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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

Ask Dr. Harman: Clipping whiskers, yes or no?

Q: My 5-year-old gelding, who I compete in hunters, won’t let me clip his whiskers or under his jaw even when twitched or sedated. (He rears up and strikes out when I try.) I don’t think he’s afraid of the horse clippers themselves because I can clip other parts of his body, and having the . . . → Read More: Ask Dr. Harman: Clipping whiskers, yes or no?

Ask Dr. Harman: Saddle Seat Size

Question: I’m planning on buying a new English saddle, but I’m confused by saddle sizes such as 16 or 17. Do these figures represent the length of the seat? How do you measure that?

Answer: Figuring out the seat size on a saddle is not as easy as it would seem. For one thing, the . . . → Read More: Ask Dr. Harman: Saddle Seat Size

Dance of the bits

In the good ol’ days we took our snaffle bit and put it in our horse’s mouth and went for a ride. If our horse complained but did not run off we often never noticed that anything was wrong. And if this horse was controllable without resorting to anything like a pelham, we would say . . . → Read More: Dance of the bits

Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers

fat horse

Q. What complementary medicine/modality do you recommend for gastric ulcers?

A. There are many possible treatments for ulcers, however, it is important to try to prevent a recurrence, not just treat what is there. If the horse came from a stressful environment, and is now in a good place, treatment with some natural compounds may . . . → Read More: Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers