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Equestrian Sports at the Olympics

The ultimate competition in any sport is, of course, the Olympic Games where Equestrian Sports are one of the oldest categories. The horse's involvement in the Olympics dates back almost 3,000 years. Horse sports were incorporated into the Olympic Games shortly after their initial inception when the four horse chariot race was introduced. In fact when you think of the Olympics, the huge stadium or hippodrome is one of the most powerful images. The word "hippodrome" which describes an open air sports stadium with a track around the edge, comes from the Greek word "hippos" for horse and "dromos" for racecourse. The equestrian events are made up of three disciplines - dressage, show jumping and the three-day event which includes both the other disciplines together with a gruelling cross country ride over testing jumps. Each of the disciplines has both an individual and a team competition. Dressage is often referred to as 'horse ballet'. It is a training method designed to develop a horse's natural abilities and...

 


How to Prevent Horse Colic

Colic is the most common cause of pre-mature death in domestic horses. It is also the most frequent cause of major veterinary bills. However, the vast majority of colic cases could be easily prevented through correct management. A study of the existing research into this illness, including case studies covering thousands of cases of horse colic, which has identified the most common causes of colic, is the basis for the following recommendations. 1) Worming. Ensure that the horse is on a regular deworming schedule. All other horses which share the same pasture should be on a synchronized deworming schedule, to prevent cross-reinfection. If a horse has a heavy infestation of worms to start with (e.g. if it has not been dewormed for a long time), then the actual deworming itself can be dangerous, so one should use a laxative to reduce the worm population prior to starting a deworming schedule. 2) Food and Pasture. Horses have evolved to eat and digest throughout the day. Their digestive systems are based on 'c...

 


Horse Health - How To Recognise, Prevent And Treat Hoof Thrush

There are any number of proverbs and clichés related to horse health but one of the truest has to be "No Hoof, No Horse". Thrush is a distressing condition which can make your horse thoroughly miserable and unable to walk without pain. It is easily prevented and is a condition that, quite frankly, should not occur in as many cases as it does. No self respecting horse owner should allow it to develop. If one horse in a field or stable has thrush it can become the source of infection for other animals by contaminating the environment. There is some disagreement on the length of time the bacteria can survive off the animal but it is believed to survive for as long as ten months. It is also possible for us to contract thrush when treating a badly infected hoof, so you must be careful when treating it should your horse be unfortunate enough to have infected hooves. Recognising Thrush is not difficult. It appears as a foul-smelling, black, clay-like substance in the area surrounding the frog. It is caused by an...

 


Why Good Horse Health Is Good For A Happy Animal

Horse Health is directly related to the frame of mind your animal displays. Like humans, horses can feel sick. If your mare has suddenly become bad-tempered, he may be ailing. Certainly, if your horse does not feel well his mood will be negatively affected.Horses, like people can develop back problems and leg troubles. Horses utilize their back muscles constantly, even for the smallest of movements. Horses can become somewhat annoyed if they have injured their back or legs. The useful life of a horse is up to fifteen years. It is the mature horse that is most likely to injure his back. Arthritis on the hock of a horse is a familiar sign of an injured back. The animal may apply too much stress to his back causing an injury. Shoes that do not properly fit the animal may also cause a bad back.As has been stated, the disposition of the animal is an excellent sign of a sickness. Horses can have tumors that produce hormones that will cause a change in mood. Obviously, cancer is never good, but they are not always m...

 


Horse Facts - Why You Should Watch Your Horse's Weight

Your horse's health is your responsibility. No if's, no but's, it is completely and entirely down to you to ensure that your horse is well. There are many factors that you have to be aware of when you care for any animal. Generally speaking, animal behaviour and development should always conform to a certain course and your horse is no different. As a horse owner you have to be confident that you are checking for the right things and taking action to rectify problems that may go wrong before they become an issue. You must make sure that you are doing whatever is necessary to ensure that your horse is growing healthily, and being brought on in a way that gives him everything he needs to develop into the best horse he can be. You have to pay close attention to your horse as he develops There are many things that can go wrong and he can't tell you. You need to know him well enough to spot them. If you haven't owned a horse before, you should get some suitable books and read up on them, then spend some time at y...

 


Time For A Change - Buying A New Horse

There comes a time in every rider's life when your current mount is no longer suitable. You may have outgrown him physically or he may not be up to the job you want him to do. Sometimes it can be as simple as the aging process and you need a younger horse whilst your current horse enjoys a well earned retirement. Whatever the cause there are certain things that you should always bear in mind before making any choices. Your budget is an important factor, you should know exactly what you can afford to spend and don't be tempted to overstretch yourself by an enthusiastic seller. Remember, once you have bought your horse, you still have to keep him and that is not a cheap hobby. If it is your first horse you need to be especially wary on this point. The very first thing you should do after you have set your budget is to carefully consider what you want your horse for, hacking, dressage, show jumping - all require different characteristics. Size and build are obviously among the first considerations - the horse ...

 




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