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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

The Temporomandibular Joint – Part 1

When it’s not working as it should, the temporomandibular joint can impede the horse’s ability to carry himself correctly and in the long run it can even cause lameness. In this post, Katja Porenta shines some light on this joint, which tends to get less attention than it deserves. Part two of this post is available for members, and discusses symptoms of TMJ and offers some tips for resolving and preventing TMJ issues.

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Canter work for horses with kissing spines

Canter Work for Horses with Kissing Spines – Yes or No?

Kissing spines has become a very prevalent diagnosis and there is a staggering number of horses living with this condition. In most cases the kissing spines horse can still work, but veterinarians generally recommend some modifications to the horse’s work routine. One piece of advice that is quite common is to do a lot of canter work, which is said to be good for the horse’s back. In this post, Dr Karin Leibbrandt asks if this is true and if so, why?

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Using Props to Improve Movement

Using Props to Improve Movement – Part 2

The second part of a 2-part blog post on using props in the arena to improve movement, Part 1 is a general introduction to props. Part two takes a more detailed look at ground poles and cavalletti for better biomechanics.

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using props in the arena for your horse

Using Props to Improve Movement

Part 1 of a 2-part blog post on using props in the arena to improve movement, Part 1 is a general introduction to props. Part two takes a more detailed look at ground poles and cavalletti for better biomechanics.

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Gelding scar Equitopia

The Trouble with Gelding Scars

Gelding scars can cause significant trouble for the horse, but we don’t always consider the impact of this seemingly simple procedure.In this post, Diane Isbell DVM explains how gelding scars form; how to identify possible problems arising from scar tissue; and what to do if your horse is affected by this issue.

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how the horse works by gerd heuschmann for equitopia

How the Horse Works by Dr Gerd Heuschmann (Part 1)

In this first of a four-part series, Dr Gerd Heuschmann begins his exploration of how the horse works with a focus on joints. Parts 2,3,& 4 focus on other aspects including horses’ feet, and back and are available for everyone signed up to the Equitopia membership program.

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Rehabilitating old horse

Rehabilitating Older Horses

Is there a cut off point, beyond which you shouldn’t rehabilitate a horse? Dr Karin Leibbrandt writes about making the most of your horse’s golden years!

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Best Practices for Navicular

Best Practices for Navicular Disease

Do you know what ‘navicular’ is? Can you spot the onset of hoof problems? Do you understand the treatment and rehabilitation approaches that will give the best results for your horse? In this post, Ann Ramsey explains the best practices in relation to navicular disease.

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looking after horse neck

The Equine Neck as an Indicator of Good (or Bad) Training: Part 1

The equine neck is a complex structure that plays a vital role in healthy biomechanics. Its development can tell us a lot about the horse’s training. Read this first of a 3-part series on the neck – part 1 is open to everyone – parts 2 and 3 are for everyone signed up to the Equitopia membership program.

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equine rehabilitation equitopia

Riding with length in the neck

Read about Sada Shiva – an 8-year old Dutch Warmblood mare who was scheduled to be sent to a trader because she had become explosive when ridden. We have been documenting our work with Sada Shiva in the past year.

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The connection between horse and rider equitopia

Understanding the Connection between Horse and Rider

Does your horse have a tense jaw? Is it hard to get him to go forward? In this post, Wendy Murdoch explains why understanding the connection between horse and rider is so important and offers some simple exercises you can do to help address this issue.

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