A Rescue, with 90 Days of Weight Gain
This Mustang is ready to start groundwork after 90 days of careful feeding and rehab, but he is not ready for ridden work yet. Photo by Emily Hutton from The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need by Dr. Stacie Boswell #horses #HorseCare #rescue #equestrian #horsemanship
How the Rider's Weight Affects the Horse
The rider's weight causes a very slight habitual dip in the horse's back (left) as compared to his natural conformation (right). Photo by P. Barber from Core Conditioning for Horses by Visconte Simon Cocozza #horses #horsemanship #HorseCare #CoreConditioning #equine #equestrian
Horse Core Powers
Each of the three main body sections has its own special "Core Power" that lifts and shapes the horse's posture. Photo by P. Barber from Core Conditioning for Horses by Visconte Simon Cocozza. #horses #dressage #HorseCare #CoreConditioning #equestrian
Too Thin to Start Retraining
When you rescue a horse, you need to consider his condition before beginning groundwork or training under saddle. This rescued horse's body condition is not yet sufficient for training. Photo by Emily Hutton from The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need by Dr. Stacie Boswell #horses #rescue #AnimalRescue #HorseRescue #equine #Mustang
What the Saddle Does to the Back
The rider's weight exerts a constant downward force on the horse's back. Because the horse's back can flex, just sitting on it is enough to alter its delicate alignment. Photo by P. Barber from Core Conditioning for Horses by Visconte Simon Cocozza. #HorseCare #horses #equestrian
The Horse's Back
In the top image, you see the equine spine. In the bottom, you see the long muscle of the topline: the longissimus dorsi. Illustration by Eitan Beth-Halachmy from his book Dressage the Cowboy Way, written with Dr. Jenni Grimmett. #horse #equine #HorseCare #equestrian
The first touch with a brush!
My Mustang Mona is allowed to sniff the brush first. After her initial apprehension, she finally allows the contact. Photo by Juliane Fellner from Mustang: From Wild Horse to Riding Horse by Vivian Gabor. #horse #mustang #HorseTraining
Pastern Bone Subluxation
When the pastern does not twist symmetrically to each side, you may have a chiropractic subluxation. Photo by Ginger-Kathleen Coombs from Where Does My Horse Hurt? by Dr. Renee Tucker. #horses #chiropractic
Great Feet Deserve a Great Body: Use the Masterson Method and Watch Your Horse Bloom - EasyCare Hoof Boot News
This journey never ends, does it? First barefeet, then turnout with a herd, balance the minerals in the diet, throw out the blankets, buy a new saddle. What did I miss? After years of shoes, you can bet there are a host of problems in the body. During the spring, I stumbled upon a book […]
The Art of Seeing Lameness
We are all familiar with the scenario: We know our horse isn’t right…he isn’t performing like he used to, doesn’t seem comfortable, his transitions are poor, his willingness lacking. Of course, we fear his soundness is in question, but nothing is obvious. And so we dread the inevitable time and expense as we make the …
Helping a Horse with the Masterson Method
Jim Masterson, founder of The Masterson Method of equine bodywork, helps a horse find a release. Photo from Beyond Horse Massage by Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold. #horses #horse #horsemanship #HorseCare #JimMasterson #bodywork #HorseMassage #equine #equestrian
Your Horse Can Feel This Good
The Masterson Method's Scapula Release helps to improve range of motion and prevent stress to joints, muscles, and ligaments of the forelimbs of the horse. Photo by Marcus Brauer. #horses #HorseCare #HorseMassage #bodywork #MastersonMethod #horsemanship #equine
'Equine Lameness for the Layman' Trains Your Eye to Evaluate Your Horse's Gait - Western Horseman
"Equine Lameness for the Layman" offers hundreds of diagrams, charts, and illustrations to help horsemen spot sound movement or when something's wrong.
Preventing and Treating White Line Disease
While we are all familiar with white line disease in its advanced stages, there is no reason a horse should suffer from advanced lesions if we are diligent and observant in our day-to-day shoeing.
White Line Disease Requires Early Diagnosis and Aggressive Treatment - Kentucky Equine Research
Left untreated, white line disease can result in rotation of the coffin bone due to widespread damage in the supportive structures of the hoof.