16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse

16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse [Infographic]

Horses love food and adore special treats like snacks that you can give them for good behavior or when you are clicker training them. There are snacks that are good for them and then there are some that you should not consider feeding to a horse.

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16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse [Infographic]
16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse [Infographic]

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5 Tips for Better Horse Trailer Loading

Horses are amazing creatures that fill our lives with joy, but there are times that even our love of horses isn’t enough to keep us from reaching our wit’s end with them!  A horse that’s difficult to load into a horse trailer can be frustrating, but there’s hope for them yet.  These five tips will help your next loading experience be a much better one:

1. Above all else, think like a horse.  A horse sees horse trailers as tight, dark places where they may or may not be vulnerable to unspoken dangers.  Remember that your horse has to overcome thousands of years of evolution just to step one foot inside — so be patient with him as he comes to terms with his instincts.

2. Make loading rewarding.  Some horse owners find that treating loading as an opportunity for easy rewards speeds their loads along.  Start by feeding your horse from a bucket placed at the back of the trailer, so he can eat without stepping inside.  Slowly move the bucket further forward until he’s all the way in and munching happily in his stall.

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The raw horse Year of the Horse photo exhibit needs your help

The Raw Horse by Sebastiano Vitale

Equine Photographer Sebastiano Vitale needs your help to get ready for major art exhibit for the year of the horse.

Sebastiano Vitale, has been invited to do two major solo art exhibits in the Chinese museums, the Today Art Museum Beijing and the Sculpture Park Shanghai. 4.000 square meters in Shanghai and the entire second floor in Beijing. It will be all about my photography. It is a huge dream for Sebastiano Vitale. The project’s name is, “The Raw Horse” and it has been chosen to celebrate the Year of the Horse.

But the museums do not pay for prints, transport, travel, catalogues, everything else that is needed to put on a display of this size, but they would give Sebastiano Vitale an exposure optionality of a lifetime. Sebastiano has set up a crowd funding campaign where you can help this artist to achieve this dream. You can donate anything from $25 to $5000 (and receive gifts and rewards in exchange).

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Measuring Pain and Distress caused from horse bits

A Method for Measuring Bit-induced Pain and Distress in the Ridden Horse

 

English: Description: Western style bitless br...
English: Description: Western style bitless bridle Source: The Bitless Bridle Author: Dr. Robert Cook FRCVS, PhD Permission: Dr. Cook releases the image into the public domain. See the discussion page. Attribution is requested. Permission has been sent to the OTRS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

By the 19th and 20th centuries, when racing jurisdictions and the FEI first drew up competition rules for many disciplines, the horse’s bit had been in daily use since the Bronze Age. As a result, the bit was ‘grandfathered-in’ and no questions were asked. In racing, dressage, and some other disciplines, the bit was made mandatory as it was taken for granted that this common device was also effective. But the fact is that the bit’s time-hallowed status had never been tested.

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FREE Article and Preview Issue of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine

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The Horse’s Hoof Magazine Winter 2014-Issue 53 was released on January 1st! This is just a quick post to make sure that you know about it.

Cover of The Horse's Hoof Magazine
Cover of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine

The link to log in is right on our main site at thehorseshoof.com (at the top, or on the left bar), or the direct link is:  http://www.wishingwelzequine.com/member/member After you log in, make sure to post on the Go Team Barefoot! Forum, and visit frequently!

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Horse Hoof Magazine starts a brand new year

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The Horse’s Hoof Magazine starts a brand new year and would like you to join them!

Cover of The Horse's Hoof Magazine
Cover of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine

This new year issue is bigger and better than ever, with the most amazing barefoot stories and articles from all over the world! Several themes seems to run strongly through this issue, including the topics of foundered horses, and equine diet/nutrition. But perhaps the most touching, heart-warming, and inspirational theme is that of the one special horse that changes your life forever — we hear from several authors about their special horse.

Current subscribers can simply log in to their account to access their new issue on January 1st, or anytime after that, at your convenience. The link to log in is right on our main site at thehorseshoof.com , or the direct link is: http://www.wishingwelzequine.com/member/member *If you forgot your password, you can look it up yourself with your own email address – right there!

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A Horse is a Horse – Except of Course, When in Pain

Occasionally you’ll come across a horse in pain that just seems unexplainable. Caring owners have come to me feeling frustrated that their horse is still “off,” after trying every traditional and holistic health option they could think of.

There is always a reason that a horse is sore. Mainly it has to do with how his muscles support this skeletal system. Muscles contract and release. When muscles tighten and cannot achieve a full release, they will remain tense and will shorten over time. This puts strain on the surrounding areas.

Because tightening and spasms are an extension of the normal contraction process, these types of problems do not show up on x-rays or standard testing procedures. The horse’s problem can be a muscle misalignment.

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Temperamental Behavior in Horses

Guess Post by Chuck Mintzlaff  of friendshiptraining.org

Our principal responsibility as the mentor/caretaker, the one in charge, the one in control of every aspect of our horse’s life, concerned/caring horse owners and the supposedly more intelligent of the two species must be to always ask WHY before making any judgement of a horse’s actions (or using any type of reactionary punishment to what we consider an improper action that a horse has made).

To do otherwise, could very well be considered by some as arrogant, blind abuse of the worst kind that will truly foretell the age-old adage: “You reap what you sow.”

Equine Funktionslust is not just an expression. Nor is Total Equine Environmental Enrichment.

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