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Adelaide Plains Equestrian Club Inc.


What is Normal?

Do you know what a healthy horse's vital signs should be?

Temperature: 37-38°C in the morning, below 38.5°C in the evening. Slightly higher in warm weather or in foals.

Pulse: 36-48 beats per minute.

Capillary refill time: 1-2 seconds, gums pink.

Respiration: 6-8 breaths per minute.

Intestinal Sounds: Gurgles, squeaks and rasps from intestinal area behind rib cage. You can hear them with your ear.

If you are concerned in any way about your horse's health, contact your veterinarian for advice/assistance!

Is your horse protected?....

As horse owners we all want to do what is best for our horses.  If your horse has not been vaccinated against Tetanus, he/she is at risk.  Any wound (even small, seemingly insignificant ones) can be potentially fatal if your horse contracts tetanus.  Check out the website link below for more information about Tetanus and vaccinations against it:


If you have any concerns or to find out more, speak to your equine vet.


What's inside your horse?

When was the last time your horse or pony was wormed?  Don't forget that intestinal parasites place a huge burden on you equine's digestive system and overall health.  Horses with large worm burdens often suffer from malnutrition, poor coats, gastric ulcers, colic & even death! 

There are a huge number of different worming products available, from daily food additives, natural remedies, drenches & pastes. If you are not sure about your horse's worm status or you have questions about your worming regime, 

contact your equine veterinarian for advice.  A fresh sample of manure should be checked by your vet (for a minimal fee) and will determine if your current worming regime is working effectively.

Signs of Colic: In addition to general changes in behaviour a horse with colic may exhibit some or all of the following signs: Restlessness and pawing at the ground Sweating and increased breathing rate Irritated kicking to the stomach Stretching as if to urinate Rolling or attempting to roll Elevated pulse rate If you are concerned in any way about your horse's health, contact your veterinarian for advice/assistance, but before you ring the vet make sure you have a clear list of symptoms your horse is showing.  You should also take away all food, try and get the horse to drink water and periodic, vigorous exercise

Like & Share:Annual General Meeting


Our Annual General Meeting was held on 27th October, 2018 at the APEC overnight camp held in Owen.  The weather was lovely and we had a great turn out.


Committee will be preparing our 2019 proposed events shortly and will take on board all suggestions put forward at the AGM.  Thank you to all members who participated. APEC always welcomes input from our members.


Tracey Smith (Committee member and Treasurer) has been working tirelessly in the background in conjunction with the Adelaide Plains Council to secure a lease for homegrounds for our club.  Watch this space!!!


APEC Treasurer advised that APEC is in a sound financial position leading up to 2019.


A very big thank you to all our sponsors:- Hickinbotham Homes, Penfield Kennels & Cattery, Balakhan Stud, Ace Two Wells Septic Cleaning Service and all the businesses that donated to our 2018 Quiz Night.  APEC value your support and actively support your business where possible.   

Thanks also goes to Nigel Wehr who has given up his personal time to photograph at our events and to the families of our committee members who have also helped out throughout the year.  


I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our 2019 committee members.  


The 2019 committee will consist of:-


President - Sam Dragon

Vice President - Sonia Van De Kamp

Secretary - Kelly Geister

Treasurer - Tracey Smith

Website/Facebook Co-Ordinator - Melinda Boyce

Committee Members - Gabrielle Brandt, Emily Davenport, Karen Wilson & Naomi Trenaman


Lastly, APEC would like to thank all Members as without you there would not be a club.  Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to enjoying your company in 2019!!!


APEC Committee