Horse Care and Health

Redefining ‘abuse’ as Equestrian sport evolves

April 20th, 2016 at 11:59 am By Jean Llewellyn Over the decades since an equestrian discipline first became an Olympic Sport, in Paris 1900, showjumping, dressage and eventing have become high-profile commodities, attracting huge audiences and mega prize. Recently, Spruce Meadows announced an increase for the … Continue reading Read Article

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Andrew McLean on Punishment

at 11:59 am One of the most important concepts Andrew McLean has introduced to the world of the horse is that horses are not ‘naughty’, they are just being given the wrong signals and message... Continue reading Read Article

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Treatment of Back Problems

at 11:59 am Which treatments really work – Professor Leo Jeffcott and Dr Robin Bell look at the range of treatments for the horse’s back, and finds that some work – but some don’t work at all… and lots have never been properly assessed. Continue reading Read Article

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The Diagnosis of Back Pain

at 11:59 am Sore backs are a very common and often overlooked problem in the performance horse. The soreness may be caused by a primary back problem or it may secondary to an underlying lameness issue, faulty or ill-fitting tack or even inadequate schooling... Continue reading Read Article

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Fetlock Lameness – It’s importance…

April 7th, 2016 at 4:52 pm Lameness involving the fetlock joint is an all too common problem in performance horses and racehorses. Injuries to this region may involve the joint itself or the surrounding soft tissues, and are often determined by the use of the horse. The fetlock is a complicated high motion joint that is always subjected to huge forces and stresses during locomotion. Continue reading Read Article

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Exercise: Toe Taps

January 12th, 2016 at 11:13 am In part one, we looked at how to find blockages in your back and what to do to help get rid of them. In part two, we are going to look at an exercise that really hones in on the core. Continue reading Read Article

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Exercise: Clams

at 11:13 am In part three, Rebecca Ashton introduces the exercise, Clams. This is a common exercise in pilates classes; here Rebecca explains how it will help your riding. This exercise allows you to use your legs individually and precisely; creating clearer communication with … Continue reading Read Article

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Exercise: Shoulder Stability

at 11:13 am The control of our upper body should be focused in what we term the shoulder girdle. This is the area that wraps around us like a corset just under the shoulder joints. Continue reading Read Article

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Exercise: Shoulder Mobility

at 11:13 am In this exercise, we will look at shoulder joint mobility and independent hands. Continue reading Read Article

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Exercise: The Roll Up

November 30th, 2015 at 9:30 am The roll up is a great exercise to work the core as well as the external abdominal (stomach) muscles, while stretching the back. When riding, the back can tend to lock into position a little too much... Continue reading Read Article

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Causes of Carpal Lameness in Horses

November 20th, 2015 at 6:50 pm In this article we will attempt to give you an overview of the problems that can affect the knee in the horse, by firstly reviewing the anatomy, the role conformation plays, and finally discussing in more detail the more common conditions that affect this joint in the horse. Continue reading Read Article

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Caring for Older Horses: What you need to know

October 9th, 2015 at 9:43 am It is always difficult predict how long a horse will live, but older horses are very common these days and usually much loved. Geriatric horses must never be taken for granted. This article will cover some important practical aspects of looking after older horses and will provide an insight into the more important diseases they suffer can suffer from. Continue reading Read Article

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