What you should know about buying a horse

Owning a horse is a big responsibility. It requires a commitment of both time and money. A new owner should be prepared to spend time grooming, exercising, and caring for the animal – or assume the responsibility to see that the basic care will be performed daily. Unless the horse is kept on the owner’s […]

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What Color Is Your Horse?

There are five basic body colors of horses. They are: BROWN A brown horse has a mixture of black and brown in his coat. In Europe, a "bay" is considered to be a brown horse. BAY A bay horse can be any shade of brown (which is a mixture of red and yellow), with points […]

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What to Expect When Owning A Horse

So you have decided that you want to take the leap and the join millions of others who own a horse? Much like any large animal, horses rank high in the category of responsibility. With improvements in nutrition and health care, horses are living longer, productive lives. It’s not uncommon to find horses living well […]

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Walking Down A Horse

Walking down a horse in pasture or a large turnout can be a real challenge, and there are several methods. Certainly the best method is to convince the horse in a smaller area (using round pen training or other handling methods) that you are the herd boss, but sometimes the horse also needs to be […]

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Transporting Horses

Moving horses from place to place is recorded to occur as far back in history as 3,500 years. At that time, horses were transported by sea and either were confined in boxes to the bowels of the boat or placed in slings on the deck of the boat. Even then, it was noted that transport […]

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Two Students’ Path to Becoming Equine Veterinarians

Dr. Gerald Pijanowski, associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the University ofIllinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has some advice for prospective students. "Learnall you can about the veterinary profession," he says. "Attend the Open House coordinatedeach April by veterinary students. And develop a strong relationship with your localveterinarian, who can be your best […]

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Tough Decisions – Saying Goodbye

As much as we hate to think about it, at some point almost every horse owner has to face some pretty tough decisions regarding a horse’s health and well being. Although no one can be fully prepared for the inevitable life-or-death decisions, some thinking and planning ahead can make things a bit easier. Rationally assessing […]

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Thunder Rolls…What to Do When You’re Caught Out

Every horseman dreads the sound of thunder when out riding. Spring, summer and fall, storms can bring dangerous lightning, hail and flash floods. Most often there is little or no warning, except for the weatherman’s "chance of afternoon storms." There are many things you can do to lessen the risk to yourself and the horses […]

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The Horse: No Animal Has Done More

No animal has done more for the advancement of humankind than the horse. That said, it’s hard to imagine ever using the horse as a source of food. But of course, that’s how the man-horse relationship began. The history books contain many references to the horse as prey some 50,000 years ago, when Cro-Magnon man […]

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Safety Tips for Horse People

Horses are wonderful creatures and we love to be around them, but we must never forget they can be unpredictable. No horse is ever truly “bomb proof”. The strangest things can frighten a horse and release the “flight instinct” causing a horse to bolt unexpectedly. You may be the most experienced rider in the world, […]

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