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Cross training for horses - does it work?
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Cross training for horses – does it work?

Experts say equine cross training spreads the level of stress over more muscles and joints.

The scene at Crunchie's.
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Protecting horses from farm hazards

Owners need to identify hazards and tackle the risk, an expert says.

Jeanette Sassoon and Valiant.
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Legacy of blind dressage horse Valiant lives on

After going blind, Valiant surpassed all expectations of ever living a normal life.

The grey Arabian stallion Smetanka is the ancestor of Orlov Trotters.
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The Orlov Trotter

The native Russian Orlov Trotter was developed in the 18th century by Count Alexey Orlov.

Conventional wisdom abounds at Crabbet arabian horse gathering
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Conventional wisdom abounds at Crabbet arabian horse gathering

Crabbet enthusiasts got together for their 2013 convention in Britain.

Validating the natural path: Houston Mounted Patrol's barefoot horses
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Validating the natural path: Houston Mounted Patrol’s barefoot horses

Being barefoot paying dividends for all 33 of city’s police horses.

A horse with a club foot.
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The importance of physical maturity in the horse

Studies show the horse’s spine doesn’t fuse until about the age of six.

The dangers of lush, green pasture
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The dangers of lush, green pasture

How many horse owners really know what is beneficial for their horses?

Practical steps to avoid the horrors of a barn fire
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Practical steps to avoid the horrors of a barn fire

Sensible tips from experts to minimize the risks of a stable blaze.

Healthy horse: owners should manage their horses to keep them in the optimal range of 4 to 7.
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Body of evidence: Getting to grips with the Henneke scoring system

Body Condition Scoring system important for horse owners.

Early equine breeding efforts fraught with difficulties
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Early equine breeding efforts fraught with difficulties

Selective breeding of equines hasn’t been straightforward over the millennia, suggest researchers.

Mustangs, inmates thrive at Arizona State Prison
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Mustangs, inmates thrive at Arizona State Prison

The difference between human and equine prisoners is that the horses haven’t committed any crime.

Al Marah Swift.
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Al-Marah Swift: ugly duckling to shining star

Arabian stallion who was hidden from breeder defies pedigree to excel as a jumper.

A rider mounts with pressure sensors fitted. Photo: University of Dundee.
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Flocking hell! What fills your saddle really makes a difference

Flocking makes big difference to pressure loading – research.

Hoof it! Why your horse needs to keep moving
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Hoof it! Why your horse needs to keep moving

Many equine problems could be alleviated and nonexistent if horses had the freedom to move.

Top tips on building a horse barn
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Top tips on building a horse barn

Looking to build the perfect barn? These tips will guide you through the process.

Best friends forever? The interaction between horses and humans is not without its challenges.
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Breed personalities linked to genetic differences

Japanese researchers find genetic breed differences with a role in personality traits.

Filipe Leite and his horses at the Canada - USA border.
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Border nightmare: a tale of international horse travel

Barriers block rider following in the hoofprints of a legendary Long Rider.

A segment from Eadweard Muybridge's Animals in motion study, from 1899.
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Overstepping the mark: the mystery of engagement

A complex mechanism is involved in hind leg engagement and the mastery of balance.

A flu-striken horse is treated by blistering.
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How equine flu brought the US to a standstill

The Great Epizootic was the worst equestrian catastrophe in the history of the United States – and perhaps the world.

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