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The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

March 17, 2014

Before we all had cars to drive in, people used horses to get around, and almost everyone was taught to care and ride a horse. Today, our dependence on these large mammals is non-existent and horseback riding has become recreational. There are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong core and legs, but there are also many less obvious benefits, such as boost in... [more]

 
 

When the Rider is Hot, The Horse is Hotter

By Teresa Pitman

Prof. Michael Lindinger compares heat stress in humans and horses.

Professor Lindinger says horses feel summer heat 10 times faster than people

A hot humid day. One rider. One horse. Both are exercising at a moderate level. Who is more likely to overheat? It might surprise you to know that your horse gets hotter much faster than you and is more susceptible to the negative effects of heat stress.

Prof. Michael Lindinger, an animal and exercise physiologist at... [more]

 
 

Tips for Trailer Safety

From USRider.org

This information has been compiled in a handy Pre-Trip Checklist for Horse Trailers. The checklist is conveniently available to smartphone users on USRider's mobile website. Simply access www.usrider.org from any smartphone and the list is handily at your fingertips to check prior to each trip.

Items to check before starting a trip:

  • Wheel bearings - Have bearings serviced annually, or 12,000 miles, regardless of mileage due to possible moisture buildup.  Carry a spare wheel bearing set in... [more]
 
 

Group Trail Riding Tips

From Lynn Palm

Achieve optimal on-trail control with this 12-part horsemanship series with top trainer/clinician Lynn Palm. This issue: Learn to ride safely in groups.  Trail riding is a great activity to share with family and friends. Have a safe, fun group ride - and stay in control - with these four rules from top trainer/clinician Lynn Palm.While it's usually safer to ride with someone than it is to ride alone, you should take several things... [more]