UF Vets Help Dressage Horse Beat Odds To Compete Again

Thanks to a village of committed equine professionals—including University of Florida veterinarians and owners who refused to give up on him—a 9-year-old American Warmblood gelding who nearly died from an aggressive bacterial infection has beaten the odds and is now back in the show ring, a national contender in dressage competition. The 17.2-hand bay gelding, […]

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Rider Weight And Equine Welfare: A Hot-Button Issue

Previous scientific studies have shown that horses have negative physiological responses and abnormal gait symmetry when they carry what are deemed “heavier” riders, which are those where the horse:rider weight ratio increases from 25 to 30 percent. New research spearheaded by Janne Winther Christensen, from Aarhus University in Denmark, was presented at the 2019 International […]

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Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships Winners Announced

The third Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championship Horse Show was held Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Kentucky Horse Park in conjunction with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show. During the championships, 248 Thoroughbreds competed in a total of 26 divisions comprising English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Dressage, Western Dressage, Hunters, and […]

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Study: Can Bell Boots Improve Limb Strength?

Like humans, all horses are “sided,” meaning they have a dominant side and a weaker side. This asymmetry could be natural or related to an old injury. Like humans, horses must be encouraged to work on their weaker side. To strengthen the weaker limb and build muscle force, a horse owner can place a bell […]

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OTTB Unmarked Bills Making His Mark On Eventing World

Unmarked Bills retired from the track just four years ago; this past weekend, “Billy,” (Posse—Kelli’s Ransom, Red Ransom) as he is known, competed in the toughest eventing competition in North America: the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. With 24 starts during his racing career, the bay gelding won […]

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Thoroughbred Sport Horse Divisional Award Winners Announced

Divisional winners of the Rood & Riddle Sport Horse Award for 2018 were honored on January 12 at the Horse of the Year Awards presented by AON during the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL. Rood & Riddle in Wellington Practice Manager Nikki Stokes made the trophy presentations to the divisional winners. […]

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Over 350 Thoroughbreds Competed At The New Vocations Charity Horse Show And T.I.P. Championships

The fourth annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was an astounding success with over 350 horses traveling from 23 states to compete in hunter, jumper, pleasure, dressage and western dressage disciplines. Over $60,000 was raised from the show to support New Vocations efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses. Held in conjunction with […]

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New Vocations And The Jockey Club Prep For A Thoroughbred Takeover In KY

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is preparing for its Fourth Annual All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, which will be held Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In addition to the two-day format, qualified exhibitors will be welcomed to The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championships, held on Sunday, […]

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Do Horses Try To Tell Us When They’re Lame?

A recent study assessed how accurately veterinarians can identify pain in ridden horses. Led by Dr. Sue Dyson, the Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, the vets used a set of 24 behaviors (called an ethogram) to asses pain responses in horses while they […]

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