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Forgetting a PAINFUL PAST

If your normally cooperative horse has become resistant to something he’s done willingly for ages, it’s important you investigate what’s causing his change in attitude. Often what we call “bad behavior” in horses is simply a lack of training, but sometimes it’s a response to pain. When a horse begins to do something out of character— like making a face as you tighten the girth, not picking up a specific lead, or stopping at jumps—something is off. It’s important to consider the question: Is my horse in pain?

These types of changes are worth a call to your veterinarian, who will most likely conduct a physical and lameness exam to determine if and where the horse is experiencing pain. Unfortunately, once the source of the pain is located and treated, your horse may still act differently. Why is this?

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Horse Illustrated March 2020, Super spring care issue, Vet guide to spring nutrition, Europe gets mustang fever, And more...

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Through programs and partnerships, a rescue is making a difference one Arabian horse at a time.
The paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, has its own culture that you can see on a Big Island destination ride.
Make sure your saddle is properly adjusted to fit you.
How to find your distance and ride the perfect jump line.
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Beat the onslaught of seasonal flies and internal parasites with these tips.
Avoid common pitfalls that come along with your horse’s spring nutrition program.
Learn the basics of Cushing’s disease so that you can recognize it and treat if your horse is affected.
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One woman has helped BLM Mustangs get out of holding facilities and find homes overseas in Europe.
Lipizzans at Tempel Farms showcase the breed and the highest levels of dressage training.
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