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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

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