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Dressage—Cross Training for All Breeds and All Disciplines “Riding Back to Front, Part 2”

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In the last article, I covered what can go wrong when you are not in proper form and balance on your horse. Now I want to discuss correct rider position. Correct rider position will enable you to have a happier, more responsive horse!

If you want to improve your form and, therefore, your riding, the number one key is to keep your eyes up and focused ahead of your horse. Improving your concentration starts with your eyes. This sound easy, and it is a simple concept, but it is one many riders have trouble doing consistently.

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Horse Breeding Update

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As the unwanted horse problem continues, responsible breeding is a must. To combat the unwanted horse issue, horse owners should only breed the very best to the very best.

By Dr. Thomas R. Lenz in The American Quarter Horse Journal

The unwanted horse continues to be a major issue in the U.S. horse industry. The economic downturn has only served to make the situation worse, as many people can no longer afford to keep their horses or find qualified buyers.

AQHA and the Unwanted Horse Coalition are focused on finding homes, alternative careers and additional options for horses that are no longer wanted. But if   we’re going to solve the problem, we must also decrease the number of unmarketable horses we are producing through responsible breeding practices.

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A University is Coming to Terms with a Remarkable $US42 Million Gift

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At its roots is a shared vision on the role of education and an appreciation for the beauty of the Arab horse. Neil Clarkson reports. A California university puts on regular Arabian horse shows in recognition of the important legacy of cereal magnate Will Kellogg. The American philanthropist, better known as W.K. Kellogg, cherished his Arabian horses, which he kept on his 800-acre ranch near Pomona. He began Sunday exhibitions to showcase the intelligence and versatility of the breed in 1926 - a tradition which is carried on by Cal Poly Pomona, the university of 20,000 students which now stands on the site of Kellogg's ranch.

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Helping you help your horse by understanding posture

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Equine Bodywork Specialist Understanding a horses posture is not very difficult when you apply three concepts. Function, Balance and Gravity. So let’s start with function as it pertains to our topic. Specifically what I am referring to is anatomical function. Every body part has a specific function (as written in anatomy books). Next let’s talk about balance as it pertains to the topic.

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GI Disease In Foals

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Despite advances in veterinary medicine, the first few weeks of a foal’s life can still be risky. Many health problems can arise, including myriad gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that can quickly drain a youngster of health, vigor, and sometimes life. Explains Brady J. Bergin, DVM, assistant professor and rural veterinary practice clinician in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, “Foals will develop evidence of GI disease manifested as diarrhea from a number of causes, including nutrition, bacteria, viruses, septicemia (blood-borne infection), parasites, and even around the time of a dam’s first heat. GI disease is an especially serious problem in foals due to their weak (yet developing) immune and digestive systems.”
Other troubles in the GI tract present as the inability to pass meconium, inappetence, failure to thrive, lethargy, teeth grinding, and colic.

Here’s a look at some common and not-so-common GI problems in foals.

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