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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

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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

To Blanket, or Not to Blanket…That is the Question

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Question: How do I know if my horse is cold? I put him out in cold weather with a shed, but he will not go in it. I am not sure how many blankets he needs to keep warm.

Answer: Horses are much better adapted to the cold weather than we give them credit . . . → Read More: To Blanket, or Not to Blanket…That is the Question