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5 Stretches for Equestrians & their Horses

Light stretching is wonderful for our flexibility and elasticity, improved performance, and stress relief. In the same way, equines have stretches to benefit their bodies and performance, as well. Using stiff muscles adds stress to the joints and can result in injury. While equine and equestrian stretches are important, they can also be a fun […] Read more »

Long Story Short, Leg Length Affects Your Riding Position

Appropriate stirrup placement is important for safety, balance, and correct riding skills. Many factors come into saddle fitting, such as riding discipline, pelvic tilt, seat bone width, and weight carriage, but have you considered your upper/lower leg ratio? A larger ratio may call for a readjustment of the stirrup bar to be placed farther back […] Read more »

The Benefits of Music for Horses Are Noteworthy

Studies have found that relaxing music can help ease a horse’s agitation levels, especially during travel or when their amount of stall confinement needs to be increased. Learn how the right type (and volume) of music for horses can be a useful tool in helping with stressors, like vet visits, trailering, or pre-performance jitters. The […] Read more »

5 Travel Tips for Your Horse

Trailering your horse
Whether you’re moving south for the winter or bringing another four-legged family member home to your farm for spring, you will have to consider transportation for your horse. The more preparation that goes into trailering your horse, the easier and safer the travel will be. Below is a list of five important tips to consider […] Read more »

Children’s Cognitive Abilities Enhanced by Horseback Riding

Saddle up your child to strengthen their smarts. A study by Mitsuaki Ohta, a professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, proves that memory, learning, and problem-solving are all boosted benefits of horseback riding. The Correlation A horse’s movements create vibrations that activate the equestrian’s sympathetic nervous system while riding. This is where Ohta proved, […] Read more »

Horse Health: Why Do Horses Crib?

Why do horses crib?
Cribbing is a behavioral problem in which horses use their front teeth (specifically their upper incisors, normally used for cutting) to take hold of hard, immobile objects. These objects usually include fence rails, poles, and stall doors. It’s a troubling situation that has horse owners searching for ways to prevent cribbing and wondering why horses […] Read more »

Horse Abscess Identification & Treatment

treating a painful horse abscess
Last summer, I came home after work to find my horse, Jimmy, limping in the field. To make matters worse, I had an early flight out of town the next morning. Why is it that animals always seem to have health problems right before you go on vacation? There were no scrapes or cuts on […] Read more »

Essential Fatty Acids for Horses

Essential Fatty Acids for Horses
When it comes to the equine diet, there is a lot of conflicting information about what should and shouldn’t be fed, including fat. Here, I’ll cover some thoughts on fat in the equine diet, including a discussion of omegas, unsaturated/saturated fats, and essential fatty acids (EFAs). I’ll break down why essential fatty acids for horses […] Read more »

Keep Your Horse Cool in the Summer

Horse drinking clean water
Five things to remember to keep your horse cool this summer…. Summer has finally arrived, and it’s time to get your horse back into a packed schedule of horse shows, trail rides, and summer camp lessons. Although many riders despise long days of horse shows in long sleeved shirts and jackets, our horses are having […] Read more »

Essential Fatty Acids for the Equine Diet

Is your horse getting enough essential fatty acid?
When it comes to the equine diet there is a lot of information, especially conflicting information, about what should and shouldn’t be fed— the same is true of essential fatty acids for horses . And once a feeding regimen has been decided on, it’s time to consider the myriad supplements the horse needs. And how […] Read more »