Category: Training & Husbandry

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.

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.

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.

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.

Researchers probe influence of dressage rein tension
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Researchers probe influence of dressage rein tension

Importance of consistency in rein tension highlighted in German study.

Extreme Makeover: Paddock Edition - tips for making your horse’s home healthier
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Extreme Makeover: Paddock Edition – tips for making your horse’s home healthier

Easy ways to help your horse live as nature intended.

Why horses make the best kind of friends
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Why horses make the best kind of friends

Horses are the strong, silent type, but they can readily become your BFF.

Winter care of the horse
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Winter care of the horse

A healthy horse with an unclipped coat and shelter should have no problems in winter.

New Zealand research reveals the country has a significant number of stay-at-home horses.
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Sweets for my sweet – but how safe is your grass?

Grasses high in fructans are great for cattle, but they can be dangerous for horses.

Head and neck anatomy: Structures of the dorsal neck in an alert head position in Equus caballus: cranial thoracic and cervical vertebrae (solid lines), nuchal ligament, both funicular and lamellar (light gray shading), semispinalis capitis muscle (darker gray shading). Note central tendon and elaborate compartmentalization of semispinalis muscle. Muscle fiber direction in solid lines. ct, central tendon of semispinalis muscle; c1–c7, cervical vertebrae; fnl, funicular nuchal ligament; lnl, lamellar nuchal ligament; r, rib; sc, scapula; sk, skull; t1–t9, thoracic vertebrae.
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Stretching the neck: fairytale or reality

Simplistic thinking often directs theories such as lowering the neck elongates the back muscles.

Better understanding of horse behaviour could reduce accident rates, experts believe.
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Horse to owner: I’m not in the mood today

Experts explore the influence of a horse’s mood and alertness on training.

The horse’ vertebral column functions within the limits of a very limited range of motion.
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Stuck in the past: are we listening to equine back research?

Refusing progress and perpetuating old beliefs is archaic, not classic.

Long-term stabling is no life for a horse, says professor
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Long-term stabling is no life for a horse, says professor

Social isolation from individual boxing impacts on the physical and mental needs of horses.

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