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Why you Should Never Give Cold Water to an Overheated Horse

For humans,  ice-cold water after working outdoors on a hot day can feel like heaven, so it’s only natural that many new horse owners or horse novices may want to give the coldest water possible to their horse when it is overheated after being exercised. Many of these novices are surprised to learn that giving …

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Should I Sell My Horse? A Quiz to Help you Decide

Equestrian sports are unlike any other sport. Instead of partnering with a team of other people or equipment, riders partner with an animal. Over time most people develop deep emotional connections with their horses. While some view this attachment as odd, for those of us with training in both animal behavior and human mental health, …

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Responding to Horses who Rub their Head on Humans

You may have noticed that during grooming, after a ride, or even during casual interaction, your horse likes to rub its head against you. In this article, we discuss 3 competing theories that attempt to explain why many horses like to rub their head or face on their owner’s body, plus how to respond safely …

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Horseback Riding Lessons: How to Start & What to Expect

Everything you ever wanted to know about horseback riding lessons – from your first lesson to becoming an instructor. Horseback riding lessons are many people’s first experience of horses. Unlike generations past, few of us have lifestyles that allow us regular contact with horses. Instead, horseback riding has become a rather unusual hobby, often accessible …

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How to Get Horse & Farm Smells out of Clothing

One of the most frustrating parts of being (or living with!) someone who rides horses for fun or as part of professional work on a farm, stockyard, or race track is dealing with the unique odor that makes clothing stink after horseback riding. In this article, we’ll be talking about a few effective ways to …

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4 Things Horses Like: How to Bond with a Horse

    Not so many years ago, horses and horsemanship were part of everyday life. Because they were so ordinary – a bit like cats or dogs are today- most people understood quite a bit about horses, their likes, and their habits. Today, the vast majority of people don’t get to have hands-on experience with …

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