Horse tagged posts

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More