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Why Horses Are so Skittish & 4 Helpful Tips to Stop Spooking

I found out that our new horse is skittish of bikes and dogs. When he saw them, he began to buck. I understand that they get scared easily, but it made me wonder why horses are so easily spooked? Horses are skittish because they are prey animals, and they pay attention to anything unfamiliar. Horses …

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7 Fascinating Facts about the Horse Breeds of India.

I’ve always been fascinated by the native horse breeds of India. They seem to symbolize the historical and cultural value humans worldwide attach to horses. Sadly, these native horse breeds aren’t very well-recognized outside of India, and many are critically endangered. The Marwari, Kathiawari, Manipuri, Spiti, Zaniskari, and Bhutia are the native horse breeds of …

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Is It Better to Feed a Horse Once or Twice a Day? 5 Tips!

Should I feed my horse once or twice a day? I often get asked this question, and it’s not easily answered. There are basic horse feeding principles, but you have to be flexible because some horses’ dietary needs are different than others. Feeding a horse grain once a day is fine, but horses need a …

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Why Do Some Horses Have Curved Backs? A Look at Swaybacks

I was recently at a local rodeo, and I noticed a horse competing in barrel racing with a slight but noticeable curved back capture third place. It made me wonder why some horses have curved backs and whether you can do things to prevent it from occurring. Some horses have curved backs or “lordosis” because …

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Do Horses Need Baths? 7 Tips for Washing Your Horse.

“Do horses need baths?” was one of the first questions my friend asked me after buying his first horse. I advised him to hold off on the baths for the winter season and decided to write a post on the topic to help him and others wondering the same thing. Horses do not need regular …

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Why Do Horses Let Humans Ride Them? 3 Primary Reasons

Our riding horses are gentle and walk to us as we approach them. When we tack them, they stand still and wait patiently. Knowing they could easily escape from me made me wonder why do they let humans ride them? Horses let humans ride them because of a relationship of trust developed through hard work, …

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What Is the Maximum Weight a Horse Can Carry?

A large man dressed for riding walked by us, and my grandson turned to me, saying “He’s way too big to ride,” his comment started a spirited discussion about the maximum weight horses can carry, with some saying 250 pounds is the limit while others claimed horses can carry up to 500 pounds without any …

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Top 5 Dangers of Dressage: A Guide for Maximum Safety

My friends were talking about the most dangerous types of horse-riding activity when someone suggested dressage, and everyone burst into laughter. This moment made me think: Is dressage dangerous? The dangers of dressage are that you or your horse will get injured because of improper training techniques, lack of safety equipment, or working horses on …

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How Are Horses Trained for Dressage – An Interactive Guide

My grandson is a big fan of dressage competitions. He loves the stunning sight of rider and horse in sync, performing before large crowds. Recently he has developed an interest in dressage training, which prompted me to research this topic. Horses are trained for dressage in a thorough, systemized process that usually starts when they …

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