Warmup & Cool Down


Controversial Dressage Training Method Under FEI Investigation

November 03, 2009

Responding to public outcry following the Internet posting of a video showing an international-level dressage competitor warming up a horse using a method some call inhumane, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has... Read More


Training Alters Stride in Racehorses

September 19, 2009

Training mature racehorses produces a decrease in the protraction (extension) time of the forelimb and might reduce the risk of training-induced injuries, said Marta Ferrari, DrMedVet, PhD, MRCVS, of Park Veterinary Centre in Watford, U.K, and... Read More


Tevis Veterinarians Add New Post-Ride Check

July 30, 2009

Head Tevis Cup veterinarian Greg Fellers, DVM, will implement a new post-ride vet check this year. His check will be conducted within two hours after horses complete the 100-mile ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif.

"What I am looking for... Read More


Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More


Patience and Long, Slow Distance Important for Conditioning Competition Horses

March 21, 2009

Horses on vacation since October or November, when the owner stopped riding, can't be expected to perform the way they did in the fall. It's important to get their cardiovascular systems as well as their bones, muscles and tendons back in shape... Read More


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


Body Builders: Muscles

April 04, 2008

Part of the equine anatomy series, see how equine muscles function and are nourished as well as some problems.... Read More


Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

April 01, 2008

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere's "reversed" order of seasons--winter in Australia is summer in North America--the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just... 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


Coping With the Heat

August 01, 2007

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat--sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour1,2 have been reported during exercise... Read More


Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... 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


Winter Riding

November 03, 2004

Give your horse longer warm-up and cooling-out time in cold weather to prevent tendon injury. Frozen ground, cold temperatures, and stiff tendons (not warmed up) can result in damage or even a bowed tendon. ... 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


Heat Stress in Horses

July 01, 2003

Beneath your helmet, your head feels hot and sweat drips off your face as you ride. Your horse's neck is soaked, and your reins are slippery and lathered. The more you call for an effort from your horse, the more sluggish he seems. Despite movin... Read More


Stretching Out the Kinks

December 01, 2002

There's nothing like a good stretch--when you wake up in the morning, during breaks at work, or before and after your workout. In human physiology, we know about stretching and its benefits for the athlete. Many practitioners and physical... Read More


Recharge Your Horse's Batteries

June 01, 2002

For horses engaged in regular conditioning and competition, an important consideration for overall health and fitness is the speed of recovery following hard workouts and competition exercise. A bout of exercise burns body fuel, results in loss... Read More


Getting Your Horse in Shape

February 01, 2002

As spring approaches, visions of green grass, budding trees, and active wildlife might seem just around the corner for some. But for many of us, spring is but a dream, for we must endure a few more weeks of cold, snow, and ice-covered terrain.... Read More


Physical Therapy for Horses

October 10, 2001

The role of the equine sports therapist can be compared to that of the athletic trainer or sports therapist in human sports medicine. The job of these specialists is considered adjunctive to that of the sports medicine physician or orthopedist. ... Read More


Chilling Out After Exercise

July 01, 2001

The mid-summer heat brings added challenges in managing the athletic horse. Regardless of whether your horse is competing in a show, trail ride, or high-level three-day event, hot weather places additional demands on his body. You need to be... Read More


Warming Up to the Task

April 01, 2001

In human athletics, undertaking some type of preliminary exercise or warm-up before vigorous exercise generally is regarded as being a beneficial and important part of the overall preparation for training and competition. Although there is often... Read More


Effects of Warm-Up On Performance

January 05, 2001

From Equine Disease Quarterly, a publication funded by Underwriters At Lloyd's of London, Brokers, And Their Kentucky Agents

Warm-up exercise enhances blood flow to the active muscles and increases muscle temperature.... Read More


Rehydration Research

September 01, 2000

As you untack from your lengthy trail ride, which consisted of several gallops, your mare stretches longingly toward the nearby water trough. You notice she is still hot and breathing hard. Do you let her take a sip, or are you putting her healt... Read More


Cool Aid: Beating the Heat With Working Horses

July 01, 1999

Anyone who has worked or played in high heat knows how exhausting it can be.  High, fluid-sapping desert heat can drain you in no time as you sweat away volumes of fluids and electrolytes. Then there’s the suppressive, sweaty,... Read More


Stretching for the Horse

August 01, 1998

Certainly, muscles that have become contracted due to injury could benefit from gentle stretching exercises, but what about the apparently healthy horse? We often see horses stretching themselves in their stalls. A good roll in the dust can give the ... Read More