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Joint Supplements: Keep a Rotation

For many years, I have felt that joint supplements should be changed every year or two, since the joint is a complex structure. One type of supplement may or may not address exactly what a particular horse needs, so changing the type is helpful to make sure you have covered all the bases and . . . → Read More: Joint Supplements: Keep a Rotation

Ask Dr. Harman: How to Deal with a Bully Horse

Question: My horses are pastured with a large Thoroughbred that has back shoes on. He is very aggressive and tries to herd his buddy away from my two guys by biting and kicking at them. It’s a small area for four horses. I spoke to the owner, but she doesn’t seem to care since it . . . → Read More: Ask Dr. Harman: How to Deal with a Bully Horse

Ask Dr. Harman: Are Treeless Saddles the Same as Bareback?

Question: “I really like the contact and feel of riding bareback, and I think it helps me stay in rhythm with my horse. However, my balance isn’t quite there above the walk so it can be difficult to relax. Are treeless saddles a good alternative to bareback riding?”

Dr. Harman: “If you’re not comfortable enough . . . → Read More: Ask Dr. Harman: Are Treeless Saddles the Same as Bareback?

Summer grass isn’t dangerous, right?

Dr. Joyce Harman offers tips to keep your horse healthy during summer grazing

There’s no denying that summer is here, bringing with it the changing responsibilities of a horse owner. You might change out troughs more often to keep your horse’s water cool and fresh, or you might cold hose him on those brutal July . . . → Read More: Summer grass isn’t dangerous, right?

Ask Dr.Harman: How to Handle a Cribber

Q. I have a horse that has severe cribbing problems. The only way we have been able to get her to eat is to place her in the round pen. Do you have any recommendations?

A. Cribbing can originate for many reasons. It can be inherited (or learned from the Mom), but often occurs from . . . → Read More: Ask Dr.Harman: How to Handle a Cribber