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Practical Horseman Fall 2020

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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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United States
Equine Network
$7.59(Incl. tax)
$25.35(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
hope for howie

On a freezing December day in 2013, we [the Horse Protection Association of Florida, Inc.] received a call from a young woman who found a horse dumped on her rural road. When we arrived to pick him up, we discovered a pitifully emaciated sorrel gelding covered in rain rot scabs, picking at whatever feed he could find in the sand. The gelding had a lip tattoo and we learned he was a Thoroughbred with a handful of race starts. His registered name was Howie Do; we dubbed him Handsome Howie. We started Howie on ranitidine for ulcers right away and turned him out into a large grassy pasture with another recent arrival. He had a pasture block of alfalfa to graze on around the clock and also received six small meals…

2 min.
diversity within

We call for a HALT to racism, inequality and injustice. We SALUTE those who stand for change.” Practical Horseman and Dressage Today posted that statement on social media June 1. As a staff, we wanted to be clear where our brands stood in response to police brutality, racial inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement. We knew, though, that we needed to ask whether we had done enough to ensure that everyone who enjoys our brands feels represented on the pages of the magazine as well as within all the communication platforms of PH and DT. Upon reflection, we realized that while we had not left people of color out of our brands intentionally, we had not sought them out, either. That needs to change. As show jumper Mavis Spencer says in our…

2 min.
on the web

Preserve Your Horse’s Fitness in the Off-Season Dr. Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, DACVSMR explains how to safely and systematically transition your horse from his competition schedule to layoff so he can recover mentally and physically. Reducing your horse’s work schedule gradually while ensuring he retains a baseline level of fitness will also make it easier to recondition him for the next competitive season. Visit PracticalHorsemanMag.com for exclusive online content on training, health, lifestyle, news and competition. Mavis Spencer’s Simple Gymnastic Exercise Grand prix show jumper Mavis Spencer shares an exercise to tune up your horse and quiet his mind. A go-to exercise for between competition schooling sessions, it encourages the horse to slow down at the fence and use his body. Keep up with on social media! On DressageToday.com For more dressage articles, videos and news,…

4 min.
horse heroes

The horsehuman relationship is unlike any other. Horses can be our friends, our legs, our confidantes, our partners-in-crime, our teachers and our healers. They have an amazing ability to rehabilitate the human body and soul. The following stories were submitted to Hope in the Saddle as nominations for the Therapy Horse of the Year award. Thease four finalists exemplify the inspiring power of the horse-human bond. (Stories have been lightly edited for length and clarity.) PRINCESS XELLIE Princess Xellie—Xellie for short—is a truly magical pony princess. As any good princess should be, Xellie is patient, smart and capable, and shows genuine affection for her friends. A diminutive 10.2 hands high, this small-but-mighty princess is an amazing therapy pony. Xellie is wonderful with all her riders but is legendary here for her relationship with…

5 min.
riding out of the arena

Riding outside of the arena can help motivate a lazier horse to find more desire to go forward on his own, as it can help a hotter horse to blow off some steam. For example, I might use hills to help a fiery stallion stay balanced in his extensions and to learn to carry himself since the incline will keep him from taking over. The gradients in the fields allow him to keep pushing without falling on his forehand on the inclines, and encourage him to lower his croup and take more weight behind when he goes downhill, both of which produce a horse who is stronger and more balanced. Trot and Canter Riding uphill encourages the horse to step with his hind legs toward his center of gravity and helps him…

6 min.
two riders who need leg adjustments

Go to PracticalHorsemanMag.com to watch a video of this rider. 1 First impression: This is a pleasant-looking picture of an effective, strong rider with a good basic position and a happy horse. Leg: The only part that spoils the picture is that the rider’s heel has drawn up, making a quite possibly good leg look not as classic as it could be. Her weight needs to stay more in her heels in the air. If she’s trying to use her leg, she can do it more effectively with her heels down and her toes turned out a little. The raised heel position has drawn up her knee, too. If she stretched her heel down, her knee would be lower in the saddle. Hip angle: Fixing her leg would allow this rider’s hip angle…