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Hot Weather Riding Tips

Hot weather riding requires some planning to prevent dehydration andheat related illness. The most important preparations begin well before you tack up. • Your horse needs to be acclimated to the heat. Horses living where it is warm most of the year can tolerate heat better than horses who live in regions with seasonal extremes. […]

Horse Vices: Your Horse’s Bad Habits!

Horse vices develop when your horse is bored or stressed. Horses naturally graze for 12 to 16 hours a day. Often, domestic horses don’t have the opportunity to graze, walk and play as often as necessary to relieve boredom and burn off excess energy. They can develop negative habits to compensate. Horse cribbing occurs when […]

Horse Tapeworm

The horse tapeworm inhabits the gastrointestinal tract of horses and may be a significant cause of colic. Horses get tapeworms from forage mites that have ingested tapeworm eggs. Forage mites live in pastures, lawns and vegetation and feed on horse manure. As the horse digests the forage, tapeworms emerge from the infected mites and attach […]

Horse Herd Hierarchy

Horse herd hierarchy is a little like your worst grade school memories, complete with bullies, nervous biters and incurable teasers. There’s kicking. Biting. Picking on the new kid. When introducing a new horse to your herd, follow a few simple steps to be sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Before the new guy […]

Horse Behavior: What’s Up With THAT?

Horse behavior has evolved over time to allow the species to survive and thrive as highly social herd animals. Your horse may live in the lap of luxury, but his wild roots have not been forgotten. Some of his behaviors are just a throwback to this ancestral heritage and understanding them can help you become […]

Hoof Balance: The Key To Soundness

Barefoot or shod, poor hoof balance is one of the most common causes of lameness in a horse’s foot. There are many factors affecting balance including conformational faults, injury, disease, nutrition, environment and poor shoeing/trimming. This is a complex topic. In a nutshell, it is the practice of trimming a hoof in three dimensions: height, […]