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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Practical Horseman Extra Volume 13

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

4 min.
should i post or sit the trot?

Q Since I have the option to do either, should I sit or post the trot in my Novice-level eventing dressage test? STEPH KOHR A Your goal in every dressage test is to show off yourself and your horse to the best of your abilities. Judges don’t award any extra points to riders who choose to sit the trot, but they do reward riders who wow them with smooth, rhythmic, relaxed, accurate tests. Depending on your skills and your horse’s experience and temperament, you may find it easier to produce a performance closest to that ideal by either sitting, posting or doing a little of both! So take the time to analyze your particular situation with the help of your instructor to decide what works best for you. Most riders choose to post…

12 min.
to shoe or not to shoe

A horse’s hoof is like a human fingernail: It constantly grows. Because domesticated horses do not wear down their feet naturally like wild horses do, a professional farrier must regularly trim their hooves and, if necessary, apply shoes. The big question is: How do you know if your horse needs shoes? To answer this question, it helps to understand how the hoof functions naturally and how shoes affect those functions. Impressive, complex structures, hooves are designed to bear horses’ weight and provide for comfortable mobility. They expand and contract as they contact and leave the ground, absorbing shock and distributing the body weight evenly. The external structures also work together to provide traction and protect more sensitive internal structures. A healthy hoof, therefore, is critical to the horse’s overall soundness, comfort…

1 min.
how a healthy hoof functions

Frog: One of the most important parts of the hoof, the frog provides protection and traction and absorbs shock. A healthy frog should be wide and thick. Hoof wall: The hoof wall bears the weight of the horse. Damage to the wall, such as cracks and crumbling, can leave the foot susceptible to moisture and bacterial invasion. Bars: Extensions of the hoof wall, the bars strengthen the heel and help support the horse’s weight. Sole: The sole protects the hoof’s internal structures. Its outer edges share in supporting the horse’s weight. A healthy sole is concave, thick, strong and hard. Coronary band: The outer hoof wall grows down from the coronary band. Periople: Below the coronary band, the soft horn-like periople protects newly grown hoof wall and absorbs shock.…

1 min.
find a qualified farrier

Esco Buff, an accredited professional farrier with both the American Association of Professional Farriers and the American Farrier’s Association, believes that every farrier, regardless of his or her specialty, should know how to do balanced trims, regular nailed shoes and glue-on or tape-on shoes, which don’t require nails driven into the horse’s hoof. Several of his own interns want to be farriers who only trim hooves, but they have the knowledge to make an educated evaluation of an animal and determine whether he needs shoes. If they can’t do the job themselves, they refer the horse to someone who can. Online resources can help you find a farrier in your area to trim or shoe your horse correctly. The American Farriers Association (american farriers.org) has a directory of members by state.…