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

A surprising clue to saddle fit

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Sweat patterns can indicate poor saddle fit long before rubs or soreness occurs. READ MORE

Q&A: How to handle a bit puller

Q: I have a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse with a sweet, can-do disposition. But he likes to chew and pull on the bit. When I bought him, he came with the bridle and bit, and he was... READ MORE

Why I Ride

by Susan Sellers Buying a young horse at the age of 66 may not sound like a good idea. But it has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. READ MORE

When is a stumble something serious?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A misstep every now and again isn't much to worry about, but some types of stumbles warrant immediate attention. READ MORE

What to do when your horse ties up

by Laurie Bonner If your horse develops severe muscle cramping, call your veterinarian, then keep him still and comfortable until help arrives. READ MORE

5 Simple rules for keeping the peace on the trails

by Dee McVicker With trails these days more crowded than ever with runners, bicyclists and more, try to make your encounters with other users as pleasant as possible. READ MORE

USEF to require microchips for some events

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc By the fall of 2018, horses competing in the hunter/jumper, jumper and equitation divisions must be ID microchips. READ MORE

Paying it forward

by Eliza McGraw One of the best things about the horse world is the people willing to share what they know. READ MORE

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