How Horses Sleep Standing Up – Myths and Facts

When I became a horse owner, I originally worried a lot about my horse and all aspects of his life! How, I wondered, would I know if he was getting enough to sleep and how would I be able to tell. I’d heard about horses sleeping standing up, but also grew up in the country…

Bashkir Curly Horse Stallion with Leopard Appaloosa Coloring

“Rusty” is a 15 hand, ABCR Registered Bashkir curly with Mead bloodlines. Rusty boasts stunning movement with unbelievable suspension and a docile, teachable attitude- with a full mane and tail as a bonus! Rusty was sold to Sacred Way Spirit Horses in 2011.   StudAd09   Bashkir Curly Stallion with Leopard Appaloosa Coloring – Professional…

How to Use a Bridle with Full Cheek Snaffle Bit and Keepers

  This photograph shows a closeup of a photo of a full cheek snaffle bit in a horse’s mouth. The sides of the bit are tucked into the leather loops of a piece of tack known as a “keeper”.   The leather keeper helps stabilize the bit in the horse’s mouth. With the cheek connected…

All About English Saddles

All About Billet Straps on an English Saddle This photo shows the part of an english riding saddle known as the “billets”. The billets are three straps underneath the top flap, on each side. The billets are the anchor to which the girth is tied. The billet straps are securely attached to the tree (what…

Horse Throwing Head with Bit On

When horses throw their head it can be a sign of several things. You should observe your horse to see if he only throws is head when wearing a bit and bridle, or if he throws his head also when┬áhe is alone in a pasture or a stall. The latter type of head throwing (even…

Horse Sunburn Treatment

Many people are surprised to learn that horses, like people, can sunburn. Despite the fact that many horse breeds evolved in hot, sunny regions it is still possible for horses to sunburn as they graze in sunny pastures during the summer. Sunburn is also possible- potentially even more likely, for horses when they are turned…

loading a horse that won't step onto the trailer

Tips and Tricks for Loading a Horse that Won’t Walk into a Trailer

  Is any problem more frustrating than packing up for a show or trail ride- usually running a bit behind- and rushing to load your horse just to find the horse won’t walk into the trailer? In this article, I’ll be discussing the problem and describing specific training interventions you can use right now or…

The Pros and Cons of Using a Pelham Bit – Dressage and Beyond

A Pelham bit is a horse bit that functions as both a snaffle bit or a curb bit,┬ádepending on how it is used. A Pelham bit is essentially a plain dressage-legal snaffle bit, but with an second rein connected to the bit at the end of a short shank. This shank, which creates curb action,…