The United States is one of the few countries to still see steeplechase in the sport of three-day eventing through the USEA Classic Series. By offering phase A through D on endurance day (phase B being steeplechase), a Classic Series event is a true test of physical and mental fitness for both horse and rider. Jim Wofford, a world-renowned expert in conditioning event horses, has a tried and true system that’s suitable for any Classic Series competitor.
The 2020 show season has looked a bit different than any of us anticipated, and for many people season-planning was placed on hold. In an episode that was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole Brown and Diarm Byrne welcome international five-star eventer Will Coleman and British high performance veterinarian Spike "The Vet" Milligan to the show to discuss some of the considerations for planning your season from each of their unique perspectives.
Overconditioned, obese, fat – all these terms can be used to describe an overweight horse. “Equine obesity is a term that we use to describe a horse that has gotten to the point where there’s so much fat accretion on their body that it’s going to cause health problems,” said Dr. Amy Burk, Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Equine Studies Program in the Animal and Avian Sciences Department at the University of Maryland.
We all work hard to get our horses shiny and clean for competition day, but it can sometimes take a bit of extra elbow grease to get those grey or white horses looking their best. Rachael Livermore, head groom for Sharon White at Last Frontier Farm, shares some of the tricks she uses to get Sharon's horses looking spick and span - and it starts with everyday care!
The phase that captures the heart of an eventer, cross-country, is not for the weak. A true test of speed, stamina, and power – the essentials of cross-country – can have an effect on the horse’s body regardless of their power and strength. This is where hot and cold therapy come into play. Fire and ice, or in this case ice boots and hot packs, can be seen in the corners of barn aisles, in tack stalls at events, and on horses after cross-country.
In the time of COVID-19, now more than ever people are thinking about the importance of biosecurity. What is biosecurity, exactly? Biosecurity is defined as the measures employed to reduce the impact of any infectious disease. For humans, this includes things like hand washing, wearing masks, and maintaining a safe distance from others to slow the spread of pathogens.
Everyone wants their horse to look like those horses trotting down the jog strip at Kentucky, but it takes a lot to get your horse to have those beautiful white socks and shiny coat. I’ve now done my fair share of jogs and have a couple tricks up my sleeve!
There are any number of reasons you may need to wrap your horse’s legs with standing wraps, but one thing is for certain – you want to be sure that you’re helping and not harming your horse’s legs with your wraps. To that end, Dr. Jeff Beshear has provided his list of best practices for bandaging your horse’s legs.
As a horse owner and competitor is it important to pay attention to your horse’s health at all times. Becoming familiar with your horse’s vital signs is essential to monitoring your horse in competition and in the stable. Here is a quick guide to taking your horse’s vital signs - it is a good idea to practice taking these signs to increase your familiarity with what is normal for your own horse.