Monthly Archives: June 2010

Choosing The Correct Equipment for Halters, Bridles and Saddles, and Saddle Pads

First on the list is deciding which kind of halter you want to buy for your horse, nylon versus leather. Personally, I only use leather equipment on my horses. Unfortunately, leather equipment is more expensive but will break in the … Continue reading

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Giving Your Horse A Bath; What You Need To Know From Nose To Tail

Giving your horse a bath is similar to washing your car. You start on the left front side, work your way down one side, wash the roof, wash the back panel making sure not to miss the parts lower on … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Training and Conditioning Horses Is Common Sense

Do you remember that very first long ride you took with your horse? My guess is that you experienced soreness throughout your legs or you were extremely sore all over your body. You became this way simply by riding your … Continue reading

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Barn Etiquette: Necessary Tools, Feed and Hay Storage, and Manure Management

My advice would be to prepare yourself for Mother Nature. Horses need care regardless of the weather. There will be times when you will have to go out in the torrential rain, sleet or snow, or the bitter cold as … Continue reading

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Jumping On the Parasite Elimination Wagon: Regimented Worming is the Only Option.

Why do we have the need to keep our horses on a strict regimented worming program? Because there are constant infestations of parasites surrounding horses. Probably, the first encounter dealing with parasites (worms) that I can remember, would be taking … Continue reading

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Horses Equal Fun, and More Fun

Up to this point I have been discussing the very serious aspects of buying and owning a horse. I would like to take a moment to go to the flip side, which is the best part. Horses are not only … Continue reading

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Understanding The Importance of Proper Hoof Care

There is an old saying in the horse world, “No feet, No horse”. If you have just purchased your first horse, it probably would be a good idea to investigate and contact a reputable blacksmith in your area. Most blacksmiths … Continue reading

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Keeping Horses In Stalls: Going The Extra Mile

There are certain situations where some horses spend most of their time in a stall. Of course, racing horses are kept in a stall constantly but that is another type of situation that I am not necessarily targeting. Another horse … Continue reading

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Do Pasture Horses Need Grain? Tips to Help you Decide

Horses were born to eat grass, it is their natural food. The supplemental feeding of grain was created by man in order to keep weight on horses as they were being used for beasts of burden. Horses pulling caravans across … Continue reading

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Introducing Your Horse to Other Horses: Important Steps to Keeping Your New Horse Safe

Introducing your new horse to other horses can sometimes carry some tense moments. Horses are not always kind to the new kid on the block. Always, there will be a pecking order that needs to be established. The pecking order … Continue reading

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