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Winter Horse Turnout and Riding Horses in Snow or Icy Pastures

How do you know if it’s safe to turn your horse out in the snow? Horses are, by and large, incredibly well-suited to snowy conditions. Convex hooves and thick winter coats make most horses more comfortable in snowy conditions than in high humidity heat. That said, there are still some wintry conditions that are unsafe …

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Easy Hack to Restore Matted Fleece Saddle Pads

Nothing makes a horse and rider look smarter than a tidy, well-groomed turnout and a bright white fleece saddle pad under your saddle. Fleece saddle pads are popular, affordable, and in some competitive disciplines are considered the “correct” tack for showing. The Problem: Clumped and Matted Fleece The problem with fleece saddle pads- both genuine …

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How to Detangle a Horse Mane and Tail

      Detangling a tangled and matted horse mane and tail can be a frustrating and time-consuming process- too often resulting in excessive loss of hair and thinning of the tail in the process! Below you will find illustrated instructions on how to detangle a mane relatively quickly with the absolute minimum hair loss. …

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Stabling Horses: 4 Options for Shared Stalls and Communal Herd Stabling

  American horse owners generally avoid pasturing horses alone, but always stable horses one-per-stall. Why do we stall horses separately and is it possible that alternative stabling might be cheaper, easier, and healthier for many horses? Read on to learn more. Do Horses Need Their Own Separate Stalls? Short Answer: In traditionally built barns, Yes. …

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8 Easy Tips to Prevent Trailer and Horse Tack Theft

  Our article on What to do if Your Horse Trailer or Tack Are Stolen is the best resource for responding after your property is missing, but this article addresses some ways to prevent theft from ever happening. Specific ways of using, storing, and protecting your horse tack and trailer can have a huge effect on …

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What to do if Your Horse Trailer or Tack Are Stolen

When you realize something has been stolen, it’s natural to panic. Brains flood with cortisol as we realize our property has been violated and it can be hard to think clearly. I remember this experience well from when my horse trailer was stolen while I was showing solo at the Kentucky Horse Park. In the …

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What is a Ewe Neck in Horses? Recognizing and Correcting

  An ewe neck is a conformation flaw that is typically more related to the conditioning and muscle tone of a horse than it is to skeletal structure, breed standard, or genetics. Because it is a condition of poor muscling, a ewe neck can often be corrected with nutrition and conditioning. In this article, I’ll …

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Creative Watering for Horse Pastures and Barns

  It wasn’t long after bringing our horses home to our first farm that we discovered the magic of auto-waterers. While automatic livestock waterers can cost upwards of $1000 to install (when plumbed underground and installed with high-end insulation) we quickly discovered that this cheap piece of plumbing equipment pictured below could turn almost ANY …

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6 Easy Ways to Prevent Water Troughs from Freezing without an Electric Heater

Six ways to keep your horses’ water trough thawed without using a heater: 1. Partially Cover the Water’s Surface Cover as much of the surface of your tank as you can. Consider using c-clamps to secure plywood or polystyrene foam insulation to partially cover the top of your trough. Troughs generally have a large surface …

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