It takes more than just the steering wheel to drive a car. A driver has to watch the road ahead, the road behind and what is going on in the side-view mirrors, in addition to operating the brake and accelerator. It is no different when riding a horse. A rider cannot depend solely on the reins to guide a horse. Matt Gaines, Equi-Stat’s No. 2 all-time leading rider, trainer and earner of more than $7 million in the cutting pen, explains how he uses leg position and cues to guide and reassure a horse in the show pen.
For many horse owners, the thought of permanently deleting their stallion’s reproductive chances is a dreaded one indeed. For trainers, the idea might not always seem so bad. Quarter Horse News asked two top trainers, Austin Shepard and Andrea Fappani, for their opinions about the pros and cons of deciding to geld a futurity prospect. Cutting and reining have very different market climates and customer proclivities, but the ultimate objectives remain the same – to provide a well-trained horse capable of winning while keeping customers happy in the process.
Being a 20-something woman with a career that takes me all over the country to horse shows really is all it’s cracked up to be. I manage to find some of the most unique opportunities on the road – you know, those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make all my college friends jealous. Each of these special moments teaches me something new, and my recent trip to The Augusta Futurity has shown me just how small this world really is.
"After the colts get to coming around with the snaffle bit, they can be double reined into the hackamore. Double reining is to put both the hackamore and snaffle on at the same time. Both the reins are used at the same time and gradually the hackamore reins are used more than the snaffle bit reins, until the colt gets used to turning on the hackamore reins entirely.*"
A weighted rein refers to a rein that is heavier on one or both ends. Naturally weighted reins are cut from hides that are specifically chosen for their weights and thicknesses. No extra leather or additional materials are added to the them. Notice in the picture the difference in the thicknesses of the tail, center and bit ends of this pair of reins.
A fiador is a safety device or keeper that is similar to a throatlatch on a bridle but is used in conjunction with a hackamore to make certain the hackamore stays securely on the horse's head. A horse in a hackamore with fiador can always be led or tied without risk of the hackamore being scratched or pulled off.
On the fringes of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention 2014, 11 of the world’s top equine veterinarians gathered to share their experiences of Serum Amlyoid A (SAA), the new biomarker for infection. These veterinarians share a common belief a belief that SAA has helped change the way in which they practice.