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Equine Herpesvirus-1 Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in Horses: The Importance of Biosecurity in Equestrian Sport | April 15, 2024 | Conditions, Equestrian Sport, Horse Health

Equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy (EHM) is a potentially fatal consequence of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection in horses. EVH-1 spreads through contact with an infected horse or surfaces ...

Lindsay Traisnel Athlete Profile
Lindsay Traisnel’s Journey to the 2024 Olympics in Eventing – [Equestrian Athlete Profile] Laura Gray, MSc | April 13, 2024 | Equestrian Sport, High Performance, Mad Barn, Performance

Photo: Cealy Tetley 2023 You might call it serendipity — when everything falls into place and something extraordinary happens. Lindsay Traisnel, a life-long equestrian and member of the Canadian Nat...

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Equestrian Dressage: History, Competition & Rules – [Discipline Guide] Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 20, 2024 | Equestrian Sport

Dressage is an equestrian discipline that combines technical execution and artistic expression. Most riders associate dressage with advanced horse and rider combinations performing intricate movements...

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Equestrian Show Jumping: History, Competition & Rules – [Discipline Guide] Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 3, 2024 | Equestrian Sport, Horse Health

Show jumping is one of the most popular and recognizable equestrian sports in the world. Jumping appears alongside eventing and dressage in the equestrian events at the Olympic Games. While well-known...

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Dressage at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games – [Equestrian Sport Guide] Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 20, 2024 | Equestrian Sport

Dressage is one of three equestrian sports featured at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Known as the highest expression of horse training, dressage is an equestrian discipline that develops the horse's streng...

Equine Underwater Treadmill
Equine Underwater Treadmills: Low-Impact Exercise for Performance & Rehabilitation Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | March 28, 2024 | Horse Health, Performance, Training

A water treadmill is a piece of exercise equipment used in equine training and rehabilitation. This type of treadmill is submerged in water so the horse is chest-deep while they are moving. Exercising...

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PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Therapy) in Horses: Benefits, Uses & Research Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | March 14, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Performance

Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a treatment modality for horses where a machine produces pulses of electromagnetic fields directed at a specific part of the body. Research suggests that...

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Stretching in Horses: Benefits, Uses & Techniques Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | April 10, 2024 | Horse Health, Performance, Training

Wondering about the best stretching exercises for your horse? Stretching is the process of extending a muscle to its maximum extension to release muscle tightness, improve flexibility and reduce pain....

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Horses
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | February 9, 2024 | Care & Management, Conditions, Performance

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (ER), commonly known as tying-up or azoturia, is an exercise-induced condition in horses characterized by the excessive breakdown of muscle tissue. This results in muscle spa...

Sesamoiditis in Horses
Sesamoiditis in Horses: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | February 6, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Performance

Sesamoiditis in horses refers to pain and injury around the sesamoid bones, pairs of small triangular bones found at the back of the fetlock. Inflammation in this area can cause pain and changes to th...

Shockwave Therapy for Horses
Shockwave Therapy in Horses: Uses, Benefits & Side Effects Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | February 2, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health, Performance

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a common treatment modality offered by many veterinarians for treating lameness cases. Most veterinarians use this treatment for arthritis cases and ligament...

Sacroiliac Pain in Horses
Sacroiliac Pain in Horses: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of SI Joint Disease Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | January 31, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Performance

Sacroiliac pain is a common cause of poor performance and low-grade lameness in performance horses. The sacroiliac joint is the point on the horse’s body where the pelvis and the spine connect, play...

Heart Rate Monitors for Horses
How to Use a Heart-Rate Monitor for Your Horse – [Top 5 Benefits] Linaya Pot, MSc | December 6, 2023 | Care & Management, Performance, Training

Heart rate monitors are an emerging tool in horse sports, helping to optimize training and enhance fitness. Widely used by human athletes, equine-specific devices are now increasingly accessible to ri...

Horse Gaits Guide
Guide to Horse Gaits: Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop and More Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 5, 2023 | Performance, Training

Gaits are the different patterns of locomotion that horses use to move. As quadrupeds, horses can perform more movement patterns than humans. However, not all horses move in the same way. Your horse�...

Gait Abnormalities in Horses
Gait Abnormalities and Disorders in Horses: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 10, 2024 | Conditions, Performance, Training

Gait abnormalities in horses can lead to compromised performance, increased risk of injury, and in some cases, may necessitate early retirement from work. These disorders often present similarly to la...

Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplements for Horses: Do they Work? Linaya Pot, MSc | October 24, 2023 | Horse Health, Nutrition, Performance

BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) are muscle-building supplements that have become popular among equine athletes for performance, recovery and fatigue. BCAA include leucine, isoleucine, and valine, a...

Muscle Loss in Horses
11 Causes of Muscle Loss in Horses Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | April 10, 2024 | Horse Health, Performance

Muscle loss in horses is a worrisome problem and one that needs to be investigated promptly. This condition is also known as muscle atrophy or muscle wasting, and is defined as a decrease in muscle ma...

How to Prepare for a Horse Show
Planning for a Dressage Show Day [14-Point Checklist] Summer Baillie, EC Licensed Dressage | April 23, 2024 | Performance, Training

Competing in horse shows can be stressful for both you and your horse. Trailering, changes in routine and exposure to new environments are all major stressors for horses. But with a little planning, ...

Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage in Horses
Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) in Horses – [Lung Bleeding] Kelly Hebner, BSc (Kin), MSc | April 22, 2024 | Conditions, Performance

Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) is a condition that causes bleeding in the airways, commonly seen in high-performance horses such as racing Thoroughbreds. Horses that experience EIPH are ...

Horse Joint Injections
Joint Injections for Horses: How they Work & When to Use Kelly Hebner, BSc (Kin), MSc | April 18, 2024 | Horse Health, Performance

Joint wear and tear is a part of every equine athlete's life. As your horse ages, joints naturally become stiff and sore - a process that is accelerated with heavy exercise. Joint injections deliver m...

Top Joint Supplements for Horses
Top 8 Joint Supplements for Horses [Validated By Research] Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | April 5, 2024 | Horse Health, Performance

Supplements targeting joint health are some of the most sought-after dietary supplements for horses, especially due to the high prevalence of joint injuries and deterioration later in life. But which ...

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome
EGUS – Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome Scott Cieslar, M.Sc. | April 5, 2024 | Conditions, Gut Health, Nutrition, Performance

Let's save the boring stats that every article discussing equine gastric ulcers quotes. If you keep your horse in a stall and/or do any level of training and you are still reading this article, there...