Kissing Spine

Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes (ORDSP), commonly known as Kissing Spine, tends to occur where the saddle sits. ORDSP can occur in any breed of horse, although it is more common in Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, and other performance horses that are 5-10 years old.   The Spine: Five types of vertebrae exist in a horse’s spine: cervical, … Continue reading Kissing Spine


Cushing’s Disease Explained

Cushing’s Disease, or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) is an endocrine disease that creates hormonal imbalances. PPID can occur in horses of all ages but is more likely to occur in those over 20 years old. This disease is closely related to Parkinson’s Disease and has several of the same symptoms, including lethargy and poor … Continue reading Cushing’s Disease Explained

Choosing Your Next Dressage Horse

When choosing your next dressage partner, there are several factors to consider. Whether the horse is a weanling or already under saddle, it is important to look at his movement, conformation, and temperament. Both the walk and the canter are far more important than the trot. As Charlotte Dujardin says, “the trot can be manufactured … Continue reading Choosing Your Next Dressage Horse