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General horse information, from the history of the horse to a look at different breeds.

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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Best Horse Names: Meaningful & Unique for Males & Females

The best horse names are those that capture your horse’s essence and push your creativity. I included different types of names, so hopefully, you can find one to meet your needs. Here are the best horse names for male and female horses. Best Male Horse Names Why it’s on my list Best Female Horse Names …

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Horse Shows: Types and What You Do At Them

There are many types of horse shows available for kids and adults. My grandchildren love barrel racing, and I am thankful they’ve been able to participate in local shows. It’s given them a chance to improve their riding skills while also watching one another compete. Competition is a key element of horse shows. Riders compete …

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Lunge a Horse: Meaning, Benefits, and How to Do It Correctly

Horse lunging (lungeing) is a fantastic way to connect with your horse and have some fun in the process. It’s also one of those activities that help us establish our role while exercising our horses too. Horse lunging is a training method that involves having the horse move in a large circle. The handler guides …

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Basic Horse Riding Commands – Hand, Voice, and Body Cues

Teaching your horse basic commands is an easy and fun way to spend time with them. It’ll make riding sessions easier; you can better direct their movement, plus teaching these simple orders will help give both riders and mount a sense of accomplishment. Basic riding commands are essential to the art of horseback riding. You …

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Want to Canter Your Horse? A Guide for Beginner Riders

I recently help my niece through the horse canter for the first time. It was tricky, but after some trials and errors, she caught on and advanced smoothly. This experience made me realize the importance of establishing a good riding foundation before your first canter. Canter is a horse gait (a pattern of movement) that …

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Cooling Sheets and Blankets for Horses: Types and purposes.

It’s been a fun summer getting our horses in shape for the upcoming horse shows. We turn them out into the pasture every day, but before I do, I cover them with cooling sheets until they are ready to go back inside at night. Of course, I get asked, why choose a cooling sheet over …

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Treeless Saddles: Are They Bad for Horses?

Saddles have been around for centuries but treeless saddles are quite a recent invention. The horse community is divided over their use: some believe that they are good for horses while others believe they are bad. Treeless saddles can be bad for some horses because they don’t distribute a rider’s weight evenly which can cause …

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How to Clean Horse Tack: Best Products and Practices

Tack is the equipment used on horses, and it includes saddles, bridles, and other pieces like hackamores and martingales. Your horse’s tack needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it in good shape for use. The best way to clean most horse tack is by using saddle soap and water. Mix the saddle soap with …

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Horse Stall Mats: When They’re Needed plus Costs and Types

A friend recently asked me about the use of stall mats. They told me they had seen them in stalls with clay floors and wondered if this is necessary or just more waste of their money, so I researched it. Horse stall mats are needed when you have hard flooring in your stalls. These durable …

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