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In barrel racing, there are a few key components—a horse, boots, jeans, tack and a saddle. The most important requirement would, obviously, be your horse, but I believe the second is your saddle. Everyone knows what a saddle is, but did you know that the saddle can sometimes make a huge difference in the way your horse runs, and even how you ride?

Cribbing is a common equine vice that is often considered a nuisance by horse owners, but few realize the medical and practical implications of having a horse that cribs. I asked Dr. Michael Aromando of Town and Country Veterinary Service for his insight on the difficulties of owning a cribbing horse.