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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman Fall 2019

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

3 min.
the trail to adventure requires a special horse

The views of Glacier National Park are majestic. At dawn, sunrise peeks above rugged, snow-covered mountaintops. Bighorn sheep, elk and other wildlife grace steep landscapes that rise before visitors in ethereal beauty. Abundant trout play in the pristine rivers. Exploring this breathtaking park is high on the bucket list of many nature lovers and adventurists. The scenery is even more impressive when experienced on horseback during a three to nine day trail ride with Swan Mountain Outfitters, started in 2004 by Pat Tabor and his wife, Joanne. Leaving the New York City lifestyle behind, they bought an outfitter company near Glacier and, with help from family members, started offering day trail rides as well as longer pack, wilderness, fish ng and hunting trips. It takes a unique horse for a trail experience…

6 min.
new methods to treat sporthorse injuries

Thanks to ground-breaking technologies and shifting equine rehabilitation protocols, there are now innumerable ways to treat sporthorse injuries and disorders. Even injuries that were previously thought to be career-ending or at least prevented the horse from competing for a substantial amount of time now have concrete treatment options. Some of those new technologies are reviewed here. THE IMPORTANCE OF A HOLISTIC APPROACH According to experts during the Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium held in North Carolina, last summer, which Soft-Ride sponsored, a major factor of incidence in lameness comes from unhealthy hooves. Maintaining healthy, mechanically correct feet is incredibly important to ensure your horse’s health and soundness. Without addressing the horse’s feet first, the influence of other therapies will be diluted, temporary and even ineffective. One effective way to protect your horse’s feet…

2 min.
overlapping disciplines

One aspect I love about my job is seeing training correlations among different disciplines. As Olympic eventing legend Jim Wofford shares in his column (page 28), “when it comes to really good riding, the disciplines overlap more than they differ.” In this issue, three trainers demonstrate such a correlation. Dressage Olympian Ali Brock explains that horses need to be equally balanced on both sides to maintain their rhythm as they advance (page 66). A horse can have rhythm issues if he “cheats” during work by stepping his outside hind leg to the outside of the track he’s following. One fix Ali suggests is using shoulder-in to help keep his hind legs, especially a weaker hind leg, under his body. Similarly, Irish Olympic show jumper Kevin Babington (photo below) describes that horses…

2 min.

3 min.
on the web

On PracticalHorsemanMag.com Fundraising Efforts for Irish Olympian Kevin Babington One of the training articles featured in this issue is with Irish show jumper Kevin Babington (page 58). Shortly before we went to press, Kevin suffered a spinal-cord injury in a catastrophic fall while competing his grand prix mount Shorapur at the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, New York. Kevin’s family is in the process of setting up a trust which will be accepting donations in the coming weeks. In the meantime, there are several online fundraising options available for those wishing to contribute, including a Facebook fundraiser and a GoFundMe campaign. In addition, the equestrian community has rallied around Kevin and his family and there are several benefit horse shows in the works, as well as equestrian businesses selling specific products to raise funds.…

6 min.
straightness will help athletic ability

Go to PracticalHorsemanMag.com to watch a video of this rider. 1 Overall: My first impression is that this is a soft rider. Leg: Her leg has slid back and she has turned out her toe a bit too much, putting her in a weaker position without the support of her stirrup. The horse seems to be jumping to the right side of the fence (if the yellow stripe is the center of the fence), so she may be trying to push him left with the spur that is pressing into his side—she needs to be sure that is intentional. Seat: Her hip angle is pretty good. I suggest she try jumping in a saddle without blocks because I think they inhibit a rider’s ability to stay with the horse in the air.…