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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Practical Horseman Extra Volume 6

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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Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

12 min.
win a day with boyd martin

After a thought-provoking dressage lesson with Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin and lunch with Silva and her husband, Boyd, Daphne Soares was excited for her cross-country schooling lesson with the Olympic eventer. And then her horse pulled a shoe. To make matters worse, the shoe was missing, somewhere between the dressage arena and Daphne’s trailer along the driveway at the Martin’s stable, Windurra, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. “I can’t believe this,” the 44-year-old amateur eventer said as she walked along the grass looking for the shoe. Daphne had won Practical Horseman and Dressage Today’s 2015 Win A Day Clinic, and she, along with her son and six friends had trailered their horses to the Martins in the fall of 2016. Daphne eventually found the shoe and farrier Doug Neilson put it back on…

1 min.
riding efficiently

Boyd Martin shared some thoughts after the clinic about the galloping position: “Basically you can ride pretty badly and still make the time and win the class at Novice and Training level, but one of the goals is riding efficiently and evenly and seeing how easy we can make it for our horses to go cross country. “The biggest fault I see at the lower levels is riders balancing their position too much over the horse’s back rather than over the horse’s shoulder. This often leads to the rider’s backside bumping the saddle because, even though the rider is in a forward seat, their weight is too far back. “In the clinic we worked on the gallop position at the standstill. First, I had the riders stand as straight as they could…

4 min.
does variable weather—warm, then cold—cause colic?

NATHANIEL WHITE, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS A This subject has intrigued many people over the years, including experts who have studied it scientifically. So far, there is no evidence of any direct causal link between variable weather and an increased incidence of colic. However, there are several related factors that might explain this common observation. For example, broodmares experience a higher risk of colic immediately before and after they foal. A secondary effect of pregnancy, this is sometimes mistakenly blamed on the changing weather since most mares foal in the spring. Another seasonally-related factor is parasites, specifically strongyles, which typically increase their egg production in the spring or early fall. The greater intake of larvae can sometimes cause colic in horses with heavy parasite loads. In a study of weather and colic conducted…