How Much Do Horses Cost?
Mar16

How Much Do Horses Cost?

How Upkeep Costs Affect Price Poor hay crops and rising feed and fuel costs can affect the number of horses for sale, and the asking prices of those horses in any given year. The side effect of the banning of horses for meat slaughter is a lower price for some types of horses. This mainly affects horses that are elderly, unsound, young and/or untrained, but it does have a ripple effect on the general horse market. Those looking for a...

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The Difference Between English and Western Riding
Mar15

The Difference Between English and Western Riding

There are many types of riding styles, but in North America and many other places, western and English are most common. If you’re just learning to ride you may be curious about the differences between English and western riding styles. The basics of each are actually very similar. And one is not more difficult to learn than the other, because becoming very proficient in either takes time, dedication and practice. However, here...

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Why Horses Kick and What to Do About It
Mar09

Why Horses Kick and What to Do About It

A horse that kicks can be dangerous to deal with. Even if your horse is merely kicking at a biting fly, and you happen to get in the way, you can be hurt. Some horses develop a bad habit of kicking and are a menace on the ground and while you are riding or driving. Why Horses Kick Horses kick for a number of reasons. As I mentioned above, a horse may kick at biting flies around its legs and belly. A horse will kick at its belly if it...

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Teach Your Horse to Give a Kiss
Mar08

Teach Your Horse to Give a Kiss

Here is a little trick that is easy to teach especially if you use clicker training. If you’ve already taught your horse to target on a something like a small plastic bottle, pylon or another object you are already halfway there. If not, check out First Steps in Clicker Training to get started. This behavior can be taught without clicker training. This has been a favorite trick to train long before clicker training was popular....

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Teach Your Horse to Give a Hug
Mar07

Teach Your Horse to Give a Hug

Who doesn’t need a hug sometimes? Of course, it would be difficult to teach a horse to give a human type hug–it would actually be quite dangerous, but he can give you a hug with his neck and head. For a horse that is too nippy to teach a kiss to, this might be a safer alternative. Your horse should already have excellent ground manners. This will keep you safe and your horse will be easier to train. If you’ve already...

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All About Horse Age and Lifespan
Mar06

All About Horse Age and Lifespan

Just like people, thanks to a better understanding of health and medical care, horses are living longer than ever. Not that long ago, 25 years of age was considered old for a horse. Now, the life expectancy of horses has increased, largely because we take better care of them. Most of us would like our equine companions to stay with us for as long as possible Here are the facts about horses’ age and how you can care for your...

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Is Your Horse Stressed? Learn the Telltale Signs
Mar05

Is Your Horse Stressed? Learn the Telltale Signs

A number of things can make horses stressed, like being alone, loading and riding in a trailer, veterinary care, farrier work, preparing for and going to shows, changes in weather, changes in the people caring for them, changes in routine such as a new stall or differing feeding schedule, stall rest due to injury or illness, and a stressed handler or rider. Horses express psychological stress in a number of ways. Weight Loss Horses...

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