August 03, 2012

Photo of the week: Exercising horses

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By Hanna Herdegen/ASAS Communications

Image submitter Jan Bowman writes, “Even where an indoor arena is not available, horses should be exercised year around. Lunging is one option for exercise, as was the case for this young Quarter horse gelding. This horse was lunging with a saddle because he was training. In addition, lunging may help calm an excitable horse before riding. Held on a lunge line, the horse is moved in a large circle around the handler, and the handler may encourage the horse with a lunge whip.”

This photo can be found in the Animal Science Image Gallery. The gallery is a joint project of the American Society of Animal Science and the  National Agricultural Library. Go to the site ot see more photos or to submit your own.