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 of United States Equestrian Federation-recognized events must be microchipped for identification purposes. READ MORE

Make the most of your riding lessons

by Hope Ellis-Ashburn Here are 10 ways to ensure that your sessions with a riding instructor are as enriching and enjoyable as possible. READ MORE

How Amrieh showed the way

by Laura Maylene Walter Only with age and wisdom did I come to appreciate how much my mother’s horse meant to me. READ MORE

Bending and balance

by Jonathan Field If a horse doesn’t have good self-carriage at slow speeds,he will only have more trouble at faster gaits. READ MORE

Back in time

by Eliza McGraw Horses can’t make us forget that things change, but they do help us accept the fact and move on. READ MORE

Get fit to ride light

by Melinda Folse In this excerpt from her new book, Riding Through Thick & Thin, author and equestrian Melinda Folse describes how taking care of your body can help you become a better and happier rider. READ MORE

How horses see the world

by Janet L. Jones, PhD Many common problems between horses and their handlers are rooted in how differently they see the world. Here’s what you need to know about equine depth perception, night vision and other sight-related systems. READ MORE

Spring soundness checkup

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM With the return of warmer weather, now is the time to make sure your horse is ready for the rigors of regular work. READ MORE

How your horse's vision differs from yours

by Janet L. Jones, PhD If you want to shape your horse’s performance and gain his trust, you need to understand how he sees the world. READ MORE

What reluctance to go downhill may mean

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Several physical problems may make it uncomfortable for a horse to go down a slope. READ MORE

Second chances

by Therese Foster When I searched for a quiet beginner’s horse, I found my perfect match in the last place I would have expected. READ MORE

Your first spring trail outings

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM When you first take to the trails this season, be careful to avoid inadvertently overworking or overheating your horse. READ MORE

Losing weight and riding better

by Hope Ellis-Ashburn My weight loss journey helped me become healthier, stronger and more confident---and it made me a better rider. READ MORE

Solstice to solstice

by Jacqueline Kolosov With the help of my beautiful mare, I’ve learned how important it is to be in the right place at the right time. READ MORE

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