Raising Race Horses

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Raising Race Horses Horse racing has roots in the early 12th century. It was during this time that English mares and Arab stallions were bred, and the breed known as a the thoroughbred was born. Although … Read More

How To Tell When A Horse Is Having Joint Problems

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If you’ve ever stopped to really watch a horse run and jump, you soon realize that their actions are a beautiful symphony of movement. Every muscle and joint in a horse’s body work together to create … Read More

Massage Techniques Designed to Improve a Horse’s Mobility and Endurance

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Equine massage therapy is a procedure that is relatively new in the equestrian world. It is based on a lot of the therapeutic and massage techniques that have been developed to help human athletes achieve their … Read More

Horse Training Tip: Inside Secret To Understanding A Flowing, Slow Lope

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www.TheHorseTrainingChannel.com We’ve all watched a pleasure class and have seen a horse loping and could hardly tell which lead they were on in the front. World Champion Western Pleasure Horse Trainer, Cleve Wells explains indepth in … Read More

Horse Training Tips – Haltering

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This video will show you the steps to take in haltering a horse for the very first time. In this video is a 3 year old mustang that has been handled for only 4 days. And … Read More

Halloween Activities with Horses

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Don’t let dogs have all the fun this Halloween! It’s easy to organize a Halloween activity with horses at your boarding stable or even a public equestrian area. Kids who ride can enjoy safe Halloween games and … Read More

When to Clip Your Horse for the Winter

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It’s getting cold already in many areas, and horse owners are wondering when it’s time to start clipping for the winter. Horses that remain in moderate to heavy work during the winter months should  be clipped. … Read More

Group Riding Lessons Versus Private Instruction

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When enrolling in horseback riding lessons, one must choose between group lessons and private instruction.  Each instructional method has advantages and disadvantages. Ideally, most riders should take a combination of group and individual lessons. If this is not … Read More

How to Stop Horses from Anticipating Cues

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Anticipation is a common problem in horses in all disciplines, particularly those that are advancing rapidly in their training and learning new things. All horses may anticipate cues, but hot-blooded breeds and high-energy horses are most likely … Read More

Do Horses Enjoy Being Ridden?

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Some years ago, I received the gift of a book by the owner and administrator of a large animal sanctuary. Overall, the book was a touching tribute to the many animals rescued by the author. But … Read More

Solving Head-Shyness in Horses

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My horse, Ember, was very head-shy when he first came to me as a rescued racehorse who’d been on his way to slaughter. A severe ear mite infestation made the problem even worse. After the mites were … Read More

Should You Ask Your Farrier About Letting Your Horse Go Barefoot?

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Some people feel so strongly about allowing horses to go without horseshoes that they consider shoeing a form of abuse; others won’t let their horses take three steps without iron armor on their soles. The most … Read More

Extreme Cold and Your Pets

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Ice storms are battering the Northeast, while the West and Midwest are now experiencing record cold due to an Arctic front. In my city, a record-breaking low was recorded yesterday, with temperatures of -15 degrees Fahrenheit … Read More

Listen to Your Horse

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Yes, I know, it sounds counterintuitive to allow your horse to have a say in his or her training, but communication should go both ways between a horse and rider. For example, my horse recently was … Read More

What Might an Obama Presidency Mean for Pet Owners?

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Barack Obama and his family will be moving into the White House soon, with a puppy in tow. But what could an Obama presidency change about dog ownership in America? Shortly before the election I received … Read More

Treating Equine Ulcers: My Experience with An Alternative to Gastro-Guard

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Last spring, my Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) gelding, Ember, began colicking repeatedly. He would begin lying down and nipping at his sides just before feeding time, as often as two or three times per week. The episodes … Read More

Training Your Dog Around Horses

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You’ve undoubtedly noticed that your dog is much smaller than a horse. (Well, most are anyway.) Nevertheless, most horses are much more frightened of dogs than the reverse. That creates unique problems – for dog, horse … Read More

Might an OTTB be Right for You?

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By OTTB, I mean, of course, an Off the Track Thoroughbred. In other words, a retired racehorse, like my Ember, aka Embrace Reality, pictured below. OTTBs can excel in most disciplines, are generally inexpensive compared to … Read More

Start Clicking With Your Horse

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Would you like to teach your horse to lie down on command? How about improving your mare’s flying lead changes, or testing a young horse’s jumping potential without needing to place a rider on his back? … Read More

Top Five Myths About Pet Adoption

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Many people seeking a new pet bypass the adoption option for one reason or another. While there are certainly some situations in which purchasing from a reputable, responsible breeder is ideal, consider this list of five … Read More

79th German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix Last Weekend

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The results of the 79th German Jumping and Dressage Grand Prix Derby can be found .. HERE Image details: 79th German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix served by picapp.com What Is It? Classic Meets Modern The … Read More

If You Ride, You Are a Trainer

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By Bonnie Martin Frequently I talk to, hear of, or read about someone who bought a trained horse and after riding it for a period of time decide that the horse needs to go to a … Read More

Taking Care of Your Horses In The Heat

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By Samantha J Jane We go to great lengths to make ourselves comfortable in the hot weather, air conditioning, fans, cold drinks. What should we do to ensure our horses are also comfortable through our hot, … Read More

Horse Racing Enthusiast – Interviewed

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… no, not by me .. but I’d like to shout this out to other Horse Enthusiasts … and Horse Racing Enthusiasts! Listen to Kevin Stafford (aka kdawg68) from The Aspiring Horseplayer talk about the Florida … Read More

Ten Steps to Buying The Right Horse

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By Fiona Stone In shopping for a horse there are a few basic rules to meet success. Do yourself a favor and read this guideline if you want a smooth transition into your next purchase of … Read More

Dismounting and Untacking Your Horse

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You’ve had your very first experience with riding a horse and it was absolutely wonderful. However, even if you’re having the best time of your life, you can’t stay up there forever. Eventually, you will need … Read More

Get Your Horse Moving

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You’ve managed to make it up on top of your horse and boy, is it a long way down! Now, how do you get him to move? After all, you don’t want to make an animal … Read More

Tacking Up and Mounting Up Your Horse

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So, it’s time for your very first horseback ride and you just can’t wait to jump on that horse’s back so you can gallop off into the sunset. However, before you ride off on your horse, … Read More

Competing in Events With Your Horse

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While there is certainly nothing wrong with riding your horse just for fun and relaxation, competing in events can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Competing brings you and your horse closer together and improves your … Read More

Buying Guide to Tack for Training a Horse

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If you want to successfully train a horse, you should consider adding some special equipment to your tack room. While you may be able to make do with the tack you already have, training will be … Read More

Horse Tack

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If you are figuring up the cost of buying a horse and haven’t added in the cost of tack, you will need to reevaluate your budget. Horse tack is an essential part of owning a horse, … Read More

Guide To Buying A Saddle For Your Horse

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While most people realize they will need a saddle to ride their horses, they may not be aware of all the reasons why they should use a saddle instead of riding bareback. Saddles are often more … Read More

Where To Ride Your Horse

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You’ve saddled up your horse for a relaxing day in the saddle when you suddenly realize that you have no idea where to ride him outside of that same little paddock. Are there any more exciting … Read More

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