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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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Why Use Hobbles and How to Put Them on Your Horse

We recently went on a group trail ride, and one of the men hobbled his horses for the night. It was their first exposure to hobbles for some riders, and they had a ton of questions, so I decided to answer their questions here. Hobbles are binds secured to horses’ legs that restrict their movement. …

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Is Dressage Cruel to Horses? the Sport and Training Examined

I’m always amazed at the grace and precision between horses and riders in dressage competitions. To reach this level of beauty and precision takes immense effort, but are they pushed too hard, is dressage cruel to the animals? Many horses compete at the highest level of dressage and are not treated cruelly. However, some dressage …

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Why Are Ponies So Mean and Why Do They Bite?

A pony can be an entertaining pet, especially if you have children. However, sometimes people can be shocked by their aggressive behavior. In some cases, they have been known to nip people. Ponies are mean for a variety of reasons, the type of characteristics they show often depends on the breed and the way it’s …

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