equine athlete

When a horse performs at the top levels of his sport, he needs nothing less than the best health care and management. From a tailored feeding program to fuel his exercise to appropriate maintenance of his irreplaceable joints and soft-tissue structures and everything in between, keeping high-performance equine athletes going can be all but a full-time job in itself.

Whether you’re caring for an upper-level sport horse, have high-performance aspirations, or simply want to give your lower-level horse the Olympic treatment, we’ve compiled 10 resources available to you for free on TheHorse.com. For more, search “equine athletes” or “high-performance sport horses” on TheHorse.com.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Piecing Together the Performance Horse Puzzle Whether you’re chasing cows or running cross-country, getting—and keeping—your horse performing at his best requires carefully combining nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care to create the perfect picture of health. View Now

ARTICLE: Keeping Your Equine Athlete at the Top of His Game It’s your job to stay on top of your own game as a rider, but when it comes to your performance horse’s health, the veterinarian can be your greatest asset. We talked to several practitioners who maintain the health of high-performance sport horses. Here are their top nine tips for the healthiest show season yet. Read More

ARTICLE: Risk Mitigation Strategies for High-Performance Horses The World Organization for Animal Health distinguishes diseases of different risk factors in its guidelines for high-health, high-performance (HHP) horse management. These measures not only safeguard the HHP horse health but also that of the millions of horses living in host countries and the horses’ home countries, as well. Here’s what you need to know. Read More

ARTICLE: Prepurchase Exams for Upper-Level Sport Horses There’s no getting around it: Horses—especially those expected to perform at a high level—are risky purchases. But a thorough prepurchase exam can help give you confidence that you’re making the right investment for your scenario. Here’s what practitioners look for during prepurchase exams for upper-level sport horses. Read More

PODCAST: Equine Sports Therapy: How It Can Help Your Horse Heal An FEI veterinarian and her on-staff equine sports therapist join us to answer your questions about keeping your equine athlete performing at his best. Listen Now

ARTICLE: Avoiding Dehydration in Sport Horses During Summer Keeping competition horses well-hydrated isn’t always easy. Our nutritionist offers tips to help prevent dehydration. Read More

ARTICLE: Deciphering Your Feed Tag: Performance Horse Feeds performance horse feeds are designed to meet the nutrient requirements of athletic horses. The greatest increase in nutrient requirements (other than water!) these animals experience when they work or perform is energy, which is quantified in the diet as calories. Heavily exercising horses burn more calories than they might be able to consume with hay or pasture alone. Thus, manufacturers have designed commercial performance feeds to boost horses’ calorie intake, as well as to meet additional nutrient needs that increase with work. Read More

ARTICLE: Optimizing Dressage Horses’ Bodies for Peak Performance When your dancing partner has four legs and a mind of his own, it’s not easy to perform at your best every time you enter the dressage arena. But riders can take steps to ensure their mounts’ bodies are ready to perform at their peaks when their turn in the spotlight comes. Read More

ARTICLE: Diagnosing Performance Problems in Western Horses Western performance horses do it all: pleasure riding, reining, cutting and roping, speed events, and more. So when a horse isn’t performing as he should, there are more than a few places practitioners can look. Here’s how vets hone in on a diagnosis. Read More

SPONSORED ARTICLE: Myo Power Contains BCAAs to Support Equine Muscle Health Branched-chain amino acids, including leucine, isoleucine, and valine are essential, meaning the body needs them but can’t produce them itself. Read More