Wellington Florida Horse News
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Mar 27, 2015
Teenage Snowbirds? Just Part of Being a Young Equestrian
By HOLLY PETERSON
Each Sunday evening of the winter months, a sea of girls in riding breeches, muddy paddock boots and fitted navy blazers crowds the JetBlue gateways in West Palm Beach, Fla., heading home to the New York area for the school week.
For the parents of the horse set, it’s commuting to the Winter Equestrian Festival, a training and showing marathon held over 12 weekends at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, a 500-acre complex where these girls compete alongside 2,500 world-class riders. More info...
Mar 25, 2015
Safe Longeing or Lunging or Lungeing
By Jennifer O. Bryant
This common exercise modality can be surprisingly risky; learn how to keep your horse—and yourself—safe. Asked by a nonhorsey friend to explain what longeing is, you’d probably say something like, “It’s when you put a horse on the end of a long line and let him go around you in circles.”
In this article we’ll explain why experts urge you not to consider longeing a mindless activity and, instead, to treat it like a serious training tool. And we’ll share their suggestions on best practices for horse health and handler safety. More info...
Mar 25, 2015
Fit for the Trail
By Maureen Blaney Flietner
How recreational riders can condition and protect their weekend warriors. After a long work week, your schedule is wide open and the weather is riding-perfect. You pull your horse out of his field, groom him quickly, tack up, and head off down the trail. While the average recreational horse with a basic fitness level might be able to go for a short (less than 5 miles) walk or trot safely and comfortably, asking for more might put him at risk of injury. Then there are the health risks—from bites to bruises—that the very nature of trail riding poses. Here’s how to prepare your weekend warrior More info...
Mar 16, 2015
Soak Away Your Hay's Hidden Dangers
By Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
Horse owners are familiar with the refrain repeated by equine veterinarians and nutritionists alike: Feed your horse lots of high-quality hay! Recent studies have extolled the virtues of a forage-only diet for horses—even those with high-energy demands, such as lactating mares. Some scientists say that only the most elite athletic horses truly require dietary supplementation with grains or concentrates to meet their daily energy requirements. So with hay being held in such high regard, how is it that veterinarians and nutritionists dare suggest it’s anything but perfect? More info...