Conditioning Young Horses

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Young Horse Part 3: 18-24 Months

The second year of a horse’s life brings significant changes not only in his development, but also in his use. Lanky yearlings, though perhaps still hip-or- wither- high, broaden and become more proportional.

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Physical Conditioning Important for Previously Idle Horses

In movies it is not unusual to see a cowboy ride his horse forever, through all types of weather and terrain; in reality, horses are equine athletes that must be properly conditioned to perform as needed. “The general design of an equine conditioning

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Conditioning Through the Seasons: Spring and Summer

Springtime heralds the beginning of warm, sunny days and the start of the competition season. As you plan your spring and summer training schedule, however, keep in mind that your horse’s body will need time to adjust to new demands.

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Pilates for Horses?

Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse’s core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.

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Exercise’s Effects Vary by Tendon Type

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of

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Training Age and Soundness

Does the fact that cutting horses are started so young have any effect on their future soundness? Is it best to wait another year before starting them in training?

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10 Principles of Exercise Physiology

Basic principles you can apply to your everyday training to boost your horse�s performance.

Elite athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors, and many times they find that edge by applying the science o

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

Even if they can’t tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of

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Early Exercise and Future Tendon Health

Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons–such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)–which act like springs to contribute to movement.

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