14 GROW UP!
The debate over when horses physically mature is a common one, heard from the barn aisle to the backstretch. One rider digs deep to separate fact from fiction.
18 THE RIGHT MATCH
Choosing a trainer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your horse. Learn what to look for in a professional.
22 WORN THIN – PART 1
Take a look at the wear patterns on your horse’s hooves. They’re telling you some-thing important.
26 ADVANCE YOUR RIDING – BITLESS!
With certain hunter/jumper shows now allowing bitless equipment, the idea of leaving bits out of advanced and competitive riding is gaining more ground.
40 UNDER PRESSURE?
Learn how to discover, treat and prevent common tendon injuries in your equine athlete.
49 BITE-SIZED NUTRITION
They may be small, but ponies are tough and hardy and their nutritional requirements differ from a horse’s. Here’s how to feed your pony like a pony.
52 GREEN GIFTS
When planting your gardens this year, include your horses in your plans. Many of their favorite veggies, fruits and herbs can be easily and organically grown at home.
56 TO LEASE OR NOT TO LEASE?
Follow these three tips for creating a worry-free lease arrangement.
60 DEAR DIARY
Track your horse’s progress – and your own – with the aid of a riding journal.