Do you like to laugh with your fellow riders, try new types of riding, and ride your horse in beautiful places? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then a Pair Pace may be for you. In a nutshell, a Pair Pace involves a team of one to four riders traversing a cross-country…

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Endurance riding is the true test of fitness, conditioning and physical durability for both horse and rider. The term endurance riding brings to mind images of Hidalgo and long, grueling rides.  A true endurance ride is 50, 75 or 100 miles, but there are also limited distance (LD) rides and “fun” rides offered at endurance…

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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 made for an exceptionally fun and memorable trip and the girls…

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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 begins with the horse chewing its feed. Chewed feed then travels through the esophagus…

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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 importance of checking your horse’s vital signs at each vet check…

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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 risks for most horses and ponies. Luckily, there are simple ways to…

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Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) make use of partnering with horses to help promote emotional and physical growth. EAAT are particularly useful for people who have ADD, anxiety, autism, dementia, delay in mental development, down syndrome, other genetic disorders, depression, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, and various other physical disabilities. Horses and History Humans have…

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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 also affected by the emotions of their rider. Our equine friends are…

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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 lathering. This protein facilitates the flow of liquid to effect evaporation of sweat for a horse. This…

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Lameness in Horses: Causes, Detection, and Treatments (buy707.com)

There is no one specific underlying reason for lameness to occur in a horse. It occurs in all breeds, sizes, confirmations, and disciplines of horses. Reasons for lameness can be anything from pain in the horse or the conditions the horse lives in. The Merck Veterinary Manual defines lameness as “An abnormal stance or gait…

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