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Who you pick as a trainer can make all the difference for your (or your child’s) enjoyment and your horse’s health and welfare. A seasoned equine veterinarian offers her advice on critically evaluating trainers and their programs to find the right fit.
The Retired Racehorse Project’s 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover took place October 4-7, 2018, at the Kentucky Horse Park. This year’s event featured more than 500 off-track-Thoroughbreds competing in 10 different equestrian sports.
Working with your veterinarian, farrier, and trainer and considering your horse’s physical, mental, and social needs will help you make the best decision for when and how you should transition him to a more leisurely lifestyle.
Rising on the “correct” diagonal on a circle or curve helps counterbalance the horse’s movement asymmetry created by the curve itself. And if the horse is lame, the wrong diagonal could enhance that lameness and the right diagonal could mask it.