Conditioning for Competition


Managing and Maintaining the Older Equine Athlete

October 27, 2016

Do you have a mature or senior horse? Find out how to keep him comfortable and competitive as he ages!... Read More

Manuel Anon on Acantus GK (Spain) jumps over the Churchill Downs tote board jump during the Show Jumping at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


How Long Does it Take Jumping Horses' Muscles to Recover?

October 21, 2016

Researchers found that jumping at shows two weekends in a row did not allow horses adequate muscle recovery.... Read More


Conditioning Through the Seasons: Fall and Winter

September 27, 2016

Know how your horse's body reacts to cold weather and train accordingly to make the most of the chilly months ahead.... Read More


How Does Arena Footing Affect an Athletic Horse's Longevity?

September 21, 2016

An equine sports medicine specialist shares how footing can impact soundness and offers footing selection advice.... Read More


When is a Young Horse Ready to Ride?

August 24, 2016

I'm worried about putting too much stress on my 3-year-old's body. When is it safe to ride her on a regular basis?... Read More


Shipping and Showing Horses

July 27, 2016

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

Troy Heikes (USA) and Lil Gun Dunit were the leaders in the second individual reining qualifier .


Keeping Your Equine Athlete at the Top of His Game

June 24, 2016

Our sources share nine ways to help your sport horse perform at his best.... Read More


Choosing the Right Horse for Happy Trails

June 23, 2016

Follow these tips when searching for the best four-legged trail riding partner.... Read More

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.


10 New Horse Owner Resources on

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


The Horse's Top Infographics of 2015

December 31, 2015

Topics included stress, scratches, hoof abscesses, deworming, vaccinations, metabolic syndrome, healthy coats, and more.... Read More


Achieving Full Mobility After Bone Chip Surgery

December 30, 2015

What therapies might help relieve the rest of a horse's body when treating a specific injury or recovering from surgery?... 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.


The Horse's Top Podcasts of 2015

December 30, 2015

Learn about winter care, hay options, conditioning horses, rehabbing after injury, beet pulp vs. rice bran, and more.... Read More


A Happy Year

December 22, 2015

Our editor-in-chief looks back over the first year with her horse, Happy.... Read More


Equine Sports Therapy: How It Can Help Your Horse Heal

December 17, 2015

An FEI veterinarian and equine sports therapist answer your questions about keeping your horse performing at his best.... Read More


Top Tweets from the World Horse Welfare Conference

November 11, 2015

Take-homes on racehorse welfare, obseity, euthanasia, horse keeping and training, and more.... Read More


Caring for the Disciplines: Racing

October 30, 2015

It takes careful conditioning and management to keep racehorses in tip-top shape. Here's how vets and trainers do it.... Read More


NC State Equine Trio Receives Rehabilitation Certification

September 02, 2015

The two veterinarians and one clinical technician are developing sports medicine and rehab services at NC State.... Read More


Maintain Health, Prepare Properly for a Sustainable Athlete

August 20, 2015

Horses could be more sustainable athletes if riders condition them better and monitor their health and fitness often.... Read More