Researchers are always working to determine which deviations from the norm are performance-limiting, and which ones are just unsightly.
“Why are horses designed so poorly?”
Many a horse owner who has been saddled with weeks of stall rest, repeat veterinary visits, or injury rehab has likely uttered this point, complaining about horses’ tendency to strain tendons, chip knees, and manifest various musculoskeletal afflictions. Sometimes we wish horses came with a foolproof plan for promoting optimal performance without injury.
The transition in temperature and humidity from cool season to warm season, such as winter to spring, could require an adjustment in watering horses. Reduced water consumption can impair performance and increase the risk of impaction colic. Also, horses that are not conditioned properly could sweat more profusely than a well-conditioned horse, and thus dehydrate faster. This is particularly important early in the season when temperatures change suddenly and horses might not yet be in peak condition.
2014 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge Offers $7,500 in Prize Money, Awards, & New Categories
When Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS) launched the first Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge in 2009 only a handful of horses competed, but BEHS' Executive Director says the event has grown each year. "For the first few years, we only had one or two professional trainers and a handful of foster homes compete. We've improved the Challenge and now we have a great group of people training our horses and preparing for the event each year. It is a great opportunity to show off the talents of some of the amazing horses who come to us!"
In 10 months after achieving the five million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Six Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fourth horse to earn such a prestigious title and puts him in the ranks alongside Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz, and Hollywood Dun It.
Kool Kurtains™, a new, scientifically -advanced product, create a cool, bug-free haven for horses. Kool Kurtains are designed to keep barns, stalls and run-in-sheds cool while simultaneously screening out insects and birds.
Exercise is particularly important for equine weight management. Often, owners want to see an increase in muscle development in addition to an overall decrease in fat coverage. There are many myths about feeding extra protein or various supplements to “build muscle,” but if it were that easy, every person would have a lean stomach with “abs of steel.”
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