Anatomy

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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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Charles Wilhelm - Evaluating Conformation

The form and function of your horse's conformation is an important aspect to evaluate when purchasing a horse or considering its suitability for a particular discipline. Know what to look for with these tips.

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The Anatomy of Dressage Horse Hindquarters

Learn to understand the structure and biomechanics of dressage horse hindquarters with Dr. Hilary Clayton.

Don't overlook your horse's mouth and gums when looking for clues about his health.

What the Color of Your Horse's Gums Can Tell You

From salmon pink to brick red, here's what the color of a horse's gums reveals about his health.

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Is Your Horse Cow Hocked? Toed In? What Does It Mean?

An illustrated guide to some common equine conformation faults.

By observing how a weanling behaves toward other horses, you

How to Evaluate a Weanling

Use these tips to evaluate the quality of a horse weanling to buy or for other consideration.

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Checklist: Determine if Your Horse is Fat

Use our checklist below to determine whether your horse is overweight, underweight, or just about right.

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Managing a Hearing-Impaired Horse

With a few minor adjustments in your training and horsekeeping techniques you can make sure your deaf horse can get along just fine.

The Henneke Body Condition Scale helps horse owners assess the varying degrees of fat in their horses by rating six key conformation points: neck, withers, crease of back, tail head, ribs, and behind the shoulder.

Fit is the Best Color: How to Manage Your Horse's Weight

Discover contributing factors to weight gain in horses and how to trim down your overweight horse.

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Ease Mounting Pressures on Your Horse

The way you mount up from ground to saddle at the start of a ride has important implications for your horse's body and mind.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Equine Kidney Failure

In this edition of EquiSearch.com's Ask the Vet, Dr. Joyce Harman outlines the diagnostic tests and treatment available for horses with kidney problems.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Weanling Joints

Find out how to prevent and treat inflammation in a weanling's bones and joints in this edition of EquiSearch.com's Ask the Vet by Dr. Joyce Harman.

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How a Horse Keeps Cool

Consider how our equine partners regulate body temperature and keep cool.

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Test Your Horse's Nervous System

Use these simple checks to evaluate and monitor the state of your horse's vital stimulus-response network.

A Conformation Judge's Philosophy

Sporthorse breeder and judge Julie Winkel, who critiques readers' horses in the Practical Horseman Conformation Clinic each month, explains her 'Fits In a Box' Judging System.

To accurately determine your horse's body weight, use a flexible tailor's measuring tape.

How to Tell if Your Horse is Fat

Determining whether your horse is overweight can be dicey, not only because you see him every day and get accustomed to how he looks, but also because you're looking through 'eyes of love.'

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Bob Avila: How to Spot Balance in a Horse

Learn how to spot balance in a horse--and how it can affect athleticism.

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Conformation Clinic: Aged Arabian Mares

Evaluate and place these aged Arabian mares in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's.

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Conformation Clinic: Quarter Horse Geldings

Evaluate and place these 3- and 4-year-old Quarter Horse geldings in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Back Pain

Dr. Joyce Harman explains how an aged gelding could acquire back pain and how to alleviate it in EquiSearch.com's Ask the Vet feature.

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Conformation Clinic: Quarter-type Geldings

Evaluate and place these aged Quarter-type geldings in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's.

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EQUUS Chart: Gauge Your Horse's Vital Signs

Gauge your horse's internal condition with the help of this vital signs chart from the editors of EQUUS magazine.

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Conformation Clinic: Thoroughbred Mares

Evaluate and place these 3-year-old Thoroughbred mares in your order of preference, then see how your choices compare with an expert judge's.