Have you ever wondered if the decisions we make on behalf of our horses might affect their behavior and temperament? In this post, equine behaviorist, Justine Harrison, writes about how controlling what and when our horses eat; where they go; who they socialize with etc., can all have an impact on their behavior, outlook and even their health. If you are interested in learning some simple tips about how to give your horse choices, then you’ll love this post.
Finding long-term solutions to behavioural issues or pain-related problems through re-education can be quite daunting. Where do you start? What are the steps to helping your horse become healthier and happier?
In this 3-part post, UK trainer, Yasmin Stuart explains how to get started on the process, and what to expect along the way.
Part 1 is open to everyone. Parts 2 and 3 are open to everyone signed up to Equitopia’s membership program. Non-members welcome to sign up here: https://www.equitopiacenter.com/cart/
In part 1 of a two-part blog post, Esther Berger from EquiSmart in the Netherlands sets out to raise awareness about the cost of breeding and training young horses. She asks the question ‘How much does a healthy, young, sustainably trained and kept sport horse cost?’ and explains in detail the cost of each step involved. For anyone considering purchasing a horse, this is a must read piece.
Yasmin Stewart, along with other members of Equitopia’s European team provided a clinic in Kildare, Ireland last month. In this post, Yasmin reflects on the clinic and on the Equitopia approach of working as a team which benefits horses and riders, but also allows professionals to cultivate an environment where the whole team can develop and grow together.
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.
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?
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.