Content tagged "horse selection and use"

Equine Navicular Disease

Horses Updated: November 25, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyNavicular disease is an injury of the navicular bone of the front foot. Conformational faults or injury are the most...

Competitive English Horse Events

Horses Updated: November 25, 2014

Colleen Brady, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Purdue UniversityThere are many different competitive events and disciplines available for...

Caveat Emptor - Let the buyer beware: How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying a Horse

Horses Updated: November 21, 2014

Jenifer Nadeau, University of Connecticut Department of Animal Science, Revised by Holly Spooner, West Virginia UniversityWhether you're buying your first...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Rear Legs, Rear View

Horses Updated: November 21, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyIdeally, when viewing the horse from the rear for structural correctness, an imaginary line from the point of the...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Muscle

Horses Updated: November 21, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyMuscling is an important criteria in judging many conformation classes, especially stock horses such as Quarter Horses,...

Permanent Identification using Freeze Branding in horses

Horses Updated: November 21, 2014

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyA fairly new and less painful method, freeze branding uses irons chilled in liquid nitrogen. The hair that grows back...

HorseQuest Learning Lesson: New and Prospective Horse Owner's Lesson

Horses Updated: June 17, 2013

The New and Prospective Horse Owner’s Learning Module is comprised of a series of lessons designed to introduce new and potential horse owners to the basic...

Equine Laminitis or Founder

Horses Updated: September 28, 2011

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyLaminitis is an inflammation of the sensitive laminae of one or more hooves. Severe pain can result from poor...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Balance

Horses Updated: September 27, 2011

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky All horses are basically proportional but not necessarily balanced. Balance is the most important characteristic in...

Identification Using Signalments in Horses

Horses Updated: September 27, 2011

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyThere are two types of identification methods used by the horse industry that enable individuals to keep track of...

Parts of the Horse

Horses Updated: September 27, 2011

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyHorse breeders strive to breed horses with acceptable conformation because well-conformed horses are typically more...

Permanent Identification in horses

Horses Updated: September 27, 2011

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky Using colorings and markings to identify a horse is a good method of horse identification, but what if a horse has no...

Horse Natural Gaits

Horses Updated: September 08, 2011

Ashley Griffin, University of KentuckyThere are five natural gaits of horses. These natural gaits include the walk, trot, canter/lope, gallop and back. Many...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Frontlegs, Front View

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky The horse's forelimb bears 65 percent of its body weight. Therefore, it is extremely important for a horse to have...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Front Legs, Side View

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky When viewed from the side, the front column of bones should have the appropriate slope and angle of shoulder and...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Neck

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky The length and shape of the horse's neck is important, because the horse uses it as a balancing arm. The...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Head

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky A few breeds have certain characteristics that help define breed character and type, but for most breeds, attractive,...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Rear Legs, Side View

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky Correct hind leg structure when viewed from the side is delineated by a line that extends from the point of the...

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Topline

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky The topline of the horse includes the withers, back loin (or coupling), and croup. When viewed from the side, the...

Permanent Identification using Hot Iron Branding in horses

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky Hot iron branding, also called fire branding, is one of the oldest methods of identification and is still utilized in...

Permanent Identification using Lip Tattoos in horses

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky A lip tattoo is just what its name implies--a tattoo on a horse's lip. It is comprised of letters and numbers and is...

Horse Gaits - Effects of Structure and Hoof Flight Pattern

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky A horse standing straight on their front and rear column of bone will travel in the most correct manner. As the...

Horse Movement and Way of Going

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky Understanding how a horse moves is the first step in identifying a horse’s quality of movement. The orderly hoof...

Horse Canter

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky The canter is a three beat gait where one pair of feet strike the ground simultaneously and the other two feet land...

Horse Gaits - Effects of Balance

Horses Updated: September 23, 2009

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky The stride is the distance between successive imprints of the same foot. From the side view a horse should place...

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