I'd like to share my first impressions using the Natural Horsemanship technique of horse training. When I was first introduced to Natural Horsemanship, I was in my early teens and working with a woman who had taken me under her wings. This woman taught me how truly sensitive horses are and how
One essential task of horsemanship is knowing how to properly and safely catch a horse in a pasture or field. Catching a horse is the first step in working with the horse on the ground or riding. It is a good way to build trust between horse and handler. It is important for a handler to know how t
Some basic rules about feeding will keep your horse in optimal health. It is easy to overlook these simple issues but if you do it may effect your horse's lifespan.
Red Brand horse fence is one of the most safe types of horse fence available. The fence is made with very small openings so a horse cannot get his head or hooves through it. The wire is strong but springy so that it gives just enough if a horse hits the fence. Red Brand is available at many hardware
Horses that are purebreds, meaning they're usually bred for racing or showing, are required to have a registered name. This ensures that both the owner and animal are protected from unscrupulous breeders who trade on a famous name. The first step is to decide on a name and the association you'd like
Keep your saddle pads clean to protect your horse from dirt and embedded sand that can irritate his back. Regularly inspect the underside of the pad for matted hair, rough or hard spots, rocks and sand, burs and other objects that can aggravate your horse. Proper animal grooming will also protect yo
A horse with a club foot favors one or more feet. The affected tendons of this posture-change result in deformity. Young horses with poor diets sometimes have disrupted limb growth, but club foot can occur due to injuries. A club foot might also be attributed to genetic issue, and in these cases a
Vitamins are essential to life - they regulate metabolism and assist the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food and are the foundation of body functions. Some are water soluble which cannot be stored in the body so therefore they must be taken into the body daily - includes Vit
Horses have long lives, and most folks intend to give them a forever home. After all, our equine companions are often a large part of our lives and we spend a great deal of time, energy, money and effort on their behalf! But the fact is that millions of animals are purchased or trade hands every yea
Because of the nature of a barn, there are often many fire risks. The barn itself, or large portions of its interior, are often made of wood. Flammable materials such as hay are frequently stored inside. Pests like rodents are attracted by grain and can damage electrical wires, or wiring can simply
A horse suffering from a bruised hoof will exhibit a purplish or dark gray discoloration on the sole of the foot. The visible bruise may be fresh or the result of an injury that occurred several months ago. The horse often shows signs of mild lameness when the injury first occurs with no discernible
Horses are naturally cautious. Their instincts guide them to fight or flee. Teaching them to approach and then walk over obstacles can be one of the most challenging things you will do with a horse. This article will give you some tips on how to train a horse to go over obstacles under saddle.
The colder months can be a tough time for horse and pony owners. Unless an individual has a background in equine nutrition, it can be tricky to know which types of feed and precise quantities to provide the horse with, to ensure they remain warm and in good physical shape throughout winter. However,
When a person sustains a serious physical injury like a broken bone or damaged ligament or tendon, an integral part of their recovery program is going to include physical therapy.However, this crucial piece of the injury recovery process is often left out where horses (or animals in general) are con
Wide open spaces and a blanket of grass is what horses prefer to have around them. Though often associated with stables for living space and oats for food, horses prefer a very specific type of environment based on how they evolved.
Pinworms can be easily controlled.horses image by Penny Williams from Fotolia.comEquine pinworms are parasites that live in the large intestines of horses. At night the females lay eggs on the skin around the rectum. These eggs can fall off the host and contaminate pastures where they are...
As you learn to ride you may fall victim to one of these common bad riding habits. Learn what to watch for as you learn to ride your horse.
As one of the most common ailments to a horse, equine thrush affects the hoof of a horse. Thrush is caused by a anaerobic bacteria as well as general moisture get trapped in the hoof which in turn causes an infection in the hoof that can be very damaging to the horse if left untreated. This particul
Veins circulate blood throughout your cat's body -- and are also prevalent in the ears. When a vein is cut due to injury, a fight or an accident, the bleeding is intense. A pressure bandage is one method of slowing down the bleeding enough to safely transport the cat for professional help. A pressur
An alpaca's teeth may need to be trimmed to avoid digestive problems and harm to other animals and humans. A veterinarian should be consulted before dental work is performed, and teeth may need to be surgically removed in some cases. Most of the time, however, the alpaca's owner can saw off the anim