The wonders of circles

Dressage is all about suppleness. Without consistent bend throughout your horse’s body lots of exercises become difficult and you’ll struggle to get a respectable dressage score. Here we give you…

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AskHQ: Fitting a rug

Q: How do you check if a rug fits your horse? A: Having a rug that fits your horse is important to keep your horse comfortable and avoiding rubbing. To…

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What are contracted heels?

Contracted heels are one of the most common problems encountered by farriers today. In fact, many of us are so used to seeing contracted heels that we don't even consider…

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AskHQ: Dry skin

Q: My mare has dry skin and is constantly scratching. I've tried coconut oil, tea tree oil, and a cortisone injection from the vet but nothing seems to help. What…

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AskHQ: Dentist drama

Q: My mare will allow the dentist to work on her teeth, even with power tools, but she looks absolutely terrified. Would it be kinder to sedate her for the…

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Understanding windgalls, Part 4

Avoiding the development of windgalls There are three major ways to prevent your horse from developing windgalls. These are as follows: Ensure that your horse (particularly young or heavy horses)…

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Understanding windgalls, Part 2

Causes of windgalls Windgalls are the result of irritation of the joint surfaces or joint capsules, causing excessive production and reduced absorption of synovial fluid. The following are examples of…

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