Ep 14 - Itchy Scratchy Horses and Calafea Itch Oil

Queensland Itch, Summer Itch, Sweet Itch or Summer Eczema – call it what you will, but if you’ve got an itchy horse then you definitely know what it is and how it affects your  horse - up close and personally!  Read more...


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Ep 13 - Katherine Massey - Hunter Valley Brumby Association

Having grown up ‘on’ the Silver Brumby children’s books series by noted Australian author Elyne Mitchell, it was with pleasure that I sat down to interview Kathryn Massey, the President and founder of the Hunter Valley Brumby Association and find out more about these iconic Australian wild horses and the Associations aims and activities.


Kathryn Massey and the Hunter Valley Brumby Association have championed Australian Brumby horses since 2009 and provide for them refuge, rehabilitation, education and training from their sanctuary property near Stroud NSW.    The Associations main focus (working with Government, National Parks and State Forest departments) is to protect the 3 main wild populations of Brumbies in the NSW Hunter Valley region (at Barrington, Nerong and Singleton).   


The Association also works to promote the Brumby as a breed in itself and to improve its profile and popularity to the general public, regularly showcasing the Brumby breed at horse shows, agricultural events and farm days across the region. 


More brumby information can be found  on The Hunter Valley Brumby Association website at www.hvba.com.au.


Hunter Valley Brumby Association website

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Ep 12 - The Italian Saddlery – Makebe Stirrups, Colourful & Clever

It was the array of bright, shiny and rainbow coloured stirrups that caught my eye as I spent a happy time perusing the saddlery trade stands at Equifest, Hawkesbury recently.  Bright? Colourful? And stirrups no less - I had to know more.  Augusta Clarke of The Italian Saddlery (find them on Facebook) was able to enlighten me on the Italian designed and manufactured range of Makebe Wave Stirrups she was now importing.


Makebe Wave ergonomically designed, solid aluminium stirrups are seriously interesting.  They not only look good  but they appear to resolve a number of issues that riders commonly experience.  Their design has moved the stirrup arch forward and both widened and angled the footplate down, enabling the rider to naturally and easily put their heel down, eliminating the need to press or force the heel down into position (and so forward).  The wide foot bed design shares the riders weight more widely across the whole foot minimising discomfort that can often occur when using standard English width stirrups.  Makebe Wave stirrups come in both Showjumping and Dressage styles and a wide range of gorgeous colours.  I think I’ll go for the purple!


MakeBe Website

The Italian Saddlery on Facebook


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Ep 11 - All About Equitana & Equifest Australia

An always interesting mix of Exhibition, Education, Competition, Shopping and Entertainment Equitana Australia has become a popular and solid fixture on the Australian (and international) horse events calendar since its inception in 1999. It provides the one opportunity (biannually) that members from each of the wide range of horse fields in Australia (and internationally) can gather and socialise under one, horse loving, Australian roof. 


Equitana Australia is held biannually in Melbourne and has now expanded ‘across the ditch’ with New Zealanders about to experience their own Equitana New Zealand in late 2017. Event owner and manager, Rod Lockwood, spoke with Di Denton about the inception and development of Equitana Australia, his newest event Equifest NSW and now Equitana New Zealand.





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Ep 10 - Large Animal Rescue - Help, Don't Hurt

Horse Welfare Incs, Jo Briggs talks about the Large Animal Emergency Rescue Workshops which they coordinate .  As horse owners, none of us like to think about the possibility of  a ‘disaster’ or emergency situation occurring with our horses, but this course helps us think through the ‘what if’ scenarios and covers all the essential skills necessary in dealing with many equine emergency situations.  You might not need these ever for your own horse(s) but you never know, they might come in very handy for someone elses horse (or cow).


The skills learned at this workshop serve all horse people really well in routine equine practice, as well as stressful equine emergency rescue situations and  the course is designed to guide participants through emergency procedures for large animal (horses particularly) rescue.  It is ideally suited to all horse industry people, anyone who is transporting horses and towing floats, as well as emergency services professionals.




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Ep 9 - World Polo Championships – Coming To Sydney in 2017

The World Polo Championship is coming to Sydney and Georgia Higgins, Brand & Media Executive, for XI FIP World Polo Championship Sydney has invited us all to come too!


Polo is a horse sport played throughout Australia with approximately 50 Clubs (over 20 in NSW alone) and the World Polo Championship is the sport’s most prestigious event. This year the Championship will be held from 17-29 October 2017, at the Sydney Polo Club, on the magnificent Hawkesbury River.  These championships bring together the eight highest ranking polo playing teams in the world, with up to 300 Australian horses, 100 competitors and the involvement of the 84 polo playing nations – all vying to be crowned World Champions. 


The tournament will consist of 14 matches, played over a 6 day period. Of the 8 teams due to compete, 2 teams, Chile and Australia, have automatically secured their places in the competition. Chile as reigning World Champions and Australia as host nation. The remaining 6 teams will be determined through zone play-offs.This will only be the second time that the tournament has been held in Australia, the first time being in 2001 in Melbourne.




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Di Denton speaks with Stuart Myers about Equiculture – the horse and property management system, devised by his wife Jane Myers, of how to use techniques that will take care of your horse/s, take care of the land that your horses live on and take care of you (by saving you time and money) all at the same time! A true win-win situation!  


Because when you’ve got healthy land, you’ll have healthy horses! 




Listen to Stuart's episode here

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I'd love it if you could give me some feedback on these questions, so that I can get the most interesting podcasts happening for you.  I've already got a great range of ideas and list of potential guests lined up but still welcome your ideas and suggestions.


This is a standing invitation, so email me at talkingabouthorsespodcast@gmail.com and let me know.

Di Denton talks with Jo Briggs and friends about Horse Welfare,  a Hunter Valley based registered horse charity and their ongoing efforts to help horses.

Horse Welfare was formed to support and co-ordinate the rehabilitation and rehousing of horses in Australia. Horses who may have been neglected, left behind, forgotten, mistreated or simply unable to be cared for by their owners.

Not all of these horses come from homes where they were not loved. In fact, a large percentage of horses in the current climate are victims of drought or flooding in parts of our country. Their families are suffering, livelihoods are being threatened and the horses are simply victims passed on by regretful owners. Others come from homes where their owners were simply not educated appropriately in the care or management of horses. And sadly, some do come from backgrounds of complete neglect, abandonment and careless breeding programs.


Listen to Jo and friends episode here

Margaret Mooney talks with Di Denton about Horse Safety Australia and how it is raising the standard of safety within Australian equine businesses, organizations and clubs.


Listen to Margaret Mooney of Horse Safety Australia's episode here.

Di Denton sat down and talked with Kate Pilcher of Globetrotting under an old elephant rubbing tree on the Kenyan Masai Mara plains for a chat about her business Globetrotting (www.globetrotting.com.au ) and the addictive world of horse riding holidays and the wonderful life changing experience of African horse riding safaris.


Listen to Kate Pilcher of Globetrotting's episode here.

Di Denton talks with the the always effervescent (and very English!) Daisy Soames on her life as, and journey to become, a  fully qualified Horse Safari Guide in Africa.  Currently acting as an assistant ride guide with Offbeat Horse Safaris in Kenya, Daisy had her eyes and heart fully set on a life as a guide in Africa.


Listen to Daisy's episode here.

Bernadette Kelly is the Australian author of the best selling childrens books Riding High and Pony Patch Series.

Bernadette has two passions in life, writing and horses.  She enjoys having a go at all kinds of riding, from navigations rides to showjumping and one day events, trail riding, teaching at Pony Club and even safariing across Africa on horse twice!

Bernadette can be found online at www.bernadettekelly.com.au



Listen to Bernadettes episode here.



The Talking About Horses podcast with Di Denton is all about horses. 
Whether its talking about horses, riding and playing with horses, reading about horses and everything horse related in between, we'll be talking about it. In this podcast series Di Denton will be interviewing all sorts of interesting horse people from all fields of horse activities – from trail riding to team penning, working equitation and endurance through to eventing plus showjumping, dressage, western riding, campdrafting, pony club and much, much more. Listen with me and we’ll head off to explore the fascinating fields of saddle fitting, equine natural therapies, bitless riding, horse magazines, pasture management, holidays with your horse, horse dentistry and so much more.



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