Recent News for Conditioning

Grooming helps improve horses' skin and coat condition and allows us to identify any unusual injuries, skin conditions, or behavioral changes. And grooming before riding is an important way to prevent irritation caused by dirt and debris trapped under tack. Additionally, research shows grooming can serve as a bonding experience for horse and human and produces marked relaxation in both.

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10 New Horse Owner Resources on TheHorse.com

May 26, 2016

From feeding to vaccines and colic to lameness, here are some basic resources to get the new horse owner started.... Read More

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Understanding Your Horse's 'Engine' During Exercise

May 19, 2016

Learn how your horse's cardiovascular and respiratory systems function to power his every stride.... Read More

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A Pain in the SI Joint

May 18, 2016

Sacroiliac disease can affect any horse, potentially limiting performance abilities.... Read More

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Getting Back to Work This Spring? Keep Your Horse Sound!

May 13, 2016

Take precautions to reduce your horse's risk of getting hurt while returning to work. ... Read More

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What Supplements Do Eventing and Dressage Horses Consume?

April 29, 2016

Joint health and mobility supplements were the most frequently used in both disciplines, researchers found. ... Read More

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Three-Day Eventing Horse Inspections

April 27, 2016

Here's what to know about horse inspections, which are designed to evaluate the horse's fitness to compete.... Read More

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Researchers Pinpoint Additional Laminitis Risk Factors

April 27, 2016

Overconditioning, grazing during sunlight hours, and frozen footing could potentially trigger laminitic episodes.... Read More

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Limiting Race Training Distances Can Reduce Injury Risk

April 26, 2016

Standardbreds training over shorter distances lost fewer training days to injury, but still raced successfully.... Read More

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IDDSP Surgery Type's Impact on Race Performance

April 13, 2016

Racing performance was unaltered regardless of which technique was used to correct soft palate displacement.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Training Location Preferences

April 12, 2016

Of the 669 respondents, 337 (50%) said they prefer to train their horses in an arena.... Read More

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Moldy Hay: Bad for Horses, Bad for Humans

April 11, 2016

Certain strains of fungi found in moldy fodder can cause serious problems in both horses and handlers, scientists found.... Read More

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Breeze Times, Sale Prices, and Racetrack Performance

March 26, 2016

Researchers recently investigated factors that impact prices paid for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds sold at undertack sales.... Read More

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Is a Respiratory Virus Behind Equine IAD?

March 25, 2016

Researchers found a "strong association" between horses developing asthma after contracting a rhinitis virus.... Read More

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Time to Retire?

March 24, 2016

Find out when and how to transition your horse from the show ring to a more leisurely lifestyle.... Read More

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UK Researcher Launches Equine Sports Science Initiative

March 23, 2016

The collaborative and research-based initiative is designed to advance the health and well-being of equine athletes.... Read More

"After teaching young riders for several years, I believe there's nothing more rewarding than passing a passion for horses on to a new generation of equestrians," says News Editor Erica Larson. Have young horse lovers in your life? Consider opening your barn to them and educating them on horse safety, care, and riding.

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

March 23, 2016

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.... Read More

Quarter Horse stallion Slick by Design is a competitive barrel racer who's also one of the sport's leading sires.

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The Double-Duty Stallion

March 20, 2016

Is your stallion expected to perform in both the breeding shed and the arena? Here's what you need to know. ... Read More

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Swayback in a Young Horse

March 16, 2016

A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.... Read More

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Being a Fit Rider is Important for Your Horse's Health

March 09, 2016

Find out how your mental and physical performance will benefit from a program out of the saddle. ... Read More

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Spring Health Preparations

March 07, 2016

Check all these tasks off your list as you transition your horse into the spring riding season.... Read More

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Pelvic or Femur Fracture? Better Check for Both

March 02, 2016

A researcher offers tips on how veterinarians can pinpoint the cause in unresolved upper hind limb lameness cases.... Read More

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UK Student Entrepreneurs Take First Place at Georgia Bowl

February 25, 2016

The team's service provides a blood test that can potentially predict injuries in horses before serious problems occur.... Read More

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Osteochondritis Dissecans: A Common but Complex Disease

February 18, 2016

Diet, exercise, biomechanics, and genetics all play a role in disease development, researchers say.... Read More

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Researchers Study the Biomechanics of Collection

January 20, 2016

Scientists studied the kinematics of both horse and rider to better understand exactly what goes on during collection.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Young Horse Ownership

January 19, 2016

Of the 634 respondents, 531 (81%) said they have owned a horse 4 years old or younger.... Read More