A National Riding, Training and Horse Care Magazine . . . . incorporating The Green Horse -sustainable horsekeeping. hoofbeats Produced by Inside Body Control shoulders and hips - page 55 Property and Horse Accidents page 26 Vol 34 No 6 April/May 2013 HOOFBEAT PUBLICATIONS 90 Leslie Road, Wandi, 6167 Ph: (08) 9397 0506 Fax: (08) 9397 0200 Email: Office/accounts: enquiries@hoofbeats.com.au Subscriptions: subscriptions@hoofbeats.com.au Ads: ads@hoofbeats.com.au Showscene: showscene@hoofbeats.com.au Green Horse: greenhorse@hoofbeats.com.au Editorial: editorial@hoofbeats.com.au Emag: hoofbeatsemag@optusnet.com.au Breeding Relationships - page 76 Canter Depart - page 4 www.hoofbeats.com.au MANAGING EDITOR Sandy Hannan EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Carol Willcocks Carole Watson Contributing Editor (Cyber Writer) Wendy Elks ADVERTISING Tracy Weaver OFFICE / ACCOUNTS Katrina Bailey GRAPHICS AND WEB Caitlin Bolger E-MAGAZINE Diane Bawden SUBSCRIPTIONS Bob Hannan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) Kaye Meynell Linda Parelli Adrian Cowell INSERTS W.A SHOW SCENE 4 14 PULLING THE STRINGS Correct preparation helps to achieve a smooth and easy canter depart. by Wendy Elks with Coralie Smyth, Carlos Taberniberri and Josh Lyons by Carole Watson THE CANTER DEPART 19 HEADSHAKING SYNDROME 20 TIGHT GIRTHS by Kaye Meynell A love of horses and theatre were combined for Sarah Nelson with her role as a puppeteer in the War Horse play that has many forgetting these horses are puppets. Research has identified a surgical procedure that is having a 49% success rate for Headshaking Syndrome . Can riders really rely solely on their own judgment when it comes to fastening the girth to an optimal level? Offering their experienced opinions on tight girths are Jose Mendez, Stuart Tinney, Megan Jones, Ian Francis and Warwick Schiller. 24 WHAT THE PROFESSIONALS SAY ON TIGHT GIRTHS 26 PROPERTY AND HORSE ACCIDENTS Available in magazines sold in WA , in the e-magazine and to subscribers THE GREEN HORSE Sustainable horsekeeping 34 PLEASE EXPLAIN with Brian Timney, Ross Jacobs and Dr Sharanne Raidal 38 HORSES DON’T HAVE STAGE FRIGHT Puddle Shy, drenching and branding. Experienced horsemen and women guide readers through the questions they have always wanted to ask. Research has shown that it is not the horses that suffers anxiety in front of spectators - but their riders. The way a horse is handled during an emergency or accident can mean the difference between life and death, long term injury or recovery. DISTRIBUTORS: Gordon & Gotch PRINTERS P.K.Print Manuscripts, results and photographs are welcomed. Preferably these should be emailed. Failing this, clearly written or printed material will be accepted. No responsibility is assumed for errors from handwritten material. Emailed photographs should be scanned at 300dpi then saved as jpegs and attached to email. All material should be addressed to The Editor, Hoofbeat Publications, 90 Leslie Rd., Wandi 6167 or emailed to editorial@hoofbeats.com.au Although maximum care is taken, no responsibility is assumed for such material while in transit or at this office. Material will be returned if a stamped self addressed envelope is enclosed. All material published remains the property of Hoofbeat Publications. Reproduction of any part of Hoofbeats is protected by copyright and only permitted when a written release has been received from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publishers or the editor. Contents of advertisements are the responsibility of the advertisers. 40 HELP FOR BRACED HEELS by Wendy Murdoch 44 45 46 46 47 48 49 49 50 Many riders jam their feet against the stirrup in order to sink their weight through their heels, however this may inhibit the horse’s ability to work in the correct outline. The GREEN HORSE - sustainable horsekeeping Information Exchange - Reader’s Tips, Views and Questions Overgrazing - What does it really mean by Andrea Carmody Establishing Native Grasses by Ian Chivers Apple Cider Vinegar by Jackie Rive Spotlight on Quad Bike Safety Toxic Trees by Nicola Field Buying Rural Properties by Chris Ferreira The Good Oil on Emu Products by Amanda White Holistic Management Pt 4: Ecosystems Processes by Marie e van den Berg and Nick Huggins