Lori Warren completed her B.S. at the University of Wyoming and her M.S. and Ph.D. in at the University of Kentucky with a dual emphasis in equine nutrition and exercise physiology. She served as Alberta’s Provincial Horse Specialist from 2000-02 and the Extension Equine Specialist at Colorado State University from 2002-04. Dr. Warren is currently an Associate Professor and directs the equine nutrition program at University of Florida.

Schooling vs. Physical Fitness
If you’ve ever been to a gym after a long absence or started up a new exercise routine as part of your New Year’s resolution, you have a good appreciation for the importance of gaining and maintaining fitness. The same concept applies to your horse when you put them back into training after giving them the winter off, after a layup from an injury, or when starting a young horse under saddle. Unfortunately, many horse owners and trainers are concerned only of working their horses over obstacles or schooling them on maneuvers specific to their sport, rather than ensuring horses are fit enough to perform such tasks.

Schooling horses can, and does, help build and maintain physical fitness. However, we must remember that it is not just the horse’s mind we are working, but also the musculoskeletal system. Horses that lack sufficient cardiovascular fitness and strength are at greater risk of injury. We can quickly push a horse to the point of physical failure as we work towards getting him to learn to collect and engage his hind end, rate a steer, or tighten up the turn on a barrel because he is tired or not fit enough to withstand the schooling we are trying to accomplish. In contrast, a horse that is fit for the task will have the stamina to withstand those long training sessions, as well as greater strength and neuromotor coordination that allows correct positioning of limbs and body.


Andy Anderson graduated from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975 and has been practicing equine medicine ever AndyAnderson2since. Despite his standing as an accomplished reiner and a successful veterinarian, it is the sharing of what he has learned about training horses that has become Dr. Anderson’s second calling. He currently owns and operates Equine Veterinary Associates in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Lack of ground manners is a very common problem regardless of breed.  Many people excuse their horse’s behavior by saying, “He’s a Thoroughbred (Arabian, Saddlebred, etc.), and they are all this way.”  This is absolutely not true.  Almost any horse can be taught to have good ground manners in a relatively short period of time.

Why do horses develop bad ground manners?  There are basically five answers to this question:  too much energy, too little exercise, too much horse for the owner’s level of expertise, lack of respect for humans, and a refusal to accept restraint. 


Katie Tims has worked for Quarter Horse News since 2001 and has been editor for six years. She grew up on a family ranch in Northern California that aKatie2_smjust celebrated its centennial anniversary. Katie oversees the biweekly publication of Quarter Horse News and also writes and compiles statistics for the annual Quarter Horse News Sales Price Guide, which is considered to be the "Blue Book" of the performance horse industry.

On one side, the horse market is strong. On the other side, there are challenges that extend beyond breeding numbers and sale prices.

Perhaps we see ourselves as the center of the universe. And in the middle of our day-to-day, year-to-year, decade-to-decade endeavor to breed, market and promote the horses we cherish, our efforts are central – central to a livelihood, central to an industry, central to a way of life.

It’s our universe.

Problem is, that universe is contracting, and as a result, our horse industry struggles with diminishing numbers and tougher challenges. It was easy when times were good and the Baby Boom Generation was maturing into its own, into a place where careers were wrapping up and disposable income was plentiful. This generation was the one who grew up with and idolized the likes of Roy Rogers, John Wayne and the Lone Ranger.


Vern Baron was raised on a mixed farm in Southern Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with B.Sc.Ag. specializing in Plant Science08_OKC_Buttons1sm and a M.Sc and Ph.D. in Crop Science from the University of Guelph. Vern has worked as a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in forage crop physiology and management since 1982 at Lacombe, Alberta. Vern Baron and Ann de St. Remy raise and show Morgan and part-Arabian horses.

In recent years the popular equine press has expressed concern about the linkage between the common plant carbohydrate fructan and laminitis that occurs when horses are introduced to pasture and during the grazing season.  Most of the information is factual and based on science, but some of the connection to pasture management for horses on the Prairie Provinces is not applicable and may cause needless concern to horse owners.


Sergeant Derrick McGougan has been a member of the Calgary Police Service for more than 25 years, with 17 years attached to the Mounted aKowboysmEnforcement Unit. He has instructed riding and desensitization techniques for 4H clubs, trail riding groups and other police agencies in Western Canada and California

Developing a bomb proof horse depends on two things, the horse and the size of the bomb. We don’t always have control over the size of the bomb but we do have some control over the selection and development of the horse. Reaching the point where we can ride our horses through heavy traffic, carry flags, cross deep water, push into aggressive crowds, stand for gunfire, sirens and smoke requires a true partnership between horse and rider. Our role as riders and trainers is critical in obtaining this partnership, allowing us to execute our duties while maintaining a safe environment for the public, ourselves and the horses. Through this lecture I will present both theory and training methods used to select and develop a safe and reliable horse for our needs.



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