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What Every Aspiring NFR Barrel Racer Should Know – with 2016 PRCA Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Marty Tanner

After making the cross country move from northern Wyoming to central Texas in 2013, I had several quality options when it came to selecting a primary veterinarian in our area that would oversee our horse’s care. I was familiar with Dr. Marty Tanner and knew he was the vet. of choice for several NFR barrel […]

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Good Vibrations – Why the EquiVibe Plate is so Beneficial for Barrel Horses

by Kathleen Rossi of Integrated Equine Flipping through the pages of any equine catalog, you’ll notice a plethora of therapy products. Liniments, wraps, boots, magnets, supplements, massagers, fairy dust, ice packs and hollow promises all suggesting THEIR product will help your performance horse. How are you to chose: Brand endorsement? Color assortment? Newly improved? Horse-approved? […]

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‘Halter Breaking’ a Seasoned Barrel Horse – How the Basics Can MAKE or Break You

by Kathleen Rossi of Integrated Equine. Chances are, you are reading this and already own a seasoned barrel horse. So what does it matter if he likes to be haltered or not? Simply put it: it is a matter of relationship and response. The better your relationship with your horse the better (and quicker) his […]

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Equine Dentistry for Better Whole-Body Balance, Movement, Nutrition and Performance

by Kathleen Rossi of Integrated Equine For some of us, horse care might take on an ancient algorithm. It seems that one person can glean results from a certain process or product, and the next minute – another lady is suggesting you stay far away from what the first person had success with. Opinions and […]

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Why and How to Detox Your Barrel Horse for a Fresh, FAST Start in the New Year

When it comes to improving the health and performance of an equine athlete, considering whether we should implement a detox program is more a matter of HOW and WHEN vs. IF. Today more than ever, performance horses especially are assaulted with a barrage of toxins from their environment, feed and medications, and it’s no coincidence […]

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Form, BIT and Function – How to Choose and Use the Right Headgear for Your Barrel Horse

As I was getting warmed up to post this week’s video, I was glad to come across some timeless barrel racing wisdom from Ed Wright. Recently I witnessed and was especially impressed by one of his students as she won the All American Finals in Waco, TX, and again it confirmed that while competition continues […]

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How to Build a Barrel Horse Habitat that Supports Physical & Mental Health

by Kathleen Rossi of Integrated Equine At the end of the day, if we could ask every barrel racer what they wanted, we’d find they would all respond with the same answer: A healthy horse and compliant competitor! If we dove even deeper into the question, we would find each barrel racer has gone to […]

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Three Steps to Being Your Own (Part-time) Barrel Horse Bodyworker

You already know it’s more than a full-time job being a barrel racer – it’s MULTIPLE full-time jobs! Including, but not limited to – stall cleaner, nutritionist, truck driver, scheduler, horse trainer, equine behaviorist, Vet., massage therapist, and the list goes on! When you’re (understandably) feeling spread thin, it’s hard to find motivation to go […]

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