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Sliding Stop, Roll-back, and Spin: Supporting Healthy Joints

Sliding stop, roll-back, and spin are terms used by reining enthusiasts to describe certain movements in their reining patterns. Every riding discipline has terms that describe the specific maneuvers and movements completed during practice and…

Tips for Safely Riding Horses in the Mountains

Riding horses in the mountains is an adventure I have enjoyed for many years. This month I enjoyed taking two girls, ages 10 and 11, on an overnight camping trip near the Lizard Head Wilderness in southwest Colorado. The enthusiasm and energy of youth…

What You Need to Know About Horse Digestive Support

The Basics of Digestion in Horses Things to know before you go: Equine Foregut: Esophagus, Stomach, and Small Intestine Equine Hindgut: Cecum, Large Colon, Small Colon, and Rectum (the cecum and colon make up the large intestine) The digestion process…

The Vital Importance of Vital Signs: The 5 Point Check

Most horse owners have heard these words: "Hay, water, and salt are the mainstay of horse nutrition." These three inputs to a horse's body are directly linked to the overall health of a horse. As a competitive distance rider, I am familiar with the…

Care Tips for Horses and Hot Weather Conditions

Summer is the perfect time to own a horse. The show and competition circuit are in full swing. Farms and ranches teem with activity. Long, sunlit days lend themselves to lazy trail rides. But summer's hot weather and high humidity pose serious health…

How to Calm Your Anxious and Nervous Horses

Being able to calm nervous horses down is a vital skill for a rider to develop.  Horses, as prey animals, are prone to nervousness and acute startle responses. Their emotional responses are often a result of external stimuli from their surroundings, but…

Are You Supplementing for Summer Sweating?

What Happens When a Horse Sweats This time of year all over the country temperatures are high, and horses are sweating under the extreme conditions. When a horse sweats excessively,  especially during exercise, a special protein called latherin causes…

A Basic Guide to Grooming Your Horse

A horse with a slick, glossy coat can turn heads. A slick coat is what makes a horse look happy and healthy. That’s why it’s helpful for you to master some horse grooming tricks even if you never plan to show your horse. This post will provide you with a…

How to Tie Your Horse Safely and Securely

Tying a horse may seem so natural to you that you take it for granted. You’ve done it thousands of times while you groom your horses or saddle them. What some horse owners forget are the safety requirements involved in tying a horse. So this post will…

The Key Ingredient in D. Wayne Lukas’ Training Program

D. Wayne Lukas is one of the most successful horse trainers of all time, in a career spanning more than fifty years.  He climbed to the top of the Quarter Horse racing world, training 23 world champions. He then transitioned to thoroughbred racing where…

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