Health Care for English Sport Horses

Good footing, proper conditioning, balanced nutrition, and careful attention to joints and soft tissues are key to maintaining eventers, hunter/jumpers, and dressage horses.
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Good footing, proper conditioning, and careful attention to joints and soft tissues are key to maintaining eventers, hunter/jumpers, and dressage horses. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Good footing, proper conditioning, and careful attention to joints and soft tissues are key to maintaining eventers, hunter/jumpers, and dressage horses

“Collect your horse! He’s all strung out. You need to put him in the proper frame.”

Those words probably sound all too familiar to anyone who has taken a few English riding lessons. We might think those commands are designed solely to help us better control our horse. If we move him forward from the haunches into the bridle, his body will be better able to transition smoothly up and down between gaits.

But riding any horse in a properly collected frame, particularly one you will ask to soar over fences or perform complex dressage maneuvers, also helps him remain sound. It is part of the arsenal that hunter/jumpers, eventers, and dressage riders use to train these athletes to reach their performance peak and keep them there season after season

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Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

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