The Horse: High-Octane Diets

It probably comes as no surprise that a horse taking on the rigors of a 100-mile endurance race or a three-day event might need a different diet from one that ambles the trails around home or carries a child through the occasional weekend show. The question is, just how should the feeding plan differ for these high-performance equine athletes?

The Horse: High-Octane Diets

Melton Plains RC Horse Trials

Another long day. Left at 6am to get here by 8.30. Dressage was average leaving me 6th. Crosscountry started a bit over an hour late, which would not have been that bad, had the riders been told. But as it was the horses had to wait under saddle 🙁 . Ended up 5th even with a stop at the broken bridge due to Occy looking at the planks on it. Not being used to that as an acceptable footing surface for crosscountry, he didn’t want to go on it at first. But otherwise fun for all.

Abby Loveday on Fairlight Acres Karl from Ballarat ARC Level 5

Level 2 The Broken Bridge

The Horse : Pilates for Horses?

Preliminary Research results suggest you can strengthen a horse’s core muscles to assist with healthe and performance.

“So far our studies have found that when the horses have done core training exercises for a few weeks, they have better posture, they stand better, they’re rounder, they’re more elevated through the withers, and they perform better, especially in the collected movements.” -Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University

The Horse: Pilates for Horses?

Study finds Expert and Novice Riders See Jumps differently

A study concludes that the training of riders in visual attention techniques might improve ridden performance and could reduce the number of accidents associated with lack of experience and/or rider error.

PubMed : The relationship between visual memory and rider expertise in a show-jumping context.

The Horse : Expert and Novice Riders See Jumps Differently, Study Says

Competing at Trafalgar Combined Training

First jumping outing in a couple of months since Occy’s knee injury. Early start. Had to leave at 6.30 to get here on time. Occy was remarkably quiet in the warm up for his first dressage test. Too quiet. Lazy actually. Between that, a wrong canter lead and breaking in the walk not a brilliant test. Showjump warm up was better. Cleared all jumps calmly except one knock down. Between those 4 penalties and the fact I get 5 penalties for jumping a level lower than I an assessed for dressage, I an not expecting a placing. One level 2 straight dressage test to go and I get to go home. Again Occy’s lazy mood means I am not expecting anything startling.


The farrier has been. Due to Occy taking a large chunk of hoof off the inside of his foot when he somehow ripped his shoe off last week, a good part of the new shoe was exposed and likely to be stepped on again. So we decided it should be ground down. And for best fit it was done after it was nailed on. Just as well he is sensible about these things. It was a first for both of us. Occy got an apple for his bravery 🙂 . Regards Walter

Blog Posts now take images and video

A new improvement has been made to The HorseOz Website. WordPress blog is now able to receive remote posts from myself. The Blog site automatically checks every hour und updates the site. I will be able to do live updates from where ever I am from my mobile 🙂 including photos and Video. This will make for much improved communication for any results or news from Equestrian Events and Competitions I attend. Hopefully I will be able to attend many.

Regards Walter

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Hello Horse World

Welcome to the world of HorseOz Blogging. I hope to provide equestrian relevant articles and links here ass time goes by. And not just competition results. Things like Horse Health, Grazing Management, Rider fitness and anything else I stumble across in my travels.

Hopefully all of this will help to make your eventing, showjumping or dressage easier and more fun. If you only do trail riding this will of course also be relevant as you still need to be fit to be fair to your athletic partner, the Horse