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How Far Can Horses Run: without Stopping, and at Full Speed?

Recently I learned that many prestigious 18th-century horse races in Europe exceeded three miles. Finding out about these long horse races made me wonder how far horses can run full speed without stopping. Some horses can run five miles without stopping if they’re fit, but it’s important to note that these animals are individuals. And …

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What is a Blue Roan Horse? Breeds, Names, Colors, & Pictures

My neighbor just bought a five-month-old blue roan, so I decided to bring my grandson to see the colt. Afterward, he wanted to know all about blue roan horses, so I did some comprehensive research to provide all he could wish to know about this fascinating horse. Blue roan horses have a color pattern with …

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Why Does My Horse Keep Getting Abscesses?

Our neighbor’s horse developed an abscess before his futurity trial and was scratched from the race. This was the third time the horse missed running because of foot infections. Naturally, he wanted to know why his horse keeps developing abscesses. Horses get abscesses because of sole bruising, hoof cracks, or puncture wounds. Recurring abscesses are …

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Why Do Horses Kick, and Can a Horse Kick Kill You?

I’ve been around horses most of my life and can confirm horses kick people. I often get asked why this happens, but unless you see what transpired, it’s challenging to provide an answer, but there are typical reasons. Horses kick to defend themselves, but they also kick to display dominance, blow off energy, or when …

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Can You Ride a Horse Without a Bit? Plus Order of Harshness

When getting our horses ready to ride, I choose the bits to use for each horse and rider. This procedure piqued my young friends’ interest, and he asked how I decide which bits to use and if every horse has to have one. You can ride your horse without a bit. Some work well bitless, …

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Why Can’t a Horse Live With Three Legs or Fix a Broken One?

My friend euthanized his horse after its leg broke during a race. We knew the horse well, and it was a favorite of my grandson’s. He immediately asked why they couldn’t fix his broken leg or let the horse live with three legs. Horses can’t live with three legs because their massive weight needs to …

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Why Do Horses Trip and Stumble So Much? 7 Reasons

You are out for your regular Saturday morning ride. The day is bright and clear. The horse knows the trail well. It’s wide open, smooth and flat. Then, it happens. The horse suddenly stumbles. What caused it? Horses trip and stumble for various reasons, including problems with their hoofs or tack, boredom, chronic pain, conformation …

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What Is a Green Horse? Does It Need a Green Rider?

My granddaughter and I tried a horse advertised as a kid’s prospect. She rode the filly, but I decided against bringing it home and told her the horse is too green for kids. She said that horse isn’t green; it’s sorrel; what are you talking about. Green horses and green riders have minimum training and …

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Are Palomino Horses a Breed, Expensive, Purebred, or a Color

Our neighbor owns a young barrel prospect; the horse is a palomino with flashy coloring and exceptional conformation. My granddaughter fell in love with the horse and asked me if palominos are an expensive horse breed and purebred. Palomino is a term used to describe a horse’s color, not a specific breed. They have a …

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