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Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:51:05 -0500


Is Hitting Horses Okay? I Don't Think So

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:36:05 -0500

Since working with a young horse the last few days who is head shy, the horse squeezes his eyes and shies away when I try to halter him, rub his face, or scratch between his ears. I've been thinking about how many horse people are out there still hitting and slapping horses as a form of discipline.

Important Considerations When Owning A Horse

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:42:32 -0500

Owning a horse will involve plenty of responsibilities. Be aware of such, along with the different accessories you must buy to ensure safety.

Grieve, Then Honor the Loss of a Horse

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:54:08 -0500

Grieving is experienced differently for everyone yet there are stages you will go through and emotions you will be dealing with. Allow yourself to feel the pain and grieve the loss of your horse, then you will be able to move on to honor and cherish the time spent with your horse.

Horses Do Sense

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:06:39 -0500

When I gazed into the calm, round eyes of the auburn-coloured quarter-horse, I thought of all the people who ask me, "Do animals have souls?' Miss Tanya snuffled as I rubbed the underside of her head, and I imagined her saying, "This human is okay. By the way, do you have an apple for me?"

How to Prepare for a Horse Show

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:03:20 -0500

There's plenty to do to get both you and horse ready for show season. From building up fitness and practising your chosen discipline, to making sure you both look your best on the day.

What Do You Need to Know Before Buying Fly Rugs?

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:05:38 -0500

Owning a horse comes with many responsibilities. You may have to consider many things from horse nutrition to exercise, heath problems and hair care. One of the important things that you need to consider is protection from the elements when the horse is on the field. You may have to invest in a horse rug to help protect it. These equine products cover much of the horse's body and this ensures that they are protected at all times. Apart from the weather these rugs can also help protect against flies and other insects that cling to the hair and skin of the horse.

Starting Out With a New Hanoverian Sport Horse

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:27:50 -0500

The Hanoverian horse has been a consistently popular breed of sport horse for a long time, and for good reason. Hanoverian horses are incredibly lithe, agile and sportive. Hanoverians are renowned for their good temperaments, which makes them easy to train to a great extent.

The Ethics of Horse Consumption - Should We Eat These Majestic Animals?

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:52:35 -0600

Tell me it isn't true but has the U.S. government approved Slaughter houses in America allowing Americans to process horse meat and sell to consumers? Oh, where is this world going? The United States is in a unique situation that allows slaughter houses to process horse for consumption, but yet cannot sell the meat to American companies for consumption.

What Kind of Saddle Pad Is Best for Your Horse?

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:46:04 -0600

It's crucial to have a careful learning of the distinctive sorts of horse riding saddles and what every one is utilized for. With awesome information of riding saddles, you'll have the capacity to locate a suitable one for you and your horse.

To Blanket The Horse Or Not?

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:30:01 -0600

You would be quite shocked at how opinionated people are when it comes to the question of whether one should blanket their horse or not! While some scoff at the very idea of clothing an animal, others are occasionally clothing them when need arises, while others are bundling up their equine from fall to spring like a worried parent sending a child out in the storm.

Horse Rescue United - Saving the Horses

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:37:30 -0600

"Horse Rescue United, Inc. (HRU) saves horses from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We specialize in retraining and rehoming Standardbred horses. Whenever possible, HRU purchases slaughter-bound horses from auction and finds them homes, and also helps owner-surrenders find placement before they end up in the wrong hands." Diane Tuorto

The How and Why of Desensitizing Your Horse

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:04:12 -0600

Most horse owners deal with their horse's fear of scary objects or situations by using the process of desensitization, but many don't really understand it. Whenever you interact with your horse, something new will likely be introduced.

What Should My Horse Have On Its Feet? Hoof Care Options

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:39:28 -0600

For instance, a horse that does not work regularly can be kept unshod for the period of time it is resting. Pasture potatoes may also do without shoeing unless recommended. A healthy horse will have strong bones and hooves so they may not need to be shod at all. This is why we really insist on proper nutrition for the horse.

Horses, a Versatile Creature Around Us and a True Companion

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:41:23 -0600

Horses are a true companion to have around. They take care of us every possible way they can. They can nurture you to the best possible extent and give whatever is possible in their hands. They are vital source, which provides you with best resources in a way which you can improve yourself in the context of your nature and your personality. Horses are creatures which can do anything possible in their hands, ranging from improvement of your soul to your life safety.

Effective Horse Training Techniques

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:27:04 -0600

Being a "Horse Whisperer" has long been considered a difficult skill to learn. It is a true wonder how these people are able to calm down a horse, train them and effectively communicate with them. A secret to this, however, is not rocket science - it is all in the "timing": the skill of knowing when to command and knowing when to release the pressure and just leave the horse to learn on his own and build self-esteem.

The Benefits Of Including Green Grass In A Horse's Diet

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:09:40 -0600

Although a horse can function properly on a hay diet around the year, lets look at it this way, would we ourselves be happy and healthy with a diet that does not have a bit of variety, adds a bit of flavor or a bit of vitamin boost in our lives? The minute green grass is cut to make hay, the vitamin levels automatically drop by up to 80 percent. Vitamins are a most vital organic compound found in green grass and they are necessary in a horse's diet to ensure normal growth and optimum functioning.

If I Were a Horse, I Would Want Everyone to Wear Helmets

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:29:00 -0600

My past experiences have gotten me to the place I am now, a more prepared rider and owner. I grew up as a teenage trail guide at a riding stable in Amherst, New York. Oh, those were the days. Riding 8 hours a day on the best horse at the stable, a beautiful appaloosa named Freckles. He was crazy, he was fast, he was fun. The year was 1975 and I was 13 years old, guiding trail rides without a saddle or a helmet. Can you imagine that being allowed today?

If I Were a Horse, I Would Not Want a Bit in My Mouth!

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:36:53 -0600

Did you expect any other response? To bit or not to bit... that is the question. I am of the "not to bit" group of riders, but I haven't always been that way.

Winter Equestrian Clothing - How to Stay Warm in the Colder Months

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 07:49:03 -0600

Being a horse owner in the winter can be hard. Shorter days, wind, rain and sometimes snow mean that getting out to care for your horse can be hard work and cold. Here's a few tips on how to keep warm while caring for your horse.

Top Tips for Buying a Dressage Horse

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:00:23 -0600

Looking to buy a dressage horse? If so, stop and read this article before you part ways with your hard earned money and buy a horse that does not meet your needs. If you are buying a dressage horse for the first time, or made mistakes when you bought your last one, then here are some vital tips, offered by dressage horse breeders, owners and other experts in the horse industry.

Equine Joint Injections - Good or Bad?

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:23:04 -0600

"You want to do what to my horse? Oh, I don't believe in joint injections. My grand prix jumper competed until he was 23-years-old and never needed his joints injected."

Horse Shows - How to Make Your Horse More Competitive

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:22:19 -0600

How do you make your horse more competitive? It can be simpler than you think. 1. Plan 2. Prepare 3. Prevent 4. Perform 5. Progress.

How to Tell If an Ad for a Hanoverian Horse Is Legit

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:18:13 -0600

If you spot an ad claiming to be for a Hanoverian horse for sale, you should always follow up with caution, making sure that it is legitimate before agreeing to a sale. Hanoverian horses are specifically bred to be sport horses and are some of the finest horses in the world.

Selecting The Best Horse Bedding

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:44:20 -0600

Horse health is important. Horse bedding is an important aspect in your horse's health. Here we look at this important topic and look at the considerations you need to make when selecting the best horse bedding for your animals.

Dressage Horses for Sale

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:08:24 -0500

There is something exceptionally beautiful about the way dressage horses move. It really does look like they are dancing as they prance about in such a rhythmic and majestic manner.

Looking After Your Horse's Health in Summer

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:01:50 -0500

There are several things you need to think about when caring for your horse during the summer months. This article has a quick look at what to do to ensure your horse is well cared for in the warmer weather.

Reducing Stress for First Time Horse Owners

Tue, 26 May 2015 14:01:40 -0500

Being a first time horse owner can be stressful, but there are some things that you can do to help reduce that stress. Surrounding yourself with experienced horse owners, having a qualified trainer, and educating yourself are great ways to achieve relief from first time horse owner stress. Owning your first horse should be fun and exciting!

Four Tips For Better Horse Stall Maintenance

Wed, 13 May 2015 14:32:12 -0500

Cleaning a horse stall is demanding, but it is vital for your animal's health. Make your job easier and more efficient with these time-saving tips.

Should I Buy a Horse or Pony for My Child?

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:32:55 -0500

Are you trying to decide whether or not you should buy a horse for your child? This article is written for adults with little or no horse knowledge who need help deciding if their child is ready for a horse or pony.

35 Possible Horse Boarding Services List

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:13:54 -0500

Maybe you are thinking about getting your first horse or maybe you are just looking for new boarding services for some reason. There are so many options available, so I decided to come up with a list with as many extra horse boarding service options as I could think of from my horse boarding experiences.

How My Horse Was Stolen From Me

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:26:23 -0500

Read my story on how I was given my first horse when I was almost thirteen years old and then how those same people ended up stealing her away from me. And remember to always get a bill of sale.

Why We Work With a Horse From the Left

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:24:18 -0500

Did you know the left side of a horse is the near side and the right side is the far or off side? Did you ever wonder why we work horses on the left? Well read this article to find out more.

How to Teach a Horse to Neck Rein

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:17:45 -0500

I was on a forum the other day when I came across an English rider amazed and curious on how Western riders use one hand to ride. Reading the article made me realize how much I forget to appreciate the direct rein. I posted my answer to her question since I have taught several horses this very important skill and then it occurred to me that this would be a great subject for a new article.

Five Essential Horse Products For Summer

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:22:11 -0500

As summer nears, there are a few things you might need to make you and your horse comfortable during the warmer months. Here's a run down of five summer essentials.

3 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Child Their First Pony

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:53:40 -0500

What kid doesn't grow up wanting their own pony? It seems to me that more and more kids are becoming enamored with the horse at a very young age, which is great. Wonderful even.

What Will I Need As a First Time Horse Owner?

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:48:36 -0500

Owning your own horse is big undertaking and there's a lot to think about in terms of what you'll need. Here's a quick round up.

On Buying Your Lease Horse

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:45:23 -0500

1. Deciding is the hardest part. Duh, of course you love him.

Oh My God, The Baby's Dead

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:21:15 -0500

These are the memories of a personal experience that once happened to me when I lived in Arizona. The unbelievable results of an out of control horse being ridden by an inexperienced rider. The astounding results.

Stop Horsing Around: Easy Tips for Care and Maintenance of Horse Stalls

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:26:15 -0600

Cleaning and maintaining your horse stalls are parts of equine ownership that no one looks forward to. We've compiled some tips to help make the process easier all around.

How Do I Choose The Right Noseband For My Horse?

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:01:28 -0600

A noseband is designed to help keep the horse's mouth gently closed to ensure good communication via the bit. There are several different types of noseband; the main four are outlined here.

Majestic Icelandic Horses

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:47:46 -0600

Icelandic horses are a must see when traveling to Iceland. They are small, sturdy, and the only breed of horse in the country. They were brought to Iceland by the Vikings between 874 and 930, and are one of the oldest horses in the world. Originally, Icelandic horses were used to plow fields and carry food and other cargo for the first settlers. For centuries they lived and worked in harsh conditions, enduring natural disasters and volcanic eruptions. Through natural selection, Icelandic horses evolved into powerful creatures that could withstand any obstacle nature threw at them.

Helping Horses With Separation Anxiety: 5 Key Steps to Create Mutual Trust and Confidence

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:28:40 -0600

Is your horse's separation anxiety making you feel anxious? Use the 5 steps outlined in this article to help your horse feel calm and safe whenever she is with you.

The Bond Between A Horse And His Rider

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:04:07 -0600

Many riders believe that they have a special bond with their horses, and they are right. Many horses and their riders enter a state of "Co-Being." Co-being is a relationship in which each partner evolves to fit better with the other party, physically and mentally.

Horse Training: 7 Essential Steps for Safely Handling Your Horse's Feet

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:58:04 -0600

Does your horse behave badly when you want to handle his feet? The 7 tips in this article will help you handle your horse's feet safely.

Is This You? Suggestions For Riding Safely

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:10:02 -0600

They say "It looks easy" and "It's not hard, anyone can do it". I've often heard people say about riding horses "You just get on and kick them to go and pull on their mouth to stop". When I was in the Horse Guard (the oldest living Calvary in the US) many years ago, it was a military operation with horses.

Story Of Dun It For Money

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:18:47 -0600

Dun It For Money the first horse inducted into the Extreme Cowboy Horse Hall of Fame. A stallion by Hollywood Dun It. His story.

How Do I Measure My Horse For A Rug?

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 06:45:31 -0600

It's really important to get a horse rug that fits correctly, as one that's ill-fitting can cause discomfort or even injury. Here's a quick guide to measuring your horse to ensure you get the correct size.

What Horses Teach Us, Forgiveness

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:38:40 -0500

This article is about what horses teach us about forgiveness, forgiving ourselves and forgiving others. Working with them makes you a better person able to communicate more effectively with not only horses but other people.

Ground Tying - The Easy Way and Ponying a Yearling

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:13:40 -0500

Learn to Teach Your Horse to Ground Tie. Easy steps to understand and apply. Ponying a yearling philosophy on how much is too much.

Using Strategy When Teaching Your Horse To Lie Down

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:54:11 -0500

I have decided to give instructions on laying a horse down. Sometimes I am reluctant to talk about or teach things like this because it is not just for any person or horse. Only certain horses would qualify to be trained to lay down and only certain handlers qualify to do it.

How to Train on Obstacles Using Strategy

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:00:40 -0500

In this article you will learn the positive training techniques to introduce your horse to obstacles. There are sensitive keys to understand before you start your training.

How to Teach Your Horse to Side Pass With Strategy

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:31:58 -0500

Learn how to have total body control with your horse. The side pass, back thru, and going over bridges are many ways to apply the body control you will learn in this article.

Animal Communication: How a Lame Horse Tries to Stop a Suicide

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:41:40 -0500

Years ago, I had no clue of the depth of the Soul level awareness that animals demonstrated, or even that I was receiving the messages on this higher plane. Animal consciousness continues to surprise and delight me, and has prepared me to share our profound inter-connectedness, and given me the courage to trust the messages I received no matter how crazy they sounded. The animal kingdom has demonstrated unequivocally that consciousness has no limits, and that the information I was receiving was not just important, it was life-saving at times.

From Horse Stalls to Horsepower - Horses Are Awesome!

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:38:14 -0500

The history of horse stalls is a fascinating one. They are one of the oldest free-standing structures built by human hands, rivaled by the Giza Pyramids and Stonehenge, and house the world's most helpful animal.

Some Helpful Tips For Deworming Your Pet Horse

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:20:48 -0500

One of the many health issues or problems your horse may acquire or get is worms or internal parasites. To prevent worms from proliferating in your horse's internal systems and to control and get rid of them, you need to regularly deworm your pet. Below are some tips you can follow to make the deworming process easier for you and your pet horse.

Harrison Howard Headington Stable Rugs Review

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:44:43 -0500

This stable rug turned out to be a high performance one. And I will share some of my points with you.

Harrison Howard Climax Turnout Rug Midweight Detachable

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:18:55 -0500

Personally I really like rug at a very decent price. The reasons are as follows.

Harrison Howard Climax Detachable Turnout Rug Review

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:06:37 -0500

Hi, everyone, any ideas on the detachable turnout rugs? If classified by neck cover, there are four types of turnout rugs, integrated neck cover, wug, detachable and without neck. I know they have their own advantages respectively for different usages.

Harrison Howard CareMaster Polar Fleece Rug Review

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:05:58 -0500

Harrison Howard Climax rugs. not only in good quality but also in reasonable price.

3 Essential Tips on Selecting the Best Horse Feed for Your Equine Pet

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:52:24 -0500

If horses live in the wild, they will feed on pastures only. Similarly, owners are typically recommended to offer their equine pets only forage including pasture and hay. However, this diet may not give your pet all the energy, nutrients, vitamins and minerals which it requires. This is where horse feed comes into play.

The Guide That Can Be the Difference Between Buying a Great Horse and Buying a Nag

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:12:04 -0500

Finding a good horse can be difficult, but once you narrow it down to a couple horses that you want to look at, your choice becomes somewhat easier. The first thing that I would recommend is that take an experienced horse person with you to check out any prospective horse. The next is, ask questions. Here is a list of questions I would ask if I were buying a horse.

Steps You Can Take to Become the Master of the Sitting Trot

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:11:34 -0500

The sitting trot is hard on most people and they do not have the leg strength to sit to it without bouncing all over the place. The way to build up strength in your legs is to ride standing in your stirrups in two-point position (two-point is a position used for jumping and leg strengthening; you have to stand in your stirrups with your knees bent and your shoulders forward just over your knees).

What You Can to Do If Your Horse Backs Up to Get His Own Way

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:06:37 -0500

As I have been riding for years, this has been a problem I have occurred more than once. Horses enjoy finding ways to get out of doing what they are supposed to do, and, panicking their riders at the same time.

Understand Why Horses Act Differently When Riding for Different People

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:05:04 -0500

Horses are extremely sensitive and know when someone is insecure or confident when riding them and they act according to that. A horse that is extremely easy for one person to ride is not necessarily easy for another person to ride or handle. Horses sense people's feelings and personalities, and different horses have different skill levels of training and they will act according to how much training they have had.

Cure You Barn-Sour or Herd-Bound Horse

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:03:40 -0500

Barn sour horses are unpleasant and dangerous to deal with. They usually become like this by getting away with this kind of behavior or not being ridden away from home or their friends for a long time. They do not want to leave the barn or their friends behind and will more than likely come running home. These horses are usually fine with other animals out on the trail and far from home, but you cannot get them to go alone for anything.

Simple Steps You Can Take to Get Your Horse to Finally Stop Cutting Corners

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:02:54 -0500

There is a fairly easy solution to the horse cutting corners. It begins, as solving all problems begin, at the walk. The walk is the slowest pace and the easiest pace to control in a horse, and it is where all training begins.

How to Get Your Horse to Canter Without Bucking or Throwing a Tantrum

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:01:51 -0500

A well trained horse knows how to walk, trot, canter, and gallop without having a problem moving into these gaits and without fighting when asked to move faster or slower. However, this does not mean the horse is robotic and moves perfectly-without getting excited or aggravated-all the time.

What You Need to Know About Riding Your Horse Bareback

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:01:49 -0500

This seems to be a much debated topic. There is an even divide in response; some people say yes, and some people say no. They think that it hurts the horse, or that it is not natural because the rider's weight is not distributed as evenly as it is in a saddle. I say, it depends; on the horse and on the rider.

Re-Training Your Pasture Pet

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:01:10 -0500

We all have owned that horse-the one that sat in the field doing nothing but swishing flies, eating, and converting oxygen into carbon dioxide, for a year or more. In truth, this could be a really good horse; IF you knew where to start the handling and re-working process.

Fun Things That You Can Do With Your Horse, Besides Riding

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:44:42 -0500

An array of activities, besides riding, exist for you and your horse. Most horses enjoy human companionship and attention.

How to Get and Keep Your Horse in Top Shape and Ready for Anything

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:38:14 -0500

The first thing you need to understand is that your horse is just like any other athlete. And just like an athlete, you cannot expect it to perform like an Olympian right off the bat if it has been parked in a stall for months on end, or if it has been lazily grazing in the fields. In our culture, horses have been romanticized in books and movies as creatures of unlimited power and capability. It is often just assumed that they are born with and always maintain the ability to carry a rider for miles upon miles at a full run. But the truth is that a horse must be carefully and methodically trained to perform at top levels, it is not something they are just born being able to do.

A Lesson in Respect

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:04:34 -0500

We all want respect from our horses. Without it, you have no basis for a relationship with your horse. Think about it. Everything you do requires an aspect of respect from your horse, otherwise, how will he ever listen to you? Does your horse respect you at all? He will tell you if he does.

Trailer Training: The Ultimate Battle

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:24:14 -0500

We've all been there. That one horse that just won't load onto a trailer no matter what. They've either had a traumatic experience with one, or never been trailered or just hate trailers.

5 Tips For Addressing Weight Loss In The Horse

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:46:06 -0500

Nothing is more worrisome than watching your horse day after day slowly lose weight and not knowing the reason why. Despite making sure they have plenty of access to good quality feed and mineral/vitamin supplements they continue to lose weight. Here are 5 tips that may get you started on the right track to addressing unexpected weight loss in the horse.

Keeping Your Horse Happy In the Heat

Mon, 12 May 2014 14:01:06 -0500

Tips on how to keep your horse happy and healthy during the Spring heatwave.

What Can You Do To Stop Your Dog Itching?

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:08:02 -0500

In this article I would like to share with you some useful information about how to relieve itching in dogs. I have spent the last two years working in the dog supplements industry and I have noticed that out of all of the possible health conditions our dogs can develop itching and other skin disorders are probably the most common ones.

Handling Your Horse's Hooves Safely

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:58:50 -0500

Starting out - Just because a horse refuses to lift its feet for you it does not always mean that it is being disobedient. For a horse to lift its feet, it must be taught how. The best time to train your horse is when it is still a foal, but if you are handling an adult horse do not assume that it knows how to lift its feet, as this training may have been missed. As cleaning hooves is an essential part of horse care, you need to teach your horse how to willingly lift its feet when asked.

Choosing a Winning Barrel Racing Futurity Prospect

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:15:26 -0500

In this article I describe in detail what I look for in my winning barrel racing futurity prospects. I discuss pedigree, conformation, and whether you should consider buying your prospect from the race track.

Beginners Basic Guide - How to Choose and Care for Your Horse

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:55:51 -0500

If you are thinking about purchasing or adopting a horse, there are a few things that you should consider and be aware of. The first step would be to ensure that you have somewhere to keep your new pet. Whether you own property, or rent pasture, the ideal area where your horse will stay needs to be secured with fencing.

A Matter of Confidence

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:33:34 -0500

When you are riding, what kind of message are you passing to your horse? When you tell him to do something, are you really telling him what to do, or are you asking him to do it? A fully trained horse, when asked to do something that is not impossible, should comply to what you ask, most of the time without question.

What To Look For In High Quality Equine Joint Supplements

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:46:20 -0500

In this article you are going to learn everything that you need to know about equine joint supplements. I will share with you some useful information about why you need to use an equine joint supplement in the first place and I will also share with you some useful information about what active ingredients to look for in effective equine joint supplements.

Should I Use A Horse Rug in Spring and Summer?

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:22:24 -0500

As we move into spring it's time to start thinking about your horse rug requirements for the warmer seasons. Whether or not to rug your horse in the warmer months is dependent on a number of variables and will be very individual to your horse.

How To Save Money on Equine Supplements

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:42:07 -0500

I have spent the last two years working in equine supplemements industry and I have learned quite a lot of things that very few people in the equestrian community know about. In today's article I would like to take you behind the curtain and share with you some little known things that will not only help you to pick the best equine care products and supplements for your horse, but will also help you to cut your equine supplements bill. Do a simple search on Google, Amazon or eBay for a keyword like equine supplements and in a...

Free Riding: The Final Furlong

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:56:52 -0500

Are you ready for the final step? You can ride in a saddle, you can ride bareback, you have a horse that moves off gentle touches of a neck rein and a push from the leg... but before I let you completely strip off all the tack that you have, time for one more thing: pull out your halter, a set of clip-on reins, your helmet, and your neck strap. It's time for one more go at this!

Free Riding: The Middle Ground

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:52:40 -0500

At this point in your training, your horse should know how to neck rein and move from leg cues. Now you may start using the neck strap on your horse. A neck strap can be any number of things: a spare stirrup leather, a set of reins, or a lead line, tied around the neck loose enough that you can slide it up and down the neck easily, from the base to the crest.

A Family Reunited: A Horse Rescue Story You'll Love

Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:55:05 -0500

The Gentle Barn has been rescuing animals and giving them love. Here, a holistic veterinarian offers the details on their latest horse rescue... and the beautiful family reunion that followed!

Riding on the Road: Safety First

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:53:13 -0500

I live on a large farm with a lot of land, but even so, I like to trail ride out on the road. Some people have never had this cool experience before, and many find it strange, but it is actually a lot of fun! Where I live, there are many, many, miles of country back roads, and the amount of cars coming by are not bountiful, we are lucky to get six in one hour. These are the best kind of roads to ride on, you definitely do not want to be on a public road with cars whizzing by every few seconds... safety FIRST!!!

Starting Your Young Horse: Lunging on a Line

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:49:01 -0500

Bringing home a baby is exciting: you have a new pet, a new project, a new baby. And yes, despite what the racing world says, a two year old is still a baby. Or, if your horse is now a two year old, he is ready to start light groundwork in preparation for riding, and you are going to want to start some form of work with him. Before you slap a saddle on his back and hop on, he needs to learn a few things-number one being lunging. Lunging is a vital part of training for any horse, and an excellent first step toward saddle-training.

Free Riding: The Foundation

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:43:22 -0500

We've all seen the pictures of people riding horses with nothing more than a piece of string to guide them. The pictures are beautiful, but do you ever wonder how they got to that point? If so, read on! I laid the foundation/groundwork for free riding with my horse years ago, by teaching her to neck rein and move away from the pressure of my leg. Then it was a matter of trusting each other enough to take the next step, but for now, I am going to explain to you how you take the first step.

Getting Your Green Horse Moving - From the Start

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:31:44 -0500

Many times, when you are training a young horse, they don't want to move-then again you could get the one that squirrel-hops across the arena, but won't walk in a straight line for anything. Here is the key to understanding their behavior, and getting them to move.

Stallions: To Geld or Not to Geld

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:17:08 -0500

Chances are, if you bought a stallion, you bought him for breeding purposes; he may have good bloodlines, a fantastic temperament, be able to jump the moon, or have some other feature that you want to pass on to a future horse, so you are going to breed him. Or maybe, your 2 year old colt is now able to breed and you want to keep him a stud. But, in today's bad economy, before you decide to breed your stallion to everything you own, you need to step back and think critically about WHY you are doing this.

What Equine Supplements Your Horse Really Needs

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:46:34 -0500

In this article I would like to share with you some useful information about equine supplements. More specifically I would like to talk with you about what equine supplements your horse really needs. If you have been a member of the equestrian community for some time you have probably noticed how many different equine care products and supplements there are out there in the market.

Horse Trailers, Steel Or Aluminum?

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:18:37 -0500

PAPER OR PLASTIC? This is the same sort of question we get asked when we are considering buying a horse trailer. Whether it's new or used, there are several things that you should consider when buying a horse trailer.

Horses And Safe Trailering

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:47:47 -0500

My first recollections about moving horses were how anxious and uncertain I was. Of course, this translated into anxious horses unwilling to load.

Trailering Older Horses

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:36:18 -0500

The details for preparing an older horse for a long trip are pretty much the same to move any horse long-distance, remembering that the recovery time for an older horse is longer than for a younger horse. Here are the steps to keep a horse safe and to make it a good experience. First let's talk about the things that you should not do before setting off on a long trip.

Safe Trailering Young Horses

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:48:10 -0500

OH BABY, BABY A veteran horseman of 40 years who took me under him wing early in my professional career, told me often, "every time you touch horse you're teaching them something." That saying has stuck with me over all these years, and I remember it every time I touch horse. Years ago I had a commercial hauler bring a stallion, an easy shipper, from Spokane Washington to New England and by the time they reached the northeast, the horse did not 'load.

Horse Tricks 101 - Trigger's Daily Trick Training Schedule

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:02:59 -0600

Horses learn much quicker if they are taught tricks in several, enjoyable, short sessions (about 5 minutes each) rather than one long one. The perfect time to do a bit of trick training is when you are going out to your horse to feed them or do daily chores. Following is an example of the trick training that Trigger and I do each day and how I fit it around chores and riding.

Horse Tricks 101 - Some Tricks You Should NOT Teach Your Horse

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:33:07 -0600

Think carefully about which tricks you want to teach your horse. There are some tricks that can be quite dangerous if not performed in a safe area by an experienced person, for example rearing or lying down.

Which Horse Riding Boots Do I Need for Shows?

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:58:54 -0600

Long riding boots are an essential part of your show wardrobe. Different disciplines require different styles. So whether you're new to this or your old boots need replacing, here's a few tips to help you decide.

A-Z Of Bloodstock

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:56:26 -0600

Have you often heard of the term, 'bloodstock' but never knew 100% what it meant? If your answer is yes then this article is for you! Read on...