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How To Change Your Horse’s Name on USEF

BY GRACE SALMON Did you just get a new horse? Do you not like its name, or want to change it to something that means more to you? Keep reading to find out how to...

I Joined the Braiding Mafia (and Lived)

BY ALISON KRATISH If you are equine-centric and active on social media, chances are you have seen the funny meme with the graphic image that says “If you see me on the stripper pole, mind...

Look Good, Feel Good, Jump Good: Conditioning Horses for Show Ring Success...

By Emily Riden/Jump Media There’s a saying that if one looks good, they feel good, and if they feel good, they "do good." While the expression may be slightly lacking in grammatical correctness, it...

What to Do About Your Horse’s Summer Skin Issues

BY TPH Staff We’re getting into summer weather now, and with no end to the rain in at least half the country, we’re all going to have to be keeping a close eye on our...

Understanding Equine MRI

By Paige Burkhardt Laing, BSRT(R)(MR)(ARRT), Owner/Operator of Equine MRI of MD, LLC Photos courtesy Kimberly Dean Photography Lame. What horse owner’s nightmares are made of. This word is quite possibly the single most anxiety-provoking word in...

Hoof Care: What Works

BY TPH Staff It’s no secret that I love thoroughbreds for a great many reasons: their tendency to be decent jumpers, their sensitive natures, and their proficiency in eventing. But if you asked all thoroughbred...

What You Can and Can’t Expect From a Pre-Purchase Vetting

BY STEFANIE MAZER, PSY.D. I am involved in a lot of horse transactions. This is one of the most fun and rewarding jobs, but it can also be a nightmare! From the beginning of 2018...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Equine Ulcers: Prevention is Better Than The Cure!

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO What is the cause of stomach ulcers in competition horses and how can we prevent them? Behavioural markers of ulcers are very unreliable as not all horses show these, but...

What Ever Happened to “Serviceably” Sound?

By David Ramey, DVM When I first got out of veterinary school and started looking at horses prior to purchase (usually referred to as a “vet check” or a prepurchase exam), the horses usually fit...

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 –...

Equestrian DIY: How to Make a Whip or Crop Holder

BY OLIVIA KNOTT OF DIY HORSE OWNERSHIP This is a super easy project. I made it with spare parts from my garage, so it cost me nothing. You can substitute some equipment for others, but the...

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...

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...

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...

Put Your Best Foot Forward: How to Keep Horses’ Hooves Strong Through Summer

BY JUMP MEDIA Proper hoof health is hard to achieve any time of year, but during the hot summer months, a solid, healthy hoof is even more difficult to attain due to an increase in...

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...

Equestrian DIY: Valentine’s Day Horse Treats Recipe

BY OLIVIA KNOTT OF DIY HORSE OWNERSHIP I got a cute heart-shaped mini muffin pan and my first though was I should make horse treats with this. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I present to you,...

Less Risk, More Reward: Get the Most Out of Your Next...

By Armand Leone Leasing is an attractive alternative to buying or selling a horse for many riders and owners because it is able to accommodate a wide range of needs. As with any form of...