The Science Behind Equine Boots and Bandages

Boots and wraps protect the horse’s limbs. But have you ever asked yourself why or how these dressings protect a horse’s leg–or if they even do? By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA What purpose does equine legwear really serve? Going out for a few jumps in the arena? Buckle on the brushing boots. Heading for a haul in […]

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Trail Horse Hoof Care

By Diane E. Rice The most natural of all hoof treatments is to trim your horse’s hoof walls every four to six weeks and leave his feet unshod. But if you live in an area with the hard or rocky ground, shoes might be called for. Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor Best trimming and […]

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Treating Scratches

by: Erica Larson Pastern dermatitis is not, in itself, a single disease. Rather, it’s a symptom of a variety of underlying conditions. Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor Those dreaded crusty and itchy scabs are back. You know the ones. They cover the back of your horse’s pasterns, sometimes spreading to his fetlocks and […]

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Equine Lameness Diagnosis

Observation, Science, and Equine Lameness Diagnosis By Equine Disease Quarterly Scientific findings suggest vets can glean important information by evaluating horses with performance problems both in hand, on the longe, and under saddle. A significant number of pain-related gait abnormalities in horses are evident only when the horse is ridden, and are not apparent when […]

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Don’t Forget the Feet!

Don’t Forget the Feet! Equine conformation and more particularly pathology of the feet affect greatly the way the saddle is going to sit on the horse. The asymmetry in feet is noted in the vast majority of horses. Nearly 80% of horses will have a lower heel on the left front hoof, which will generally […]

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Low Heel / High Heel Syndrome

Low Heel / High Heel Syndrome Dr. Kerry Ridgway Introduction The commonly observed condition where the heel of one front foot is higher than the other has ramifications that extend well beyond the effects on the foot itself. This condition is also observed in the hind feet, though less frequently. However, because of limitations and […]

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Whole Horse Dissection Clinic with Dr. Ivana Ruddock

By Terry Peiper, Fit Right Saddle Solutions In the spring of 2015, Larry & I attended Equine Touch Foundation Whole Horse Dissection Clinic with Dr. Ivana Ruddock at the home of Cate & Ray Stoltzfus in Shoemakersville, PA.  I highly recommend a dissection clinic to anyone that wants to gain a better understanding of horse anatomy.  Learning about […]

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The Science Of Saddle Fit

The Science Of Saddle Fit By Lisa Kemp Proper saddle fit can maximize your horse’s comfort and performance. The science of saddle fit can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle’s fit requires an understanding of saddle construction, the […]

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Proper Saddle Fit

When horses were the chief mode of transportation, they were bred to a somewhat uniform conformation within breeds. A saddle was a big investment and often had to last many horses. A horse that didn’t fit your saddle was usually put to work in harness. After WWII horse use began to transition from working animals […]

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Exercise’s Effects on Horses’ Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

Exercise’s Effects on Horses’ Backs: Dimensions and Saddle Fit By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor  If you’re a runner, you’ve probably noticed that after a 45-minute jog your calf muscles seem a bit swollen or enlarged. They are responding to post-training fluid shifts, fiber hypertrophy (thickening), and the general strain of exercise. Horses’ muscles, […]

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Recognizing Horses in Pain

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn’t Fit Your Horse

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn’t Fit Your Horse By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor   A horse that goes around with his head up, ears pinned, and tail swishing could be indicating discomfort or displeasure for any number of reasons. One that’s commonly overlooked, however, is poor saddle fit. When professional saddlers evaluate a […]

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