"Hock Havoc" in our April 2007 print issue addressed the use of hock injections and other treatments for managing an equine athlete's lower hock-joint health, including osteoarthritic conditions. In addition to shoeing, turnout and training-routine changes, surgical fusion and supplementation can be factors in maintaining hock health and minimizing potential performance problems, as can injections of hyaluronic acid and polysulfated glycosaminoglycans.
Montana clinician Curt Pate's cavalry-style alternative balances horse and rider so that both gain confidence.
In the August issue, trainer Randy Rieman addresses the very real problem of buddy- and barn-sour horses. Breaking the magnets that hold your horse's attention is key to making him a willing partner and your initial training session begins with catching him in the pasture.
Maybe you have a saddle that you consider the perfect ride - with one exception. There's no rope strap on the swells, and you like packing a rope when you're horseback. It doesn't matter if you work, compete or play with your rope, as long as it's handy on your saddle.
In "The Acupuncture Alternative" in the August Western Horseman, freelancer Audrey Pavia discussed acupuncture from both the Eastern and the Western points of view, and gave one horse owner's firsthand account of her experiences with the alternative treatment. Here, Pavia includes some things to consider in determining if acupuncture might be a right for your horse. She also provides guidelines for finding a qualified acupuncturist.
What could yoga and horsemanship possibly have in common? A skeptic signs up for a double-discipline clinic and learns a new take on riding.
Canadian horsemen Jeff and Jesse Beckley, a father-and-son duo share a reining-horse training barn at the family's Three Bars Guest Ranch near Cranbrook, British Columbia, which also supports a cattle operation. No matter what a horse's job with the outfit, he is trained for a reliable stop. Obviously, the reiners slide long distances, but ranch cow and guest horses are expected to be dependable in their stops, as well.
Cow-horse legend Don Murphy explains how to select the bit that best matches your horse's mouth.