Archive for the ‘THE HORSE’ Category

Horse Hoof Care Tips for Every Season

Did you know that your horse hoof care routine should vary based on the weather? Summer’s dry, sandy footing will require moisturizing hoof oil for horses, while spring’s wet and muddy conditions will have you reaching for a thrush treatment. When it comes to year-round hoof care, we’ve compiled everything you need to know for […]

The Grand Entry

The year was around 1992, I was 1st Sargent for the Fort Concho Cavalry. It was my first year to lead this bunch of good guys. We all had a passion for horses and the historical western cavalry. At this time, I was riding Jasper predominantly. Jasper was a line back dun with tiger stripe […]

Why Thinking in the Present (Like Your Horse) Matters 

  There’s a truth about horses and how they exist in the world that most of us know, but don’t really understand. It’s a simple idea that we’ve heard but often aren’t sure what to do with in our daily training. And that is, horses think and exist in the present. They think and exist […]

Why You Should Always Wear an Equestrian Helmet

Did you know that equestrian sports are the biggest contributor to sports-related traumatic brain injuries? A  study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery found that horseback riding contributed to 45.2 percent of all sports-related brain injuries. As horseback riders, we love our sport. The thrill of working as a team with an animal much larger than […]

The Curious Case of the Horse’s Frog

The frog, that wedge-shaped cushion or pad on the bottom of the horse’s hoof, is nature’s answer to equine traction, circulation, shock absorption and, apparently, humankind’s curious attempt at naming parts of the horse. Why, of all the nouns in the world, was “frog” chosen to describe something that really has little resemblance to its […]

Why Zebras Have Stripes and Other Dazzling Facts

Zebras are the showboaters of the Equidae family with their flashy coats and exotic locales. It’s their stripes that noticeably set them apart from our beloved horses, much the way the donkeys’ long ears set them apart. And this is why I have decided to delve into the reason zebras have stripes. Why so snazzy? […]

The Art and Science of Shoeing Horses

Should a horse be barefoot or shod? What is the role of science and research in shoeing horses, both now and in the future? Farrier Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services and Director of the Applied Polymer Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, shares his insights on these topics and more in the second […]

One Exercise I Return to Frequently When Developing the Canter

#MasterclassMonday is a collaboration between Horse Network and NOELLEFLOYD.com to empower equestrians. Every Monday we’ll bring you a new lesson from a leading trainer to help you troubleshoot your training, master your mindset and up your game. This month’s featured rider: Karl Cook teaches strategic riding. Welcome back! Last week, we discussed why the canter needs […]

5 Spring Horse Hoof Care Tips

Spring is a beautiful time of year. The first crocuses of the year are poking their bright green heads out of the ground. The sounds of robins fill the air and everything begins to turn lush again after a long, dreary winter. Unfortunately, when it comes to horse hoof care, spring isn’t all good things. […]

A Horse Owner’s Guide to Colic Surgery Recovery

Every owner dreads having to decide whether or not to send their horse onto the surgical table for colic surgery. For a fully-informed decision, it is important that the horse’s owner or caretaker understand what to expect throughout the recovery process. Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) veterinarian Weston Davis, DVM, DACVS, assisted by Sidney Chanutin, […]

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