Showjumping at WRECAR in Monbulk 2011

Horseriding – the art of keeping a horse between yourself and the ground.

Oh well, maybe next time. The first round did not work out all that well, but we did manage a 2nd place in the second round and a 6th place in the 3rd round. Occy is not a speed horse, but we never knocked a rail. 

The video is of  Marcy and her little mare, who put in a realy nice ride for their first ever showjumping outing. If this would have been an equitation class they would have won. I think they could have also won best presented.


Timing of Feeding Affects Energy Level of Horses | Equinews

Timing of Feeding Affects Energy Level of HorsesBy Dr. Kathleen Crandell · August 29, 2011

Have you ever felt that your horse lacks energy during daily training?  Has he run out of gas over a course of jumps and struggled to finish? Would you ever suspect that it might have something to do with the horse’s last meal? 

The problem might not lie in what is fed but when it is fed.

Timing of feeding can affect the horse’s energy level during exercise and can be critical to performance. Feeding a grain meal has some metabolic consequences that may influence how your horse feels during exercise. After a grain meal, there is a rise in blood glucose that causes insulin to be released. Insulin removes glucose from the bloodstream and introduces it into cells for use or storage.

Blood glucose and insulin levels peak about two hours after a meal. If the horse starts exercising when the insulin level in the bloodstream is high, the horse will use glucose for muscle contractions while insulin is simultaneously storing glucose. The result can be extra low blood glucose, which can cause fatigue in the horse. Therefore, it is advisable to feed a grain meal well before a bout of exercise, at least three or four hours.

The type of energy the horse derives from forages does not have a significant effect on blood glucose and the same effect on fatigue is not usually seen. Therefore, forages can be fed at all times, even leading up to a training session or competition.


A Comparison of Weight Estimation Methods in Adult Horses

A recent study by Elizabeth L. Wagner Phd and Patricia J. Tyler MS determined the most accurate way of estimating a horses weight. Weight tapes and body weight estimation formulas are routinely used to determine the body weight of a horse when a scale is not available.

The established formula to estimate body weight in mature horses is Hungry Horse
weight (kg) = (heartgirth2 × bodylength in cm)/(11,880)

Two variations of the body length measurement have been used, measuring distance from the point of the shoulder to the ischial tuberosity (Point) or to the midpoint of the distance between the widest part of the stifle and the tail when viewed from the rear (Stifle).

The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a commercial weight tape and the body weight estimation formula using both body length measurements in estimating weight of adult horses. Horses (n = 145) were weighed on a portable livestock scale, and measured for height at the withers, heart girth circumference, and body length by using the Point and Stifle measurements. A commercial weight tape was used to estimate body weight on 110 horses. The two formula weight estimations and the weight tape estimation were significantly different from the actual weight and from each other. The mean difference between actual weight and tape weight (n = 110) was 65.81 kg, whereas the differences between actual weight and the formula estimations (n = 145) were 17.25 kg for the Point measurement and 45.26 kg for the Stifle measurement.

The estimation formula using body length measurement with the ischial tuberosity endpoint most closely estimates the actual body weight of the horses.

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Yarrambat Horse Trials Level 2 cross country 2011 – Post your free horse ads at today

After the 2 stops at Friends of Werribee I had to ride more assertively, so this time every time Occy started to back off or get distracted by his surroundings he got encouragement. No stops this time. 🙂

We jumped clear and under time on a course that claimed about a third of the field at this level with eliminations.

This moved us up from 5th after dressage to 2nd after cross country. Occy did put in an unfortunate stop in the showjumping that dropped us to third but we were still in the top placings for what is renowned as a tough event. We got a hay-bag from Hurstbridge Saddlery and a Saddle blanket from Unicorn Equestrian Center for our troubles.

I think the contents of the hay-bag will be most important to Occy.

Economic Impact Of Aussie Horse Flu : Equid Blog

Australian Horse Industry Council –  Pleasure and performance horses

According to research done in 2008 by AHIC (Australian Horse Industry Council) Respondents estimate that they have experienced losses at $3.6 Billion between August and December 2007. This is concentrated in the Performance and pleasure side of the industry. The full report is available here


A special edition of the Australian Veterinary Journal (July 2011) includes a series of papers covering different aspects of this outbreak. In one paper (Smyth et al) the authors look at the economic consequences and tried to determine the financial costs of the outbreak. Such estimates are always tough to make and can never be 100% accurate, but they can give a general idea of the scope and impact of an outbreak. Not surprisingly, the costs were pretty astounding.

Australian Government

A series of measures were implemented to assist individuals and organization that were impacted. The total cost of those packages was over $263 million AusD.

State/Territory Governments

New South Wales and Queensland were most seriously affected, but all states and territories were impacted. These governments provided support in addition to the federal funds. For example, Queensland allocated over $27 million to various efforts, while New South Wales contributed more than $46 million.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia

This is the government body that regulates racing in Western Australia. The outbreak cost this agency around $500 000, a figure that does not include lost employee time and approximately $15 million in lost wagering revenue. Some of this was recovered through insurance, but it’s now unlikely that they will be able to get further insurance to cover outbreaks.

Harness Racing Industry

It’s always hard to figure out the true costs to an industry after a major disaster because the trickle down effect goes so far, affecting people who provide support and services (e.g. hay suppliers) to various businesses that are affected directly because people in those groups don’t have money to spend. The total identifiable costs were calculated to be over $23 million, about half of which was to owners and trainers. The authors acknowledge the true costs were probably much higher.


A large inquiry was commissioned after the outbreak. This cost over $5 million.

Animal Health Australia

This group coordinated the emergency response and had to divert tremendous personnel time and resources. This included the vaccination program that distributed 670 000 doses of vaccine.

Households and businesses

Overall, it was estimated that horse associations lost $281 million, horse businesses $65 million and households $34 million.

Horse deaths

The value of horses that were reported to have died was close to $1 million, despite the fact that equine flu is uncommonly fatal. This number doesn’t include intangible costs associated with losing a horse. However, reported deaths may be a minority and it was estimated that true horse death costs may have been $44 million. (However, I suspect the death rate estimate used for this value is high.)

Veterinary treatment

Estimated costs…$35.7 million.

Do the exact numbers matter? No. They simply show that an infectious disease outbreak can cost a lot. In many areas, horses receive little government attention because they are not food animals, despite the fact that the highly mobile horse population is probably at much higher risk of importing a new disease, and despite the fact that the economic impact of the industry is huge (and often overlooked by governments and groups that fund agricultural research).

If nothing else, this should serve as a reminder to government and industry groups that attention needs to be paid to infection control and emergency planning. While groups are often reluctant to put  much or any time, effort and funds into these areas, the amount of money that would be spent is inconsequential compared to the potential impact of even a small outbreak.

via Equid Blog 

Ever wanted to go to Aachen, now you virtually can with great 360 degree panoramas

A stroll over the world’s most famous show grounds
360° panorama photos let the Soers come alive

No doubt – there is nothing better than experiencing the world’s best horses and riders live in the stadiums of the CHIO Aachen. Those who have already visited the traditional show grounds, can now vividly reminisce about their stay: 360° panorama photos on give virtual access for example to the stables or the judges’ tower. But also panorama images of the cross-country course, the CHIO Village or the stadiums are available online. Though, even if the 360° pictures provide a good overview of the show grounds – the special atmosphere of the CHIO Aachen cannot be conveyed digitally. It can only be experienced live:

Check out the CHIO Panorama Tour here