Jennifer O. Bryant

Jennifer O. Bryant is editor-at-large of the U.S. Dressage Federation's magazine, USDF Connection. An independent writer and editor, Bryant contributes to many equestrian publications, has edited numerous books, and authored Olympic Equestrian. More information about Jennifer can be found on her site,

Articles by Jennifer O. Bryant

Veterinary Updates from Hong Kong

Horses and riders initially appeared to have emerged unscathed from yesterday's eventing cross-country competition, but later it was learned that Keymaster, a Swedish team horse under Magnus Gallerdal, pulled up lame in his right foreleg. Read More

Olympic Eventing: Germans Win Team Gold, U.S. Rider Gets Silver

Australia took the early lead in the 2008 Olympic eventing team competition, winning the dressage phase with strong performances. But the German team surpassed the Aussies on cross-country and refused to relinquish the lead, remaining in front Read More

Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Wet, But a Bright Day for Sport

The good news is that the anxiously awaited eventing cross-country competition at the 2008 Olympic Games was a success, with careful planning and course design, the weather, and a dollop of luck combining to produce a four-hour contest with no Read More

Eventing Is Early Focus of 2008 Equestrian Olympic Competition

Rain, more rain, and some tense moments in the trot-up

The number eight is considered lucky by the Chinese--that's why the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Games were held on 8-08-08--but Aug. 8 proved a bit of a Read More

Getting Horses to the Olympics (Book Excerpt)

From the days before air travel, when horses traveled by boat to reach competitions on faraway shores, to modern times, when horses and riders alike rack up their share of frequent-flyer miles, Olympic Games-bound mounts have endured their share Read More

Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

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

The Underweight Horse

Managing and caring for a persistently underweight horse can be difficult and frustrating for the owner and/or caretaker. A number of factors can be involved or contribute to the condition. A primary and initial evaluation should focus on the b Read More

Rabies in Horses

Rabies, an old and clever virus, is making a resurgence in parts of the United States. While the number of rabies cases in animals might seem relatively small, and the number of cases in humans minuscule, the public health costs and implications Read More

Trailers 2000

Many horse people tend to think of equine transportation vehicles in the same way that we classify automobiles: There are the stripped-down economy models, which are perfectly okay for getting us from point A to point B, but won't elicit envious Read More

Home Sweet Barn--People Living in the Barn

Tack rooms, offices, and lounges are fairly common horse barn amenities. Less common are built-in living quarters for farm owners or employees, but some facilities have found it practical as well as economical to include a "barn apartment" of Read More

Finding a Farrier

If you’ve ever moved to a new town, you know how difficult it can be to find good service professionals: auto mechanics, hairdressers, doctors, dentists, and so on. You know your needs, but how do you select the appropriate providers when you Read More

Equine Physical Therapy

How does Physical Therapy relate to horses and to veterinary medicine? According to Haussler, the veterinary community can learn a lot from physical therapists about taking a proactive approach to equine rehab. Read More

Alternative Therapies: Quality or Quackery?

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the ongoing debate about the merits of chiropractic, acupuncture, and other "alternative" treatments, these and other modalities are exploding in popularity. First embraced by human medicine, methods ranging from Read More

Selecting an Alternative Practitioner

Let's say you decide to give an alternative therapy a try. How do you find a competent practitioner? We know which ones you'd rather have work on your horse, so we'll give you some tips for finding the qualified people and avoiding Read More

Winter Shelter

On long winter nights, would our horses rather be outside or warm and dry in a barn? Read More

A Footwear Primer

Understanding the various types of equine footwear can help owners decide which shoes suit their horses best. Read More

Your Horse's Limbs: Does Form Follow Function?

We asked several leading experts for their take on the conformation-performance-soundness issue. Read More

Sheared Heels: Nature or Nurture?

Have you ever paid attention to the way people walk? Some are pigeon-toed, others are "duck-footed." Some wear the insides of their shoe heels; others do just the opposite. Yet, most are perfectly "sound" and healthy.

The same principle Read More