Recent News for Conditioning

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Controversial Dressage Training Method Under FEI Investigation

November 03, 2009

Responding to public outcry following the Internet posting of a video showing an international-level dressage competitor warming up a horse using a method some call inhumane, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has... Read More

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Condition Horses to Prevent Lameness

October 02, 2009

An athlete's body is conditioned to withstand an amazing amount of work and stress. From runners to swimmers, all athletes train their bodies to handle the specific stress their sport requires. Unfortunately, it is still not uncommon for these ... Read More

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Older Horse Elmer Bandit Completes Iowa Competitive Ride

September 21, 2009

Perfect fall weather found 38-year-old Elmer Bandit completing both days of the Stephens Forest Competitive Trail event near Lucas, Iowa, this past weekend. The event added 40 miles... Read More

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Training Alters Stride in Racehorses

September 19, 2009

Training mature racehorses produces a decrease in the protraction (extension) time of the forelimb and might reduce the risk of training-induced injuries, said Marta Ferrari, DrMedVet, PhD, MRCVS, of Park Veterinary Centre in Watford, U.K, and... Read More

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Older Horses: Elmer Bandit Might Compete This Month

September 02, 2009

Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old record holder for competitive trail mileage, hasn't hit the trails lately, but last weekend found the gray Half-Arabian and owner Mary Anna... Read More

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Equine Heat Tolerance Parameters Examined in Study

August 26, 2009

Brazilian researchers are working towards understanding heat tolerance in horses.... Read More

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16-Year-Old Quarter Horse Racehorse Still Winning

August 20, 2009

American Quarter Horse runner Silent Cash Dasher on Sunday won at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla. Owned and trained by Gary Earp of Jay, Okla., the gelding by Dash Easy is 16 years old.

In a sport with the majority of its participants... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

Optimum pressure... Read More

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Tevis Veterinarians Add New Post-Ride Check

July 30, 2009

Head Tevis Cup veterinarian Greg Fellers, DVM, will implement a new post-ride vet check this year. His check will be conducted within two hours after horses complete the 100-mile ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, Calif.

"What I am looking for... Read More

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Researchers Examine Oral Acetate for Equine Exercise Recovery

June 15, 2009

An inaugural study has found that a sodium acetate electrolyte solution given orally with a typical hay and grain meal following exercise enhanced skeletal muscle metabolism to restore depleted glycogen (energy) sources.... Read More

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Readers Share Equine Exercise Regimens

June 05, 2009

More than 1,150 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "During peak riding times in your region, how often do you ride or exercise your horses?"

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Pilates for Horses?

June 01, 2009

Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse's core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.

"One of the things we know from human medical research is that when people get... Read More

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More

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Core Training Exercise Guidelines

May 18, 2009

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up--for example, in horses that are recovering from injury--because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS,... Read More

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Your Exercising Horse's Upper Airway

May 12, 2009

Upper airway problems can ruin a good horse, whether they slow him down or cause airway noise that hurts his show placings. But they haven't always been easy to sort out because the upper airway couldn't be examined under natural exercise conditions ... Read More

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Treadmill Use Aids Equine Performance Evaluation

April 19, 2009

Methods for evaluating the ubiquitous presentation of "poor performance" in equine athletes have improved in the past few years, enabling veterinarians to better explain why a horse might not be performing at its previous level, explained David... Read More

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Racehorse Exercise Predicts Bone Strength (AAEP 2008)

April 05, 2009

Nearly 20% of fatal musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred atheletes are due to complete humeral (forearm bone) fractures, which often occur early in training or following an prolonged layup.... Read More

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Patience and Long, Slow Distance Important for Conditioning Competition Horses

March 21, 2009

Horses on vacation since October or November, when the owner stopped riding, can't be expected to perform the way they did in the fall. It's important to get their cardiovascular systems as well as their bones, muscles and tendons back in shape... Read More

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Emergency Care at Endurance Events

March 14, 2009

Endurance rides are often held in wilderness areas without good road access, posing a challenge when trying to reach a horse in distress. A Treatment Veterinarian should be equipped with sufficient horsepower (vehicle, ATV, or horse) to reach a horse... Read More

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Emergency Veterinary Care at Horse Shows

March 04, 2009

Most horse show emergencies are able to be cared for on-site, but if a crisis develops, the horse should be stabilized and transported to a full-care facility, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. ... Read More

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Anhidrosis: Altered Thyroid Function a Potential Contributor

February 28, 2009

Despite the fact that 20% of racehorses in the southern United States are affected by anhidrosis--the inability or decreased ability to sweat--the underlying causes of this medical condition remain unknown.

Sweating is the primary mean... Read More

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Tart Cherry Juice May Reduce Muscle Damage

February 08, 2009

A recent human study has found that tart cherry juice blend (TCJB) had beneficial effects on exercising muscle. The objective was to determine if TCJB can lessen exercise-induced muscle damage in horses, as measured by serum enzymatic markers.... Read More

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Elmer Bandit's Winter Workouts Move Inside

January 30, 2009

Winter weather has driven 37-year-old competitive trail horse Elmer Bandit and his owner and rider Mary Anna Wood inside for dressage lessons.... Read More

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Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

December 28, 2008

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey... Read More

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Different Approach to Assessing Training Adaptation

December 25, 2008

Dutch researchers report that a different technique for assessing adaptation to training gives a more accurate picture than the usual approach of measuring muscle enzyme levels. In the study, researchers... Read More