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What kind of supplies do i need to look after my horse?

It’s important to know what kind of supplies you need to best look after your horse; this means having the right equestrian supplies to make you and your horse comfortable, while also keeping a good collection of grooming tools. Regardless of whether you participate in show jumping or dressage events, you should invest in the right kinds of supplies to keep your horse as healthy as possible, while being aware of sizing and other issues with equipment that can have a significant impact on your riding and the care of your horse. Bridles For bridles, patent leather can be the best option for ensuring comfort and durability; always check harness straps, and get a bit that’s of the right size for your horse. Moreover, test out the length of your reins to see whether they’re too tight or not when you’re riding. Rugs/Blankets A good rug/blanket for your horse should be able to keep it clean and warm during the colder months of the year; polyester rugs with a waterproof lining are perhaps the best option to take, while you can also invest in hoods for heavier weather. Saddles As with bridles, it’s worth spending the time finding the right […]
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Horses and Road Safety – How To Stay Away From Danger

When you have a love for horses, you want to spend as much time as possible with them. Looking after them, excising them, grooming and training with them are all activities that can be enjoyed with your animal. But safety is always an aspect you should consider whenever and wherever you choose to take your horse out for a trot. Roads are especially dangerous places if you are choosing these areas to exercise your pet. Although Horses do not like the loud noise of the traffic, sometimes it can’t be helped and you have to use the roads. Each year there are a number of horse riding accidents which occur on busy roads, so it is certainly something important to think about when heading out with your animal. You need to follow a few rules in order to keep you and your animal safe when using a road. Horse riders should be properly trained on how to travel on roads with their pet. They should then follow what they have been taught and be fully aware of the potential dangers. Below are a few guidelines which all riders should adhere to when choosing to ride on roads. •    Young riders […]
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A beginner’s guide to horse riding

Horse back riding can be both great exercise and a great way to engage with the outdoors. This fantastic hobby is loved by many, but before you decide to saddle yourself up on a horse, it is a good idea to consult a professional. There are many ways in which you could get hurt during horse back riding, horses are after all wild animals and should be treated with care and precision. When you first begin to ride, it can be very exciting, yet also very nerve wracking, so you should read up on all aspects of this activity before embarking on the adventure of horse back riding. Firstly you should always take lessons from a qualified horse riding teacher. They will familiarise you with the proper techniques of getting up on the horse, and getting down from it. Once you become familiar with how it feels to be on a horse then you will be able to start riding properly. Remember if you lose control of yourself, you will undoubtedly lose control of your horse, so make sure you are 100% confident before going off on your own. Just like a dog can sense fear, so can a horse. […]
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Building Blocks to Equine Business Success

Running an equine business takes a great deal of planning, patience and understanding. While most equine businesses are ran by horse-loving people with a desire to enhance the horse industry, a solid understanding of business principles is also necessary in order to be successful. So, loving and understanding horses is not enough, it is important and helpful, but not enough. There are many ways that one may acquire the business knowledge necessary to be successful in the horse industry. Depending on what type of learner you are, what kind of budget you have and what type of business you are going to run, any one of these ideas will be appropriate. It may be that you choose a combination of ideas. A well-rounded knowledge base is always the best option. This will provide you with a solid understanding of business principles from different sources. Together they will give you the foundation from which to begin and expand your business. General Business Courses Many community colleges offer business classes through their business school. These courses are general but offer a plethora of information regarding planning and operating a small business. You will receive instruction on budgeting, licensing, insurance and liability, accounting […]
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“Wild Hearts” A Ricky Schroder Family Affair

Hallmark Western made for families by the whole Schroder Family Los Angeles, CA, January 16, 2013–Veteran actor Ricky Schroder (NYPD:Blue) has a lot to smile about these days. With a longstanding and successful acting and directing career since being crowned the youngest actor ever to win a Golden Globe, Schroder has created his dream project, the family Western “Wild Hearts” starring and involving his whole family. The film was co-written and produced by Ricky and his wife Andrea, an architectural designer and one-time contestant on Bravo’s hit show “Top Design,” who just recently picked up a regular segment on Hallmark’s show “Home & Family.” The story was based on an idea their oldest daughter Cambrie came up with after begging them for years to be allowed to find her first acting job.  “Andrea and I realized that once she’d have her driver’s license, she would do this acting thing with or without us” said the experienced actor and father of four, “So Andrea and I decided to create this film and produce it, this way, she could be surrounded by protective and loving people who encourage her during her first acting experience rather than being surrounded by strangers.” Hallmark picked […]
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Tips on buying a horse

Owning a horse can be an extremely rewarding experience. However, buying a horse is a big investment and not one that anyone should rush into. The initial costs aren’t all you have to take into consideration when making a purchase. On-going upkeep costs will mount quickly, and should also be taken into account. If you are desperate to own one of these beautiful animals then the first thing I would recommend you do is sit down and do the maths. You will need to budget for all the essentials: •    Food •    Bedding •    New shoes every 6 weeks or so •    The cost of a farrier •    Vets and dental bills •    Insurance Beyond that, you will also need extra funds to cover any emergencies that may arise and cash for livery.  The cost of renting out space at stables can vary. If you opt for full livery then it will cost more, however, all of your horse’s needs will be catered for, which can be the less stressful option. If all of that is within your budget, then you can get really excited! But before you go rushing off to buy a horse, it’s important to take time […]
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Romancing Trigger By Gina McKnight

Legend has it that when North America was new, horses were magical. The original North American Horse evolved from great posterity, the offspring of prized horses owned by kings and princes. The North American Horse’s ancestry can be traced back to the beginnings of antiquity; into the thick canopy of tents of the Bedouin tribe, nestled deep in the sands of the Arabian Desert.  The Spaniards coveted the Bedouin’s agile horse, capturing and transporting a few to Spain.  The Spaniards breed the Bedouin horse to Andalusian and Barb breeds, creating a magnificent stalwartly horse to be treasured throughout time. In the sixteenth century, the brave Spanish Conquistadores sailed with their Bedouin-mix horses to North America.  Following the Conquistadores was Christopher Columbus and his cargo of enchanting horses.  The voyages were long and dangerous for both sailors and equines. All of the horses melded together in North America’s vast terrain.  They intertwined to create a new breed – the American Horse. Trigger was an American Horse. His original name was Golden Cloud. He was named for his beautiful golden palomino coat and owner, Roy F. Cloud.  Trigger came into this world on a glossy July 4th morning in 1934 in sunny […]
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Pie: Compelling New Book Tells True Feel-Good Story of An Inspirational Old-Brown Horse

Pie: An Old Brown Horse (That Knows What He Is Doing) When his days as a working ranch horse were over, Pie was sent off to be sold or destroyed. However, with so much left to give, Pie continued to pile up many amazing achievements in the second half of his life. Now, for the first time ever, his inspirational true story is being told via an insightful new book. For Immediate Release: Arlington, Texas — The relationship between humans and animals still boasts a powerful and primitive connection. In the case of Pie, a working ranch horse, nobody imagined the life-changing effect he’d have on everyone he met during his long and happy retirement. Still alive to this day, and written from his point of view, Pie’s amazing and inspirational story is told in ‘Pie: An Old Brown Horse (That Knows What He Is Doing)’. Book Synopsis: This is the story of a twenty five year old ranch horse that was injured and pretty much left to die. He was brought to a stable and sold, even though no one really expected him to survive. He was reborn into a merchant of hope. His amazing spirit and calmness have […]
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How to Take Care of Your Horse in 4 Easy Steps

Horses are magnificent creatures that require a lot of care and grooming in order to stay healthy. Ensuring that one’s horse is healthy requires no rocket science and can go a long way in saving money. Most of the grooming can be carried out at home with no requirement of specialization. 1. Checking up on any bruises or swelling Some few basic tips and tricks in grooming a horse include examining the horse everyday to check for any bruises or swellings. This should be done especially after riding the horse. Most scrapes that are not too deep can be ignored and are considered normal. On the other hand, deep cuts may need further examination and also medical attention and dressing. 2. Repairing and cleaning horse barns If the horse has cuts and swellings and was not ridden any time in the past, the barn should be investigated and examined for anything that would have harmed it. Small horse barns may get old and as a result of the horse rubbing itself against the wall, the wall may break, become jagged and subsequently cut the horse. To prevent this, the barn should be repaired regularly and any holes in the floor […]
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Seven Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Farrier

A badly shod horse might as well be no horse at all, as a horse relies heavily upon proper hoof care. Without it, a horse can go quickly go lame and ruin your chances for riding or further training. If you find yourself without a farrier or you are new to horse ownership, it’s vitally important that you take the right steps to getting a farrier that meets your schedule and your horse’s needs. Before you invite just any farrier to come and hack away at your horse’s feet, use this short list of questions to get an idea of the background and experience of a new farrier. 1. What Are Your Qualifications? You should ask a few general questions about your farriers experience over the phone before you even meet. Asking these background questions will save you and the farrier the extra time and expense from coming out to your farm if you don’t think it’s a match. Some basic questions to ask include: How Long Have You Been in the Business? Where Are You Located? Why Did You Decide to Become a Farrier? These questions will give you a general idea of the nature and experience of the […]
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