Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Protected: How Can You Best Manage a Horse That’s Sensitive to Traffic?

In this new web series from The Plaid Horse, we've set out to get answers to commonly asked questions from industry professionals and judges. International show jumper, trainer and USEF "R" judge (and The...

EXCEL: Bring Simplicity Back to Your Supplements

BY JENNIFER FINCH Finding the best combination of supplements for your horse can feel like alchemy. You want every new addition to their diet to add value—but ever-changing trends, weather, and workloads can make that...

Nursing a Horse Back From a Fractured Leg

BY JULIEANNE WHITE A few years ago, I went to the pasture to collect my Arabian gelding, Devon, when I noticed a large gash to his right hind tetlock area. He favoured it when he...

Watch and Learn: Hunters Then & Now

From the Thoroughbred to the Warmblood, triple combinations to technical handy tracks, much has changed in the hunter discipline, and what we know now as a hunter derby is comparable to the Working Hunter...

Watch and Learn: Equitation Champions of the 2010s

Hunter Holloway. Zazou Hoffman. TJ O'Mara. Victoria Colvin. McKayla Langmeier. All five riders rode to victory in equitation championships in the last decade. Beyond the accolades, these riders have much in common—most notably, the...

Ask the Vet: How to Develop Your Young Horse Into a Future Athlete

By Dr. Heather Beach, DVM Raising a young horse from foal to athlete is a very rewarding process. It is important to know that there are several important factors in the raising and handling of...

Sound Advice: Five Ways to Have the Best-Behaved Horse at the Mounting Block

Everything you do with your animal is training—whether it is right or wrong. Horses learn the wrong things as quickly as the right ones. The simplest exercises make you the trainer and help you...

Unpacking the Pre Purchase Exam

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING To begin, and let me say it louder for the folks in the back—you never do a pre-purchase exam to try not to buy a horse. You only do...

Spring Flowers Bring Pollen Showers: How To Help Your Horse Cope With Allergies

BY TORI BILAS/JUMP MEDIA Got allergies?  Well, chances are, your horses do, too. With warmer temperatures and spring blooms pushing up pollen levels, it seems like everyone at the barn – human and animal – is...

Ask the Vet: Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater

By Dr. Heather Beach Is your horse a picky eater? Here is a rundown of various causes for picky eating that you can work up with your veterinarian. Dental exam Horses will actually continue to eat in...

Soundess Solutions: Jaime Collins brings a toolbox for horse care to the U.S. market

By Piper Klemm For horse owners, nothing is more important than the comfort and soundness of our animals.  So Jaime Collins is thrilled to bring two cutting-edge therapeutic products to the market. The Multi Radiance Lasers...

The Never-Ending Quest to Keep a Grey Horse Clean: Tips for Success

BY CATIE STASZAK I believe this to be true: Grey horses know that dirt shows better on them than on their bay counterparts, and they exploit this knowledge on a daily basis. In the stall. In...

Expert Take: Behaving for the Vet

BY DR. HEATHER BEACH A calm and respectful horse is important for everyone’s safety when the vet comes to the barn. Even if your horse seems to be relaxed and calm about most things, they...

Get Ready to Show With Springtime Supplements

Taking lessons, training your horse, polishing your tack — there’s a lot to do when preparing for a big show, and that’s before you even get to your horse’s appearance. Riders bathe their horses,...

Ten Steps For A Successful Equestrian Portrait Session

BY GARY SUMMERTON We all love beautiful portraits of our horse, but there is a lot that goes into a picture perfect session. To get photos you’ll treasure forever, it’s best to prepare for the...

Considerations for the Aging Performance Horse

From a veterinary perspective, horses can be considered “middle-aged” by 13 years of age, and “seniors” by 20 years of age. Although many sport horses may just be coming into their prime for training...

Four Flatwork Exercises to Increase Rideability from Max Amaya

BY MAX AMAYA Although my riders’ accomplishments in the show ring are important, I never underestimate the value of solid flatwork as the foundation that makes all the pieces come together in competition. At home,...

4 Things to Remember Every Time You Flat Your Horse

Whether you’re in an intense jumping lesson with your trainer or casually hacking on your own, we teach our horse every time we sit on it. What’s important is that we use this super...

Four Valuable Lessons from Geoff Teall to Improve Your Riding Before You Even Get...

Geoff Teall’s 263-page book, “Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumper and Equitation” is chock-full of valuable exercises and riding strategies aimed at helping riders put the pieces together for that perfect, polished round –...

Breaking Down The Pre-Purchase Exam with Palm Beach Equine Clinic

Winter is coming! For riders looking ahead to the beasts that are the winter circuits from coast to coast in North America, that phrase means more than an ode to Game of Thrones. For...

Developing Lightness and Feel: Exercises from Geoff Teall

Within the 263 pages of “Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation,” Teall covers an impressive multitude of topics aimed at helping riders increase the effectiveness of their time spent in the saddle.  From...

Life Hacks for Maintaining a Proper Pace on Course

BY PONYMOMAMMY We all know that the secret to finding 8-10 proper jump distances in a course is to stop looking for the distances. Easier said than done, right? The best way to “find” the...