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Everything You Need to Know About Leasing a Horse

Leasing a horse provides a similar experience to owning a horse while being much cheaper, and having less of a time commitment.  Horse leases are great for people who hope to one day buy a horse, but don’t want to jump into ownership right away, or who just want a few extra rides on a beloved …

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Wet Saddle Blankets: Decoding Horse Jargon

The phrase “wet saddle blankets” is a metaphor that refers to how wet a saddle pad gets after a horse has sweated heavily during an intense ride, and how many intense training rides produce good riding horses. This phrase is often used to describe getting “green horses” (aka, young or untrained horses) ready for horse …

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How to Tell if a Horse is Friendly: 7 Easy to Read Signs

The most common ways to tell if a horse is friendly is to look for ears perked forward, a back hoof resting casually, calm eyes, and curious behavior. The best way to tell if a horse is friendly, though, is to use these body language cues along with verbal instructions from a horse’s owner or …

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Horse Sale Ads: How to Read Between the Lines

When purchasing a horse, it can be hard to know what the horse’s real history or medical condition is, and sale ads are rarely helpful! This is because unfortunately, not everybody is honest or has the horse’s (or your own) best interests at heart. As someone who has purchased a dozen horses and assisted many …

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9 Totally Untrue Myths about Horses that are Commonly Believed

There are many myths surrounding horses that are spread far and wide, and continue to be passed on as the truth. We have gathered some of the most commonly heard misconceptions in the horse world and shine a light on the truth about them.  Myths about Horse Tack Myth: Snaffles are the best bit for …

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What You’ll Need for Your First Horse: Shopping List of Essentials

Buying your first horse is an exciting milestone that you won’t soon forget. But with that excitement also comes a lot of questions about what essentials you will need to buy. In this article, I’ll share a basic list of essentials you need for your first horse, plus explanations of why you need these supplies. …

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Horse Care for New Horse Owners | Your First 30 Days with Your New Horse

Horses are beautiful and exciting pets- they’re also pretty challenging to take care of! New horse owners, even if they have tons of experience with other people’s horses, can expect a big learning curve, especially over the first 30 days of owning a new horse. In this article, you’ll learn about some of the essential …

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Barn Drama: Snobs, Bullies, and Mean Girls in the Horse World

It’s hard to say why snobs, bullies, and mean girls are so prominent in the horse show and boarding stable world, but ask any equestrian who’s been competitive and Western or English events and you’ll discover that it’s common knowledge that there’s a “mean girl” or two in every circle of equestrians. Riders might get …

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Quiz: Are you Ready to Buy your First Horse?

Although the purchase of a first horse is often treated like adding any other pet to your family, the fact is that horse ownership is unlike any other experience. Horses, with their unique feeding needs, care requirements, and extremely large size, require specific skills to keep them healthy, safe, and happy. In this article, you’ll …

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