There are several practices riders can incorporate into their daily lives to become stronger in both body and mind. Consistency is key in these practices, and doing them will lead to stronger, more balanced, and thoughtful riding!
As riders, it’s very easy to assume everything sees the world as we do. From the dogs and cats at the barn to our own horses, the colorful and often clear world we see is not the same world animals see. Here are ten things to keep in mind when working with horses.
It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare. The moment you watch your horse trot across the pasture or stumble across a change in terrain and think “are they lame?” Not to mention the fan fair of diagnosis and treatments that usually ensue afterward.
Healthy joint function is essential for all animals including horses. Joint inflammation can come on suddenly and may result in short or long-term arthritis. Joint inflammation usually stems from disruption of the structure of the joints.
Horses are extremely active animals. From racing and jumping to strategically controlling their movements through disciplines like dressage, they are likely to suffer from many different conditions involving swelling and inflammation in their bodies, especially in their legs. Curb is a rare condition that directly affects the hock and can result in severe lameness.
Horses and their owners connect through experiences and the time they share together. So, what better way to bond with your horse than through tasty food? By offering your favorite furry friend some homemade goodness, you can show you appreciate them and respect them – and that can go a long way for your relationship.
The sacroiliac joint is a location where the horses back and pelvis meet. It transfers the action of his hind legs to his back, translating the push into forward motion. The sacroiliac joints are stabilized by strong ligaments that join the iliac bones to the sacrum and to the backbone.
Dehydration in horses during the winter is more of an issue than most people tend to think. Horses tend to be thirstier in the winter. A horse’s thirst mechanism does not always work as effectively in the winter as it does in the summer, especially if the humidity is high.
The winter causes many horse owners to be particularly cautious of their horse’s health care. The rain, ice, wind, snow, and mud can cause all kinds of problems for your equine partner. Cold winter weather means that our horses may be spending more time inside their stall.