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A Guide to Equine Color Genetics and Coat Color

What's the difference between a chestnut and a sorrel? A paint and a pinto? And how do you breed for any of them? Use our guidelines to learn more about coat color and equine color genetics.

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Sore Horse Withers

Withers are often overlooked as a cause of trouble, but even small problems here can directly affect your horse’s performance.

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21 Sport Horse Conformation Questions with John Madden

Show jumping trainer John Madden answers your questions from his conformation evaluation webinar.

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Webinar: Evaluating Horse Conformation for Potential Ability with John Madden

Practical Horseman presents a horse conformation webinar with show-jumping trainer John Madden. Brought to you by Purina Mills?.

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What Is "Serviceably Sound"?

You've likely heard the term, but what does it mean? A veterinarian--who's also an event rider--explains.

The triangular posterior pectoral muscle is one of three pectoral muscles that help move your horse's foreleg. I am pointing to the top of the muscle, which spreads out and down toward the ground.

Loosen Tight Posterior Pectoral Muscles in Your Horse's Girth Area with Equine Sports Massage

Girth-area muscle tightness may be the cause of your horse moving poorly. Here's how to identify and alleviate this issue.

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The Scoop on Horse Sweat

Learn what's normal, what's not and how to keep your horse hydrated and healthy when the weather turns hot. By Elaine Pascoe with Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, for Practical Horseman magazine

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Handsome Hunter/Jumper

Place these Thoroughbreds in your order of preference. Then go to page 29 in the July 2009 issue of Practical Horseman magazine to see how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's.

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Classy Jumper

Place these Thoroughbreds in your order of preference. Then go to page 31 in the June 2009 issue of Practical Horseman magazine to see how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's.

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Sturdy Eventer

Place these draft-crosses in your order of preference. Then go to page 31 in the May 2009 issue of Practical Horseman magazine to see how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's.

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Best Equitation Horse

Place these Thoroughbreds in your order of preference. Then go to page 22 in the April 2009 issue of Practical Horseman magazine to see how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's.

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Solid Dressage Horse

Place these warmbloods in your order of preference. Then go to the March 2009 issue of Practical Horseman magazine to see how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's. From the editors of Practical Horseman.

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Passable Eventer

Put these three Canadian Sporthorses in your order of preference. To find out how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's, see Conformation Clinic in the February 2009 issue of Practical Horseman.

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Conformation Clinic: Choose the Yearling with Potential

Place these young geldings in your order of preference. To find out how your choices compare to sporthorse judge Julie Winkel's, see Conformation Clinic in the January 2009 issue of Practical Horseman.

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Which Thoroughbred Best Fits My Needs?

Guidelines to consider when choosing an off-the-track Thoroughbred for a specific English discipline, from the book Beyond the Track.

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Your Horse's Amazing Eyes

Your horse's eyes are unique. Knowing more about them helps you understand his reactions. By John Herning, DVM, for Practical Horseman magazine.

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Your Horse's Hearing

Understanding how your horse's hearing and reactions to sounds differs from yours can give you valuable insights into his behavior. By Dr. Rickye Heffner for Practical Horseman magazine.