Rosa Canina – Dog Rose is native to Europe and is considered a weed in parts of Australia which is unfortunate as it has such wonderful health giving properties for both ourselves and our horses. The hips of the dog rose were a popular sweetmeat in the Middle Ages. The term sweetmeats usually refers to candy or sweet confections. Doctors in the Middle Ages often concealed bitter medicine in candy form, so that it was more palatable to patients. However, many patients believed that medicine wasn’t working unless it tasted awful.
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February 23, 2012
February 7, 2012
In online discussions about bits, many posters will say that in the wrong hands a snaffle can be as deadly as any curb, gag or combo bit. At first glance this seems logical, after all the majority of bits are made of metal and sit on the soft and sensitive tissues inside the horse's mouth. Any application of strong or rapid pressure on those soft tissues will cause equal harm? The problem with this claim is that it doesn't stand up on closer scrutiny.
January 11, 2012
Winters in the Gobi desert are usually long and very cold but the winter of 2009/2010 was particularly severe, a condition Mongolians refer to as “dzud”. Millions of livestock died in Mongolia and the re-introduced wild Przewalski’s horse population crashed dramatically.
December 2, 2011
Horses with arthritis can benefit greatly from eating Hawthorn, both the tops of the plant and the berries. Its proper botanical name is Crataegus monogyna & Crataegus oxyacantha and it is considered an extremely valuable medicinal herb.
November 30, 2011
Enhancing horse productivity and wellbeing has drawn considerable interest in feeding fat supplemented diets to horses. Much of this interest has been prompted by a significant amount of research on the subject over the last ten years. Whilst several unknown aspects of specific fatty acid nutrition in the horse still exist, the caloric and some extra caloric effects of feeding fat to horses are well documented.
November 30, 2011
Academy Award winner-Michael Blake and the Barbi Twins join the American public and Protect Mustangs in their outrage over the death of Old Gold, a palomino wild mare who was euthanized by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) after being rounded up.
November 23, 2011
With wet weather starting in the eastern states, it’s a good time to for a refresher on caring for your waterproof rugs.
It is recommended that you don't use detergents or any type of chemical on synthetic waterproof rugs as this can damage the waterproofing membrane. Instead hand wash them in cold water or wipe off with a damp cloth or sponge - Never scrub! To insure you get a long life from your waterproof denier, take a few precautions:
November 16, 2011
Have you ever wondered what nature has in its medicine chest for moody mares? Often when we look at our mares that present with “mareish” behaviour we don’t immediately relate it to the human symptoms of pre-menstrual tension, but in fact it is very similar.
August 1, 2011
Modern cars come equipped with excellent air conditioning and heating systems, to ensure the utmost comfort during a journey. The benefits of these components in a long journey are self-evident and once you are used to them, it is hard to imagine travel without such luxuries.
May 19, 2011
On Saturday 4th June 2011 horse riders across all of Australia will take part in a bid to break a world record for the largest trail ride in history!