Study: Time Off And Decreased Training May Reduce Microfractures In Racehorses

Microdamage to the bones in the joints of racehorses has been detected in multiple studies, but a cut-and-dry answer on how to prevent this damage is not clear. The accumulation of subchondral bone microdamage in the forelegs of racehorses is thought to lead to more significant bone damage, including fractures, which can be life-threatening. A […]

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Effectiveness Of Monty Roberts’ Dually Halter Called Into Question

Professional natural horsemanship trainer Monty Roberts designed the Dually halter to encourage the horse to respect the handler with minimal pressure. The halter has an adjustable double noseband as well as left and right side training rings. Roberts believes that the halter has helped him train more than 4,000 horses that will not load. A […]

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Training On Hard Tracks Could Cause Injury To Harness Horses

Harness horses race on much harder tracks than Thoroughbreds, and while these tracks may have some benefits, a new study shows they also increase risk of injury. Researchers used diagnostic imaging on twelve 3-year-old Standardbred racehorses to look for damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Dr. Nathalie Crevier-Denoix and colleagues followed the Standardbred racehorses, […]

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Negative Reinforcement: Good For Some Lessons, Not For Others

Negative reinforcement is a training tool that is often misunderstood, or even met with negative associations. In its simplest form, negative reinforcement applies painless, but unpleasant, pressure to the subject until the desired behavior is achieved. For example, when our cars produce an unpleasant beep or tone until all passengers put on their seat belts, […]

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Life’s A Beach For Gai Waterhouse’s Racehorses

Known as the first lady of Australian horse racing, Gai Waterhouse knows a thing or two about training horses, even though some of her ways are a bit nontraditional. To many people, time at the beach means relaxation and time to recharge; but to the horses in Waterhourse’s charge, a day at the beach is […]

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Woodbine Backstretch Opens For Training; Meet Starts April 15

It’s a sure sign the 2017 thoroughbred racing season is fast approaching as the doors opened to the Woodbine backstretch area on Tuesday morning. Nearly 200 trainers will put over 2,100 stalls in use throughout the eight-month meet, which sees live racing burst from the gate on April 15. Hall of Fame trainer Robert Tiller […]

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Tips And Tricks To Lunge A Horse Properly

Lunging is one of the first skills a young horse learns, usually soon before experiencing a saddle and bridle for the first time, and it can serve him well through his life. Whether it’s on a chilly or windy day and you just want to work off some energy before climbing in the saddle, working […]

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The Importance Of Properly Warming Up Equine Athletes

For any athlete, human, equine or otherwise, a proper warm-up is important to both mentally and physically prepare for rigorous work. Many times, however, once horses are mature and advancing in their training, the warm-up routine that was so important in their formative training is shortened or even abandoned all together so that the trainer […]

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