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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Practical Horseman Extra Volume 11

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.

United States
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

12 min.
pace yourself

One of the most common problems I see juniors and adult amateurs struggle with on course is maintaining a consistent pace. Everyone’s goal should be to finish the round with the same pace they had when they started—but that’s easier said than done. Eight times out of 10, riders start too slow and end too fast. Some start at a decent pace but then slow down midway through and never gear up again. Having an inconsistent pace not only destroys the nice flow the judge is looking for, but it also interferes with your ability to find the distances to the jumps. If you approach each fence in a reliable working canter—the canter that hunter courses are generally set for—you’ll have three options for meeting the correct takeoff spot: maintaining your…

1 min.
about kristy herrera

Kristy Herrera, née McCormack, won the 2002 U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Talent Search Finals before riding professionally for top riders Jen Alfano, Beezie Madden, Nona Garson and Aaron Vale and spending a year riding for Stephex Stables in Belgium, where she won several grand prix classes. For the next five years, she assisted Missy Clark in training numerous national equitation champions, including her sister, Kimmy McCormack, who won both the 2007 Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Final and the 2007 ASPCA Maclay National Championship. In 2016, Kristy filled in for Jen Alfano while she was sidelined with an injury and won the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship riding Helen Lenehan’s Miss Lucy. Kristy and her husband, Rich, own and operate Oasis Show Stables, Inc., based in Saratoga Springs,…

14 min.
911 action plan

Your horse is standing in the pasture on three legs, unable to walk. Or he’s at the gate, covered in blood and frantic with distress. Or you find him in his stall, hay untouched, down and trying to roll. Let’s hope none of these things ever happens—but if you have a horse, you need to be ready for emergencies. From foaling difficulties to the elderly horse that goes down and can’t get up, the possibilities for disaster are many. What should you do? We turned to Margaret Mudge, VMD, a professor and equine surgeon who focuses on emergency and critical care at the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Here, with her help, we highlight 10 guidelines that will encourage you to think clearly and act fast in any equine health…

1 min.
ready for anything

Preparation will give your horse an edge in any emergency. Here are six ways you can be ready: 1. Know your horse. “Know what’s normal in terms of his personality and behavior so you can recognize if he is distressed or in pain,” Dr. Mudge says. “Know his normal vital signs and how to take them.” 2. Keep your veterinarian’s office and after-hours numbers on your phone and posted in the barn. 3. Know which friends and neighbors you can turn to for help and keep their numbers handy, too. 4. Have a first-aid kit in the barn and another in your trailer. It can be simple—sterile gauze pads, clean bandages and wraps, adhesive wrap or tape, sharp scissors, an equine thermometer, maybe an inexpensive stethoscope—or more elaborate. 5. Make a game plan for referral…