Horses : Pets & Animal

- Rss

Horse Manure Inhalation Health Risks

Horse Manure Inhalation Health Risks

Horse manure is recycled grass. No major disease has ever been linked to exposure to horses or horse manure, even among veterinarians or others who care for horses. However, poor hygiene while handling manure or contaminated water can create health problems for people with weak immune systems. Most......[Read More]
Dealing With and Preventing Spoiled Horses

Dealing With and Preventing Spoiled Horses

If you have a horse that bites, kicks, tramples or drags you around you have a spoiled horse! Somewhere along the way he has been "taught" that treating people poorly is acceptable just like a spoiled child. Reclaim control and prevent "spoiled" behavior in your horse by followin......[Read More]
How to Make Sure Your McClellan Saddle Fits Your Horse

How to Make Sure Your McClellan Saddle Fits Your Horse

To authentically replicate a cavalry officer during a Civil War reenactment, your horse should be wearing a McClellan saddle. The problem modern-day riders have fitting the McClellan saddle to their horses is the same problem the officers of yesteryear had. The tree (the part of the saddle that stre......[Read More]
Horse Colic Surgery

Horse Colic Surgery

Colic is one of the most common horse health problems. Colic--which simply refers to a stomach ache--can be caused by several factors. Cases can be mild to severe. Mild cases often resolve on their own or with minor medical intervention such as drugs and food management. Some cases can only be resol......[Read More]
Horse Colic Symptoms

Horse Colic Symptoms

When a horse experiences colic, this means the horse has abdominal pain. A horse's system is designed to graze and slowly digest food. Horses confined in captivity typically eat prepared feed, which may be consumed at a faster rate and can upset the stomach. The pain will often come in waves, where ......[Read More]
How to Tie Mecate Reins to Slobber Straps

How to Tie Mecate Reins to Slobber Straps

Slobber straps serve three main purposes. They protect reins from water damage caused by slobber and the horse drinking in tack. They add weight to excessively light reins to improve rein communication between rider and horse. Slobber straps also serve as a method of attaching reins to the bit. Meca......[Read More]
Tips on Breaking a Horse

Tips on Breaking a Horse

The old adage "You cannot teach an old dog new tricks" is very pertinent when it comes to breaking horses. This process should begin at a very young age and be done delicately. There must be a sense of bonding and trust first, then the horse must gradually learn commands. Overall, the process of ......[Read More]
Pard'ners and Best Friends

Pard'ners and Best Friends

There is little I remember about my first horse that did not involve Merry. She showed up at my house one day to see if I wanted to go riding with her. Little did I know what a ritual these rides would become and the major role this new friend would play in my life.......[Read More]
How Often Should I Stop When Hauling My Horse?

How Often Should I Stop When Hauling My Horse?

Strong consideration should be given to your horse's comfort when traveling. Besides the obvious necessities such as hay and water, a horse should also have fresh air and a smooth ride. Parking the trailer every three to four hours not only gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs, but it lower......[Read More]
Fescue Toxicity in Brood Mares

Fescue Toxicity in Brood Mares

Tall fescue grass is often infected with A. coenophialum fungus. When a broodmare grazes on this infected grass, fescue toxicity can occur. Fescue toxicity must be treated to avoid dangerous pregnancy and delivery complications.......[Read More]
Pets & Lung Cancer

Pets & Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a devastating condition that destroys the lungs. In humans, it is most often seen in people who smoke or who have been around smokers for long periods of time. Pets are seeing an increase in diagnosed lung cancer. According to Dr. Erika de Papp, the average pet with lung cancer tends ......[Read More]
Have You Touched Your Horse Today? Tips For Proactive Horse Care

Have You Touched Your Horse Today? Tips For Proactive Horse Care

By touching your horse from head to tail every time you visit them you develop a sense of what is normal for your horse. When you are familiar with how your horse feels and acts on a daily basis, it is much easier to take charge of your horse care before major problems arise.......[Read More]
Preventing the Spread of Bacteria and Virus in Stables, Arenas and Horse Transportation

Preventing the Spread of Bacteria and Virus in Stables, Arenas and Horse Transportation

If one horse - or even the stable dog or cat - has picked up a virus, there is a very good chance that it will spread. In addition to using preventative shampoos and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal rug washes, cleaning stable floors and walls plus horse boxes with an anti-bacterial product that has been......[Read More]
Owning Miniature Horses - The Smallest Of The Small

Owning Miniature Horses - The Smallest Of The Small

If you are interested in owning miniature horses, it is important to do a fair amount of research. Just as with any breed of horse, temperaments vary from horse to horse. Seek out and get to know a reputable breeder who can assist you in finding the horse that's right for you and your family.......[Read More]
Learn About the 7 Most Common Jumps Used in Stadium Jumping

Learn About the 7 Most Common Jumps Used in Stadium Jumping

Learn about the different types of basic jumps you'll be clearing when you compete in show or stadium jumping or seeing when you cheer on your favorite rider.......[Read More]
How to Build a Simple Wooden Round Horse Corral

How to Build a Simple Wooden Round Horse Corral

If you own and ride horses, it is helpful to have a safe place to work. Building a corral can be a real boon to your training program, whether you are working with a young horse or trying to keep an older one in shape. Building a corral is also an excellent way to provide turnout for your horse, eve......[Read More]
How to Make Rope Halters for Cattle

How to Make Rope Halters for Cattle

Cattle halters are a tool to train a cow to lead for showing competitions or simply to lead a cow out of a pasture in a secure manner. Cattle in large pastures can lose halters from rubbing on trees or fence posts. Repeatedly replacing lost halters can become expensive; making your own rope halters......[Read More]
How to Advertise a Premiere Website for a Saddle Club

How to Advertise a Premiere Website for a Saddle Club

A saddle club is an equestrian club or organization typically intended for younger girls who are training to ride horses. Saddle clubs can be found throughout the United States, usually in association with the United States Equestrian Federation. Saddle clubs that operate a website might wish to adv......[Read More]
What Is an O-Ring on a Saddle?

What Is an O-Ring on a Saddle?

There are many parts of a saddle. Saddles, generally used for horseback riding, give a human rider a seat to ride comfortably on the animal. When learning to ride, many learn the multiple parts of the crucial piece of equipment, so that they are familiar with the form and function of the saddle. The......[Read More]