camping with horses

Going on a camping trip with your horse can be a fun adventure. Here are some things to consider before you head out. Many horse owners dream of camping with their equines. Few things feel better than getting away to spend time in nature with friends, family – and, of course, your horse! But when …

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competition training

Working towards a goal in competition requires focus, but for your horse’s well-being, it’s important to also maintain balance in his life. When it comes to competing with your horse, it can be all too easy to develop “tunnel vision”. You can become so focused on your competition goals that you lose sight of what …

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liability insurance horses

Horseback riding can be a risky business. Liability insurance is a very important consideration for any stable owner, horse trainer or riding instructor. Every sport involves some risk, and horseback riding is among the most dangerous. If you’re a stable owner, horse trainer or instructor, you must give serious thought to limiting your liability. Certainly, …

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horse jump

Understanding the five phases of a horse’s jump, and what happens during each, can help improve your riding and training. Jumping is one of the most beautiful and athletic activities horses are capable of. Understanding the phases of the equine jump can help us with riding, training and judging in jumping sports. A horse’s jump …

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rider fitness

You carefully manage your horse’s fitness program – but does your own posture and fitness level match up with his? You pay attention to your horse’s fitness program, but as a rider, it’s also important to understand how vital your own fitness is. It is your responsibility to ensure you have good body awareness and …

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Tellington TTouch for performance horses

Find out why equine athletes can benefit from Tellington TTouch ® techniques and exercises. Human athletes use every tool and resource at their disposal to improve performance and maintain physical flexibility and soundness. Our equine athletes deserve the same consideration. The Tellington TTouch ® Method is used by countless world-class equestrians, including Olympians, to help maintain and …

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Saving Baby Cinco – RVR Horse Rescue

The rehabilitation and adoption program at RVR Horse Rescue helps ensure horses like Cinco get a second chance at a happy life. Growing up on a 1,000-acre ranch in Texas, Shawn Jayroe lived and breathed horses. She dreamed of one day creating a sanctuary for abused or neglected horses, particularly after observing a few local …

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Cushing's disease (PPID) in horses

As the number of horses with Cushing’s (PPID) continues to rise, we need to keep building on our understanding of the disease, as well as how to recognize and treat it. If you read the Part 1 of this article in the last issue of Equine Wellness (V12I2), you now have an overall understanding of …

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equine diet

Managing the equine athlete from the inside out, and why probiotics are so important to digestive health. Most performance and competition horses are bred along specific lines for the sports they compete in. Theoretically, this give them the “the edge” in competition, be it barrel racing, reining, cutting, endurance, dressage or any other competitive sport. …

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feeding your horse based on his temperament

Your horse’s temperament as defined by Five Element theory could be the key to determining his dietary needs. Have you ever wondered why your favorite snack is salty chips but your best friend prefers cake? Do you crave sweet fruits and salads in the summer but prefer citrus fruits and hearty soups in the winter? …

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