How decades of scientific research is transforming the performance horse Training for the Olympic Games requires a strict fitness and diet regime for an athlete competing in any sport. But for equestrians, it’s doubled. [Read more...]
Excerpt from the June issue of Heels Down Magazine. It’s not uncommon for top American show jumpers to migrate overseas temporarily to further their riding education with European trainers.
The benefits of training your own horse are endless. As a young professional, I have had the privilege of training horses from green beginnings all the way to FEI. [Read more...]
What should a young dressage prospect be working on in his three-, four-, and five-year-old years to springboard a long, successful career? Canadian grand prix dressage rider and head trainer of All Points Dressage in Maryland, Eiren Crawford, explains how young horses should progress through these formative years. [Read more...]
If there’s one thing judges in the hunter and equitation ring can agree on, it’s that riders and trainers need more education in regards to what judges are looking for. [Read more...]
It feels good to root for the “nice guy,” like 30-year-old Lorenzo de Luca. The Italian show jumper may be among the best in the world, but those who know him best say his heart has and always will be in the horses. [Read more...]
Developing a young horse to the top level of any discipline is no easy feat. For professional show jumper Andrew Welles, it’s a science he’s still perfecting, but he says it comes down to knowing when to believe in a horse and bringing them to their fullest potential. [Read more...]
In the December issue of Heels Down Magazine, we covered the multi-faceted process of diagnosing kissing spines properly in horses with back pain. This month, we’re discussing the surgical options for long-term treatment.
In the Magazine: The Young Horse Training Timeline
December is a very special issue of Heels Down Magazine: we’re recapping the best stories of 2017 from all walks of equestrian life. After all, we could all use a bit more inspiration as the year winds down and we look ahead to the next.
At the Olympic Games in Rio, four show jumpers were eliminated from individual competition when a ground jury found that riders drew blood on their horses with the whip or spurs. Despite this, they were allowed to continue in team events. [Read more.
A dream is just that – a dream – without commitment to following through, and that’s exactly that Adrienne Lyle has done to turn hers into reality...Read this story and more in the November issue of Heels Down Magazine, out now in the Heels Down Magazine app on your mobile device. Also this month, enter to win a beautiful pair of Equiline S1 Safety Stirrups.
Lyme disease is an increasingly common diagnosis in horses, but what’s really known about this lurking illness?