Practical ways to improve your horse’s welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science.

You load up your horse and head off for an all-day competition. Between events he’s tied up to the trailer and calls out constantly for his stablemates back home. You ride him with tie-downs and a very snug noseband to help control all this energy during the event—after all, it’s allowed in the competition rules.

Once you’ve finished up the day’s activities, you head back to the barn, brush him down, blanket him, and put him back in his clean stall for the night. You give him a nice big helping of feed and a sizabl

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