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Is It Okay to Put a Cold Bit in a Horse's Mouth?

February 24, 2015

Our experts offer advice on if and how to warm cold bits before riding.... Read More

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Exercise's Effects on Horses' Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

February 04, 2015

Researchers determined that exercise causes horses' back dimensions to change, which could negatively impact saddle fit.... Read More

Whether or not your horse needs a blanket depends on his age, body condition, weather exposure, and cold tolerance, and whether he's clipped or has his winter coat. Turnout blankets appropriate for winter weather are waterproof and offer protection from the weather. The heavier the fabric's denier rating, the more durable your horse's blanket should be.

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Readers Share Tips for Horse Blanket Repair and Maintenance

February 01, 2015

Readers share useful tips for repairing and maintaining horse blankets. ... Read More

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Tricks of the Trade

January 05, 2015

Sometimes in our horsey lives it's the little things that make all the difference when it comes to chores.... Read More

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Second Saddle Research Trust Conference Held in England

December 14, 2014

Researchers examined, discussed, and debated the latest research on saddle-related welfare and performance issues. ... Read More

Flat halters made of nylon are inexpensive, strong, versatile, and a popular choice for regular barn use. Their synthetic material wears well and comes in a rainbow of colors.

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Poll Recap: Halter Preferences

December 09, 2014

Of the 1,228 respondents, 378 (31%) said they primarily use flat nylon halters for their horses.... Read More

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Beasts of Burden: Africa's Working Horses and Donkeys

December 02, 2014

Veterinarians and researchers take a look at cases very different than those seen in developed countries.... Read More

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Saddlers Support Saddle Research Trust Conference

November 05, 2014

The conference will focus on applying science to horses, saddles, and riders to help improve horses' health and welfare.... Read More

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How to Choose Hind Leg Protection for Your Horse

September 11, 2014

Get tips on choosing hind leg protection for your horse from Nicole Carroll of Walnut Creek, California.... Read More

Open-front boots, sometimes called tendon boots, are frequently used by hunter and jumper riders. These boots are open in the front and cover the back and sides of the leg to protect the horse's tendons and ligaments.

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Study: Boots, Wraps Increase Leg Heat During Exercise

September 02, 2014

Whether that leg temperature increase is good or bad, though, remains to be determined, researchers say.... 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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Rehabilitating Horses with Back Problems

August 13, 2014

Learn about methods, from stretches to massage, that can help horses suffering from back issues recover.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Barn Wear Splurges

August 12, 2014

Of the 1,138 respondents, 532 (47%) said they're most likely to splurge on riding boots. ... 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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The 'Poor Man's' Saddle Fitting

August 05, 2014

What are your saddle-fit tips and discoveries? ... Read More

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FEI Seeks to Improve Vaulting Horse Welfare

July 08, 2014

As vaulters' movements become more complex, the horse's continued welfare is an important issue for the FEI.... Read More

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How To Handle a Disease Outbreak

July 07, 2014

Follow these important steps if your horse shows signs of an infectious disease.... 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

Open-front boots, sometimes called tendon boots, are frequently used by hunter and jumper riders. These boots are open in the front and cover the back and sides of the leg to protect the horse's tendons and ligaments.

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Leg and Hoof Protection

May 21, 2014

Horse leg and hoof protection come in a variety of types and styles. Learn about each kind in this slideshow.... Read More

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Biosecurity Tip of the Month: Equipment Use

May 15, 2014

Learn how to reduce your horse's risk of catching a disease via equipment, such as feed and water buckets.... Read More

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The Perfect Fit

May 14, 2014

Finding the right saddle for your horse is a mix of high-tech and hands-on approaches.... Read More

Dressage boots are a variation of brushing boots, typically equipped with a comfortable lining that promotes airflow.

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Poll Recap: Equine Leg Protection

May 06, 2014

Of the 756 respondents, more than half said their horses wear boots, wraps, or both when exercising.... Read More

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Study: Tongue Ties Appear to Benefit Racehorses

May 03, 2014

Researchers say that if they're applied correctly, tongue ties don't appear to cause horses stress or pain.... Read More

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Saddle Sore Spots

May 02, 2014

Saddle and girth sores are common in horses that are ridden with poorly fitting tack.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Spring Blanket Cleaning

April 29, 2014

Of the 1,160 respondents, 471 (41%) said they wash their horse blankets in a washing machine.... Read More