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Spring Wellness

RACHEL SOWINSKI

Pop quiz: Can you name all of the core equine vaccines? Hint: there are five of them. To see if you got it right, turn to page 40. Or you can cheat and look at “Can’t Miss Shots” to the right. These vaccines are considered essential for every horse, every spring, and they’re the cornerstone of equine wellness. If you haven’t booked your horse’s spring shots and vet visit, put it on the top of your to-do list.

Spring is just around the corner, but as eager as we all are to get back in the saddle after a long winter, first things first. If your horse has had an extended vacation, plan on legging him up gradually. Even if the weather isn’t cooperating quite yet, we turned to equine fitness expert Jec Ballou for some advice to keep things moving—injury-free. If you have just 25 minutes to ride, you can accomplish a lot with her three simple routines.

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Horse Illustrated March 2019, Countdown to Spring, Ready-to-Ride Fitness Plan, Breed Profile: The Connemara, And More......

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In just 10 minutes a day, this 30-day meditation challenge can improve your horsemanship.
Help your horse snooze like a champ with this guide to horsey sleep habits.
A look at the true cost of horse health care, and the value of the vet-client relationship.
CARE + TRAINING
Make up for downtime with these easy 25-minute routines.
Answer this question with tips from expert instructor Darla Walker-Ryder.
Two pro grooms share their secrets for top-notch brushing and currying.
As the hair starts to fly this spring, arm yourself with the best tools for the job.
The core vaccines protect against 5 serious diseases—here’s why your horse should never miss them.
Check out a selection of the latest products to support equine wellness.
Features
Learn from the experienced insights of a Mustang pro to work with any horse.
Add these must-see equine events to your bucket list.
Four escapes that combine horses, healing and harmony.