As the season begins to turn, the temperature begins to drop, turnout time becomes more limited, schedules shift to accommodate the waning daylight and the possibility for a colicky horse increases. While the exact environmental causes of colic are not well understood, a commonly accepted theory is that any abrupt changes to a horse’s environment or schedule can increase the risk of colic.
This presentation covers understanding the connection between problems in performance and the precise underlying muscle causing the problem, due to resistance from muscle tightness, identifying causes of muscle tightness and prevention, and solving and eliminating the resistance to specific movements in performance.
This session, which was presented by Nutrena Feeds, focuses on how to build and maintain quality muscle through nutrition, understanding the proper calorie sourcing for fueling different types of work, and tips to manage common situations encountered by performance horses.
Over the previous decade, the number of upper level event horses that remain at the highest levels of the sport for extended periods of time has anecdotally been dwindling. Also, it is rare to see horses return to represent the U.S. on international teams. This discussion features statistics provided by the USEA and EquiRatings to strengthen our understanding of this issue and perspectives from coaches, trainers, riders, grooms, and veterinary professionals on the possible reasons and solutions.
Steve Teichman discusses techniques for managing poor quality hooves for the event horse.
The recent boom in affordable technology is providing new opportunities to better understand horses and to optimize their training. Fitness wearables, smartphones, and new research can be combined to answer questions that were previously barriers to ensuring horses were at their best for competition.
This session focuses on the convergence of horsemanship and science to improve equine athletic health.
In this presentation with Dr. Amy Burk from the University of Maryland Equine Studies program, learn about the different types of hay, how hay is made, the different factors that affect the quality of the hay, when hay should be fed, and how to select the hay that is right for your horse.
It’s getting to be that season again! As the days get shorter the coats inevitably get longer and thicker. Some of you will be breaking out those clippers very soon, or maybe you already have. Here are a few key tips that can make the difference between an O.K. clip job and great clip job.
Take a moment, before you dive into this article, to picture the most stoic horse you know. Surely you know the idea well – the horse that never shows pain, doesn’t wear his heart on his saddle pad, that always comes to the ring ready to work.
The results of a major research study commissioned by the FEI, aimed at identifying best practices and management of horses training and competing in hot and humid environments, have been published today.