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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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Tacking Up A Horse: What it Means & How to Do It

The equestrian world has a countless amount of its own specific language, one of the most common confusing statements is “tacking up” and “untacking”. This phrase, common jargon of horse people and used across essentially all disciplines of riding, can be especially confusing. People who spend a lot of time with horses often use a …

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How to Tell if your Horse’s Shoes Fit Correctly

4 SIGNS YOUR HORSE’S SHOES DON’T FIT One common question for new horse owners is how to know if your horse’s shoes fit correctly – or, alternately, sometimes people ask “what size shoes” their horse might need. These questions might raise eyebrows to experienced horse people, but for those new to the world of horsemanship …

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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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Fleece Saddle Pads: Tips for Using & Cleaning

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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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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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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