Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint health problems in horses when you don’t know what to look for.
Tag: Caring For Horses
While there are many horse supplements on the market, not all are made equal. It’s important to do your research before selecting a new supplement…
As summer approaches, horse owners and riders must take extra precautions to keep their horses safe from hot, humid conditions.
Show horses live an active lifestyle that can put excess strain on their joints and muscles. Injuries are especially common in jumpers, hunters, and equitation horses that engage in swift and repetitive movements that can stress the tendons and ligaments that support a horse’s legs. It is not uncommon for show horses to suffer […]
Your horse’s hooves require regular care to keep them strong and healthy. Nutrition, environmental elements, turnout frequency, riding terrain, horseshoes, and heredity factors all play a role in hoof health and growth. While some horses do experience lifelong issues such as thin soles, or hoof walls prone to cracking, there are ways to keep your […]
It’s normal for a horse’s muscles to fatigue when they are exercised or trailered for long distances. The speed at which a horse recovers can vary depending on its age, diet, fitness and additional factors. Providing your active horse with proper nutrition is essential as they are burning energy and utilizing vitamins and minerals […]
Dressage horses require a well-developed training plan that is carried out slow and with consistency. It can take upwards of two months for a horse to be adequately fit to be ridden in walk, trot, and canter for an entire hour. Horses must undergo proper strength and conditioning exercises in every work session to become […]
Trace minerals, also known as microminerals, are essential minerals that the body needs in small amounts. Like humans, horses need trace minerals such as iron, copper, manganese, zinc, iodine, cobalt, and selenium, to avoid deficiencies in their performance and wellbeing. Horses that experience trace mineral deficiencies can experience symptoms in the long term, such […]
Western pleasure shows differ from more physically competitive equestrian events. There are no complex maneuvers or tough obstacles. Instead, riders train tirelessly on perfecting the fundamentals of walking, jogging, and loping in a show ring. There are several things that judges look for in these types of shows, including a clean turnout and a […]
Proper conditioning of the equine athlete is necessary to increase endurance, enhance performance, and reduce the risk of injury. During reining competitions, riders are tasked with guiding their horses through a precise pattern of complex maneuvers of circles, spins, slides, and stops, often at high speeds. Reiners must be in top physical and psychological […]