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Horse Journal Readers Often Ask How Hard to Work Their Horses

John Strassburger

Often, Horse Journal readers write to ask how much work their horses should do, how often they should be ridden each week? Sometimes they even ask how long they should be ridden? The answer, like so much that involves horses, is that one size doesn’t fit all horses. There isn’t a single prescription for the right amount of work. read more

Now Event Riders Can Choose: Medical Armband or Medical Bracelet

John Strassburger

While the usefulness of medical ID bracelets for trail riders or anyone riding alone is unquestionable, some event riders wonder if they’re as necessary today as they were when armbands were introduced two decades ago. After all, every rider in competition is identified by a number, and all cross-country courses have a controller and safety officer to track each rider’s progress. read more

Do We Really Need Surveillance Cameras?

John Strassburger

One the one hand, I’ve been fortunate to have never suffered any of the thefts or illegal activities either writer described, so my innocence allows me a sense of denial and a resistance to paranoia. One the other hand, the stories about these crimes are not fiction. read more

We Recommend These Massage Products

John Strassburger

Last month we described how to give your horse a relaxing massage with curry combs and how to supple his muscles with movement, something everyone should do for their horse. Now, we'll tell you about three more expensive devices designed to give your horse a more rigorous massage. read more

We Should All Be Funding Equine Medical Research

John Strassburger

If you compete your horse in a three-day event two or three times a year, you’re not even adding the price of a Starbucks drink. If you compete 200 times a year, you’re not even adding one entry fee. read more

To Me, Cross-Country Is Still The Key To Eventing

John Strassburger

This reality is frustrating to me as a sign of how eventing has changed, in a way that makes me sad. Show jumping used to be a relatively basic phase, the purpose of which was only to demonstrate the horse’s soundness and ability to continue after demonstrating his speed, endurance, bravery and training on cross-country. Now, show jumping is nearly as decisive as show jumping. read more

Equine Medical Research Gets Funds From Three-Day Event Riders

John Strassburger

Three organizations are the primary funding sources of equine medical research, aside from the fund-raising and research done by the major equine veterinary schools, especially Penn, Cornell, UC Davis and Colorado State University. It's time for horse owners to help raise funds. read more

Photos of Foals Remind Me Why I Miss Breeding Horses

John Strassburger

Horse trainer John Strassburger discusses the bright side of breeding your own horses: foals. read more

Media Critique: Modern Eventing With Phillip Dutton

John Strassburger

Review of book by three-day event rider Phillip Dutton. read more

My Horses Feel Ready To Start the New Eventing Season

John Strassburger

John Strassburger, a professional three-day event trainer, discusses the thoughts floating through his head on the morning of their first day of competition for 2014. read more

Water, Water - Nowhere

John Strassburger

Discussion about being on a well with horses, dependent on rainfall, and how a drought becomes a hay problem. read more

Solving The Puzzle of Horses Who Pull

John Strassburger

Article discusses horses who are strong on the bit, pull, bolt and take off when riding. Includes solutions and suggestions. read more

Equine Performance: Products And Trends That Make a Difference

John Strassburger

A discussion of current trends - learned helplessness, rolkur, longe till dead LTD, Game Ready, helmets - and our horse lives. read more

Sometimes, We Should Get Off Our Horse Island

John Strassburger

Thoughts about horse people expanding their incredible talents to other areas in the world and why we often can't do it. read more

Learned Helplessness—The Dark Side of 21st Century Horse Training

John Strassburger

I firmly believe that training horses—teaching them to be safe and reliable and to possess the particular skills your discipline requires—should not be about negating their reflexes and their power. read more

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