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The Winning Edge

For Want of a 12-Foot Stride

For my small mare to be competitive against bigger horses, she needs to strengthen and lengthen her stride.... Read More

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The 'Poor Man's' Saddle Fitting

While at a conference I learned about a quick way to see if your saddle fits, so I decided to put it to the test. Here's how I did and the results.... Read More

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Top 5 Endurance Horse Health Issues

From tendon injuries to backs that radiate heat--learn the most common veterinary issues endurance horses face.... Read More

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Showground Shock Wave

Shock wave is a proven therapy frequently seen (and heard) at horse shows. But where's the line between a therapy's use and abuse?... Read More

Mares Will Be Mares

Both my mares started showing signs of estrus-related behavior recently. Will a monthly dose of "happy juice" help? Time will tell.... Read More

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Why Aren't There More Icabad Cranes?

In my dream world, more top racehorses would transition into the show ring after their careers on the track ended.... Read More

In Pursuit of Long-Lost Horses

While I've been able to keep tabs on most of my former mounts, every now and then I rediscover one that's fallen through the cracks.... Read More

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Post-Vaccination Riding

My veterinarian explained to me that riding my horse on vaccination day might put her at risk of vaccine reaction.... Read More

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That Cresty Neck: Is It Muscle or Fat?

I love a nice strong topline on a sport horse, but how can you tell if a neck is round from muscling or cresty from fat accumulation?... Read More

Equine Athletes and Their Feet

A world-class sport horse farrier shared what hoof problems he encounters most.... Read More

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About This Blog

They can run fast, jump high, and perform complex maneuvers. And many owners will go to great lengths to keep a performance horse in top shape. Discuss these horses' health and management requirements with sport horse owner and managing editor Alexandra Beckstett.