Competitive English Horse Events

There are many different competitive events and disciplines available for horses and their riders. One of these many disciplines is english riding. While english may be used in reference to saddle horses and other gaited horses, this article refers to english as activities ridden in the hunt seat or hunter disciplines.

There are several english activities. These include:

  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Hunter Jumping
  • Show Jumping



Dressage is a competition which evaluates the horse’s training, responsiveness and obedience to the rider. …

Benefits of Horse Ownership

Physical Benefits of Ownership

Girl and horse

There are many benefits to involvement with horses, for people of all ages. Equine activities may encourage physical activity, for people of varying abilities. For example, simply walking out to a barn, grooming a horse, lifting a saddle and riding may provide more physical activity than many people typically get, especially in our era of computers, television and more sedentary lifestyles. For those who don’t want to ride, grooming a horse, cleaning stalls or feeding may …

Horses Used for Work Purposes

While the age of horse-drawn plows and carriages have passed, many horses are still used today for work purposes. Horses can be found working with people and for people in a variety of places.

Therapy Horses

Riding for people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities in the United States was established in the early 70s. The movement of riding a horse mimics the three-dimensional motion of actually walking for people who are unable to do so. Riding enhances muscle development …

Cost of Horse Ownership

Horse ownership continues to increase in popularity. While horses are still used for some agriculture enterprises, most horses are used for pleasure riding, breeding or competition such as showing or racing. The horse has played an important part in America’s heritage. The horse continues to play an integral part in providing a recreational outlet and creating income for individuals interested in professional employment with horses. Most horse owners will testify that their passion and love for the horse is why …

Horse Artificial Gaits

Gaits such as the running walk, slow gait, pace and rack are considered artificial gaits, however they are very natural to specific breeds of horses.

Artificial Gaits

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Equine Navicular Disease

Navicular disease is an injury of the navicular bone of the front foot. Conformational faults or injury are the most common causes of navicular disease. A straight pastern and shoulder or small hoof will increase the concussion on the navicular bone, causing increased friction between it and the flexor tendon, resulting in injury.

Horses worked on hard surfaces are at greater risk to acquire navicular disease, which usually affects horses in their prime working years (ages 6 to 10). A …

Horse Back

When a horse backs naturally without interference from the rider they perform a two beat diagonal gait. The back has a similar hoof pattern to that of the trot, only backwards. The footfall pattern of the back might be the right front moves with the left hind and the left front moves with the right hind.


Horse Gaits

Basic Broodmare Management

A healthy, frolicking foal is the result of a well-designed broodmare management program. Although many other factors are involved in the total breeding program, without basic broodmare care and management, conception is much more difficult. By following the discussed broodmare management practices, your chances of producing a live, healthy foal are significantly increased.
Volumes of material have been written on broodmare management. However, much of the material is extremely detailed and is of little use to the average horse owner

The Stallion: Breeding Soundness Examination and Reproductive Anatomy

Stallion owners or potential owners, must be critical of the stallions they use for breeding, taking into account their physical conformation, reproductive anatomy and semen quality in order to continue to introduce and produce the highest quality horses. The following article discusses breeding soundness examinations of the stallion and their importance.


Evaluate your stallion to be sure he is physically ready for the breeding season.

A breeding soundness exam of a stallion includes not only examination of various seminal …

Why Won’t My Mare Get Pregnant? – Webinar

Learn about common problems in the breeding barn and how to increase the chances of getting a mare in foal. Join us in this FREE webcast provided by My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest.


Mares and foal in pasture

A mare’s fertility can be influenced by a variety of factors including her health, age, and reproductive anatomy. In addition, stallion fertility and technician skills all play an important role in successfully breeding the mare.

Dr. Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska, presents information on fertility …