Lunging for Back Strength

6 Sep No Comments admin Equine Care

In virtually all disciplines peak performance depends on the horse’s ability to drive deeply from the hindquarters, to round and lift its back, and to move freely up front.  The key to beautiful, free movement is a properly conditioned horse with a strong back.  Several things can adversely affect a

Lameness in horses

14 Apr No Comments admin Equine Care

Just like human athletes, horses need to be conditioned properly to perform at their peak level.  In the beginning of the season, or after a long time not working, horses should be worked lightly and consistently (about 60 days) to build up their muscles, strength, and endurance. During this “legging up”

Detecting Lameness

20 Jan No Comments admin Equine Care

As I stated earlier, assessing the gaits of the equine can be challenging. It takes a lot of practice and a good eye to pick out subtle lameness. Not all lameness is obvious to the average person. First, let’s define lameness as soreness or “off” (subtle) to lame (obvious) in

Equine Biomechanics and Gait Analysis

20 Jan No Comments admin Equine Care

This article will be the first of two in a series on equine biomechanics and gait analysis. I will first talk about conformation. In order to understand a horse’s biomechanics and assess its motion and gaits, we first must take a horse’s conformation (body structure) into consideration. To evaluate a

Biomechanics of Normal Equine Gait

20 Jan No Comments admin Equine Care

Assessing the gaits of the equine can be difficult. Educating yourself on proper movement and watching multiple horses can help the average horseman to recognize proper or improper movement. The use of video is very useful as the stride is faster than the human eye can process. I want to

What should I feed my dog?

20 Jan No Comments admin Canine Care

Our dog owners commonly ask, “What should I feed my dog?” Choosing your pets diet can be a difficult task as there are so many choices. Dog owners should assess the activity level, age and current health condition of their pet before choosing or changing the diet. Some of the

Shedding light on equine endeavors

18 Sep No Comments admin Equine Care

Shedding light on equine endeavors Seminar provides a variety of details on keeing your horses healthy. BY WENDY PAULY FOR THE TELEGRAPH HERALD Photo by: Wendy Pauly for the TH Christine Woodford, DVM, gives the audience tips for good horse performance last week. Woodford was the keynote speaker at a

What bloodwork tells you about your horse

18 Sep No Comments admin Equine Care

Before you can understand what blood tests are and how they can help diagnose ailments in your horse, it’s a good idea to understand some of the basics about the study of blood–hematology. Blood tests are a part of veterinary medicine known as laboratory medicine. This branch of medicine is