their combined efforts include everything from three-horse trucks (horses included) to boot polish and socks! So to help you on your gift-giving way, here are our top picks – and from all of us to all of you, a very Merry Horsey Christmas! ...

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Christmas time & mango mischief

I’m not sure that Santa is likely to visit me this year. Some of the locals around here might argue that my name won’t make it on to his ‘nice’ list. I don’t think that it’s really a fair thing though, because after all, what happened last Christmas Eve was NOT my fault. Well, not entirely anyway. And the lessons I MAY have taught the rest of the crew weren’t really my ....

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Around The Traps - December
See what the HorseVibes community did during past month!

HorseVibes - December Edition
Here's what our columnists had to say ...

Brister's Brief -
the importance of kick-ass leg work

Nearly every working horse I know has its hooves manicured more often than their owner’s toes get any attention. So making foot work a happy and relaxed time with the farrier will improve your quality of horse-life immensely. Some horses will pick up their feet well, but misbehave when the farrier needs to hold them up for a longer period of time...

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Stop the snow, I want to get off

So there we were, two of my sisters and me, and my father. It was Christmas Eve morning, and we were out for a ride in Richmond Park, about an hour from the centre of London, at a stables that my Dad had ridden at a lot over the years, and where all of us had ridden with him from time to time, enjoying the occasional gallop through the ancient parklands, catching a glimpse of deer...

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Training tips: Brook Dobbin

‘It’s all in the preparation’ – a true-ism applicable to any number of endeavours, and most definitely to that of becoming a successful show jumper. And they don’t come much more successful than Brook Dobbin. Brook has competed both as an individual and for the Australian team both here and overseas, achieving multiple World Cup and Grand Prix wins over the years. More recently, he was...

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On My Tackbox
The download on equine dentistry

Value for money is one of the key parts of choosing any product or service, and this article is done to help you, the horse owner or trainer, decide whether you are getting value or not from your service provider. Let’s break down every step of what is involved in having your horse’s ‘teeth done’ by a professional person. ...

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Young Rider
Madeline Sinderberry

M adi Sinderberry, from Condobolin NSW, can’t remember when she first started riding, but knows she was riding by herself by the time she was four years old. “I rode on the family farm, and later went to Pony Club and competed at the Interschools. I tried out eventing and campdrafting, but by the time I was about 10...

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Horse Breed
Lusitanos

There’s something about the Lusitano that holds your gaze. Whether that’s down to their superb conformation, the intelligence in their eyes, or the exotic history that flows through their aristocratic veins (the Lusitano is one of the world’s most ancient breeds), is hard to tell – but it’s almost impossible to look away once you’re...

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Horses in History
Sophie – Colonel Potter’s famous mare

In this month’s Horse History, we’re taking a look at the only equine character to appear in one of the best-loved television series of all time… M*A*S*H. The show began its run in 1972 and ended eleven years and two hundred and fifty-six episodes later in 1983 with a record-breaking ...

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Giving Back
Janet Houghton

Sixty-four-year-old Janet Houghton is currently the Chair of Eventing Victoria and Director of the Melbourne International 3 Day Event held on the June long weekend each year at Werribee Park. Watch Janet in action there and you’ll observe one of the hardest working and most ...

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Epona Stars
The month of December

December brings a bevy of practical concerns, the silly season being only one of them. Think ‘all systems go’ for shopping, a relief after the last month’s retrograde which may have ground things to a halt. The eclipse on December 26th will ...

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Imagine receiving the assistance you need to move you closer to your goals. Sounds good? Well, this could be you if you apply for the very first HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship. We are currently accepting applications from our subscribers, with one lucky person chosen to receive an intensive training …

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Delivering Dreams Scholarship

Imagine receiving the assistance you need to move you closer to your goals. Sounds good? Well, this could be you if you apply for the very first HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship. We are currently accepting applications from our subscribers, with one lucky person chosen to receive an intensive training …

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Meet Our Team

Publisher

Fiona Todd
HorseVibes publisher Fiona Todd grew up on the North Coast of NSW on a dairy farm and developed a love for animals from a young age. “I spent hours playing with my dad’s trusty stock horse, Smokey,” she says, “and I eventually got my own horse when I was 12. She was the first in a long line of ...

Candy Baker - HorseVibes Editor

Editor

Candida Baker
Candida Baker has been editor of HorseVibes since 2017, steering the magazine through a major transformation in both content and design. As a journalist Candy has been editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine, Arts Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and a feature writer for seven years for The Age...

Amanda McWinnie - HorseVibes Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor

Amanda McWhinnie
UK-born Amanda McWhinnie’s love affair with horses began when she was four-years-old. “I was with my parents at a show jumping event when a dappled grey horse caught my eye as it cleared jump after jump with a carefree swish of its luxuriant tail. I was entranced,” she says, “and it started a lifetime ...

Lainie Towner - HorseVibes Advertising Manager

Advertising Manager

Lainie Bracher-Towner
Lainie Bracher-Towner’s career in magazine advertising spans over two decades with roles across various brands ranging from Vogue, Marie Claire, CLEO and Australian Good Taste right through to the Australian Women's Weekly. In 2014 Lainie took a huge leap of faith and moved to Byron Bay...

Jane Camens - writer for HorseVibes

Feature Writer

Jane Camens
Jane Camens, who grew up in Brisbane, was horse-obsessed from an early age, with most of her lessons learnt from her iron-mouthed horse Ben! Graduating from the University of Queensland with an Arts degree, she was offered a job as a cadet journalist on The Women’s Weekly by Ita Buttrose...

Charlie Brister - HorseVibes Columnist

Columnist

Charlie Brister
If Charlie Brister was to advertise himself for sale, he says he’d put himself in the ‘All Rounder’ category. A bush-bred boy, he grew up riding pre-track racehorses. “I’d gallop through the bush with no idea of what a rising diagonal, or a correct distance was,” says this now NCAS Level 2 Eventing Coach...

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Marketing Manager

Nicky Richman
Nicky has been involved with horses her entire life having been raised on, and actively involved in, her parents highly successful Standardbred breeding establishment ‘Banner Lodge’ in Christchurch, NZ. “I started competing when I very young,” she says, “and I’ve always loved eventing, although I’ve also ...