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Practical Horseman Practical Horseman Extra Volume 17

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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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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
about julie curtin

Julie Curtin is a well-known hunter rider and trainer on the Southeast circuit. She started riding at age 5 and was a junior catch rider in the late 1980s for partners Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta, both successful trainers and judges from Camden, South Carolina. After college, she worked for Atlanta trainer Claudia Roland and then launched her own business in 2004. At her New Vintage Farm in Woodstock, Georgia, Julie’s program includes a mix of young horses in development and mature show horses for her amateur-owner and adult riders. She is a regular rider and trainer on the indoor and derby circuits with several U.S. Equestrian Federation and zone Horse of the Year and championship ribbons over the years. Her hunter and equitation clients have also been consistently successful…

10 min.
training the mature hunter

It’s an inconvenient truth for all of us: Aging is not for the faint of heart. The hard realities of aging and the need to stay in a disciplined program of good fitness are just as true for the horses we love as they are for ourselves. Most good show horses enjoy their jobs. But once they get to be 10 or 12 years old, the normal wear and tear on their bodies starts to catch up with them. As show hunters mature, we start stepping them down to the lower divisions, from classes with 4-foot fences to 3-foot-6 and all the way down to 2-foot-6. It’s nice for horses in their mid to late teens to have a second career and it gives us steady, experienced mounts who are perfect for…

1 min.
buying a mature hunter

There is an old saying, “Green plus green equals black and blue.” If you are a novice rider, you should always consider buying a seasoned horse—a horse who has the knowledge to cover up your mistakes. Learning is easier when your horse knows his job. Work with an established trainer whom you trust and look for a “Steady Eddie.” Search for the horse who has had consistency in his training, day in and day out, over many years; one who has a good heart, who is a doer. Be aware that buying a mature horse is not an investment. I always make it clear to the buyer that the value of a mature horse is going to decrease monetarily over time. But knowing that every time you get on him, you have…

1 min.
a long and happy career

Tasty is a perfect example of how a horse’s career can evolve. He was imported from Europe in 2007 and was successful as a Green Conformation Hunter at 3-foot-6 and 3-foot-9 and then as a 4-foot Working Conformation Hunter. Here he is ridden by trainer Hunt Tosh at the 2010 Devon Horse Show. His current owner, Rebekah Warren, bought the bay gelding the following season and rode him in the 3-foot-6 Amateur Owner division. He was then shown in the 3-foot-3 Junior Hunter. Rebekah’s daughter Charlotte rode Tasty in the 3-foot Adult Amateur division. “By now, this horse is part of the family,” Rebekah says. “He will always be with us.”…

1 min.
building a baseline of strength

The treadmill is a critical piece of equipment at New Vintage Farm. I bought one five years ago and found that with consistent use my horses became stronger through their core and hindquarters with a much more developed topline. Every horse in the barn now walks on the treadmill five days a week for 30 minutes. This type of conditioning lays a foundation of strength for a horse to more easily do his job. The idea is for the horse to push himself along rather than pull himself along. We preach “leg to hand” and everything is generated from the hind end. So the hind end is the starting point for engagement—in most horses it needs to get stronger and this is particularly true as horses age. We start with the horses…

6 min.
how do i correct “crushed” heels?

Q I have a Thoroughbred with bad feet—mostly crushed heels that cannot seem to be corrected—so he’s often unsound. Are there any types of therapeutic shoes or shoeing you could recommend that might help correct my horse’s feet? R. VANCE GLENN, CJF A First of all, I need to ask if your horse really does have a heel problem. “Crushed” or “underslung” heels occur when the weight-bearing surface of the heel has grown too far forward underneath the foot. To see this, stand your horse squarely on all four feet and observe his hoof from the side. If the angle the heel makes at the back of the hoof—looking from the coronet band to the ground—looks like it cuts under more (is more sloping) than the angle of the front of…