TACK SAFETY

EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

HANDS ON

Deb­o­rah Re­gan, Pa­los Verdes Penin­sula, Cal­i­for­nia

Send your sug­ges­tions for in­ex­pen­sive horse-care sub­sti­tutes as well as hints for sav­ing ef­fort and time to Hands On, EQUUS, 656 Quince Or­chard Road, #600, Gaithers­burg, MD 20878; fax: 301-990-9015; email: EQLet­[email protected]­me­dia.com. Senders of pub­lished items will re­ceive se­lected EQUUS mer­chan­dise. does not mean a joint is “tight,” “loose” or in any way mis­aligned. In fact, if your horse is oth­er­wise sound and com­fort­able, there is no rea­son to worry about click­ing joints, even if you’ve never no­ticed it be­fore.

Some in­juries and or­tho­pe­dic con­di­tions can cause struc­tures of the joint to rub against each other in a noisy man­ner, but in those sit­u­a­tions, the horse will nearly al­ways be ob­vi­ously lame.

QUICK CHECK

A full-scale safety check of your tack be­fore each ride is ideal, but it’s not al­ways pos­si­ble. At a min­i­mum, take a good look at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions as you tack up. If you find any sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems, swap out equip­ment or post­pone your ride un­til the is­sue is fixed.

• Straps and bil­lets that se­cure cinches and girths. Cracked leather or

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