Category Archives: First time Horse Owner

Covers the needed information to find not only the right horse, but also a healthy one. Also provides proper maintenance requirements.

PREPARING FOR AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR BLACKSMITH

Just as most horsemen are very busy with details and chores associated with having horses, blacksmiths experience the same hectic schedule. Part of their job involves a considerable amount of time traveling from client to client. This will usually put … Continue reading

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Determining the Fitness Level of Your Horse by Appearance & Touch, and Recognizing Sweat Patterns.

Horses have five hundred muscles throughout their body in three separate layers. Add that to an average of one thousand pounds per horse and you are considering a major undertaking in trying to bring this massive creature to a certain … Continue reading

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How To Determine Whether Your Horse is Starting to Experience Joint or Muscle Pain.

In a perfect world, the horses that we so dearly love and enjoy riding, would feel exactly the same every day that we sit on their backs. But, because of the rigors of schooling, jumping, showing, roping, reigning, cutting or … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Schooling Your Newly Broke Horse, Too Much, Too Hard, Too Fast.

For most horsemen who have just taken on the endeavor of breaking a young horse, it is an exciting experience. Having said that, know that it is very easy to over indulge in the schooling process that is at hand. … Continue reading

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Teaching Young Horses To Go “FORWARD” Is Monumental For Success In The Breaking Process.

Now that your youngster has learned to accept you on their back, doing figure eights at a walk and accepting the bit when asked to stop is a good beginning. This next step can be hard if you do not … Continue reading

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Breaking Horses Is Easy If You Speak Their Language And Listen To What They Have To Say.

Now the journey has begun. You have a baby that has learned to  accept the bit, go forward while being driven, accept strange things touching their sides and rump, learning small amounts of voice commands and accepting a  saddle on their … Continue reading

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The Concept Behind Breaking Horses Is About Doing It Right; You Only Get One Shot.

Yes, you only break a horse once. However, I have heard people say that they re-break a horse, but I don’t buy it. From the first day you start the breaking process, you are making indelible markings on your animal; … Continue reading

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Horse Bandages: Identifying Different Types, Their Uses And How To Apply Them.

Some horses may go their entire life and never have a bandage put on their legs. Other horses have bandages put on their legs every single day. First, the names of these bandages and their uses are:   Standing Bandages: … Continue reading

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Blacksmiths: What Part Do They Play in Your Horse’s Life and How Important Are They?

As you have heard me say before, I am old school and one of the old school sayings is “No feet, no horse.” As you become more involved in the horse world, the more you will understand this saying. One … Continue reading

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Bad Behavioral Problems With Horses, Identifying The Causes, Solving The Problem.

Throughout my many years of watching horses, I have seen my share of bad horse behavior. Always the very first question I ask myself is, “What would cause that horse to behave in that way?” I take a look at … Continue reading

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