Every green horse needs a gradually-increasing fitness program to bring heart, lungs, muscles, tendons and joints to optimum strength before long rides or rigorous athletic maneuvers.
Gradual conditioning enables the horse's body to adapt and develop the ability to handle more work without pushing him too far at once.
Few equestrians have had a career riding without suffering from injuries, some serious. Learn more about equine-related injuries and why helmets are protective, but experience isn't.
Watch this short video that explains the basics of using bell boots to protect your horse's legs while riding. This is the first in a series of "Horse Snips" videos -- enjoy!
When formulating a strength training program for your horse, it is important to determine whether the primary requirement in the muscles is for power or for endurance which will depend on that horse's particular sport or competition.
The counter canter means the horse is cantering on a circle going left and the rider deliberately makes the horse canter with the right canter lead, so the canter lead doesn't change when the direction is changed.
TTouch, massage and Reiki require that you learn to perform the technique correctly so take advantage of the books, DVDs and seminars or classes where you can learn these methods of keeping your horse in tiptop shape.
Active horses benefit from a structured program to get and keep them into good condition. Learn the basics in this article by Dr. Eldridge.
Learn about the importance of conditioning for both horse and rider in preparing for trail rides whether they be purely recreational, a break from training, or a competitive endeavor.
Learn why keeping your horse physically fit and mentally and emotionally stable requires working together and how simple exercises make for happy trails.