All You Need to Know About the Hidden C6-C7 Malformation That’s Bringing Horses Down

What if you were to learn that your horse is living with a hidden malformation? A skeletal abnormality that could be affecting it every day, changing the way it moves, creating a string of other … [Read More]

5 Ways Your Seat Can Screw Up Your Horse Without You Even Noticing

Something that saddle fitters know but that's often the last thing riders think of: it's the riding position as much as the saddle fit that's affecting their horse's back and movement. In this Guest … [Read More]

Meet Spinalis, the Forgotten Muscle in Saddle Fitting

It's barely mentioned in saddle fit or anatomy books, yet  M. spinalis cevicis can hugely impact on the spinal health and movement of the horse, particularly with poor tack fit. Meet M. spinalis … [Read More]

How Well Are We Doing? Why Some Horses Thrive While Others Just Get By

 Look at the horses around you. Do you believe that they’re thriving? Are their lives the healthiest, richest and most fulfilling they could be – from a horse’s point of view? OK - so how would you … [Read More]

Buying an Ex-Racehorse: Can You Spot the Major Physical Issues?

The ex-racehorse: a huge heart, a strong work ethic, great athleticism, wonderful sensitivity... and, potentially, a host of physical issues. Are you able to identify the problems so often present in … [Read More]

Revealed: the Common Equine Arthritis You Won’t Read About in Textbooks

Sometimes, a person from outside a profession successfully identifies something that has been unnoticed, overlooked or wrongly assessed for a long, long time. Coming from another direction, they see … [Read More]

All You Need to Know About the Hidden C6-C7 Malformation That’s Bringing Horses Down

What if you were to learn that your horse is living with a hidden malformation? A skeletal abnormality that could be affecting it every day, changing … [Read More...]

How Much Do You CAIR What’s Inside Your Saddle? (Includes Pictures of the Secret ‘Flock Sock’)

How curious are you as a horse owner? Do you want to know how things work, what they look on the inside, and if they're as good as the makers … [Read More...]

5 Ways Your Seat Can Screw Up Your Horse Without You Even Noticing

Something that saddle fitters know but that's often the last thing riders think of: it's the riding position as much as the saddle fit that's … [Read More...]

Meet Spinalis, the Forgotten Muscle in Saddle Fitting

It's barely mentioned in saddle fit or anatomy books, yet  M. spinalis cevicis can hugely impact on the spinal health and movement of the horse, … [Read More...]

How Well Are We Doing? Why Some Horses Thrive While Others Just Get By

 Look at the horses around you. Do you believe that they’re thriving? Are their lives the healthiest, richest and most fulfilling they could be – from … [Read More...]

Why It Matters To 112 Million Working Equines That You Read This Post

Most of us have a good idea of what animal welfare means and why it’s important. But in developing nations, cultural and economic concerns can prevail … [Read More...]

Is Your Mare Having a First or a Third World Pregnancy?

When foals are born prematurely, many people tend to think it's just one of those things. Causes such as placentitis (inflammation of the uterus) are … [Read More...]

What This Pony’s Tail Tells Us About Owners Who Abandon Their Horses

I’ve been thinking about horses and abandonment recently. By abandonment, I mean a situation where a treasured or most favored horse has suffered an … [Read More...]

8 Golden Rules For Helping Your Thoroughbred Get Right Off The Track

Sometimes, you can achieve more by doing very little. There's a lot advice around about what you can do to help ex-racehorses, or OTTBs (Off the Track … [Read More...]

How The Anatomy Books (Unintentionally) Fail Us Over The Nuchal Ligament

The nuchal ligament is a soft tissue structure that is widely discussed in dressage circles. Unsurprisingly, given its deep location, relatively few … [Read More...]

Equine Lyme Disease Doesn’t (Officially) Exist In Australia – Here’s How it Affected One NSW Horse

According to various authorities, Australia has no Lyme disease, human or equine. Despite this, many Australians are testing positive - and that’s … [Read More...]

Debunked: The Lie That’s Told About Adjustable Gullet Saddles

One of the best innovations in the world of saddle making has been the interchangeable gullet plate in the synthetic saddle tree. I mean, there’s no … [Read More...]

Why Thinking About Neck Threadworms Still Leaves Us Scratching Our Heads

Less than 12 months ago, I wrote about neck threadworms and how they might be behind many horses’ frantic itching. The uptake on that article … [Read More...]

The Worm That Kills – And Why Only Two Worming Chemicals Can Stop It

Guest Post: After worming with standard wormers, some horses become critically ill with colic. Some even die. This post by Ann Nyland explains why … [Read More...]

Buying an Ex-Racehorse: Can You Spot the Major Physical Issues?

The ex-racehorse: a huge heart, a strong work ethic, great athleticism, wonderful sensitivity... and, potentially, a host of physical issues. Are you … [Read More...]

Revealed: the Common Equine Arthritis You Won’t Read About in Textbooks

Sometimes, a person from outside a profession successfully identifies something that has been unnoticed, overlooked or wrongly assessed for a long, … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Seriously Mess Up When Buying a New Saddle

Not long ago, I was having a quiet think about the reasons that people buy saddles that so obviously don’t fit their horses. This is a regular spell … [Read More...]

How to Fight the Big Fight against Neck Threadworms

This follow-up to 'The Disturbing Truth About Neck Threadworms and your Itchy Horse' discusses how to manage the parasites, once you know your horse … [Read More...]

The Disturbing Truth About Neck Threadworms and Your Itchy Horse

Look on any ivermectin or moxidectin-based wormer packet and you’ll see a long list of parasites. Tucked in neatly at the end – it’s nearly always at … [Read More...]

After the Storms: 6 Ways to Help Your Horse’s Skin Recover

It's not much fun being hit by 3 days of an ex-Cyclone's wrath, as dwellers on Australia's east coast have just learned. In the aftermath of the … [Read More...]

Why Too Much Hot Air Can Burst The Bodywork Balloon

Exaggeration and overselling - it's really nothing new. Blowing a bit of hot air has always been a good way to attract attention and, hopefully, some … [Read More...]

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