Practical Horseman Extra: Sandy Ferrell's Equitation Tips + Sporthorse Nutrition

Hunter rider Sandy Ferrell shares tips to fix your position to ride more effectively, plus veterinarians' advice to find the best diet for your horse.


Showtime: A Guide to Guarding the Equine Gut

On the eve of the big equestrian festivals, make plans to strengthen and maintain your horse’s gastrointestinal health. Winter is in the air, and soon the “snowbirds” of the hunter/jumper and dressage worlds will be flocking south to Florida for the prestigious WEF and AGDF. That means three months of nonstop, high-caliber competition: a lot of fun, but also a lot of potential stress for your horse.


Producing a Top Horse

How conditions during conception and pregnancy can influence your foal.

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Frequent Feeding May Minimize Ulcers

Researchers discovered that providing horses with frequent meals—a task that can be aided by automatic feeders—can help reduce the occurrence of gastric ulcers.


Diet Does Matter In OCD Development

The latest research has shown that a high-energy diet could increase a foal's chances of developing a developmental joint disease.

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Fueling the Sporthorse

The art of feeding performance horses comes in finding the best combination of dietary energy sources to meet a horse’s individual nutrition needs.

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Expert Advice on Selecting Hay

Demystify that bale of hay to make sure your horse is getting the nutrition he needs.

If your horse works hard enough that he loses more electrolytes through sweating than he can regain by eating, he may be a candidate for supplementation. © Stacey Wigmore/

Maintaining Essential Electrolytes

Determine how to keep your horse's electrolytes in balance to maintain his well-being and maximize his performance.

A recent study shows that a fitness program may improve your horse’s digestive efficiency. | © Charles Mann/

Fitness: Good for the Horse's Digestion

Getting fit may improve your horse's digestion so he gets more energy and nutrients from his food.

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Can My Horse Have Beer?

A reader asks if it's safe for her horse to drink beer.

Get an accurate picture of what your horse is eating every day by weighing his feed. | ? Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

Feed Your Horse a Balanced Diet

Determining whether your horse is getting the right nutrients doesn't need to be complicated.

In a horse's stomach, enzymes break down digesta. It then moves through 60-70 feet of small intestine (not to scale here), where more enzymes continue the digestion process. After nutrients are extracted and absorbed into the bloodstream, the digesta empties into the cecum and then the large intestine for microbial fermentation and further nutrient absorption. | ? Kip Carter Illustration

Architecture of the Equine Digestive System

Learn about the equine digestive system to make the best choices in what and how to feed your horse.

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Rider to Rider: What's Your Horse's Favorite Treat?

Readers divulge which goodies bring their horses running.

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Horse Rehabilitation Tips

Experts and riders share their best treatments to get a horse back to work in this excerpt of Chapter 5 from the book Back to Work.


Managing Carbohydrates in Your Horse's Diet

Grain and forage meet your horse's energy needs by supplying a variety of carbohydrates. Understanding how your horse processes and puts them to use can help you make smart feed choices.

| ? Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore

Horse Weight Calculator

Whether you need to know how much dewormer to give your horse or how much you should feed him, knowing how to estimate his weight in pounds is helpful. Use Practical Horseman's handy online weight calculator to do the math for you.

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Eats and Treats for Barn-Party Carolers

Wrap up a holiday barn party that includes horseback caroling with yummy, warming eats for both humans and horses. By Melissa Marshall exclusively for Practical Horseman magazine and EquiSearch.

| Photos by Mandy Lorraine

Is Your Horse the Weight He Needs to Be?

You can determine whether your horse is too fat, too thin, or just right using these weight guidelines from Dane Frazier, DVM, a past president of the American Endurance Ride Conference. Produced for Practical Horseman magazine.

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Cook an Easy Flaxseed Mash for Your Horse

Your horse will love this winter treat, a top groom's recipe for a flaxseed mash that simmers all day in a slow cooker and warms him from the inside out. By Lori Green and the editors of Practical Horseman magazine.

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Does Your Horse Need Electrolytes?

Advice on hot-weather electrolyte use. Written by equine veterinarian and endurance-ride competitor Jeannie Waldron for Practical Horseman magazine.

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Preventing Choke in Horses

What causes choke, and what can I do to prevent it? By Bob Brusie, DVM for Practical Horseman magazine.