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Types of Materials Used in Horse Bit Mouthpieces
1st Apr 2015   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
We took a look at some common bit mouthpieces. All mouthpieces can be made in a variety of materials, and sometimes they incorporate more than one. Different materials are thought to enhance the effectiveness of the bit, although ...
Most Common Types of Horse Bits by Severity
30th Mar 2015   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
There are many types of bits available. Go into any tack store and youíre likely going to be overwhelmed by the choices. There really are only a few main types of mouthpieces that bits are designed with. And, although Iíve listed ...
How to Make a Horse Drink Water
28th Mar 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Weíve all had a glass of water from somewhere and thought, yuck, this tastes terrible. Your horse might feel the same way. Horses get used to the taste of water at home, and then wonít drink at an event because the water tastes fu ...
What Triggers A Horse to Shed
24th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Coat growth is triggered by exposure to daylight. This explains why many horses will actually start to lose their winter coat in January, when the coldest winter weather is still upon us. Horses can start losing winter coat after ...
How to Age a Horse by Teeth
22nd Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Galvayne's groove grows out above the gumline. By the time the horse is fifteen, this groove will reach halfway to the top edge of the tooth. By the time the horse is twenty, the groove may run the full length of the tooth. By the ...
What Not to Wear - Stable Style
18th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Street clothes donít always make good riding clothes. A few of these things Iíve learned the hard way. Others are (un)common sense. Hereís what not to wear in the stable, or when youíre riding. ...
What is the Difference Between Domestic and Wild Horses
16th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In the 1950s, a Russian geneticist became interested in how dogs evolved from wolves. Basing his research on evolutionary theory, he endeavored to speed up the process using foxes, a species that had never been domesticated before ...
Four Tactics of Wiley School Horses
14th Mar 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
School horses can be wiley. Theyíre a bit like production line workers who get a tad bored and find ways to entertain themselves or make their work easier. Like a good boss, we need to know how to motivate them and keep them at th ...
I Want to Be a Pony
12th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
No one really knows if there is such a thing as reincarnation. But if there is, Iíve given some thought as to how Iíd like to return. I first considered coming back as a cat. But the prospect of being expected to hunt for mice and ...
The Most Asked Questions About Horses
7th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The top question people ask online about horses, whether they are horse owners or not, is how long do horses live? Horses, like people, are living longer than ever. This is largely due to our greater understanding of their needs, ...
Parts of the Horse Hoof
5th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse hooves are fascinating and so much more than hard roundish disks at the end of a horseís legs. Over the eons, horses hooves have evolved from five toes, much like your dogís. Modern horses still have vestigial digits - lefto ...
Why Horses Kick
3rd Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the first things riding students learn is how to walk behind a horse without it being startled. Being startled is one of the most common reasons a horse will kick. Their hair trigger self defense strategy can sometimes go o ...
Just Buy Your Kid a Pony
1st Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Iím of the opinion that if someone wants a horse, and theyíre willing to do what it takes to look after it, they should have one. It doesnít work out that way in the real world of course. But ponies and horses are good for kids, a ...
Money Saving Tips for Horse Owners
26th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
ce of a horse is just the beginning. What if your Ďfreeí horse has an injury a week after you buy it, leaving you with a $1500 vet bill? Thatís not likely of course, but itís something to think about. The ongoing expenses can add ...
Do Horses Feet Get Cold
24th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Even the horses without shoes are getting ice cakes under their hooves. If the temperature goes up a bit, itís not unusual to see their hooves glazed with ice. Shoes without snow pads can cause the snow to melt so hard against the ...
Horse Vaccines Are Not Necessary
22nd Feb 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Equine anti-vaxxers believe that vaccinations overload or over-stimulate the horseís immune system and cause long term neurological or allergy problems. We have to remember that our own, and our horseís immune system is being assa ...
The Kentucky Feral Horse Controversy
21st Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In a state known for its elegant stables, miles of white fences and pedigree racing stock, itís a bit of a surprise that Kentucky is home to a sizeable population of feral and free-roaming horses. Where once the mountains of Appal ...
How To Extend And Preserve Your Hay Storage
19th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís a long way to haying season, when the next crop will be ready. So what if you donít have enough hay to see you through to early summer? Here are a few things you can do to extend and preserve your hay store. ...
Girl Guides First Horse Encounter
17th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Riding has slowed down for the winter months. Thereís lots of snow and cold, and little motivation to go out in it and ride. I did spend a whole day at the barn recently, because apparently the Girl Guides donít notice the cold an ...
Does Color Influence A Horses Character
15th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Perhaps the horse color with the worst reputation is chestnut. Chestnut colors can range from very deep reddish brown, to a bright coppery red. Many people believe that a red chestnut will be very temperamental. Saying the words ...
2015 Equestrian Pan-Am Games
14th Feb 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Iíve got tickets to see dressage and cross country jumping at the Pan-Am Games in July, and Iím so excited! Tickets are on sale now, and going fast, so thankfully, my daughter grabbed them early. Long side dressage tickets were a ...
Dales Pony Facing Extinction - Only 1500 Left
11th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Less than one hundred years ago, ponies and horses were still being used as modes of transportation and beasts of burden. One British breed was well known for its ability to withstand rigorous labor in harsh conditions. The Dales ...
Towing a Toboggan Behind a Horse
9th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Where I live, there is a foot of snow on the ground right now. This means that outdoor riding is limited. I have the luxury of riding indoors now, but it hasn't always been that way. When I was growing up, we had a choice of wadin ...
Train Your Horse To Hug
7th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of my familyís favorite TV shows was 'Whose Line Is It Anyways', and one of our favorite lines was from a game called Two Line Vocabulary. Whenever we notice anyone feeling down, frustrated or angry we say - oooo...somebody ne ...
Dogs and Horses
5th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
up on your living room rug. But, there can be more serious consequences. There is a chance Maxx could have become impacted. That would have required a trip to the veterinarianís office and some uncomfortable procedures. Dogs canít ...
A Brief History of Jumping
3rd Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Just as no one knows when the first horse was ridden, we canít be sure just when someone discovered that training a horse to be ridden over obstacles such as ditches and fences was useful. Xenophon who lived c. 430 Ė 354 BC in Gre ...
Horse Lice Infestation in the Winter Months
1st Feb 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are a few skin problems that horse owners deal with more commonly in the winter months than in summer. One of the more disturbing problems is lice. Call it lousiness, lice, louse infestation, Haematopinus Asin or Amalinia Eq ...
Quick Horse Blanket Repair
31st Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the years Iíve learned how to repair most of my horseís gear myself. Horse blankets are especially prone to damage from the horse wearing them, and from other horses theyíre pastured with. Recently, one of the horses pastured ...
Too Young To Ride A Horse
27th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
How old were you when you first discovered horses? If you ride, how old were you when you first sat in the saddle, or when you first started really riding? There are old photos of me sitting on my motherís horse as a toddler. I go ...
Calories You Burn Working with Horses
25th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
After cleaning a few stalls, I got home and decided I needed cookies. After all, I burned energy working and it was cold, so I deserved a few tasty calories. While some people might argue that horseback riding isnít a sport and it ...
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