Deborah Regan, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
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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.
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