Can Horse Riding Cause Back Pain: A Guide for Riders

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Horse riding is enjoyable and rewarding for many, but it’s not without challenges. For regular horseback riders, pain and discomfort are often concerns that accompany the sport, with back pain being a common complaint. The following article provides insights into the anatomy, biomechanics, and common causes of back pain in riders. We’ll also offer prevention … Read more

Saddle Pad Thickness – Does It Matter?

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Have you ever wondered whether thickness matters when selecting a saddle pad?  You may equate saddle pad thickness with extreme cushioning that provides greater comfort and protection for the horse and rider or as a quick fix to a poorly fitting saddle, but in actuality, that’s not always true. In fact, sometimes, a thicker saddle … Read more

Our Guide To The Best Treeless Saddle Pads On The Market

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Choosing the best treeless saddle pad requires understanding how treeless saddles differ from saddles with a tree. For comparison, a saddle with a tree, or treed saddle, is constructed with a rigid “tree” made of wood, carbon, or synthetic material. The tree sits on the horse’s back, straddling the spine, and distributes the rider’s weight … Read more

Managing Joint Pain: A Guide to Horse Riding with Arthritis

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For riders with arthritis, horseback riding is a challenge that requires adjustments in practice and mindset. This guide provides insights into how riders with arthritis can manage pain by modifying how they ride for a more comfortable experience. Below, we look at key strategies, such as adapting your riding technique and choosing specialized equipment and … Read more

Summary of “Owners’ Experiences of Grazing Muzzles – The Survey Results. April 2023”

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Dr. David Marlin’s article, published on April 14, 2023, presents the results of a comprehensive survey on the use of grazing muzzles for horses and ponies. Horse owners often use grazing muzzles to manage weight and reduce the risk of laminitis, a condition affecting horses. The survey aimed to gather insights from horse owners on … Read more

The Purpose Of Half Pads For Horses & Riders

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For many riding disciplines, half pads enhance saddle fit and comfort. In this article, we’ll explore the versatility and function of half pads and their role in improving saddle stability and fit, which can change substantially as a horse’s body develops with work and training. Additionally, we’ll discuss the different styles of half pads, the … Read more

Guide To On How To Put Insoles In Shoes & Boots

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Correct insole placement in shoes or boots is important for optimal comfort and foot health. This guide explains the process, from choosing the suitable insole to its proper insertion and care. Whether you need insoles for medical reasons, comfort, or improved shoe fit, this resource provides the necessary information for successful insole use. Improve your … Read more

How To Determine If Your Horse Is Too Fat & Overweight

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Wondering if your horse is packing on extra pounds? Understanding your horse’s body condition is key to their wellbeing. This article arms you with the knowledge to identify signs of equine obesity, the dangers it poses, and how to use tools like Body Condition Scoring and Cresty Neck Score. You’ll also learn how to manage … Read more