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Best Hay Nets for Horses in 2022: Benefits and Tips

My son noticed that I use a hay net when feeding some of our horses, but not others. He asked me why the difference in treatment? The reason that we treat our horses differently depends is because of their individual needs, which includes how we feed them hay. Hay nets are an essential tool for …

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English Stirrups: A Complete Guide and 7 Best Picks of 2022

Stirrups are an essential piece of horse riding equipment and in an article last year, I wrote about the types and history of stirrups. However, this time around, I’m focusing exclusively on English stirrups. English stirrups are thinner and narrower than Western stirrups. They may be made of steel, aluminum, polymer, or nylon. They are …

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How Much Does It Cost to Transport a Horse? Tip for hauling

The cost of keeping horses is expensive. Ours often stay at a training center, and we pay someone local to haul them to their races, but this month’s bill made me realize that I needed to find out the going rate to transport a horse. In general, most commercial equine transportation services charge .75 to …

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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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How Much Difference Does a Jockey Make in Horse Racing?

I put a lot of time and effort into my new three-year-old filly, and I thought she would do really well. But so far this year, we’ve had only fifth-place finishes at races? Maybe it’s just not meant for us, or perhaps switching jockeys will help improve her performance. The jockey is an integral part …

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Two Riding Horseback: Safety, Saddles, & Who Rides in Front

When my grandson asked me if he and his sister could ride double on their horse, I wasn’t sure what to say. We did it when we were young, and I remember my dad scolding us, which makes me wonder what the risks and dangers of two riding horseback are? In general, you shouldn’t ride …

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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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