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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 Do You Need to Brush a Horse Before and After Riding?

There are many enjoyable things about owning a horse, such as riding it around a course, testing your skills against other riders, and the joy of teaching them new routines. But there are a few parts of owning a horse that is less fun; one of these is grooming your horse. Horses should be brushed …

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Riding a Pregnant Horse (Mare): The Do’s and Dont’s

Our granddaughter is anxious to ride her pregnant barrel racing mare. But, we’re concerned it may cause damage to the horse or its unborn foal, so I did some research to learn about the safety of riding a pregnant horse. A healthy pregnant horse can be ridden during much of her pregnancy. However, there are …

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Can You Ride a Barefoot Horse on the Road? 10 Tips

Today my son asks if I thought it was okay to ride his horse barefoot on the road. We typically don’t ride our horses’ barefoot horse on the pavement, but I decided to research the topic. Horses can walk on roads barefoot, and most tolerate short trips over the pavement with no issues. Horses accustomed …

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Should a Horse Be Ridden Every Day? the Pros and Cons

We all enjoy riding our horses, but how often is too much? My granddaughter has a new horse and is riding it every day, is this too often? It’s OK to ride your horse every day, but not advisable to work your animal strenuously during each outing. Horses need recovery time after vigorous exercise, just …

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Is Your Horse Too Skinny to Ride? Let’s Find Out!

Horses like humans, get sick and lose weight, sometimes a lot of weight. After the sickness passes and they start to feel better, how do you know if your horse is still too skinny to ride? Horses are too skinny to ride if they don’t have sufficient muscle to carry your weight or protect their …

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Hiking and Horseback Riding: The Best Multi-Purpose Boots

So, you’ve got your horse and camping equipment ready for your first multi-day horseback riding/hiking trip. But you need some boots and wonder, “are there boots designed for horseback riding and hiking?” Here are my picks for the best multipurpose boots for hiking and horseback riding. Boot manufacturers do design footwear specifically for hiking and …

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