If the Bit Fits

by Ross Hecox Western Horseman Ever pulled on a pair of ill-fitting boots? Maybe they were too small, cramming your toes together. Or they might have been so roomy that your foot sloshed around until you rubbed a blister on your heel. You probably started walking funny, your ankles got tired and your otherwise chipper attitude got stomped all over, […] Continue Reading

Laminitis – failure of attachment between the distal phalanx and lamellae of the inner hoof wall.

Veterinary Institute if Integrative Medicine Laminitis is the failure of the attachment between the distal phalanx and the lamellae of the inner hoof wall. When the distal phalanx is no longer properly attached to the inside of the hoof the distal phalanx can descend down through the foot and even penetrate the sole. Many factors can trigger an episode, from […] Continue Reading

Minimizing Laminitis Risk in EMS Horses

  By Erica Larson, News Editor, The Horse The relationship between obesity, equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), and laminitis is like a confusing slippery slope: obesity often goes hand in hand with EMS, and a diagnosis of EMS puts the horse at greater risk for developing laminitis. But not all obese horses develop insulin resistance and some lean horses develop insulin […] Continue Reading

How Long Does it Take Jumping Horses’ Muscles to Recover?

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA The Hosrse What’s your horse’s show schedule like? Do you compete on back-to-back weekends? If so, it might be time to rethink that pattern—at least for show jumping horses. Results from a new Italian study suggest that five days aren’t enough for these competition horses to recover from their physical efforts. And the effects could be […] Continue Reading

Nick Skelton talks first ponies, broken bones and his Rio dream

Horse & Hound catches up with the Olympic champion at home in Warwickshire to talk about those early days with ponies, why Big Star is just so special — and the moment he thought he might never ride again Read the complete article HERE

It’s Time to Re-Think Early Weaning of Horses

Separating them too soon benefits no one. By Beth Benard For the most part, the symbiotic relationship between the domestic horse and humankind works out well. The horse gets immunization from fatal diseases, readily available food and protection from predators. (One can also argue farrier care and deworming, but neither of those would be essential if we hadn’t domesticated the […] Continue Reading

Klaus Balkenhol: “When you stop learning, it’s time to quit.”

. Originally published in Horse Sport International on #3, 2013 This year, on December 6th, he will turn 74 years of age. That’s a time in life when most people are no longer ruled by the clock, have plenty of time to do what they want; sleep late, take a long walk, go to bed early. Klaus Balkenhol is different. […] Continue Reading