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What your horse wants you to know about nosebands

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A noseband tight enough to immobilize a horse’s jaw can cause measurable stress, according to new research from Australia. Researchers at Kandoo Equine in New South Wales and the... READ MORE



Quality time

by Tamar Charney My horse has taught me to let go of my schedule and focus on living in the moment. READ MORE


A Survivor's Tale

by John Wright Fresh from show-ring triumphs, a mare’s life suddenly hangs in the balance when a small lump turns out to be an aggressive type of cancer. READ MORE


Well remembered

by Hope Ellis-Ashburn The last lesson my “horse of a lifetime” taught me was how to say goodbye without regrets. READ MORE



My Amazing Amy

by Bill Trabucco A remarkable mare taught me that sometimes you need to take up the reins and sometimes you need to let go. READ MORE


Temporary shelter

by Mary Lynne Carpenter Fostering horses for a rescue helps me to believe I can make my own future better, too. READ MORE


Q&A: After an accident

Q: I purchased a 5-year-old gelding last year, and he was doing great as a trail horse until about two weeks ago. I was riding with friends, and the horse behind us tripped and fell... READ MORE


Beware the hazards of hard ground

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A long summer dry spell may make you want to leave the riding ring and head for the trails, but keep in mind that drought conditions can make for dangerously hard ground. The lack of moisture in... READ MORE


Exercise your horse to reduce his stress

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc New research from Korea suggests that exercise reduces stress in horses, just as it does in people. Researchers at the Jeju National University divided 61 horses into three groups: those who... READ MORE


Timeless tales of the turf

by Eliza McGraw When I reviewed sports pages from the 1920s, I was struck by how much we have in common with railbirds of a bygone era. READ MORE


Quick tack safety check

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A full-scale safety check of your tack before each ride is ideal, but it’s not always possible. At a minimum, take a good look at the following locations as you tack up. If you find any... READ MORE


Racetrack fatalities continue to decline

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Statistics show a 14 percent drop in fatal injuries to Thoroughbred racehorses at American racetracks from 2014 to 2015. READ MORE


On Target

by Tara Noelle Miller A rescued horse and a troubled girl find their way together as they tackle the challenges of a new sport. READ MORE


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