Category Archives for "Horsemanship"

Aug 21

August Horsemanship Questions

By neec | Horsemanship

  1. What does bad breath in horses indicate?
  2. Name some diseases that affect the nervous system.
  3. Name a NSAID.
  4. When and why will the USEF implement the necessity for horse microchipping?
  5. Name 5 parts of a bridle.
Aug 21

July Answers

By neec | Horsemanship

1.) Name some diseases that affect the respiratory system.

  • Equine Herpes Virus
  • Influenza
  • Strangles

2.) Name a bit that would be used for leverage.

  • Pelhams
  • Gag
  • Hackamore

3.) What are scratches?

  • Scratches is the common name for dermatitis and is also known as mud fever, greasy heels, cracked heels, white pastern disease and dew poisoning. It is generally present on the lower legs and white leg markings are predisposed to it. The skin swells and chaps followed by weeping red skin at the back of the pasterns.
  • Scratches may be caused by:• Caked-on manure or mud • Sandy or abrasive soil • Grit of training surfaces • Rough stubble in fields • Urine soaked and filthy bedding, causing chemical and bacterial irritation • Sand and dirt caught between boots or leg wraps and the horse’s legs • Failing to thoroughly dry the horse’s legs after bathing

4.) Name some types of parasites.

  • Ascarids
  • Bots
  • Pinworms
  • Large strongyles
  • Small strongyles
  • Tapeworm
  • Lungworm,
  • Flies and gnats
  • Ticks
Jun 26

June Answers

By neec | Horsemanship

1.) List artificial aids.

  • Stick/Crop
  • Spur

2.) What is ring bone?

  • Ringbone is arthritis of the pastern joint and/or the coffin joint. New bone growth builds up around either of these two joints due to degenerative joint disease (DJD). Pigeon-toed horses or those with short, upright pasterns are pre-disposed to this condition, especially if they are used for jumping. High ringbone is characterized by a ring of bone around the pastern joint. In some cases it can be seen as a firm swelling approximately one inch above the coronet band. Low ringbone occurs between the pastern and the coffin bone and cannot be seen without an X-ray.

3.) What is weaving?

  • A weaving horse stands in one spot, but sways rhythmically and swings his head from side to side. Weaving is a boredom-related behavior.

4.) Label the parts of the hoof.









Jun 14

May Answers

By neec | Horsemanship

1.) What is a common use for ivermectin?

  • De-worming

2.) What is the purpose of a bar shoe?

  • Constructed to strategically alter the pressure on a particular area of the foot. Bar shoes are so named because a solid bar connects the branches to each other. Egg bars may be used to help with heel soreness.

3.) Why does your horse receive a West Nile Vaccine?

  • West Nile infects the central nervous system of animals and people. West Nile virus is the leading cause of arbovirus encephalitis in horses and humans. It is transmitted through infected mosquitoes.

4.) What are the natural aids?

  • Legs, weight/seat, hands, voice.

5.) What is a splint?

  • Hard, visible bumps that are generally located along the inside of the cannon bone. The splint bones are attached to the cannon bone by a small ligament and add structural strength to the cannon bones. Splints may be caused by injury, creating inflammation or tearing of the interosseous ligament joining the splint bone to the cannon bone.
Jan 25

2017 Horsemanship Preparation

By admin | Horsemanship

We are excited to announce that this year we will be helping all the junior riders prepare for the horsemanship test by providing 5 practice questions each month leading up to the finals. These questions will not necessarily all be on the 2017 test, but are a combination of questions that have been on past years’ tests and could show up again on this year’s test. Each month we will list 5 questions and the following month we will provide the answers.The questions and answers will remain posted on our website for 2 months and then will be taken down. So make sure to check back each month and start your studying! Good luck!