Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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...

Caring for Barn Cats? Veterinarian shares 8 tips for looking after our most resourceful...

Barn cats are kings and queens at horse farms and ranches, keeping away varmints like moles, mice and consequentially, even snakes. But even the most independent outdoor cats can benefit from added protection and...

Palm Beach Equine Clinic on the Cutting Edge of Regenerative Medicine

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA Regenerative Medicine Results at Palm Beach Equine Clinic Palm Beach Equine Clinic veterinarians employ regenerative therapies to encourage the horse’s body to self-heal through stimulating naturally occurring biologic processes. Used to treat...

Your Halter Is Too Big (and other horse safety tips to address)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN It kills me every time. You see a lovely photo of a beautiful horse posted on social media. The rider is beaming next to their horse that’s well groomed with a sleek...

Breaking Down the Prepurchase Exam

BY HAYLIE KERSTETTER The prepurchase exam (PPE) can be daunting for both the buyer and seller. The buyer is so excited about the possibility of this new horse that they love, that the thought of...

Preparing for Severe Weather Events with Horses

By Rebecca Hunt You just checked the forecast and worry immediately sets in. Mother Nature is brewing up a threat to your family, property and animals. What’s your next move? When those animals include horses, you...

Healthcare Reminder: Treating Equine Summer Sores

BY LINDSAY BROCK/JUMP MEDIA Summer heat is in full force across the states, and with high temperatures and humid conditions comes an elevated risk for equine summer sores. Flies thrive in these conditions which can...

8 Ways to Lose Money Fast in Your Horse Business

BY ELYSE SCHENK & PIPER KLEMM We’re told from childhood to choose a career that we’re passionate about. But the idea of doing what you love and making money while doing can be a dangerously...

Evaluating Expenses When Deciding Where to Start an Equestrian Business

BY STEPHANIE RUFF Let’s face it—even when costs are considered reasonable, owning horses is expensive. Depending on your location and discipline, it can range from “spending some discretionary income” to “what in the world do...

Understanding Kissing Spines

BY HAYLIE KERSTETTER Your once very agreeable horse who loved his job has picked up the habit of stopping at fences and missing changes. He seems to flinch every time you put the saddle on,...

The Three Constitutions of a Great Farrier

BY KIMBERLY DEAN  “I always wanted to be a cowboy, but becoming a farrier was as close as I could get,” said Brandon Amos. As a Maryland-based farrier for the last 23 years, Brandon has forged...

Is Your Horse a Healthy Weight? All About Body Condition Scores

By Dr. Heather Beach DVM When determining the optimal diets for our horses, there is a standardized way of measuring the current and ideal weight of a horse through the use of the body condition...

A Lifetime of Love for a Lifetime in the Saddle

BY DANI SCHNEIDER Before she could walk, Lori Johnston was on the back of a horse. “My mom would throw me up on the saddle with her while she rode,” she told us. Before hunter/jumpers, Johnston...