Donna Marie West

Articles by Donna Marie West - 16 results

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Rider Health

Stretching for Horse & Rider

As long as your horse doesn’t have any kind of illness or injury, chances are he can benefit from stretching. Keep reading to learn some new stretches.

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Nutrition

NUTRITION 101

You probably know that good nutrition is an important part of keeping your horse healthy. But how do you know your horse is eating what he should?

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Health

Conformation (part 2): Legs

Now that you have an idea of your horse’s general shape, take the time to examine the most important part of his conformation: his legs.

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Health

Conformation (part 1): Head, Neck & Body

Conformation varies from breed to breed and horse to horse, but certain qualities are desirable and certain faults, not so much.

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Training

Lungeing Part 1: The Basics

The weather is terrible. You're recovering from an injury. Or maybe you're bored with riding around and around the same old arena. What do y

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Health

Name that Bump

Being the active – yet fragile – animals they are, horses are subject to a variety of lumps and bumps, such as bone spavin, hives, and more.

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Miscellaneous

Pass Your Equine Canada Tests, part 1

To pass your EC rider test you will need to buy the handbooks recommended for your level and type of riding, and you will need to take some lessons.

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Training

What Does the Judge Want?

You've been training your horse for ages. You've even taken him to a show or two, only to come home empty-handed. Sure, participating is mor

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Miscellaneous

Pass Your Equine Canada Rider Tests, part 2

Part two on how to pass your Equine Canada, EC, Rider Tests with the help of Learn to Ride Programs. See part one for the introduction to this article.

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Health

Swollen Legs: Causes & Cures

A horse sporting a swollen leg? What is causing it? As big and strong as horses are, their legs are quite sensitive and subject to a variety of problems.