Recent News for Conditioning

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Spring Training: Getting Your Horse Ready to Ride

February 28, 2008

To prepare for warmer weather, you should start getting your horse ready by checking his feet.... Read More

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Early Exercise and Future Tendon Health

January 07, 2008

Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons--such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)--which act like springs to contribute to movement.... Read More

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Strength and Flexibility

October 01, 2007


There are a variety of ways to help your horse be stronger and less stiff.

For an avid horse person, little takes the breath away like watching an athletic... Read More

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Winding Down

October 01, 2007

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse--if you do it correctly. ... Read More

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Coping With the Heat

August 01, 2007

During hot weather, heat dissipation is primarily dependent on evaporation of sweat on the skin surface. Horses are capable of producing large quantities of sweat--sweating rates of 10-15 liters/hour1,2 have been reported during exercise... Read More

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Health Problems of Young Horses in Training

August 01, 2007

Young horses in training are vulnerable to a wide variety of problems--everything from respiratory disease to training injuries. These horses are often taken off the farm where they grew up, transported to training facilities where they... Read More

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Derby Trainers Going Against Convention

April 28, 2007

Several entries will have had long layoffs, something that was once unheard of

Four horses have run just two prep races. Four others are coming in off long layoffs. And some didn't even race as two-year-olds. Conventiona... Read More

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Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... Read More

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Idaho Endurance Rider, Horse Train for Another Marathon Ride

December 28, 2006

Lisa Benner and her horse are endurance athletes.

They covered 100 miles across the Sierra Nevadas in less than 24 hours, and now they're training to do it again.
"It's you against the clock," Benner said of the difficult... Read More

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Symposium Panel Addresses Question of Keeping Star Horses in Training

December 06, 2006

The loss of star racehorses in training and the negative effect it has on the sport was a hot topic during a panel discussion Dec. 5 at the 33rd Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.

A panel that included Eclipse Award-winnin... Read More

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Bulking Up, Not Adding On

December 03, 2006

Although training might make your yearling look like a bodybuilder, that physique doesn't guarantee athletic prowess. Evolutionary factors--not early speed or exercise programs--determine the amount of fast-twitch muscle horses have as adults.... Read More

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Atrial Fibrillation Affects General Performance

October 20, 2006

Horses with atrial fibrillation (AF, disorganized electrical conduction and pumping of the atria) can have a difficult time with exercise. Scientists have shown that the condition influences the properties and blood flow in horses during... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option?

May 01, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. California studies in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk of... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2006

Many exercise-induced problems could be avoided by applying common sense limits to performance stresses. If you plan to compete at eventing and endurance riding, make sure both you and your horse are appropriately prepared.... Read More

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Live Chat on Conditioning Horses in the Summer--April 18

April 17, 2006

The developers of HorseQuest.info invite you to participate in a live chat on April 18 with three of the site's equine experts. Here is your chance to discuss or ask questions with these expert... Read More

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Acclimating Competition Horses

March 01, 2006

It becomes obvious that acclimating to a new environment is a challenge for the competing horse, involving everything from wellness and altitude to circadian rhythms involving time zones. It also becomes obvious, based on research, that there is no... Read More

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How Many Jumps Does a Horse Have?

March 01, 2006

When USA Equestrian Team member Lisa Jacquin and her star jumper For The Moment earned their share of the team silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the gutsy Thoroughbred gelding was at the top of his game. He was fast, powerful, and precise... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More

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Biomechanical Efficiency

October 01, 2005

The horse is an amazing athlete, with great speed and endurance considering his body size and weight. For the past 20 years, researchers have evaluated what makes the equine locomotive system so efficient for racing and other strenuous... Read More

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Science and Horsemanship

September 01, 2005

Over the past two decades, the work of Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, has elevated equine sports medicine to a whole new level. As the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Chair at Michigan State University, Clayton brings an element of modern... Read More

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Conditioning the Competitive Trail Horse

August 01, 2005

Those of us who have trail ridden and packed into the mountains are very apt to proffer this advice to the beginner or novice who wants to do likewise: Don't take the mountains lightly, because they can be unforgiving. Know what you are doing an... Read More

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Ponying for Exercise

June 01, 2005

Ponying is leading one horse from another. The pony horse is the one you are riding; the ponied horse is the one being led. Ponying is a good way to exercise a horse you don't have time to ride or one that can't be ridden. If you need to keep tw... Read More

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Sudden Death: Untimely End

June 01, 2005

Sometimes horses die suddenly when they aren't involved in athletic competition. You walk out to stall or paddock one morning and your good trail horse or companion animal is lying dead, even though it had appeared normal and healthy when you fed the... Read More

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Eventing's Short and Long Formats Compared

June 01, 2005

Three-Day event horses performing the short format endurance portion of an event and horses completing the conventional long format experience a similar amount of stress, according to a recent study. The public has speculated on whether or not... Read More