Cold weather affects older horses more than it does their younger companions. But with knowledge and planning, your senior can stay comfortable and healthy, and getting through winter doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Continue reading Caring for the Older Horse in the Cold Weather
The bit is a tool of communication, not of punishment. That, says Dwight Bennett, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus at Colorado State University, is the most important thing any horse owner can understand about bits. Continue reading Pain in the Mouth
By Natalie DeFee Mendik, MA You don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to realize the digital age has reached even the barn. For eventers, a wide variety of helpful gadgets have made training and competing just that much easier. Digital Dressage Tests Learning the dressage test is a bugaboo for many riders. With dressage test apps, you enjoy the convenience of having your tests … Continue reading Tech for Eventers
Galloping and jumping at speed and over varied terrain, eventers look for both correct position and security in the saddle – and above all, safety. Developments in stirrup technology offer a variety of new options to address these needs. You may be a purist who favors the traditional Fillis or peacock safety stirrups, but if you are looking for a more modern option, you have many to choose from. Similar to how many bits have been redesigned for optimum ergonomic effect, the latest generation of stirrup irons offers so much more than the one-size-fits-all design of the past. If you haven’t shopped for stirrup irons in recent years, you’re missing out. Key for jumping: stirrups offering stability and comfort that also release in the event of a fall. Many new stirrups’ design features address these needs. Continue reading In the Irons Stirrups for Eventers
If we use good sense in managing our youngsters, we can help protect their musculoskeletal systems over the long term with proper exercise. And that can help keep athletes healthier and prevent layups during their athletic careers.
By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA, The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care