Gait Patterns

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Optimizing Dressage Horses' Bodies for Peak Performance

September 19, 2014

From feeding and training to shoeing and warm-up protocols, learn how to keep your dressage horse fit to perform.... Read More

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Improving a Horse's Proprioception During Rehabilitation

September 16, 2014

Learn about three techniques riders can use to improve motion deficits using the horse's proprioceptive awareness.... Read More

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Understanding Your Horse's 'Engine' During Exercise

September 10, 2014

Your horse's heart and respiratory system work hard to power his every stride. Here's what you need to know.... Read More

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Study: Vets Disagree on Equine Neurologic Assessments

August 31, 2014

Researchers determined that a horse's ataxia and its severity can be sources of disagreement among vets.... Read More

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Limitations and Advances in Lameness Assessment

August 26, 2014

Learn about scientific advancements that are helping veterinarians better assess lameness in horses.... Read More

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New Referral Scheme Launched to Help Combat Saddle Problems

August 23, 2014

The plan is designed to give owners access to the expertise and advice of a veterinary authority at a manageable cost.... Read More

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Understanding the Biomechanics of Lameness

August 19, 2014

Locomotion involves consistent limb movements that change predictably when a horse is lame. Learn what to watch for.... Read More

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For Want of a 12-Foot Stride

August 18, 2014

How have you handled a horse with a short stride?... Read More

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How Do Different Saddles Impact Horses' Movement?

August 12, 2014

Researchers found that saddle type did not appear to impact movement in a group of Icelandic horses.... Read More

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Lyme Disease in Horses: More Questions than Answers

July 16, 2014

Learn about this difficult-to-diagnose disease, what clinical signs to watch for, and how vets treat it.... Read More

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Infographic: Botulism

July 14, 2014

Learn how this potentially fatal neurologic disease affects horses and how to prevent it.... Read More

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Researchers Link Gene Mutation to All Gaited Breeds

July 13, 2014

Researchers found the so-called Gait Keeper gene mutation in different gaited breeds across the planet.... Read More

The seat of the saddle tips back. The panels of the saddle have contact with the horse’s back at the front and the back but not under the middle of the saddle. This is called bridging and causes focal pressure under the front and back of the saddle.

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Study: Ill-fitting Saddles Behind Horse, Rider Back Pain

July 12, 2014

Researchers associated ill-fitting saddles with equine back issues, a stilted gait, and rider back pain. ... Read More

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'Minimalist' Endurance Saddle's Biomechanics Studied

June 21, 2014

The team found that it took the horse less time to finish a race in minimalist tack than in traditional tack.... Read More

"Redwoods Tardee APHA gelding."

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Horses in Motion

June 11, 2014

In honor of National Photo Month, our Facebook fans submitted photos of their horses in action last month. ... Read More

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Leg Conformation

June 11, 2014

Good leg conformation in a horse is a must if that animal is to remain serviceably sound for performance.... Read More

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Tranquilizers for Riding

May 22, 2014

Should tranquilizers be used to help calm a horse down so it can be ridden? ... Read More

Lyall submitted this image of her mare’s unusual sweat pattern.

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Uneven Sweating and Intermittent Lameness in a Horse

May 20, 2014

What could cause an unusual sweat pattern and occasional lameness in a horse? ... Read More

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California Chrome Will Wear Nasal Strip in Belmont Stakes

May 19, 2014

California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip in the June 7 Belmont Stakes.... Read More

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UF to Dedicate New Equine Sports Performance Complex

May 14, 2014

The new venue is designed to allow vets to better evaluate performance horses under saddle.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Longeing Lessons

April 15, 2014

Of the 797 respondents, 329 (41%) said longeing is a regular part of their horses' fitness program.... Read More

Horses are athletic animals designed for movement, and most equestrians would agree that few things are more beautiful that a horse in motion. The following are examples of the most basic equine gaits.

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An Introduction to Basic Horse Gaits

January 29, 2014

Horses are athletic animals designed for movement. Find out more about the most basic equine gaits. ... Read More

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Immediate Effects of Shoeing on Horses' Movement

December 11, 2013

Researchers found that horses do show some movement asymmetry after being trimmed.... Read More

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Researchers Go In Search of the Perfect Passage

December 07, 2013

Are top dressage horses routinely performing the "perfect passage" as defined by the FEI?... Read More

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Longeing Surface's Effects on Sound, Lame Horses

December 04, 2013

The team found movement symmetry differences between sound and lame horses longed on soft and hard surfaces.... Read More