Horses are prone to a number of different types of skin disorders. Their skin is very thin, and they have a lot of it, being large animals, so it is not uncommon for a horse to suffer from several types of skin maladies at the same time on different parts of its skin. Learning to recognize and diffe
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
Dimethyl-Sulfoxide, commonly known as DMSO, is a substance used for a variety of medical reasons. Primarily used for its ability to relieve inflammation, DMSO treats founder and relieves arthritic symptoms as well. DMSO can penetrate the skin quickly and take other substances with it such as antibio
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.
One of the most challenging issues of keeping horses is properly fencing their habitat. Keeping the horses safe, while choosing the best fence possible for your budget, requires a good deal of education and foresight. Since fencing can come in such a huge variety of types and costs, the more you kno
Reins are among the most easily recognizable pieces of tack -- equipment for riding a horse -- a rider uses. As the phrases "rein in" or "free rein" indicate, reins are a mechanism used to control the horse's movement. Attached to the bridle, reins are used by the rider to change a horse's direction
Russian Arabian horses were bred by Czars and noblemen in the 17th century, and comprised a large portion of the stables of Catherine the Great by 1772. Many prized animals were brought home from the Middle East in 1889. The Tersk Stud originated after the Russian Revolution and assimilated many qua
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
Discover one of the best kept secrets of keeping your horse from hurting you if he spooks or bucks. This same secret is also critical for important maneuvers.
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
Horse wormer is designed to be given to a horse in doses based on the horse's weight. According to the American Miniature Horse Association, the average miniature horse weighs between 150 and 200 lbs. The average adult full-sized horse weighs close to 1000 lbs. If a miniature horse receives a worme
Colic is a discomfort or pain in the abdomen or belly region. Only about 10 percent of horses die from colic, even though colic is the leading natural cause of premature death among horses.
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
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.
These days, it's easy to compare horse insurance policies online. What should you look for in a policy though and what are the benefits?
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,