Horses are sensitive animals. They rely on their trainers for their well being. On many occasions a horse trainer can either see or sense that there is something wrong with their horse. It may be sublte or it may not. It may not be obvious to everyone, but to them it is. It is an important part of their relationship. For a horse to function as its best level, it needs to be in good health. If you have ever spent time around horses, you know what I mean. Their eating habits need to me monitored and maintained. They need a complete exercise routine. And grooming is also important.
There are many medical conditions that horses can have. Colic is a digestive problem that can affect a horse. There are many causes of colic and it does need to treatment as soon as possible. Heaves, also knows as RAO, is another common condition to affect a horse. It is a chronic respiratory inflammation that can be caused by an allergic reaction to airborne particles. It is like asthma in humans. RAO is most often seen in horses that are in their stable a lot and exposed to dust and molds from old hay and straw.
Laminitis is an inflammation of certain internal structures of the horses hoof. This is a painful and serious condition. It can cause lameness; It can cause the horse to lie down to try to relieve any pain in its hooves. The affected foot may feel hot to the touch.
There are many causes of Laminitis. Most of them relate to some form of whole-body stress. It could be trauma, colic surgery, hormonal disorders, etc.. Another common cause is eating too much grain. It is a condition that does need to be treated or the horse could become lame for life.
So what are trainers to do when any of these situations occur?
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“Athletes spend at least four years of their lives dedicated to one thing, and one thing only: training for the Olympics. You can only imagine how it feels to finally step foot into an Olympic arena.
Now, imagine getting there — and turning right around to go back home without getting to prove yourself in the Games. For one equestrian, that’s exactly what happened in the recent Grand Prix competition in Rio.
In years past, Dutch dressage rider Adelinde Cornelissen has won an Olympic silver and bronze, plus World and European gold medals. For all of these medals, she’s had her chestnut gelding horse named Parzival to thank.
This year, the pair was all set and ready to go. This is what Adelinde has been training so hard for. “The first days in Rio went according to plan: a relaxed flight, stabling good, training good,” Adelinde wrote on Facebook. “Parzival feels happy and fit.”
But instead of finishing out the Games, Adelinde decided to retire mid-test — in the middle of the arena, with thousands of people watching.
Scroll down to see the incredible and powerful reason why Adelinde and Parzival’s story of ultimate friendship is going viral…
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The dedicated bond between a horse trainer and their horse is unbreakable. It requires a strong foundation. And it needs to be reinforced. You can build this foundation using a connection training method called Liberty Training.
If you are not familiar with it, it consists of 8 basic exercises. These exercises allow the trainer to connect with their horse. They will build a solid and strong foundation between them and their horse. You will not achieve your goals without it. A deep, meaningful, and strong bond between the two of you is necessary. And you and your horse will not only be frustrated, but will not work well together without it. All the training of your horse is for the continual benefits and enjoyment from your training.
You can see how strong the bond is between Adelinde Cornelissen and her horse Parzival.