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 HorseandRider.com.
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.uckele.com and click on “Metabolic,” or call (800) 248-0330.