Category: Training & Husbandry

How to use your most valuable training tool
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How to use your most valuable training tool

Giving a horse time to relax is an important part of the training process.

Hydration in horses: Staying cool can be crucial to success
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Hydration in horses: Staying cool can be crucial to success

Performance will quickly fall away if a horse becomes dehydrated.

Does your horse really want to be rugged?
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Does your horse really want to be rugged?

Novel Norwegian experiment puts the question to 23 horses.

Getting out of the arena and into the open spaces can do wonders for a horses's attitude.
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Cross training important for the mind and body of sport horses

Gradual and varied loading the key to a strong musculoskeletal system.

Fast forward almost a quarter of a century and it’s business as usual. Starting this mare under saddle. Bargo, New South Wales, Australia. 2013.
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Your most valuable training tool

Australian horse trainer Neil Davies lets readers in on a secret – for free.

Fear-free Horse Training, by Neil Davies
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Fear-free Horse Training, by Neil Davies

Australian trainer advocates “less is more” and having the horse build in confidence.

Too much flexion increases conflict, say German researchers
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Too much flexion increases conflict, say German researchers

Nearly 90% of studied dressage horses overbent during warm-up.

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.

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