Horses : Pets & Animal

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How to Repair the Lining of a Horse Blanket

How to Repair the Lining of a Horse Blanket

Horse blankets are an expensive purchase, and unfortunately, horses are incredibly hard on their laundry. Lying down, kicking, running and rubbing can cause all kinds of damage to your horse blanket. One of the more common problems is a tear in the lining. Knowing how to repair this damage can save ......[Read More]
Horse Shoeing Techniques

Horse Shoeing Techniques

Proper shoeing techniques must be used when shoeing horses. Even a small lameness problem can keep the horse from being ridden for months. With the weight of the horse hitting the ground, the foot should remain level with the ground and should land evenly so that the horse doesn't become lame. There......[Read More]
How to Tie a Mecate Knot

How to Tie a Mecate Knot

Traditionally used by Mexican cowboys, the mecate knot ties horse reins to a bosal to form a soft hackamore. The soft hackamore allows you to control the horse without a bit. It also functions like a halter and you can tie a horse up with it. Horses with sensitive mouths can benefit from using a so......[Read More]
How to Make a Calf Halter

How to Make a Calf Halter

A halter is a type of headgear worn by cattle to increase control for the handler. Calves need to be broken to the halter and taught how to wear it calmly and without pulling. Doing so also allows you to tie calves up for treatment, grooming or traveling; if you participate in livestock shows, a hal......[Read More]
How to Select a Good Horse Feed

How to Select a Good Horse Feed

No matter what type of horse you own or what your preferred style of riding, you need to care for your equine companion properly. Good nutrition is an essential part of that care, and choosing the right food for your horse is fundamental to his good health. In order to choose the right food for your......[Read More]
Process of Shoeing a Horse

Process of Shoeing a Horse

Prepping the HoofAll of the old horse shoes need to be pulled off. First, the clinches (sometimes spelled clenches), or nail ends need to be cut off with a tool known as a hoof nipper or clinch cutter. Once the clinches are off, the shoe can be pulled off with a tool appropriately called.........[Read More]
Horse Fence Height

Horse Fence Height

When selecting fencing for your horses, there are several things to keep in mind. Among the items to consider are the durability and maintenance of the various materials as well as the safety and aesthetics of each. While these are the more obvious considerations, one that often receives little atte......[Read More]
How to Build a Horse Stall

How to Build a Horse Stall

Owning horses is a satisfying but demanding experience. For all their size and strength, horses can be very fragile creatures that need a great deal of care. Show horses, in particular, need shielding from the elements and a protected area to spend most of their time. Stalls are a necessity for m......[Read More]
Don't Make These 10 Most Common Horse and Pony Buying Mistakes

Don't Make These 10 Most Common Horse and Pony Buying Mistakes

What should you not do when buying your first horse? Here's a list of the top mistakes beginners make when they set out to buy their first horse.......[Read More]
How to Use Pellets for Horse Stall Bedding

How to Use Pellets for Horse Stall Bedding

Wood pellet bedding is an efficient and cost-effective option for stall litters. It can be used alone or in conjunction with standard bedding such as wood shavings. Wood pellet bedding is made of tightly compressed shavings similar to those burned by pellet stoves. The pellets are placed into the st......[Read More]
Sulfur Treatment for Mange

Sulfur Treatment for Mange

Mange is a skin condition caused by mites---microscopic biting insects that live on the surface of the skin or tunnel into the animal's skin. It is highly contagious and can spread through direct or indirect contact. Skin scrapings are done to confirm the diagnosis of mange. There are several treatm......[Read More]
Equine Clicker Training

Equine Clicker Training

Clickers are used by a number of horse trainers to reinforce positive behaviors. Clicker training uses a small box that produces a clicking sound to indicate to the horse when he has responded correctly. The trainer asks the horse to perform a maneuver then pushes down on the clicker and rewards the......[Read More]
Leather Vs Nylon Horse Halters

Leather Vs Nylon Horse Halters

While many factors come into play when deciding between leather and nylon horse halters, the main consideration is (and always should be) the comfort of your horse. Leather has been used for centuries, of course.......[Read More]
How to Train a Horse to Slide

How to Train a Horse to Slide

A sliding stop is a beautiful movement to watch and is the crowning glory of the equestrian sport of reining. The horse runs down the length of the arena, then, at a simple cue from the rider, drops his hind legs to the ground and takes the weight off his front end to slide to a complete stop. The k......[Read More]
How to Tie a Quick Release Cattle Rope Knot

How to Tie a Quick Release Cattle Rope Knot

When leading livestock by a lead and halter, a quick release knot can allow you to securely tie the animal up to a post, rail or ring, preventing your bull, cow or steer from wandering off. If the animal pulls on the long potion of the rope the knot it will only become tighter, holding your livestoc......[Read More]
Lungeing Your Horse

Lungeing Your Horse

Longeing is an excellent way to get your horse conditioned and in shape.There are, however, some horses who have never learned to properly lunge.This article offers practical advice on how to begin lungeing your horse and how to ensure that your horse is working in proper form and paying attention t......[Read More]
How to Make a Quick Release Knot

How to Make a Quick Release Knot

It is always best to tie your horse with a quick release knot, in case of emergencies. If the horse spooks, you have a quick and easy way to free him and prevent injury to the horse and yourself. This quick release knot can be used at hitching posts, tying rings, or in the trailer.......[Read More]
Horse Blankets

Horse Blankets

Individuals who ride horses can be referred to as 'equestrians' although an equestrian is mostly thought of as a horse rider in a competition rather than a cowboy. Equestrians ride in competitions such as the Olympic Games and Gymkhanas. These games are usually costly to enter and so are c......[Read More]
How to Treat Rain Rot or Scald in Horses

How to Treat Rain Rot or Scald in Horses

Rain rot, also called rain scald or mud fever, is one of the most common infections found on the skin of horses or cows. It is caused by warm and humid conditions where the temperature is high most of the time. It happens year-round and is a painful condition if not treated. It appears as small bum......[Read More]