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Types of Stall Bedding

Types of Stall Bedding

Most horse owners like to use some sort of bedding in their horse’s stall. It gives the horse a softer, more comfortable spot when lying down, and it can also make the stall easier to keep clean and dry. Furthermore, bedding can help keep the horse warm by adding insulation value between the horse and [...]

Hay is for Horses

Hay is for Horses

There are many choices when it comes to buying hay for your horses. The most important thing to remember is to purchase clean hay that’s as free of dust as possible and that’s completely free of dangerous molds that can negatively impact the equines’ respiratory health. Hay that has a greenish color to it will [...]

War Horses and Medieval Knights

War Horses and Medieval Knights

Knighthood as we know it probably began around the year 800. Knights were an important element of feudalism, a pyramid of power, with God at the top, the king under him, lords and barons under the king, and at the bottom , the numerous serfs who did the labor. Males above the serf class were [...]

Cooling Down a Horse Correctly

Cooling Down a Horse Correctly

Written by: Wendy LaFond Cooling down your horse properly after a strenuous activity is just as important as warming up before. To ensure the health and well being of your mount a good exercise regime is imperative. Just as we have a warm up and cool down period when we workout, so do horses need [...]

The Horse Prey Vs. Predator Relationship

Written by: Matthew Brendal There is probably nothing more fundamental to the nature of the horse than the predator and prey relationship. To a predator a horse is nothing more than a four hoofed selection in the smorgasbord of life’s entrees. Horses are food, and they know this deep down in their soul. Domestication over [...]

Understanding a Horse’s Memory

Written By: Nicole Pellerin Horses have a fantastic memory of their physical world, and their responses to it. Their responses will be automatic based on their memories. In fact, one nasty moment of fright and the horse will commit the fright, the place and the circumstances to memory for years. This is why it is [...]

Understanding the Body Language of Horses

Written by: Maryellen Grady When you are building a trusting relationship with your new horse, it is very important that you understand his body language and he yours. Get to know him. It can’t be said often enough. Do this simply by spending time with your new pet. Assert your leadership, but be gentle. Never [...]

Understanding a Horse’s Desire for Companionship

Understanding a Horse’s Desire for Companionship

Written by: Mary Knetter There’s nothing more beautiful than watching a herd of horses galloping across an open field. The group ebbs and flows around the hills and trees as beauty in motion plays itself out. By nature, horses are herd animals. They thrive on the safety, companionship and mental health that the group provides. [...]

Sensitive Areas of a Horse

Sensitive Areas of a Horse

  Written by: Matthew Brendal I usually divide horses into two categories when I train them, sensitive and dull. The sensitive horse is the one in which everything seems to bother him. Nothing much ever seems to concern the dull horse. What I just described is a horse that is psychologically sensitive vice being physiology [...]

The Eyesight of Horses

The Eyesight of Horses

Written By: Holle Abee In order to fully understand a horse, it’s important to understand his physiology, or his internal workings. Basic knowledge of how the horse’s body works will explain much of his behavior. One of the most revealing aspects of equine physiology is eyesight and its affects on how the animal reacts to [...]