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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman January 2018

It presents step by-step training programs and showing advice from recognized experts in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, and eventing, along with money- and time-saving ideas on health care and stable management.

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United States
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
new year’s inspiration

I have two confessions: 1) Every time we do an article about carrot stretches, I think, I should really do those with my horse. I start to and then get busy and the effort slips away. 2) After mounting, I let my horse walk off before I tell him to. Guess what two of my new year’s resolutions are? I started to think about these examples after reading this month’s Special Sporthorse Health Issue. Our article about the care routines of four equine superstars explains that two regularly do carrot stretches. It’s such a simple, low-cost way to improve a horse’s health. Staying with the concept of simple but effective, dressage rider Nicholas Fyffe talks about being consistent in what you expect from your horse on the ground because it translates to…

7 min.
three who could move to automatic releases

1 This rider has a superb leg and impeccable base of support. She has the right stirrup length with a 110-degree angle behind her knee. Her heel is down, her ankle is flexed and her toes are turned out, which allows her calf to be in contact with her horse. Her seat has been tossed out of the saddle just enough—she has made no attempt to jump ahead. Her posture is textbook perfect with a flat back and slight hollow in her loins. She has a lot of contact with the curb rein, which tells me the horse is strong. She might have to have this much contact, but it invites the horse to jump hollow and flat. Other than this, she is showing an acceptable short crest release with her…

8 min.
some res … er, wishes for the new riding year

The last New Year’s resolution I ever made, I kept—I promised to never make any more resolutions. So far, so good. Still, horsemen need to keep improving, and it takes resolution to continue your education and performance. That being the case, I came up with a few topics for you to think about in the New Year. I can’t really call my suggestions “resolutions,” because I don’t make resolutions any more. I guess these are in the form of a wish list. Learn Your Horse’s Body Mechanics The first thing I wish you would do is to get to know your horse a little better. I don’t mean you should learn his stable name as well as his show name or become able to pick him out of a group. (If he…

6 min.
the superpower called “self-talk”

Your naturally occurring mental skills are like superpowers. Similar to a superhero, you were born with them and now you must make sure that you use them for good and not evil. How does this relate to you as a rider? Well, one of the superpowers you were born with is the voice in your head. It is an incredible tool that you must be aware of, utilize wisely and rein in when necessary. If you leave this skill unattended it can run amuck and cause a lot of needless trouble. Have you ever caught yourself saying something similar to these statements in your head during a ride? I am so stupid—I can’t believe I made that mistake again or I am the worst or Everyone here is so good, why…

19 min.
top care for top performers

To keep horses feeling and performing their best, you have to know their unique quirks and preferences. This is demonstrated by four of the United States’s current world-class athletes: Nations Cup medal-winning jumper Zeremonie, dressage star Rassing’s Lonoir, Olympic eventer Veronica and High Performance hunter champion Center Court. Zeremonie and Veronica both love to nap. Veronica is also a big fan of acupuncture, but Center Court hates it. He requires frequent changes in his routine, while Lonoir thrives on predictability. All four horses are excellent travelers, which is fortunate given how far away from home some of their competitions are. To keep these horses healthy and happy, their support teams try to stay one step ahead of any potential problems. Veronica’s team does periodic bloodwork to monitor her health and identify any…

12 min.
equine sinus disease

Viscous, straw-colored mucus lingered on my vibrant 5-year-old Thoroughbred’s right nostril, punctuated by a dark trickle of blood that returned minutes after I wiped it away. A few days later, the volume of discharge increased, but my horse seemed otherwise healthy. He had no fever, a good appetite and was enthusiastically learning to jump under saddle. Unseen past the dark recesses of his nasal passages was a mass growing in his sinus. A veterinarian soon identified the growth as a progressive ethmoid hematoma, a benign tumor at the back of the nasal passages, that required surgical removal. This is just one of several types of sinus disease that occurs in horses and will be described in this article. But first a basic understanding of the equine sinuses will help. Equine Sinuses Defined Sinuses are…