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Jumping, schooling and playing with his mates in the field can all put pressure on your horse’s legs.
Here, Laura Quiney, a vet and junior clinician at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust, reveals six ways to keep your horse’s legs in peak condition
1. Getting to know your horse’s legs is very important, so get familiar by feeling them every day.
Checking them once a day, as well as after strenuous exercise, will help you to quickly identify any areas of heat, swelling or pain.
The quicker you identify and respond to injury or heat, the bigger the difference it can make to your horse’s recovery.
2. Try to vary your horse’s exercise programme as much as possible.
Training in several disciplines will improve his core strength and limb stability, it will also stop him getting bored.
Remember to listen to your horse and don’t over-train him. Over-doing it in one discipline or repetitive training in one session can risk injury.
3. Poor quality surfaces (or surfaces that are different to what your horse usually works on) put pressure on your horse’s legs and over-training can risk injury, which means training him on different surfaces, rather than just one (even if it’s a good quality surface) is important.
For example, a horse that’s only ever trained in an arena may be at increased risk of injury if he competes on grass because he won’t be used to it.
Keeping your horse's back healthy will enhance his performance and keep him pain-free, making him a happy horse to be around.Read More
t’s time to get your hands dirty and work wonders cleaning your grey horse.Read More
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Whether your getting ready for a competition or simply want your horse to look his best, a glossy coat is sure to turn heads. Claire Swain, professional groom for international dressage rider Laura Tomlinson shares her tips for stunning shineRead More
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First aid for your horse is a really important tool to have, especially if you're waiting for your vet to arrive. Follow our tips below to make sure you're prepared if your horse isn't himself.Read More
Being eco-friendly while looking after your horse is possible if you're environmentally conscious when looking after your stable and yard. You just need to add a few green changes to your horse's routine.Read More
Equine vet Mark Grant explains three of the most common problems found in older horses.Read More
Keeping your horse healthy is a full-time job. Here, a panel of five equine health professionals explain the most important things you can do to keep your horse at his bestRead More
Protecting your horse's skin from the sun is important, not only to keep flies away, but also to stop dry skin, coat bleaching and sunburn.Read More
Spring clean your horse with a simple four-step grooming routine.
1 Give a mini massage
Start with your rubber curry comb and use circular motions on your horse’s coat. This effectively gives your horse a mini massage, helping to tone up his muscles and increase blood flow – and he’ll love it! As you use the rubber curry comb to massage all over his body, you’ll start to remove the dead and loose hair, which is the first step towards a nice shine.
2 Get to work on grease
After the mini massage, grab your ‘flicky’ brush. These are slightly softer than the average dandy brush and are great for getting the grease out of your horse’s coat. Brush in the direction of the hair growth, all over his body, and flick your wrist out at the end of each stroke to flick dirt away from his coat.
3 Brush away dirt and hair
Next, using a body brush, gently brush your horse’s coat in the direction of growth over his entire body. Always be careful not to brush too hard around any sensitive areas, such as his eyes. A body brush is great for removing all the dirt and loose hair from the top of your horse’s coat, and creates the perfect starting point for hot clothing.
4 Try hot clothing
Hot clothing helps to lift any of the dirt or grime that brushing alone has missed. For this use an old towel soaked in water that’s as hot as you can touch with your own hand. For added shine when the coat dries, try adding a dash of baby oil to your bucket of hot water. Rub the towel all over your horse’s body to lift any lingering grease or dirt and leave the coat spotless.
PLUS! Get hooves sparkling
Before you ride, scrub your horse’s hooves clean with an old fashioned dandy brush and use a clear varnish that hardens to keep them shiny. Try Absorbine SuperShine Hoof Polish & Sealer. As the varnish hardens it will stop dirt or arena surface sticking to the hooves – practical and pretty before you ride, scrub your horse’s hooves clean with an old fashioned dandy brush and use a clear varnish that hardens to keep.
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