Category Horses

The Mule and the Horse

Horses
by Hc_07

(A Minnesota, Chick Evens, Grandpa Story, 1958-59)

Figuratively speaking, my grandpa, he had already -from the day one, that is, from the first day he saw me at birth-taken the restraining lines, the bridle, you know the harness that goes around a horses head and put it on mine, or thought he did. You might even say he had his foot in the stirrup, to get into the drivers seat-allegorically speaking, ahead of time. At least that is how I feel about the whole thing.

Say what you will, but things are as they are, or was, back in those far-off days of yesteryear, I hold no grudges-save I had to live through it, but so did he...

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Signs Of Horse Colic

Modern horses have a very different lifestyle to that of their ancestors. Even 50 years ago horses led very different lives to the ones today. Horses used to live on the plains in herds and foraging for grass continuously. But, for most of today’s modern horses it is a very different scenario.

Though some horses do still wander about in paddocks many are now housed in stalls and don’t have access to grass all day long. This change in eating pattern is the culprit of much colic. Colic is really a term to describe a horse’s stomach pain. While there are lots of causes of colic a main source is feed.

The horse’s stomach is very unique and in many ways sensitive...

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Choosing Saddles/Horse Tack for Safe Horse Handling

Horses
by quimby

Providing the best care for a horse is not as simple a task as many may think. There are many aspects of safe horse handling that must be adhered to, including choosing saddles/horse tack. All of the particular supplies that one needs to care for a horse are important but knowing how to choose the proper horse tack and saddle means understanding the value of properly measuring for fits. When it comes to horse tack in English or Western varieties, the main difference is that English tack is a bit more complicated to use than Western. By definition, horse tack can include bridles, harnesses, lead ropes, cinches, martin angles, bridles, saddles, saddle pads, halters, breastplates and the girth.

Safe horse handling is more than a notion but less than trouble when choosing saddles/ho...

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Western Horse Saddles

Horseback riding has become one of the most popular outdoor activities across the United States these days, with thousands of young teens taking up the hobby. It is recommended that someone interested in horseback riding take lessons before just getting up on a horse on their own and trying to ride it. When taking horseback riding lessons, the instructor will teach the student every aspect of the activity, and this includes how to properly attach Western horse saddles to the horse so that the horse is comfortable. A horse that is uncomfortable when fitted with saddles could become angry or ornery when on the horseback riding course, causing them to explode into a fit of rage.

An improperly installed saddle could also put pressure on the gullet of the horse, causing the horse t...

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Horse Lead Ropes

Of all the tack and supplies necessary for handling a horse, horse lead ropes, in conjunction with a halter, have to be one of the most important. Horse leads allow the handler to control the animal in a manner that provides maximum safety for the animal and person, alike.

A halter is a device placed around the horse’s head which applies pressure to certain areas in order to better control the animal’s movements and actions. Through pressure points located on the nose, cheeks, and the area behind the ears, the halter allows the trainer to use only a minimal amount of strength, compared to the overall greater strength of the animal, to control the horse...

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A Horse’s First Ride

After you have done all the necessary ground work to prepare a horse for riding. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you need to get on right away. Trust me you can wreck everything real quick and have to start all over again depending on the horse. Actually the more ground work you do with the saddle on the easier it will be to get on successfully in the long run. I’ve heard old guys say aww cowboy go on and get on. Nope not me I’ll wait and take my time with my horse I’ll get on when I think he’s ready not when I think I’m ready. Preparation is the key, the more time you take the better. You’ll know when your horse is ready because he’ll tell with his body language...

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Horse First Aid Pack

Horse First Aid Pack

Horse First Aid Pack

Horse First Aid Pack

Horse First Aid Pack. Horse supplies run the gamut from grooming products to nutritional supplements. But there is an essential horse supply that you shouldn’t leave your barn, or your saddlebag without. Horse first aid pack might be just the thing that could save your horse’s life. Hollywood had often dramatized the situation wherein the rider shoots his horse because it is injured. Probably, he doesn’t have his first aid pack with him. No good comes from killing a horse over a minor injury if you could put it out of its agony without pulling the trigger. Plus, you know from experience that no matter how thought out or planned an outing might be, there are just some things that go awry. It’s not being paranoid, it is being prepared...

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Horse Training vs Horse Breaking

Horse Training vs Horse Breaking

Horse Training vs Horse Breaking

Horse Training vs Horse Breaking

Horse Training vs Horse Breaking. Many think they are one and the same and perhaps there are many who use them in conversation meaning them to be one and the same. There is a vast difference between the two terms so vast you can say they are polar opposites of one another. A horse is an animal with a very limited, small brain and it cannot absorb a barrage of commands thrown at him.

Breaking a horse is doing just that: forcing a horse to do whatever you will have him do with whatever means you have at hand that you wish to use to make that happen. Whether it be flogging with a whip or reins kicking with the stirrups yanking on the lunge line...

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Physical Fitness Training For Horses

Physical Fitness Training For Horses

Physical Fitness Training For Horses. As you proceed through your horse’s fitness training program, remember that change is not only inevitable, CHANGE IS THE GOAL. As your horse increases in physical fitness, his body, mind and emotions will all change too.  The horse trainer who pays careful attention to the horses in her or his stable will achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.

Keep your eyes trained on your horse for changes in these common areas:

Vital Statistics– Vital Statistics refer to your horse’s temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR). As your horse progresses through your fitness training program, his vital statistics can act as red flags...

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Laminitis One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses

Laminitis, One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses

Laminitis, One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses

Laminitis One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses

Laminitis One of the Worst Diseases Affecting Horses . Laminitis is one of the most crippling diseases affecting horses. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), “Laminitis (sometimes called founder) is a specific condition of the foot that can produce lameness. Laminitis is characterized by inflammation and destruction of the cellular bond between the sensitive and insensitive laminae of the hoof.”

Barbaro, a Kentucky Derby winner, is likely the most well-known horse to die of Laminitis. He did not die in vain, for his passing has brought great attention to this dreaded disease. As a result, research funding flowed in.

There are many causes of Laminitis...

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