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Nov 23, 2014
The Good Ride
By Lisa Kemp
horse shows
How a trailer is built (and maintained) influences the safety, comfort, and reliability it offers on the road, along with whether you and your horses arrive at your destination in one piece. Having all parts in working order can mean the difference between a good ride and a dangerous one.

Not Your Grandpa's Trailer

Trailers are essentially wheeled containers (they're called horseboxes in the British Isles) that move one or more horses from point A to point B. Modern horse trailers are usually larger, lighter, and possess more creature-comfort features than the typical two-horse straight-load bumper pull of several decades ago. More info...

Nov 23, 2014
State Travel Requirements
By Nan K. Huff, PhD
horse shows
After months of conditioning and training, you and your horse are ready to head to a horse show. You have cleaned your tack. You have stocked the horse trailer with feed, hay, and supplies. You've had your truck and trailer inspected and they are ready for the trip. But aren't you missing something? Whether you are traveling to another city or another state, you have to make sure your horse’s health papers and vaccinations are up-to-date and adequate for the event or show. These requirements range from the expected to the exotic, depending on your destination, so it’s important that you do the necessary research—and act on it—in enough time to be prepared for your trip. More info...

Nov 20, 2014
Researchers Evaluate Riding School Horse Health
By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
horse shows
Riding school horses can face multiple health and welfare challenges simply because of their situation—working under various riders with varying skill levels and frequently stalled. Recently, Danish researchers undertook an innovative study to investigate how horses at 100 riding schools in that country were managed and how this affected their health.
The biggest culprits for health issues in these riding school horses? Lack of pasture time and a horse's advancing age, the researchers said. But also—and perhaps more surprisingly—the advancing age of the school manager and the limited experience and education of the instructors. More info...

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