Con­di­tion­ing Cau­tion

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If your horse is mostly laid off over the winter, you’ll need a well-thought- out con­di­tion­ing plan to bring him back into shape once weather per­mits. Work­outs should start with a lot of long, slow dis­tance work, which can in­clude some time on a hot­walker. Don’t overdo your horse’s con­di­tion­ing pro­gram, how­ever, or he may get “on the mus­cle”—that is, so fit and high-spir­ited that he be­comes dif­fi­cult to ride. Too much work can also lead to sore­ness—another unhappy re­sult of a too-vig­or­ous con­di­tion­ing pro­gram. Plan now to avoid this and other get-fit er­rors by re­view­ing Dr. Barb Crabbe’s fea­ture “Top Five Con­di­tion­ing Flubs” at Horse­

In­sulin-Re­sis­tant Horse?

The low­down: Uck­ele’s newly re­for­mu­lated Gly­co­cemic EQ Pow­der and Pel­lets ad­dress the needs of in­sulin- re­sis­tant horses. “The for­mula was im­proved to pro­vide even more tar­geted sup­port for nor­mal in­sulin lev­els to help horse own­ers strug­gling to man­age the health of their over­weight, cresty- necked horses,” says Dr. Eleanor Kel­lon, Uck­ele staff ve­teri­nary spe­cial­ist. Learn more: Visit equine.uck­ and click on “Metabolic,” or call (800) 248-0330.

Time on a hot­walker can be part of an over­all con­di­tion­ing pro­gram.

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