Category Archives: General Horse Info

How to Handle Horses That Kick or Charge at You Because They Do Not Want You In Their Stall.

Walking into a stall and having a thousand pound horse charge at you with teeth bared and ears flat back on their neck really is no fun. Actually, it is quite scary. Usually horses that exhibit bad stall manners are … Continue reading

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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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Thrush & Canker:Common Problems with Horses Feet.The Causes and Care Needed to Reduce Reoccurrences.

There is an old saying: “Horses have five hearts”. The frog in a horses’ foot is like another pump or heart in their body. There is a lot of circulation in the frog and if the horse has been properly … 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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First Steps In Breaking Your Horse. Kindness, Patience and Seeing Them for the Children They Are.

Yes, they are children. They are horse children. They had a mother and a father and we estimate that horses develop about four years to our one year of life. So, this means that starting the breaking process of a … Continue reading

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