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slide plates

An Introduction to Slide Plates

Reining horses and those competing in other cattle events often wear slide plates. These specialized hind shoes allow them to slide while reducing joint stress.

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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.

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Is It Time for Your Horse to Retire?

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.

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