Conditioning for Competition


Shipping and Showing

October 01, 2008

Monitor and optimize your horse's training, diet, general health, and shipping experience in order to help him perform his best.

For some, nothing compares to the excitement of a horse show. The anticipation of months of... Read More


37-Year-Old Horse Elmer Bandit Wins Competitive Trail Ride

September 15, 2008

Adding another 60 miles to his North American Trail Conference (NATRC) career, 37-year-old Elmer Bandit was declared the Open Sweepstakes division winner this past weekend at the Dave Smith Fall Fiesta competition near Lehigh, Iowa.

"We had... Read More


Results of Poll on Wrapping Up the Summer Riding Season

September 10, 2008

Nearly 1,000 readers of responded to a poll asking, "When do you start winding down from your summer riding levels?"

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Cooling Systems Help Olympic Horses Beat the Heat

August 13, 2008

Years of in-depth preparation, planning, and some luck combined to make cross-country at the 2008 Olympics a success, according to vets on the scene.

"We were lucky with the weather," said Foreign Veterinary Delegate Leo Jeffcott, MA,... Read More


Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Wet, But a Bright Day for Sport

August 11, 2008

The good news is that the anxiously awaited eventing cross-country competition at the 2008 Olympic Games was a success, with careful planning and course design, the weather, and a dollop of luck combining to produce a four-hour contest with no... Read More


Ohio State Veterinarian Faces Familiar Challenges at 2008 Olympics

August 01, 2008

Catherine Kohn, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, will be part of a multinational team of veterinarians caring for horses competing at the 2008 Olympics.... Read More


Olympic Equestrian Arrangements are Years in the Making

July 27, 2008

The decision to hold the equestrian competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong continues to be a topic of interest and debate. The events were moved because competition organizers sought to minimize the risk o... Read More


10 Principles of Exercise Physiology

June 01, 2008

Basic principles you can apply to your everyday training to boost your horse�s performance.

Elite athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors, and many times they find that edge by applying the science o... Read More


Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

April 15, 2008

According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance.

"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley... Read More


Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More


Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More


Spring Training: Getting Your Horse Ready to Ride

February 28, 2008

To prepare for warmer weather, you should start getting your horse ready by checking his feet.... Read More


Strength and Flexibility

October 01, 2007

There are a variety of ways to help your horse be stronger and less stiff.

For an avid horse person, little takes the breath away like watching an athletic... Read More


Winding Down

October 01, 2007

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse--if you do it correctly. ... Read More


Derby Trainers Going Against Convention

April 28, 2007

Several entries will have had long layoffs, something that was once unheard of

Four horses have run just two prep races. Four others are coming in off long layoffs. And some didn't even race as two-year-olds. Conventiona... Read More


Idaho Endurance Rider, Horse Train for Another Marathon Ride

December 28, 2006

Lisa Benner and her horse are endurance athletes.

They covered 100 miles across the Sierra Nevadas in less than 24 hours, and now they're training to do it again.
"It's you against the clock," Benner said of the difficult... Read More


Live Chat on Conditioning Horses in the Summer--April 18

April 17, 2006

The developers of invite you to participate in a live chat on April 18 with three of the site's equine experts. Here is your chance to discuss or ask questions with these expert... Read More


Acclimating Competition Horses

March 01, 2006

It becomes obvious that acclimating to a new environment is a challenge for the competing horse, involving everything from wellness and altitude to circadian rhythms involving time zones. It also becomes obvious, based on research, that there is no... Read More


How Many Jumps Does a Horse Have?

March 01, 2006

When USA Equestrian Team member Lisa Jacquin and her star jumper For The Moment earned their share of the team silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the gutsy Thoroughbred gelding was at the top of his game. He was fast, powerful, and precise... Read More


AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More


Biomechanical Efficiency

October 01, 2005

The horse is an amazing athlete, with great speed and endurance considering his body size and weight. For the past 20 years, researchers have evaluated what makes the equine locomotive system so efficient for racing and other strenuous... Read More


Conditioning the Competitive Trail Horse

August 01, 2005

Learn what to do and be well prepared before competing your trail horse.... Read More


Eventing's Short and Long Formats Compared

June 01, 2005

Three-Day event horses performing the short format endurance portion of an event and horses completing the conventional long format experience a similar amount of stress, according to a recent study. The public has speculated on whether or not... Read More


AAEP 2004: Vets Discuss Pre-Purchase Exams

December 06, 2004

The Dec. 5 open forum discussion of pre-purchase exams at sales covered several topics critical to consignors, buyers, and veterinarians at the 50th anniversary meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Denver, Colo. A task... Read More


It's Not Greek to Them

July 01, 2004

When the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad begin with characteristic fanfare Aug. 13 in Athens--the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games--approximately 10,500 of the world's greatest athletes will convene to match skills and wits in 28 sports.... Read More