Spring Shedding In Horses – 4 Ways to Make Your Horse Shed Sooner

  Generally, horses shed their winter coats around the same time that temperatures start to warm and early spring plants begin growing. But horses might not always shed on time. In this article, we’ll talk about a few reasons that a horses coat might not be shedding on time or as quickly as other horses.…

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What is “Tacking Up” A Horse and 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 work around horses often have a bad habit of using…

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How to Tell if your Horse’s Shoes Fit Correctly

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 they make lots of sense: most things we…

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Natural Tips for Keeping Horse Troughs Clean

keeping your horses water clean naturally can be a challenge – many horses love to slosh around in an open trough with both face and hooves, and even when they aren’t dirtying their water through play it’s common to find your trough filled with dropped food, insects, and on occasionally horrifying occasions in the heat…

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Winter Horse Turnout in Snow or Ice Covered 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 which are unsafe…

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How to Wash, Clean, and Rehab Old Fleece Saddle Pads

Nothing makes a horse and rider look smarter than a tidy, well-groomed turnout and abright 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 Fleece The problem with fleece saddle pads is that they quickly pick…

How to wash a horse blanket at home without damaging your washer and dryer

Tips for Washing Horse Blankets in Home Washing Machines

Washing horse blankets, sheets, and coolers can be hard on both the washer and the horse blankets. Commercial blanket washing services are available but are usually pricey, and laundromats may not be an option if there are staff on site that see you come in with horse blankets (horse blankets are explicitly banned at many…

For some horses, communal stabling (or shared stalls) may be the solution to behavior problems, stress related health issues, and excess energy during riding.

Stabling Horses: 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 horse 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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How To Braid a Horse Mane with Unique Four Plait Braids

  A four strand braid is a simple braiding style- useful for horse hair, human manes and tails, and the occasional friendship bracelet. It adds a bit of an extra challenge in the braiding process that pays off in a lot of extra “wows” on the finished result! How To Braid a Mane in Four…