Australian Horse Arenas
have aligned themselves with Capricorn Soiltex Surfaces which provide
an environmentally friendly product that helps towards better stability
and cushioning of your arena. Soiltex is reknown for its durability
and longevity and provides you with a safer arena surface.
Here at HRA we are
committed to the education of the public on the correct and responsible
care of horses and ponies in order to reduce the occurrence of cruelty.
Often horses become neglected not by outright cruelty but simply
be the ignorance of their owners.
Too often do people
purchase horses just to "keep the grass" down without
thinking about the fact that the grass will soon be gone. Quite
often horses are placed in a paddock with loads of grass and some
water and then simply forgotten about. The grass is eaten, the water
dries up and soon there are problems. If these owners only knew
about the actual needs of horses this might not have happened. Also
unfortunately a lot of parents give into their children's wishes
for a pony without putting enough thought or planning into it. Looking
after a horse is a major commitment to your life - think of it like
having another child. A lot of times children lose interest, and
it's the parents who end up looking after the horse/s.
That is why HRA is
committed to helping people understand the needs that horses have,
and explaining to first time horse owners just what is actually
involved in owning a horse - the actual purchase is the easiest
and cheapest part!
of Horse Shoeing
Some of the earliest
forms of shoeing have been traced back to Roman times; these were
known as Hippo-sandals. Depending upon how available metal was in
each part of the empire
had a direct impact on the design of the shoe. The entire foot was
covered, meaning total foot support. Another reason for this could
also have been protection from caltrops, which would be thrown out
by the infantry to stop Calvary. Caltrops are made of iron and no
matter how they land always have a spike pointing upwards, were
fast to deploy and would inflict a lot of damage to the horse if
it was unfortunate enough to stand on one. It is worth noting that
some of the sandals designs actually let the horse trim its own
toe as the horse walked forwards! Just a bit of leather to tie the
sandal on and away you go, pretty advanced for 2000 years ago.
Farriers come from
all walks of life and have varying interests and backgrounds. Here
we will not only show the old photos that show our history, we will
also show some photos of our members engaged in the activities of
their leisure time to show that there is more to your farrier than
meets the eye.