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Nutrition – December 2019

Digestion does best when it’s as nature intended: The domestication of horses poses unique challenges for digestive health, writes DAWN BLACKWELL, who gives us an explanation of our horses’ digestive systems.  If you think about the digestive process, digestion begins

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Training Tips – December 2019

The three rules of showjumping: If you want to up your jumping game, then you’re going to love the invaluable training tips top showjumper Brook Dobbin recently shared with AMANDA MAC.   ‘It’s all in the preparation’ – a true-ism applicable

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Our Hero – December 2019

Harmony and the horse: Andrew Hoy is in the spotlight to be chosen to compete at his eighth Olympics, writes CANDIDA BAKER, of a true Australian legend. You know it, don’t you, when you see it – the effortless fluid

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Brister’s Brief – December 2019

The importance of kick-ass leg work: Picking up horse’s hooves safely and easily is an absolute essential for all of us, writes CHARLIE BRISTER Nearly every working horse I know has its hooves manicured more often than their owner’s toes

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Our Christmas Gift Guide

Have yourselves a horsey little Christmas! ‘Tis the season to pick out some great gifts for your horse-loving family and friends, and to put a few on your own wish list too! The HorseVibes team have had all year to

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Young Rider – November 2019

A cut above: Addison Dudley may only be 12 years old, but she has a maturity that goes well beyond her years, writes AMANDA MAC. In a western style cutting contest, horse and rider work together to cut out a

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Delivering Dreams Scholarship – November 2019

Delivering Dreams Scholarship: Winners are grinners, and so they should be.  Meet the top three applicants for our inaugural HorseVibes Delivering Dreams Scholarship.   We were looking for community spirit, and we found it in spades in our top three applicants,

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Brister’s Brief – November 2019

Why riding is a bummer: CHARLIE BRISTER looks at why an independent seat is of the buttmost importance.  As riders we’ve often heard coaches comment that a rider really needs an independent seat, when the rider appears a little too

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Our Hero – November 2019

The world’s most loved horse: It was 1992, and a rainy, muddy Melbourne Cup day when Subzero streaked first past the winning post, writes JO MACKINNON, of the horse that’s gone on to win hearts all over the world.  .

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Training Tips – November 2019

The show must go on: As well as being beautifully turned out, a successful show horse should have ideal conformation, move with elegance and display good manners. For some expert tips AMANDA MAC caught up with one half of J

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Brister’s Brief – October 2019

Greener pastures, open minds: Most young Australian riders dream of competing in Europe, but it may not be what everyone expects, writes CHARLIE BRISTER, who recently spent a month in Europe. It’s always great to have an open mind, and

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Our Hero – October 2019

Our Boy Billy: Over the past few years Billy Raymont has been on an amazing winning streak, writes CANDIDA BAKER, maturing into a rider who’s here to write his name into the show jumping history books. “If you’d asked me

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Training Tips – October 2019

The art of going forward sideways: There’s more to leg yielding and shoulder-in than meets the eye, so AMANDA MAC asked top dressage rider Alycia Targa for some expert how-to tips. If you want good advice, the smart move is

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Nutrition – October 2019

What the hay?: As the drought bites in and hay supplies dwindle, it’s more important than ever to know one bale from another – it could make a world of difference to your horse’s well-being, writes AMANDA MAC. As the

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Breed – September 2019

The small but mighty Fallabella: The Falabella miniature horse rarely exceeding eight hands, but despite their tiny size AMANDA MAC was intrigued to learn that you never call them a ‘pony’.   Other than their size, Falabellas are proportioned similarly to

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Brister’s Brief – September 2019

Gate crashing 101: Not just a time-saver, but also a test of your horse’s willingness to comply with your leg aids, learning to open gates while mounted can take both patience and practice, writes CHARLIE BRISTER. Some people say: “If

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Our Hero – September 2019

A Passion for Coaching: When Sally Francis was awarded an OAM for her services to horse sports and to riders with a disability, it was in recognition of decades of service to the equine industry – in all its forms,

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Training Tips – September 2019

Helen Chugg’s foal handling tips: So you’re thinking of breeding from your mare? A wonderful idea, but once that much anticipated foal arrives, what then? AMANDA MAC asked renowned warmblood breeder Helen Chugg for some expert advice on the finer

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Nutrition – September 2019

Feeding mares and foals – from birth to weaning: Planning your approach to nutrition is the best way to ensure a good outcome for both your mare and foal, writes nutritionist LARISSA BILTON. The birth of a foal is an

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Breed – August 2019

The incredible Quarter Horse: The Quarter horse can reach speeds of just under 90kph, but as AMANDA MAC discovered, speed is only one of this breed’s extraordinary attributes. One look at the Quarter Horse’s compact confirmation and powerful build, and

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