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Different aspects of horse health, including proper diet, teeth, and proper grooming techniques, are addressed.

How Many Acres of Land Does One Horse Need? 1, 5, or More?

My son is looking at some land to build a house and wants to ensure he has enough acreage to keep at least one horse. So, he did some research on the topic and also asked for my opinion. In general, most horses require at least one to two acres of land per horse. In …

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Cross Ties for Horses: Everything You Need to Know

When my granddaughter and I went to the racehorse barn, she noticed that the trainer secured the horses differently from us at home. We typically use a single lead rope while he uses cross ties. On our way home, she wanted to know all about cross ties and if we could set some up for …

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Why Good Conformation Is Important in Performance Horses

When I go to horse auctions, the first thing that typically happens is I visit my potential purchases and ask their handler to take them out of their stall. My grandson asked me why I spend so much time staring at each of the horses? The answer was simple: conformation. Good conformation is essential for …

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What Paint Can You Use on Horses? Safe Options for Animals

Two of our grandchildren compete in a weekly barrel racing competition. There’s always an award ceremony at the seasons’ end, and the kids come out riding decorated horses. This year we decided to paint theirs as zebras, but first, we needed to find safe animal paint. Many different types of paint can be used on …

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Tail Bags for Horses: Why Use Them and The 4 Best

Horses frequently have their tails wrapped or tucked in a bag before a competition. However, when my friend accompanied me to watch her first horse show, she was surprised to see horses’ tails covered and wondered why people did this. Owners primarily use tail bags to keep their horse’s tails clean and dry. The bags …

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Bowed Tendons: Causes, Treatment, & Expected Outcomes

I took my family on a tour of the barns after we watched some young horses work at the training center. While there our youngest child asked why a groom was running cold water over a horse’s lower legs – the trainer told us the horse bowed a tendon, which raised even more questions. A …

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How To Transport Your Horse and Prevent Shipping Fever

Whether for competition, trail rides, or doctoring, your horse will need to go somewhere. So make sure you know how to haul them safely and understand the risks of shipping fever so that they return home healthy. When hauling horses, ensure you have the appropriate truck and trailer combination. Perform a pre-trip safety check of …

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Best Polo Wraps for Horses and Why You Need to Use Them

Polo wraps are essential leg protection we keep in our tack room and horse trailer. If you are unsure what a polo wrap is, it’s basically like an Ace bandage but specifically designed for horses’ legs. It’s used primarily when the horse needs extra support or protection for its leg. Polo wraps should be comfortable …

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Horse Water Trough: What you need to know & 5 Best Options

Every morning we wake and go to the barn to feed our horses, wash out their water buckets and refill them with fresh water. For those in the pasture, I check the troughs’ water level and add more if needed. Your animal’s water containers must be durable, clean, and safe. The best horse water troughs …

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Horse Hoof Care Tips: How often to clean, trim, plus tools

While I picked the hooves of the third horse, I was asked by my grandchildren about hoof care and why it’s so important for their horses. I explained the basics and thought there were some helpful things I could share here. In general, you should use a pick and clean out your horse’s hooves daily. …

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