Category Horses

Horse Barns

Horse Barns

Horse Barns

Horse Barns

Styles of Horse Barns to Consider Before You Build

Many of us grow up dreaming of the day we will look out our window to see a beautiful barn standing in the midst of rolling green pastures. We imagine the delight of our children as they reach over the stall door to feed a carrot to a round pony. When we reach the point in life that we are ready to build our dream horse barns, it is likely that the options seem confusing and overwhelming. There are a vast number of aspects to consider- each one can make or break the perfect stable.

Each of the various styles of horse barns has its unique set of pros and cons, ranging from ventilation to aesthetics...

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Friesian Horse

Friesian Horse

Friesian Horse

Friesian Horse

Spelling and usage

In English, the word indicating origin from the Friesland region is typically spelled “Frisian.” However, the alternative spelling with an extra “e” is used for Friesian cattle. During much of the history of the Friesch Paarden Stamboek breed registry, most breeders of the horses also were breeders of dairy cattle and the same spelling was also used for both breeds, particularly by English-language breeding societies and registries. However, the spelling “Frisian” is often used in other contexts.

Breed characteristics

A Friesian stallion in show stance

The Friesian is most often recognized by its black coat color, though color alone is not their only distinguishing characteristic...

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Horse Treatment

Horse Treatment

Horse Treatment

by PMillera4

Horse Treatment

Animals are inclined to various diseases. Some of these might depart everlasting injury whereas others are fatal. One example, which may go either means, is equine colic.  This happens when the horse experiences ache within the abdomen and things can worsen if medical consideration shouldn’t be administered  immediately.
If the physician has not arrived yet, the individual can do certain things, which might help within the treatment. This contains taking the temperature and monitoring the heart charge, recalling what kind of food was given the previous few days as well as the water consumption and  checking the colour of the gums.
The veterinarian could also be on call elsewhere so until assist arrives, no food must be given to the horse...

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Turnout Horse Blanket

Turnout Horse Blanket

Turnout Horse Blanket

Turnout Horse Blanket

Blankets are designed to cover majority of the horses body to protect the horse from the winter elements; winter weight blankets are generally used. A winter weight turnout horse blanket is also used when trailering a horse to prevent the fluctuating temperature from giving the horse a chill.

Blankets are design to fit around a horses body from chest to rump, attaching with straps under the horse in order to prevent shifting of the horse blanket. This allows the horse to still move about freely. Horse blankets normally have buckles at the front as well to prevent movement. Some blankets require you to slip them over the horses head which can be challenging with a winter turnout blanket due to the overall weight...

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Saddle Pad Purposes – Choose One That Best Fits Your Horses Needs

Saddle Pad Purposes - Choose One That Best Fits Your Horses Needs

Saddle Pad Purposes – Choose One That Best Fits Your Horses Needs

Saddle Pad Purposes – Choose One That Best Fits Your Horses Needs

Saddle Pad Purposes – Choose One That Best Fits Your Horses Needs. The purpose of a good pad is to add comfort for your horse and keep dirt and sweat off of your saddle. Although most people will purchase a pad based on colors and design. I admit I have a few myself in an array of bright colors and patterns, but there are the ones you want to consider owning to give better fit and performance.

One of the latest ones out there is the gel pad, these can be used more effectively on a hard to fit horse, or if you have to use one saddle on different horses with different conformations...

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Leadership Secret Whispered by Horses

Leadership Secret Whispered by Horses - It's Not Just What You Ask, But Also When

Leadership Secret Whispered by Horses – It’s Not Just What You Ask, But Also When

Leadership Secret Whispered by Horses – It’s Not Just What You Ask, But Also When

Leadership Secret Whispered by Horses – It’s Not Just What You Ask, But Also When . The task our clinic instructor wanted was to ask our horses to back up, then turn a quarter turn on the hind end. A well executed quarter turn to the right would mean that my horse would rock back and plant his right hind foot, and I would ask him to move his front feet only to the right. If we had been backing up facing north, we’d end up facing east. I knew the right cues: left supporting rein, right direct rein, left foot forward with a little pressure, and right foot off the horse...

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Physical Fitness Training For Horses – Before You Begin an Equine Conditioning Program

Physical Fitness Training For Horses - Before You Begin an Equine Conditioning Program

Physical Fitness Training For Horses – Before You Begin an Equine Conditioning Program

Physical Fitness Training For Horses – Before You Begin an Equine Conditioning Program

Physical Fitness Training For Horses – Before You Begin an Equine Conditioning Program. Equine physical fitness can make or break success in a horse show, equestrian competition, or pleasure trail ride. Every horse rider is a trainer whether they know it or not. Regardless of which sports or disciplines you enjoy, thinking of yourself as your horse’s personal fitness trainer can either help or hinder your horse’s success.

Designing a physical fitness program for your horse is straightforward...

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Showing Horses From the Judge’s Perspective

Showing Horses From the Judge's Perspective

Showing Horses From the Judge’s Perspective

Showing Horses From the Judge’s Perspective

Showing Horses From the Judge’s Perspective.  After a number of years as an exhibitor and trainer, showing nationally in halter, pleasure, trail, and other breed classes, I decided to become a judge so that the people who showed to me would be judged objectively and by the rulebook. Many times I have overheard folks at a show make assumptions about why a judge placed a class as they did. Most times their assumptions were incorrect.

Showing Horses From the Judge’s Perspective

1. The view from the center of the arena is not the same as the view from the in-gate or bleachers. No one can see exactly what a judge sees unless they are standing right next to them...

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Training Horses

Training Horses

Training Horses

Training Horses – How to Know When It’s Time to Add Something New

Training Horses – How to Know When It’s Time to Add Something New. As a trainer I always asked my students to warm their horses up before a lesson, beginning with a walk around the perimeter of the arena. There is a place and reason for longing horses prior to mounting, but it has never been my personal preference. For safety reasons, I liked my students to be able to saddle up and mount their horses without needing to do any groundwork except a quick check for softness. The basic rule for training horses has always been, once your horse is soft and happy at whatever you’re doing, you are ready to move up one notch in work; one notch, not two.

When you and your horse are working well on the rail at a walk, ...

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Are Your Horses Suffering From Thrush? Here is the Help You Need

Are Your Horses Suffering From Thrush? Here is the Help You Need

Are Your Horses Suffering From Thrush? Here is the Help You Need

Are Your Horses Suffering From Thrush? Here is the Help You Need

Are Your Horses Suffering From Thrush? Here is the Help You Need. There is a very old saying in concern to the correlation between horses and hearts, and that old saying is that “Horses have five hearts.” When horses develop thrush it becomes a serious condition that not only affects the horses skin but it also causes problems to the horse in concern to blood circulation and in whether or not, the bacterial infection that causes this condition is going to hinder the horse from doing the two most important things it can do which are eating and walking.

A horse has a part inside of their foot that is called the laminae and in this part of their foot they have a ...

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