Knowing Your Horse

Knowing Your Horse

One of the most important aspects of Competitive Trail is knowing your horse. Even though your horse will be checked a Veterinarian throughout the ride, you should be able to notice subtle changes in your horse's behavior such as, fatigue or any changes in the way your horse generally travels. These may be signs of a problem. Caught early is always better than caught to late.

Some more specific signs may be: slight head bobbing, irritation or refusal when asked to move out. A fit horse may not choose to drink at the beginning part of a ride but continues refusing may result in dehydration. These are just a few minor signs to look for. Some more serious signs could be: severe head bobbing signifying some sort of lameness,. reluctance to move, any sign of abdominal pain, muscle spasms etc. The point being that you should know your horse better than anyone, and your horse's safety and health are relying on that. So be aware of any changes that may occur.

If you feel that there may be a problem, discuss it with the vet, and have the vet evaluate any suspicions you may have. If the time should come, when you do not think that your horse should continue, whether it be due to fatigue or injury, and you have discussed this with the vet, know that what you have done is in the best interests of your horse, and you'll both will be back to ride another day.


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