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lactate testing in horses
How to Use Lactate Testing to Improve Your Horse’s Training Program Dr. Ana Mesa, Ph.D. | June 17, 2024 | Performance, Training

Lactate Lactate and Exercise Lactate Testing Performance Training Optimization Field Study In elite equestrian sports, performance optimization is critical to success. Whether your horse is racing, ev...

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Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram: 24 Signs of Pain in Horses Under Saddle Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 8, 2024 | Care & Management, Equine Welfare, Training

The Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHPE) is a list of 24 behaviours associated with musculoskeletal pain in the ridden horse. Dr. Sue Dyson et al. developed this ethogram as a means of identifying low-gr...

Equine Underwater Treadmill
Equine Underwater Treadmills: Low-Impact Exercise for Performance & Rehabilitation Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | 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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Stretching in Horses: Benefits, Uses & Techniques Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 28, 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....

Heart Rate Monitors for Horses
How to Use a Heart-Rate Monitor for Your Horse – [Top 5 Benefits] Linaya Pot, MSc | June 14, 2024 | 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. | May 26, 2024 | 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. | June 6, 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...

How to Prepare for a Horse Show
Planning for a Dressage Show Day [14-Point Checklist] Summer Baillie, EC Licensed Dressage | June 11, 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, ...

Exercises to Improve Your Horse's Topline
Best Exercises to Improve Your Horse’s Topline – [Training Guide] Kelly Hebner, BSc (Kin), MSc | April 22, 2024 | Horse Health, Training

A strong topline is one of the most important indicators of a well-conditioned horse. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and supporting performance, a good topline can protect your working ho...