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How to Design a Musical Freestyle


I often hear riders (both dressage and other) wistfully say: I’d love to ride a musical freestyle! Riding to music is one thing – and has many benefits, such as blocking out other noise, getting your horse used to sound,

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Love Lilo!

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One of my favorite clinicians to audit each year is Lilo Fore, who owns and operates Sport Horse America in Santa Rosa, CA. Recently promoted to an FEI 5* judge (the highest classification), she has been a member of the

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Coughing During Warm-Up


Lately my gelding has started coughing when I first take him out of his stall and start warming up. He is kept in his stall about 12 hours every day. The barn he stays in is very open and has

Posted in Ask the Vet

A Day in the Life of a Dressage Show Scribe


“Needs steadier connection” = 6.5 “Straight on center line, square and secure halt” = 8.0 “Could have better bend and balance” = 7.0 With exciting and interesting language like that awaiting my penmanship, I could hardly wait for the alarm

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

Cooling Out Your Horse


I know I’m supposed to cool my horse down completely after every ride. What’s the best way to determine if she’s properly cooled off? – via You sound like a knowledgeable and conscientious rider! No doubt you have your

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How Immune Supplements Work

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“I’m confused about how immune supplements work. My old horse used to be on one because my vet said his immune system needed more support as he got older, which made sense. But now my friend’s trainer is telling her

Posted in Ask the Vet

Dressage for Senior Horse Health


I’ve been doing dressage with my horse for the past four years and we’ve been progressing slowly but steadily up the levels. She is now 19 and while she is generally sound and healthy, I’m starting to notice some symptoms

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A Dressage Clinic with “The Master”


French, geometry, music, German, math, martial arts, Latin, history, equitation. Prep school courses? Or subjects covered during a visit from “The Master” Karl Mikolka? Former Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School and USDF Hall of Famer Karl Mikolka recently

Posted in Stories & Adventures

How Hot is Too Hot to Ride?


Out here in the Midwest, our summers get seriously hot and humid. I personally don’t mind the heat, but I worry that it’s too much for my horse. He sweats a lot when it gets above 80* and even though

Posted in Ask the Vet

Horses: Hawaii Style!


My husband and I finally made it back to Hawaii in January 2015 for a belated anniversary gift to ourselves. We had officially tied the knot in The Aloha State (we got “maui’d” on Maui) and loved it so much

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Vaccinations for “Stay-At-Home” Horses

All of my horses are now retired from competing and I keep them at home where there aren’t other horses coming in and out of the barn. Do I need to continue to vaccinate them on the same schedule they

Posted in Ask the Vet

Considering DIY vaccination

I own two off-track Thoroughbreds that live at home. I have been considering self-vaccination for my mare and gelding. Can you share with me pros and cons of not having my veterinarian do this task? – via Believe me,

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

Ride in Balance, Move in Balance, Live in Balance: A Body Concept Workshop for Equestrians


“Great workshop! Nice to see a workshop focused on the rider and a more holistic approach to riding and training.” “This is exactly what I needed! What a WONDERFUL weekend in every way!” “Fascinating topics, application to equestrian endeavors appropriately

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Will my horse colic again?


My horse recently had a bout of colic. He recovered fully, but I’ve been told that once a horse colics, he’s more likely to colic again. Is that true? And if so, why? -via Unfortunately, many studies over the

Posted in Ask the Vet

Eye injuries in horses


There are a lot of horror stories out there about horse eye injuries. So my question is, what should I do if my horse has an eye injury but the vet can’t come out immediately? How do I protect the

Posted in Ask the Vet

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