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Communication is the foundation of our fellowship with all other sentient beings on the planet. We rely on communication through actions and tone to tell our pets when they are bad and good. We rely on communication to talk to our friends and neighbors. If we don't understand the spoken language of someone, we rely on gestures and sounds. Working with a horse is no different and requires just as much care as communication with anyone. Below are five common communication mistakes and misunderstandings between a horse and their rider.
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Abaco Spanish Colonial pictures, video and information.
Akhal-Teke pictures, video and information.
Altai pictures, video and information.
Alter-Real pictures, video and information.
American Indian Horse pictures, video and information.
American Quarter Horse pictures, video and information.
American Sorraia Mustang pictures, video and information.
Andalusian pictures, video and information.
Anglo Arab pictures, video and information.
Appaloosa pictures, video and information.
Arabian pictures, video and information.
Ardennes pictures, video and information.
Ariegeois pictures, video and information.
Australian Stock Horse pictures, video and information.
Avelignese pictures, video and information.
Azteca pictures, video and information.
Banker Horse pictures, video and information.
Barb pictures, video and information.
Bashkir Curly pictures, video and information.
Knowing the basic anatomy of a horse is all part of being a good horseman. You need to understand where your equipment is going and what part of your horse is hurting so you can describe the problem succinctly to your veterinarian.
Bedding Pros and ConsChoosing what's best for your Horse
Horses are pretty tough animals. They can ride for hours on end, clop along some rough terrain, and withstand some pretty brutal elements. However, they aren’t immune to everything the world can throw at them, and one disease they need to be careful of is tetanus. Humans know this pretty well as we usually have to get tetanus shots whenever we puncture ourselves on a nail or something, but horses aren’t going to be careful to tell you something like that. So then, here’s what you need to be aware of regarding tetanus and your horse.
Boer Pony pictures, video and information.
Boulonnais pictures, video and information.
Brabant pictures, video and information.
Perhaps one of the most frightening things for any horse owner, especially a young one, is the prospect of their horse breaking a leg. We have all heard of or seen the horror of a horse stumbling on the race track and having to be euthanized (we no longer shoot our animals when they break a leg, euthanasia is more humane). But why are these horses so often euthanized? Does every horse that breaks its leg face this same fate? Thankfully, no. The process of dealing with a broken horse leg is one of finance, time, and success factors.
Breton pictures, video and information.
Brumby pictures, video and information.
Budyonny pictures, video and information.
Camargue pictures, video and information.
Campolina pictures, video and information.
Carolina Marsh Tacky pictures, video and information.
Caspian pictures, video and information.
Cerbat pictures, video and information.
Chincoteague pictures, video and information.
Cleveland Bay pictures, video and information.
Clydesdale pictures, video and information.
If you own horses, you need to know about colic. It’s one of the biggest risks in a horse’s life, with 10-11% of all horses suffering from it. The result of improperly treated colic could be severe to the point of death. By now, you need to be able to spot the signs of colic, because if you don’t and miss the chance to seek medical help, it may be too late for your horse. Here’s what you need to know about your horse and colic.
Colonial Spanish pictures, video and information.
Common Horse Riding Terms
In the pet world, one of the most terrifying words we can hear is “rabies.” With dogs or cats, it’s about as tragic as can be, but we don’t typically think of horses as even being capable of carrying the disease. This is an unfortunate oversight though as horses are known to catch rabies just as a dog or a cat. And worse, there’s no scientific way to conclusively diagnose rabies on a live pet, so the only way to know for sure is to do an autopsy. But there’s still some signs that point toward the disease, so be on the lookout for these things.
Connemara pictures, video and information.
Considering going in for the long-haul and purchasing a horse? Before jumping in with both feet you'll want to consider the financial costs of owning such a large animal. Below is a breakdown, by category, of the items necessary for owning a horse and their approximate costs. It is, perhaps, both their size and the cost of equipment that makes owning a horse so expensive. When your animal weighs, on average, 1000 pounds you must be able to feed them and handle their upkeep. The costs of each item individually is not so bad, but all of them together create sums worth serious consideration.
Criollo pictures, video and information.
Dales pictures, video and information.
Danish Warmblood pictures, video and information.
Dartmoor pictures, video and information.
Deadly Equine Diseases
Horses are generally kind, friendly creatures. That’s part of the charm that a lot of equestrian fans cite as to why horses make such great companions and pets. But even the friendliest of animals can be pushed to bouts of aggression, which you may have experienced yourself when you walk into your horse’s stall, only to get charged by a very annoyed horse. Why would a horse do that? And what can you do to help? Here’s a short guide on dealing with an unhappy horse in their stall.
Of all animals, horses seem to pull off the blanket look best. You can try putting a blanket on your cat or dog, but usually the pet will simply slight right out from under it and run away. Horses, however, typically require a blanket as they go about their business between riding and carting supplies around. Selecting the correct blanket for your horse is pretty important though as just any old blanket is likely to cause some problems if not attended to. You need to choose wisely, so here’s a little guide to help you consider some important aspects regarding your horse’s blanket.
The best way to answer the question of shoeing your horse is to first understand why we deal with horses' feet to begin with. Much like we rely on our human feet, horses spend nearly all their time standing, walking and running on theirs. Their hooves must be kept trimmed back just like our toenails, and if shoed, the shoes must fit properly and sit well on the feet. Imagine that you have allowed your toenails to grow out about an inch and then tried to shove your feet into shoes a size to small. Now imaging walking like that and you can somewhat understand why hoof care is so important.
Don pictures, video and information.
Dutch Warmblood pictures, video and information.
Einsiedler pictures, video and information.
Eriskay pictures, video and information.
Exmoor pictures, video and information.
Falabella pictures, video and information.
Famous Horses In Fiction
Feeding and Rebuilding a Malnourished Horse
Feeding Your HorseTips for Doing It RightThe most important tip? Find a diet that works for your horse and stick with it. This way any sudden loss or gain of weight can be quickly identified and you can have them checked out by a veterinarian before any problems become too serious!
Fell pictures, video and information.
Finnish Universal pictures, video and information.
Five Famous Warhorses
Five Most Common Horse Diseases
Fjord pictures, video and information.
Florida Cracker pictures, video and information.
Frederiksborg pictures, video and information.
Friesian pictures, video and information.
Recently I have started watching Sky Atlantic’s hit new show Luck, a show depicting the ‘dark side of horse racing’. The effort that goes into training a horse is only have the battle; the horse, under pressure and stress, exerts all its power into pure force and push themselves to their maximum level of speed. They have to be taken care of to go as fast as they are. They have to be fed nutritional food, groomed nicely for a show, and of course, reach the peak of their psychical fitness and health, and make sure nothing is wearing them down. These responsibilities of course fall under the trainer.
Gelderlander pictures, video and information.
Giving Up Your HorseDoing it HumanelyIf the time comes that you decide you can no longer care for your horse, either because of finances or they have out grown their usefulness, as the owner it is your responsibility to do all you can to make sure that they leave your care and enter into a new home in which they will be treated with the same love and attention they received from you. At-risk horses are all too often sold in auctions to "killer buyers" who take them to slaughter.
Groningen pictures, video and information.
Hackney pictures, video and information.
Haflinger pictures, video and information.
Few things are more inevitable than rattlesnake bites when you own a horse. It’s just one of those things you have to be ready for, especially if you live in an area that’s full of snakes. When the weather gets warmer and you head out on a ride, there’s always a chance you could come across that horrifying rattling sound and witness as your horse falls victim to one of history’s classic antagonists. But it also isn’t the end of the world, so keep calm and remember what to do when your horse is bitten by a rattlesnake.
Hanoverian pictures, video and information.
Our horses are an integral part of our families. We raise them up, keep them safe, but sometimes the worst can happen and for one reason or another, they become ill. Many horses will fall prey to a disease known as Cushing’s, and while it can be fatal, there are ways for your horse to still live a relatively happy life, even with the disease. Here’s what you should know about Cushing’s and how to handle it.
Horses reproduce by giving birth to live foals. Sure, this is no shock, but if you own a female horse and discover that she’s now pregnant, are you ready to help care for her and her eventual baby? The process isn’t as simple as you may think and actually requires a good deal of planning, much like the birth of a human baby would be. Here’s what you need to know for helping your mare deal with her pregnancy.
Holstein pictures, video and information.
Find information, pictures and videos of all the different horse breeds, from A to Z. Find out the pros and cons of a breed before you decide to get a horse.
Whether embarking on English or Western style riding, the right equipment is essential! Below is a list of what you need first for English style riding then for Western style riding with descriptions. Have fun!
Find information, pictures and more about all the popular horse breeds. Get all the information you need to make a good decision on a new horse.
As with any animal, a grooming routine is a chance for you to build a bond and grow closer together. It is also essentially and necessary for maintaining a high quality of life and proper care for your animals- of any size.
Horse Inspection Checklist15 Things You Want to Check to Make Sure Your Horse is Healthy
Horses have been used in warfare from as early as 4000 BC and ending only in the last hundred years in the Western world; they are still used frequently in third world countries. A variety of horses, including mules and donkeys, have been used in warfare for an equal number of different purposes. Type varied with purpose, which some horses being used for reconnaissance, others for calvary charges or raiding, and still others for communication and supply. Though they have been phased out for combat in the western world, many countries still maintain small units for mounted police, mountain search and rescue, and small military units for ceremonial and educational purposes.
No matter which animal you select as a pet, inevitably you ask yourself a deceptively simple question: How smart is my pet? We generally regard dogs as smart because they can be trained, and cats as smart because they usually can’t be. With horses, it doesn’t seem like we can really agree either way. Some view them as inherently intelligent creatures while others marvel at their simplicity. Judging an animal’s intelligence is all relative, but let’s ask that question today: How smart are horses?
We’ve hit a point where tough decisions are being made every day about how we’re going to spend our money. While it’s fairly simple to think of ways to trim a family’s food budget, doing the same for a horse can be complicated. Horses need a lot more than humans do on a daily basis, and malnutrition can have some pretty devastating effects if not corrected quickly. So how does one keep your horse fed on a budget? Let’s take a look.
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A malnourished horse has been denied adequate food and water for a very long time. They suffer both physically and psychologically from this and evidence will be in both appearance and personality.
Though not an entirely accurate method of telling age, you can get a pretty accurate guesstimate of your horses' age by looking at their teeth. Horses do not have teeth like people do, they continue to grow as they age and be worn down as they eat. Knowing how the different teeth are worn down and how they develop will help you guesstimate how old your horse is.
The nature of horses- outdoor creatures who gallop around fields and forests- is one that breeds the occasional abscess. They are fairly inevitable, but at least they’re not the end of the world. Still, it helps to know exactly what do to when your horse eventually develops an uncomfortable abscess. So grab your first-aid kit and some warm water and take a look at how to treat your horse’s abscess.
Icelandic pictures, video and information.
Important Questions to Ask your Horse Trainer
Irish Draught pictures, video and information.
Jutland pictures, video and information.
Karabakh pictures, video and information.
Kathiawari pictures, video and information.
Knabstrup pictures, video and information.
Konik pictures, video and information.
Landais pictures, video and information.
There’s a ton of enjoyment to be had in the realm of horse riding, and it only gets better with experience. But no matter how much time you’ve spend with your horse and how good you are while mounted, you’re eventually going to encounter a moment when you need to make the decision to either hold on with everything you’ve got, or else jump clear to safety. Knowing which to do can be tough, and know how to do either is also a challenge, but it’s vital. Knowing how to bail could actually save your life, so take a moment here and learn when to bail and when to hang on.
Lipizzaner pictures, video and information.
Lusitano pictures, video and information.
Mangalarga Marchador pictures, video and information.
Marwari pictures, video and information.
Miniature Horse FAQ
Missouri Fox-Trotter pictures, video and information.
Morgan pictures, video and information.
Have you been curious what the most famous horse races are? Well, look no further!
Most Famous Racing Horses
Mucking Out Your Horse's StallA Step by Step Guide
Mustang pictures, video and information.
New Forest pictures, video and information.
Non-HorsesFour Animals Like a Horse... but Not
Noriker pictures, video and information.
North Swedish pictures, video and information.
Oldenburg pictures, video and information.
Orlov Trotter pictures, video and information.
Paso Fino pictures, video and information.
Percheron pictures, video and information.
Peruvian Paso pictures, video and information.
Pindos pictures, video and information.
Find information, pictures and more about Pony Breeds. Get all the information you need to make a good decision on a new horse.
Pony of the Americas pictures, video and information.
Pottok pictures, video and information.
Practical Work Horses
Most horses will travel at least a little every year. Whether they're simply heading across town for some trail riding, or across the country for a competition, there are some thing that must be done in order to prepare for your horse to travel. Making sure that you have everything under control makes traveling with your horse a pleasant and safe experience for everyone involved. Here is a list of what you need in order to prepare for travel!
Heat stroke is a danger for all animals, and though all horse breeds will adapt to any temperatures, it is important to follow some basic tips to make sure everyone makes it through those occasionally extra hot summers!
It is important that horse owners remember that horses were not meant to be stabled for long periods of time. In the wild they run free; keeping them stabled can lead to a number of bad habits such as weaving, cribbing, and an all around bad attitude. Help keep your horse physically and mentally healthy by providing distractions when they're in the stable for the long haul.
When you think of horses, unless you’re typically depressed all the time, you usually think of them galloping freely and kicking around with a grand old time. But mention a horse’s health to any owner and they’ll quickly run down a list of the usual offenders, such as Cushing’s or abscesses. Eventually they’ll land somewhere around thrush and be reminded to go check their horse out to make sure he’s still galloping free without thrush. Do you know the signs and how to prevent further infection? Here’s what you should know about thrush in relation to your horse.
When it comes to caring for your horses, one of the most important aspects to put priority on is proper hoof care. A horse with bad hooves is inviting disaster, so taking the time to inspect and clean them is crucial. If you’re not actively helping improve your horse’s hooves, you’re doing something wrong. Here’s a little advice for proper hoof care.
Przewalski's Horse pictures, video and information.
Quarter Horse pictures, video and information.
Once you've narrowed down your list to a small group of favorites, interview them. These are people you will be paying to teach you a skill and you want to be sure you're comfortable with them and their skill level and that they'll be able to teach you what you want to learn.
Getting to hop onto a horse and ride it around is one of the thrills of equestrian ownership. The bond between horse and rider is just something special, but it doesn’t happen instantly. Not every horse is just programmed to allow you to ride it around, and some may need a lot of training before their saddle-ready. If you’re looking for a way to get your horse into riding shape, here are a few simple tips for breaking your horse.
Racking Horse pictures, video and information.
Ride and Tie- A Fun Horse Riding Pastime
Find information, pictures and more about Riding Horses. Get all the information you need to make a good decision on a new horse.
Rocky Mountain Horse pictures, video and information.
Russian Heavy Draft pictures, video and information.
Russian Trotter pictures, video and information.
Schwarzwalder Kaltblut pictures, video and information.
Selle Francais pictures, video and information.
Shagya Arab pictures, video and information.
Shetland pictures, video and information.
Shire pictures, video and information.
Find information, pictures and more about the most popular Show Horses. Get all the information you need to make a good decision on a new horse.
Sorraia pictures, video and information.
Find information, pictures and more about Sport Horses. Get all the information you need to make a good decision on a new horse.
Stable Building Tips
Stable Requirements: Building the Space to Meet Your Horses' Needs
Horse With No ReinsHow to steer your horse without looking like it
Suffolk Punch pictures, video and information.
When the adult teeth of a human grow in, they have a set size that they will meet before the growth ends. Not so with horses. Though foals will lose their set of baby teeth just like young humans, adult horse teeth continue to grow all through their life. Their teeth are like this because in the wild, horses graze constantly on the grass that grows. When they take a bite, they pull the grass up and get bits of dirt in each bite. This dirt grinds against their teeth and wears them down over time. If the teeth did not continue to grow in, eventually their teeth would be worn down to nothing at all.
Tersk pictures, video and information.
The Five Best Breeds for Beginners
Despite the fact that horses are as connected to our past as possible, we still live in an age of advanced technology. It used to be that any time you wanted something for your horse you would have to head down to your local horse store and pick it out, which was a process that some still consider the norm. However, as we now have the Internet to make our lives more convenient in some aspects, it is possible to do our horse-related shopping online. Should you shop for supplies electronically? Here’s a pros and cons list to help you decide.
When you look into human history, few animals stand out as truly integral to our species’ survival. Cats played a big hand in ridding us of pest throughout the ages, and dogs stood by us and our flocks when the predators came around, but of all the animals ever to join with humans toward a better life, horses stand far above them all. Their necessity in every aspect of life and big moments in history just cannot be overlooked, so let’s take a short look at just how integral they were to our development.
A pony is a small horse that is generally considered friendly and intelligent, and sometimes stubborn and devious. They are incredibly strong for their size and a mature pony can sometimes pull the same amount of weight as a draft horse. In general they must measure less than 14.2 hands- not all horses that meet this are considered ponies however. Here is a list of the top five pony breeds!
Thoroughbred pictures, video and information.
Whether just looking for a chance to get out and go horseback riding for fun, or looking into owning your own horse, here are some tips to get you started.
Flies aren't just a nuisance, they're also a danger to your horses. You must have a management in place to combat them so that they do not bring disease into your stables.
About to make your first trip in a while? You want to make sure that your trailer is ready for your horse before you begin to pack up or suffer a tragic mishap on the road. Here is a list of things to look out for before you get started on your journey.
When you go out to gamble on something new, having good tips to help back you up is a good way to lose less and win more. Here are some tips to help you back a winner when you go out to bet on your first horse race.
Most horses eventually get old. Okay, actually the statistic is somewhere like %100 of animals eventually age and become older. It’s just a fact of life, but even with this inevitability, have you prepared yourself to care for an elderly horse? Have you taken any steps to teach their specific condition differently than a young one? The longer you wait, the older your horse will become, so take some time and consider how to properly care for an older horse.
Here are some quick tips to help you make traveling as stress free and safe for your horse as possible.
Top 10 Most Poisonous Plants for Horses
Top Five Breeds for Jumping
Top Five Dressage Breeds
Top Five Racing Breeds
Top Five Western Show Breeds
Draft horses have long been viewed as the powerhouse quarter of the working horses. They sport huge and strong bodies and many possess gentle spirits. Here are the top five work horses.
It’s taken a few months, but it looks like we’re finally starting to move out of the long, long winter and into something a bit friendlier, weather-wise. Your horses are probably quite happy to have a chance to stretch their legs in the warm sun rather than the cold snow, and most likely they’re excited to get a chance to eat some rich, spring grass. But hold on a minute! Switching from winter feed to spring feed isn’t a perfectly simple transition. The sudden change can cause a horse to feel rather ill, so here’s what you should know what they swap one for the other.
Waler pictures, video and information.
Welsh Section A and B pictures, video and information.
When going out to buy a horse, you want to make sure the horse you buy is right for you, your children, and your level.
You've picked your trainer, purchased your clothing and arrived at the stable, but what should you expect to learn at your first lesson? Here is a list, from beginning to end, of what to expect during your first day on horseback.
What to Feed Your HorseTips for Quality NutritionFor such a large animal, the digestive system of the horse is surprisingly delicate. Optimize your horses' nutrition by knowing what they need and when to supply it. An athletic horse will have greater nutritional needs than a horse that is riding only on occasion.
What to Look for in a Horse Riding InstructorHow to Prepare For Lessons and Choose a Good InstructorBefore beginning your journey of riding horseback, you need to find an instructor. Choosing an instructor is important as you want someone you feel comfortable working with, someone that is knowledgeable, and someone that works with the style of riding you are interested in. You may go for a well known, professional trainer or for someone you've heard through word of mouth is excellent. Whatever your choice, here are the things you should look for in a horse riding instructor.
A quick guide to help you know what to look for when purchasing a horse of your very own.
When you're heading out to go riding, here are a few things that you should consider wearing.
When you dive into the world of the equestrian art, you’ll find a nice mixture of both men and women evenly appreciating horses and all their great qualities. But head a little deeper, specifically into the realm of youth and suddenly you’ll see a marked difference in how the genders view their horses. Boys tend to look at them as cool animals, mostly as a vehicle to ride around the desert and charge into war. Girls, on the other hand, tend to dream big and consume their lives with high fantasy by associating horses with princesses, far away kingdoms, and especially variations on horses such as unicorns. The magical unicorn is one of those perfect fantasy creatures, but just why is it so popular? And could one ever really exist?
It’s pretty common to see show horses parading around with their hair clean and braided rather than left to hang freely. While this looks like it’s only for the sake of the show, there are a lot of great reasons to put your horse’s hair into braids. Why is that exactly? For its overall health! Braiding does a lot more than just act fashionable. Here’s why braiding their mane is great for them.
Raising a horse puts you on high alert to anything that could negatively affect their health. You’re constantly inspecting them for abnormalities and being ever-watchful when it comes to where they’re wandering to and what they’re eating. So it’s only natural that when you have the chance to look into adding something to their diet that can improve their overall health, you’d probably jump at it, right? Well, have you been regularly feeding your horse flaxseed? Here’s why you should consider doing just that.
Keeping horses healthy in winter is just as important as keeping them cool during the summer. Here are some tips to help you keep your equines safe and secure this coming winter.
Preparing your barn for a cold winter is the best way to care for your livestock. Here are some tips to help you get things under control before the snow comes tumbling your way.
Find information, pictures and more about Work horses. Get all the information you need to make a good decision on a new horse.
The image of a cowboy on a horse herding cattle on a drive is one that many filmgoers know well. It seems a throwback to a time long past but is, in reality, still a part of our lifestyle today. Drives exist in both the United States and Australia. Here are some tips for preparing your horse to work with cattle and for working cattle with your horse. The goal is to desensitize your horse to the fear of being around cattle and to make them comfortable following your commands even in the case of a disaster such as a stampede.