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You’ve probably heard of natural horsemanship, but aren’t exactly sure what it entails. As it turns out, this method of training horses has been around for hundreds of years, yet suffers from a number of misconceptions. Some of those myths stem from the practice...
Even a horse novice can tell you that horses eat hay. The real question is: which type of hay is best for them? The two most common types of hay are alfalfa hay and grass hay. Although both are good for your horse, as they contain plenty of nutrients, there’s some debate over which one is better. As it turns out, it all depends on your horse.
Horses have a lot to say. They just don’t have voices. Instead, like most other animals, they let their body language do the talking. If you pay close attention to your horse, you’ll able to discern its moods. Here are five important things to watch for.
If summertime is good for one thing, it’s hot temperatures. You probably want to enjoy those bright, hot summer days by riding your horse and taking in some sunshine. The only issue is that this weather isn’t great for your beloved horses. They aren’t designed to tolerate hot weather, so what you view as an enjoyable day riding around a pasture can actually be quite dangerous. The good news is that as long as you treat your horse properly after your ride (and go for shorter jaunts that you normally would), everything will be all right.
Although bareback riding is still commonly seen at rodeos and other events, you definitely want to saddle up your horse before you ride, simply because it is more comfortable. However, the process of choosing a saddle can be tricky. You need one that properly fits both you – the rider – as well as your horse. Since an ill-fitting saddle can lead to a number of problems, take the time to read through this handy guide before you purchase your next saddle.
Flies tend to flock to barns. They’re drawn in by the sights and smells – the same ones that people need to get used to, the flies love. These pesky flies can wreak havoc on your livestock and are particularly known to irritate horses. Thankfully, there are some ways to control them.
It’s common knowledge to think that horses and horseshoes go hand in hand. After all, this has been a practice for thousands of years. For the record, early metal horseshoes have been found that date back to 900 AD. These horseshoes were used to protect the hoof from general daily wear and tear as the horses were used for everything from transportation to farming. In modern times, people are split into two different groups – some believe that the practice no longer has a purpose (except for certain conditions), while others simply think that every horse should be shoed. Here, we’ll discuss both points of view.
Horses need to chew their food properly in order to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients. This means that their teeth – which they rely on for the simple task of eating – need to be in great condition. You’ve probably heard the term “floated” used when describing your horse’s dental care, but aren’t quite sure what it means. This word is actually the equivalent of going to the dentist and having teeth repaired or pulled. As your horse ages, his or her teeth will need to be floated (cared for) in different ways. Let’s go over them here.
Buying your first horse Buying your first horse isn’t a decision that you should rush into. There are a number of factors to consider before you choose a horse and send your payment to the breeder. Horses are an investment, both in money and time. You need to pick the...
Have you ever thoughts about why the winter is the best time to list your horse property for sale? It’s not because your ranch looks prettier with snow on the ground. Instead, there are tried and true reasons why this is the best time to sell – and buy – a ranch or other horse property.
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