Horses and hay bellies

Do your horses have a hay belly and yet you feel you hardly feed them anything?  Here is a very interesting article written by Dr Eleanor Kellon which might help to explain why.  Click on  Let them Eat Hay

Horses and Climate Change

Have you thought about the impact of Climate Change on your  horse and his environment?  HorseSA facilitated a very informative workshop in 2012, published  in the link below. There was also an article about it in the RIRDC Newsletter (link below also).  As time goes on there will be much more to come on the subject – links will be added.

HorseSA – and climate change workshop Jun 12

Check this link for further workshops/developments  HorseSA – Future Proof your Horse

RIRDC Newsletter Dec 2012

Rebecca Cassell – Climate Change and the Horse Nov 2013

Rural Industries Fact Sheet 2012

Impact of Climate Change on Horses – Melissa Rebbeck 2012

The impact of climate change on horses

Horses, Trains and climate change. 2016


Two wonderful little books with heaps of info

Two fantastic publications by Marg Richardson ( and Jen Clingly (

The Bare Facts – is packed with information on the horse, the environment and feed – as we know unless the movement, feed and environment is right, your horse will struggle to get the hoof he needs.  This little book gives you ideas and suggestions to help you get the balance right.

Founder Facts – is helpful for the owner/carer of suffering horses.  This book needed to happen.  So enlighten yourself with the information packed in this little book.

The books are just $14 for the pair from the shop.  Proceeds from the sale of the books will be directed back to the authors so they can continue to bring us informative helpful information! Purchase here

The Functional Hoof Conference 2011

1st to the 5th February at Melbourne Veterinary University, Werribee.

If you attended the Conference then there is no reason for you to read any further, as you will know what I am about to say.

What an interesting, informative, educational and very open forum for the discussion about our Equine friends.  If you missed it you would be sorry, there was just so much that came out of it to even attempt to fill you in.  It was very interesting to listen to very notable and informative professors, scientists, inventors and veterinarians, all putting their views forward, and listening to case studies from those on the ground working with horses.  It’s incredible the amount of research going into our equine friends, and with so many hours and minds combined, only good can surely come of it.

It was a star studded line up – and keep watching because we are going to hear their names more and more in the future.

One thing was agreed on by all – you can be the best hoof carer in the world, but unless the feed, environment and movement is right, you won’t ever get the hoof you are looking for just by trimming.

The speakers/presenters at the conference consisted of the following, and there were a number of case studies presented also:-

  • Prof Chris Pollitt – AUS
  • Assoc Prof Debra Taylor – US
  • Dr Kerry Ridgeway – US
  • Prof Bob Bowker – US
  • Dr Simon Collins – UK
  • Brian Hampson – AUS
  • Dr Melanie Quick – AUS
  • Duncan McLaughlin – AUS
  • Garrett Ford – US
  • Carol Layton – AUS
  • Karen Chaton – US
  • Todd Jaynes – US
  • Carole Herder – CAN

It was a very in depth, comprehensive and brain spinning conference.  There’s talk of another one, probably in two years or so which might be held in another country.  So start saving, it’s something you don’t want to miss.