Equitana Melbourne


COVID-19 UPDATE – EVENT POSTPONED: EQUITANA Melbourne has now been postponed to 8 July to 11 July 2021. Further updates via social media and email.

Outlining the Arena Construction Process to suit Australian conditions from the initial stages of choosing your construction professional right through to completion. Topics covered include Sub-Structure, Drainage, Surfaces and Maintenance for the life of your Arena.

A discussion on the importance and implications of musculoskeletal scars including the following aspects; Explanations of scar tissue and the different types of scars.  Comparison of the external (on the skin) presentation to the internal (under dissection).  Common areas of damage ‘ explanation of why and how these areas are commonly damaged.  Discussion of internal scars such as post colic surgery, gelding scars.  Potential effects on performance.  Treatment options and modalities – What the owner can do and who can help Case presentations and outcomes ‘ lower limb, old scars, hamstrings, pectorals.  Owner prevention and management

A discussion of the process of rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries including; The importance of a veterinary diagnosis, the injury’s tissue type and repair, the rehabilitation team ‘Who should be in this team?’ Veterinarian, body worker, hoof care provider. The importance of the owner i.e. time, commitment, money, etc the horse’s age, training, nutrition, mental/emotional capacity, etc. Rehabilitating the whole horse, environment, surfaces, weather, confinement, equipment.  The importance and value of a program and the building blocks.  Exercises for different injuries i.e muscular v’s neurological. How to measure progress. Dealing with set backs.

In this session I will use a young horse and an advanced horse to explain and demonstrate how to use clicker training and positive reinforcement in the training of a performance horse. I will explain and demonstrate how to use clicker training to train movements required for both dressage and reining.

I will explain how to use clicker training to improve motivation, lightness, self carriage and how to solve behaviour problems under saddle. My demo also includes a short synchronised bridleless Grand Prix dressage demo. My demo is highly educational while also including humour and entertainment to present the topic in a way that is fun & appealing to a wide audience.

Clicker training is a training method based on the use of a marker signal (clicker) and positive reinforcement. It is a gentle and effective training method that is backed by decades of scientific research. For these reasons it is also one of the fastest growing methods in the modern horse training world.

In this presentation the audience will learn – What clicker training is – How it works – How to introduce a horse to clicker training – How to use clicker training for groundwork, solving behaviour problems, liberty training and trick training. My demonstration incorporates education, humour and entertainment to present the topic in a way that is fun and appealing to a wide audience.

We sit on it but what do you really know about it?

The back is a complex structure made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, but the most important aspect is that it is not designed to carry weight from above. This talk will look at the aspects of the back that we need to know as riders. How flexible is it really, where is the weakest point, what does a vertebrae actually look like etc. We will look at how to palpate the back to assess for any pain or discomfort and massage techniques that everyone can do to help their horses backs to be pain free. As well as look at some back strengthening exercises that are easy to do.

Stretching is essential for keeping our muscles flexible, strong and healthy. Most human athletes stretch regularly and understand the immense benefits of stretching. As horses are designed to mainly walk, graze and flee from predators, not have a rider sit on them, all our ridden horses can be considered athletes.

This talk will look at a variety of exercises that you can do with your horse to improve posture, core stability, strength, flexibility and coordination. We will look at these different areas and demonstrate a variety of stretches that you can do to assist your horses to be more flexible, strong and healthy in a step by step manner that is easy to follow and remember!

Larissa will discuss what nutrition can contribute to coat, skin and hoof health, as well some scientifically-based, practical grooming and management tips including special strategies for itchy horses and show horses.

Larissa will discuss the hind gut as an organ, how and why hind gut acidosis occurs, and the relevant nutritional management to maintain tip top gut health!

Pain arising from muscle and fascia attachments to the bone of horses upper limbs and back is very common. Such strain is frequently a result of injuries to the horses spine or legs. Untreated it is often associated with recurring pain, muscle tension and a tendency for the horse to be more anxious/nervy, and also for stiffness and unevenness of gait. Short forelimb stride and tripping is common in the front end. Dragging the hind feet and rounding of toes is also common with lower back, hip and pelvic muscle attachment strain.

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