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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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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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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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Am I Legally Liable For Damage Caused By My Horses

Am I Legally Liable For Damage Caused By My Horses

Am I Legally Liable For Damage Caused By My Horses

Am I Legally Liable For Damage Caused By My Horses

Am I Legally Liable For Damage Caused By My Horses? Sometimes even well-disciplined horses will occasionally misbehave and cause accidents. In these situations, horse owners are likely to be left confused about the degree of responsibility which they have for their horse’s actions and whether they will be held liable to pay compensation for any damage that was caused.

The Relevant Legislation
The issue of the civil liability of owners for damage which is done by their animals is governed by the Animals Act 1971 (‘The Act’). This Act applies to animals which belong to a dangerous species, as well as the animals which are not dangerous...

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