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The Farrier Is A Horse's Best Friend

I am always surprised and dismayed when I encounter horses that are not seen by a farrier on a regular basis. I know that there are a lot of different theories out there about how horses should be trimmed or shod and I am not recommending any one of them - I am just saying that all horses should bee

Your First Horse Part 3 - Costs

Owning a horse takes on a whole new set of responsibilities that leasing and lessons did not have.I find that this is the most overlooked part of horse ownership, and I see it daily in the horse world. Horses can be expensive, even when they live with you as opposed to being boarded out.

Different Types of Western Horse Bits

Use the right bit for your horse.horse image by Penny Williams from Fotolia.comNo matter what breed of horse you ride, it is important to have the right equipment. Western riders have a wide array of bits to choose from, each designed for a specific purpose. Before choosing a bit for your...

Endurance and Electrolyte Loss

Horses are fantastic athletes. Their ability to adapt to nearly any task we put to them astounds many of us. Endurance horses are at the furthest end of the spectrum when it comes to athletic effort. Some even racing across 100km distances at canter speed! Equine metabolism plays a major role in pro

Tips on Haltering a Stubborn Yearling Horse for the First Time

Ideally, a foal is haltered shortly after he is born or when he's weaned. If circumstances prevent that, however, a handler's biggest asset is patience. Like everything else humans do with domesticated horses, haltering is antithetical to a horse's natural instincts. A young horse does not resist ha

Gaining the Love and Trust of Your Horse

Once you have found a horse that you are interested in purchasing you must first try to see if the horse likes you as much as you like the horse. The reason for this is that you want to gain the love and the trust of the horse as quickly and easily as possible.

Sport Horse Breeders Meet in Devon

When the ISR/Oldenburg Registry announced that they were inviting breeders to the 2010 General Assembly and Convention of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) in Devon, Pa., I jumped at the chance to learn more about what breeders around the world were sharing at this meeting. The

How to Look for a 2006 Kiefer Built Eagle XLA 3-Horse Trailer

Manufactured in Iowa, Tennessee and Idaho, Kiefer Built Eagle XLA trailers feature aluminum skin over steel frames, fiberglass roofs to reduce condensation and keep the trailer cooler, double rubber-sealed rear doors and interior height of 7 feet. The consistency in wall configurations of Kiefer Bui

How You Make Your Horse a Better Barrel Racer

Barrel racing is a high-speed sport that can be exhilarating, fun, and even lucrative if you are good at it. But a common problem with speed events is that a horse can become soured on it and learn to hate the sport or to become uncontrollable. Knowing how to make your barrel horse better is importa

Breaking a Wild Mustang

Wild Mustangs are a legendary part of Historic America. They represent the very essence of freedom and times when life was simpler and less hurried. Despite some myths, they come in all sizes, shapes and colors. They are also one of the most affordable methods for people to own a horse when other op

How to Mix Soybean Meal Into Corn

Soybean meal is rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus and should be coupled with corn when fed to livestock. Corn is high in digestible energy and vitamin A. Feeding the correct ration of corn and soybean meal is important to the health, growth and production of the animal.

How to Train Your Horse to Stand Square

Horse events are as numerous and varied as horses themselves. Some events are judged on style, some on precision and others strictly on conformation. Training a horse to stand still and with all four feet squared is essential in many classes and a handy technique for your horse to know in and out of

Horse Health Care - Treating Horse COPD Or Heaves

This article is a case study of how a mare suffering from COPD, or heaves, was restored to health with a nutritional program. While many people feel that heaves is a permanent condition, this case study demonstrates how the symptoms of heaves can be alleviated with nutritional support.

The Basics For Spreading Horse Manure With a Manure Spreader

Most horse owners have been put to the task of mucking out the horse stalls using a manure fork and a wheelbarrow, thenpiling up the manure for disposal later. In a short time, that pile has grown to out of control and the people who were hauling away the manure no longer want it. At this point, man

The Difference in Horseshoe Sizes

Horses come in a wide variety of breed types and sizes, from miniature ponies that stand 18 inches high at the withers to massive Belgian and Shire horses that are almost seven feet tall. It is no surprise that they all have different-sized hooves and need to wear different sized horseshoes. In the

How to Train a Horse Not to Move When You Are Getting on

If you get thrown on a trail ride, your horse's willingness to let you remount could make the difference between life and death. It's tough enough to mount a horse that doesn't stand still when you're uninjured, but if that fall broke a bone, mounting a moving horse can be nearly impossible. Teachin

Instructions to Make a Western Saddle Pad

There are surprisingly few resources for making western saddle pads. These are the pads that sit between the saddle and the horse's back, which add cushioning (for the horse---not the rider). A saddle blanket fills the same purpose. Still, there is nothing terribly complicated about western saddle p