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Teaching a Horse to Drive using a DIY Training Cart

Teaching a horse to pull a cart can be tricky. Many trainers argue that breaking a horse to safely drive and pull a cart is more challenging than simple saddle training- and for good reason: many horses initially have a strong reaction to the sensation of the long shafts on the side of their body …

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1 Easy Way to Reduce Horsekeeping Costs: Using Human Shampoo for Horses

  With a few exceptions, it’s ok to use human shampoo for horses. For the decade that I owned a tack store in Missouri, I received countless odd questions on a regular basis. One of the most common, that my interest in selling horse products meant couldn’t answer with complete honesty while I was a …

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Tips on riding an Equitation Pattern

  The diagram below provides an important tip for equitation classes that many beginners learn the hard way – by performing the pattern incorrectly in the show ring. As this diagram shows, to correctly execute a figure 8 in an equitation class at a horse show, it is important to not ride the pattern in …

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Horse Double Mane – Tips for Split Mane Horse Hair Care

A double mane refers to a style of horse mane. Typically, horse’s manes – the hair growing from the crest of the neck – sweep to one side or the other of the horse’s neck. The mane may naturally go to the right or to the left, but mane hair nearly always falls on only one …

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What is a Gelding? Understanding Horse Terms

One frequent question horse owners are asked by non-riders is “What is a gelding?” Definition of Gelding: A  gelding is a horse that has “been gelded” – the equine equivalent of the “neutering” procedure performed routinely on dogs and cats. A gelding horse is much calmer and easier to train than an ungelded stallion- who’s …

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Curly Horse Fiber Art | Collecting, Cleaning, & Felting

Curly Horses have many unique traits, most prominent is their unique curly coat. Curly horse fur is both hypoallergenic and often of a very different texture than typical “straight” horse fur. Because of this unique fiber type, curly horse hair can be used for fiber arts and even felting- similar to wool or alpaca fiber. …

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War Bridles | How to use a Native American Bridle with Your Horse

  A war bridle is a unique and very unusual piece of horse tack. There are several variants of a war bridle, but the most common is comprised of a loop of rope that encircles the horse’s lower jaw. The loop of rope passes through the horse’s mouth and rests in the same area that …

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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 …

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