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Tips for a Great Trail Riding Experience

Tips for a Great Trail Riding Experience

Riding looks like so much fun when it's nice and sunny outside, with birds chirping, and the flowers are in full bloom. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before galloping off into the sunrise or sunset. Safety Ensure that the horse is secure to avoid any...

Introducing Your Horse to a New Environment

Introducing Your Horse to a New Environment

Buying a new horse comes with excitement, but it features a fair share of challenges too. A new horse may experience a hard time adapting to the new environment and grazing with a new group. Here are approaches that a new owner can employ to help the horse transition...

Healthy Treats for Your Horse

Healthy Treats for Your Horse

Horses tend to eat the same things daily, so an exciting treat can add some enrichment to their day. However, there are a few things that are important to know before feeding a horse a treat:   What treats are healthy for horses? According to the Tufts Cummings...

Ways to Calm an Anxious Horse

Ways to Calm an Anxious Horse

Because horses are prey animals, they naturally become anxious and are ready to run or break away and flee, unlike dogs, common pets among the predators. Horses will start at things large and small, significant and insignificant. Equine anxiety is the prime issue in...

Care of a Newborn Foal During the First 24 Hours

Care of a Newborn Foal During the First 24 Hours

Nothing is more exciting than the miracle of birth, but those first hours also cause a lot of concern. Welcoming a new foal into the world takes supervision to ensure the safety of the delicate creature. A veterinarian visit should occur in the first 24 hours....

Teaching Youth about the Safe Handling of Horses

Teaching Youth about the Safe Handling of Horses

Riding and caring for a horse is a great way to teach a child responsibility, compassion, and self-confidence. Horses must be taken care of properly and respected to prevent severe accidents and injuries from occurring. Make sure to teach youth the importance of...

Advantages of Lunging Your Horse

Advantages of Lunging Your Horse

Everyone that owns a horse knows that there are few things in life more rewarding. Watching a young horse develop into a majestic animal is simply stunning. One of the best ways to ensure this happens is by lunging your horse. Lunging is a popular training process...

Spring Horse Care Checklist

Spring Horse Care Checklist

After spending months taking care of your horse in the dark and cold of winter, it’s exciting to be able to look forward to spring. Warm weather and more hours of daylight make riding and general horse care alike much easier and more enjoyable. In order to take...

How to Pick the Right Feed for Your Horse

How to Pick the Right Feed for Your Horse

The most natural diet for horses is composed mostly of grasses containing the essential nutrients that equines need. Even so, after the weather becomes colder, horses often do not have as much access to nutritious grasses. So, they need hay, grasses baled at the...

Overview of Western Horse Riding Bits

Overview of Western Horse Riding Bits

Choosing a bit for a horse that is ridden with a Western saddle is often dependent upon the horse's purpose, the size and shape of its mouth, its training and history. If the horse has not been harshly treated and its mouth is still tender, the mildest bit should be...