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The Science Of Saddle Fit

February 01, 2011

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle's fit requires an understanding of saddle construction... Read More

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Clean Tack: Readers Keep Their Tack in Good Shape

January 18, 2011

More than 860 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you wipe down your tack after riding?"... Read More

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Saddle Tree Types and Pressure Distribution

September 08, 2010

Modern saddles provide new options for tree type, with the goal of sparing a horse pain from localized saddle pressure. But new Swiss research suggests that, at least when a horse trots, tree type makes little difference in pressure distribution alon... Read More

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Donated Snaffle Bits Delivered to India

April 05, 2010

Friends of Marwari/Kathiawari Horse UK announced the first successful delivery of over 80 snaffle bits to India. The bits had been donated by horse lovers from all over the United Kingdom specifically for the welfare of Indigenous Indian horses... Read More

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Researching Horse Boots

March 01, 2010

Research shows horse boots might not offer legs the protection we expect.... Read More

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Saddle Up Safely Campaign Unveils New Booklet

February 18, 2010

"Can you catch a disease from a horse?" was the question.

Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Science in the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, took the lead for ... Read More

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Used Snaffle Bits Requested by UK Group

February 15, 2010

A group based in the United Kingdom is asking for horse owners' help in replacing homemade bits often used in India. Friends of Marwari/Kathiawari Horse U.K. has put out an open call for donations of small (5" and under) snaffle bits.<... Read More

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Horsemanship Group, Saddle Up Safely Campaign Working Together

November 05, 2009

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), in support of the University of Kentucky Saddle Up Safely campaign, is waiving its fees for the CHA Instructor Certification Clinic... Read More

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Western Saddle Fit Study in Progress at New Mexico State University

October 26, 2009

The Agricultural Marketing group at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., has undertaken the first scientific saddle fit study of Western performance saddles. Using a force sensor array (FSA) pressure pad, which shows exactly how the... Read More

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Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

September 03, 2009

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors... Read More

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Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

Optimum pressure... Read More

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

July 11, 2009

The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.

"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to... Read More

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Tack and Equipment: Gearing Up

June 01, 2009

One wonderful aspect of being a horse owner or enthusiast is the variety of available tack and equipment--generally innovative, cool stuff--to use under saddle or in the stable. Exciting innovations in recent years have lent safety, comfort... Read More

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Customize Bits and Bridles to Minimize Oral Ulcers

June 01, 2009

"Oral ulcers and abrasions on the lips, cheeks, and tongue of horses are very common and are primarily caused by trauma," Wattle said. "For example, nose bands pressing against the horse's cheeks and badly fitting bits are both thought to be common... Read More

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Readers Come Clean on Tack Maintenance Schedules

May 22, 2009

More than 1,050 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you do a full cleaning (polish silver, clean/condition leather, etc.) of your tack?"

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Temporary Tack Emergency Halter Repair Kit

January 08, 2009

Four Footed Essentials of Midway, Ky. has developed Temporary Tack, a kit that includes sized, color-coded sections that can be used to repair broken halters in emergency situations.

Designed for use on all types of livestock, Temporary... Read More

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Draper Equine Therapy Saddle Pad

July 30, 2008

Draper Equine Therapy has been given the nod of confidence by a member of the five-part Canadian Eventing Team headed for the Olympics this August.

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Ariat's Premium Western Performance Boots with Butyl Leather Outsoles

July 23, 2008

Ariat introduces Premium Western Performance Boots with Butyl Leather Outsoles for Women in fall 2008.

The Dally represents a combination of Ariat's performance technology with authentic, handcrafted Butyl-treated leather soles. Unlike... Read More

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Total Comfort System Saddle Pads

July 17, 2008

Cavallo Horse and Rider Inc. introduces Total Comfort System Saddle Pads.

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False Giveaway Ads a Cover for Saddle Theft

April 02, 2008

It wasn't a hoax or revenge that cost a Southern Oregon man many of his belongings when people responded to a Craigslist posting and nearly emptied his rural home, officers say: It was a pair of thieves covering their tracks.

Jackson County... Read More

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"Sour Gas" Blamed for Horse Illness

March 01, 2008

Horses owned by the Thurston family of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, were exposed to a gas leak from a sour oil facility four months ago, and family members say the livestock still have not recovered, according to an article on Read More

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MacKinnon Ice Horse Boots Evendura Wrap

February 01, 2008

The First+Ice inserts remain cold at therapeutic levels for up to two hours, while the horse eats or rests comfortably in his stall. As the legs remain dry, there is no risk of skin irritation or bacterial, fungal and hoof. ... Read More

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Seasonal Tack Touch-Ups

February 01, 2008

Saddles wear out more from neglect than use.

The days will soon begin to get longer and the riding bug will start to bite--it's almost time to dust off your saddle and deep clean your furry beast of a horse. But will... Read More

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25 Years of Medicine

January 01, 2008

Reflecting upon the last 25 years in equine veterinary medicine, it is difficult to limit the list of changes to a single page. Since The Horse has done an excellent job of educating horse owners about diagnostic and therapeutic advances in... Read More