MORE FOAL HANDLING

It's been a big 7 days for for Goldie this week - branded, rug on for the first time and her first tetanus/strangles shot. All essential steps in handling your foal! Don't forget daily contact and work helps a lot! Where are you up to with educating your youngsters?
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FOAL HANDLING- GETTING TO KNOW YOUR YOUNGSTERS

When do you start working with your foals? As soon as possible. Beware cranky foals who may be aggressive. A barrier between you and the foal may be needed when starting out with these ones. I try to avoid using crush type restrictions if possible but sometimes you have no choice or you'll get hurt. Try to keep at the foal's height so as not to scare them off and watch out for any sudden moves. Be ready to move away quickly so as not to get hurt. They may look cute but at this stage you don't know what's going to upset them or what their temperament is like. Arguably foals are the most dangerous age as you don't know them yet or how they will respond to different circumstances and situations. Like us they are all individuals and have different likes, dislikes and tolerances. My mares do not foal down at home as my closest "breeding" vet (as opposed to general vet or racehorse vet) are at least 45 minutes away if I have a problem. Also my mares are usually going to be …
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THE BATTLE AGAINST THE MINES CONTINUES!

NSW urged to ban new coal mines in the Hunter Valley on health and climate grounds Renowned former Nasa climate scientist James Hansen among signatories of letter to the government calling for halt to mining expansion. Former Nasa climate scientist James Hansen has joined 21 other academics to urge the New South Wales government to ban new coal mines in the Hunter Valley, saying mining is putting residents’ health at risk. In a pre-election salvo, a letter to NSW premier Mike Baird raises concerns about health impacts from air pollution, degradation of underground water and soil and the resulting “dangerous changes” to Australia’s climate due to the release of greenhouse gases. The letter states: “The health of the community and the social and environmental values of the Hunter Valley are being damaged by the increasing coal production in the region. “People’s health is at risk from declining air quality associated with coal mining, transportation and com…
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MARE RETURNS!

Breeders! Don't forget to put your mare returns in for your youngsters! many will be late and cost more now but don't let your mares get dropped from the Stud Book. Most missed mare returns can go in now too.
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THANK YOU !

Thank you to everyone who has liked us on Facebook. We are now well over the 1500 likes mark!
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Never underestimate a pain in a horse’s tum

No matter what age, young or old, if your horse is looking restless and uncomfortable in any way call the vet. Time is of the essence and can mean the difference between the horse surviving or not. Horses cannot vomit so any pain in the tum can be serious. Unfortunately sometimes these things happen in the middle of the night and nothing can be done. Your horse is fine when you check before going to bed but in can be a different story in the morning as happened to me today. My Excites yearling colt was fine and cheeky last night but this morning he was writhing in pain and could not be saved How many top stallions have been lost to colic? Only a few weeks ago High Chapparral was another top stallion lost.
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MINING THREAT TO HUNTER VALLEY YOUNGSTERS SET TO RETURN

The very disturbing news this week is that Anglo American is about to re-submit another proposal to extend the South Drayton Mine thus renewing the threat to Coolmore and Darley studs in particular. Whilst the Environmental Assessment and Planning Act 1979 does not allow appeals there does not appear to be anything to stop Anglo American from submitting a new application especially if there are changes and revisions to the application that was rejected. Even if the Act provided that the same application could not be resubmitted, this would not prevent a changed or revised application from being submitted. The changes and revisions to the old application would make it a new application. Whilst Anglo American complain that 500 jobs will be lost, many thousands of jobs will be lost in the Thoroughbred breeding industry and the wine growing industry if the mine is allowed to be extended. The life of the extended mine is only 20 years as opposed to an infinite lifetime of bree…
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HORSE SAFETY AND PEOPLE SAFETY

  The Melbourne Cup was marred this year by the death of two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo. Both were tragic but the death of Araldo was completely preventable and totally unnecessary. The incident highlights the need to remember that horses are flight animals and that they will shy at anything sudden or different. Even at home they will look askance if something has changed. The directors and administration of race clubs should either have or consult experts on horse behaviour. Horses at big meetings with big crowds are likely to be very apprehensive and stressed already without the addition of sudden movements or things being waved around near them without warning. The VRC has responded by limiting the size of flags but even waving a small item in close proximity to a horse is likely to upset the horse. All race clubs, both city and country, need to consider safety protocols for horses and people to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again. A second fence set b…
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