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Estimating a Horse’s Body Weight

Itís important to know a horseís weight when formulating a diet or medication dosage for the animal. Keeping track of fluctuations in weight can also help managers to identify early changes in condition. Various formulas can be used to get an idea of how much your horse weighs. They include: Weight [in lbs] = (heartgirth x heartgirth […]
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Ask the Judge

When you are judging line classes, do you acknowledge the handlers or just focus on the horse? It really is all about viewing the horse, so I am focused on the animal, not the handler. If I am greeted by the handler, I will keep my response cordial and short, then move on to my job […]
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Training the Often-Forgotten Walk with David Marcus

Of the three gaits, the walk is by far the one that tends to be neglected in daily training. But the walk is not only part of every dressage test from training level to grand prix; the movement that includes the free or extended walk is also always a coefficient movement, worth double the score. Additionally, when the judge gives the collective marks for gaits, the walk is part of that assessment; it can also be a factor in the collective mark for submission. The walk is often considered the most difficult gait to improve, but David Marcus believes all the horseís gaits can be improved with correct training. ìI have a horse that, in his most tense moments, walks better than my other horse in his most relaxed moments,î he says. ìBut Iím a firm believer that you can improve any gait, including the walk, provided you remember that you can improve it only within the horseís natural abilities.î Whether itís medium and free walk for a training-level horse, or collected and extended walk for a grand prix horse, Marcus uses a systematic approach and simple exercises to school this important, but often under-estimated, gait.