Recent News for Conditioning

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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

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Early Jump Training Unnecessary

May 03, 2005

Training young horses for jumping at six months of age is ineffective and unnecessary, according to a Dutch study published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. The effect of specific jump training on young horses' jumping... Read More

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Joint Cartilage Adaptation in Young Horses

April 22, 2005

It is widely believed that exercise and limb-loading in foals help joint cartilage functionally adapt to the rigors of athletic activity. In 2005, Dutch researchers set out to find out if they could verify the concept of functional adaptation of... Read More

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Cold Air and Lung Health

April 08, 2005

Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion

March 29, 2005

Exercise exhaustion can occur after relatively brief maximal exercise or after prolonged submaximal exercise.... Read More

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AAEP 2004: Vets Discuss Pre-Purchase Exams

December 06, 2004

The Dec. 5 open forum discussion of pre-purchase exams at sales covered several topics critical to consignors, buyers, and veterinarians at the 50th anniversary meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Denver, Colo. A task... Read More

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Winter Riding

November 03, 2004

Give your horse longer warm-up and cooling-out time in cold weather to prevent tendon injury. Frozen ground, cold temperatures, and stiff tendons (not warmed up) can result in damage or even a bowed tendon. ... Read More

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It's Not Greek to Them

July 01, 2004

When the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad begin with characteristic fanfare Aug. 13 in Athens--the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games--approximately 10,500 of the world's greatest athletes will convene to match skills and wits in 28 sports.... Read More

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Educational Event after Rolex Thursday April 22

April 21, 2004

Spectators at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington and area horse owners will have the opportunity to hear about some of the latest veterinary technologies for the sport horse from top veterinarians on April 22 after the first day of... Read More

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Too Much, Too Soon? Just Right?

October 01, 2003

I think we have seen over and over again that it is beneficial to stress the bones of a horse when they are most adaptive. This optimal adaptive period would seem to be when the horse is still in an active growth stage. We have all seen man... Read More

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Steroid Effects on the Knees

October 01, 2003

During intensive training, young racehorses experience a thickening in the layers of bone under the cartilage of joints. These layers, called subchondral (located nearer the surface) and cancellous, become harder and better able to handle the... Read More

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Training Young Athletes

October 01, 2003

It sounds completely backwards, the idea that you might actually increase health risks by postponing training and competition until a horse is four or older. It goes against the ages-old and widely held belief that you cause damage by initiating... Read More

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Horse Dies After Italian Race

September 03, 2003

The traditional Italian bareback race known as the Palio has claimed another equine life, prompting protests from animal rights activists, according to the Associated Press.

Alghero, a 6-year-old sorrel, was kicked by another horse befor... Read More

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Free Equine Rescue Seminar

August 06, 2003

What would you do if your horse got stuck in the mud around the pond or at a river crossing? What if he were trapped in an overturned trailer? Those are just two of the scenarios that will be addressed in free equine rescue seminars sponsored by... Read More

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Heat Stress in Horses

July 01, 2003

Beneath your helmet, your head feels hot and sweat drips off your face as you ride. Your horse's neck is soaked, and your reins are slippery and lathered. The more you call for an effort from your horse, the more sluggish he seems. Despite movin... Read More

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Is There A Horse Doctor in the House?

June 26, 2003

If the job trend for veterinary school graduates continues as it has for the past few years, then the answer might be "no." Concern was raised at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention due to the declining number... Read More

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Camping With Your Horse

April 01, 2003

Whether it is the increased stress of daily life or the baby-boomer generation wanting to experience the roots of their pioneer forefathers, more and more people are setting out to see the country from horseback. As a result, equestrian... Read More