Montana clinician Curt Pate's cavalry-style alternative balances horse and rider so that both gain confidence.
6 Overlooked Training Principles
If you're training a horse, you probably devote a lot of energy to technique. Technique isn't everything, though. Here are six useful horse-training concepts, often overlooked, that'll help you train a better horse.
Stem-Cell Therapy for Suspensories
Equine career-ending injuries such as tendon, suspensory and ligament injuries, and fractures are responding well to advances in stem-cell technology, says Dr. Van Snow, DVM, of Santa Ynez, California (see WH article "Stem Cell Strides," May 2007). The equine lameness specialist uses a handful of methods to treat these injuries, including fat-based stem-cell therapy.
"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.
Gambling on the Future
With racehorse welfare making national headlines, the horse industry is being scrutinized for putting money before the well-being of young animals. Racetrack injuries and deaths may have sparked mainstream interest in the issue, but high-stakes stock horse futurities beg the same question: ARE YOUNG HORSES PUSHED TOO HARD, TOO SOON?