If you have ever read horse advertisements online or been to a horse auction, you may have heard the term "grade" horse used. What does it mean? Are grade horses better or worse than purebred horses?
Many riders deal with the frustration of their horse dropping its inside shoulder around turns and cutting in. Here are some exercises I use with my horses and students to correct this common problem.
Miniature horses! You can't ride them, unless you are a miniature person. Driving is the way to go. In this first of a series, we will look at the most common vehicle for minis: the Easy Entry cart.
Riding bareback is fun, but not all horses are built for it. How do you handle it when your horse has a bony spine and high withers?
This is kind of a trick question. There is not a black and white answer to this question. There are a lot of generalizations people make about different breeds, but shopping by breed for a new rider is not the best way to do it. For a new rider, you should look for a horse based on its behavior.
We have all been guilty of taking the easy way out or doing things with horses the fast way instead of the safe way. After being left with post-concussive syndrome after an accident in March, I feel it is my responsibility to remind others of the importance of safety with horses.
When you decide to breed your miniature horse there are several things to consider before you actually breed your mare. Breeding miniature horses carries a certain amount of risk for the mare, the stud, and the foal. If you have a very dear pet then...
Posting on the correct diagonal can be a frustrating thing for new riders to learn. It doesn't have to be though! Hopefully, my article will provide some insight to help it go more smoothly for both students and instructors.
Riding horses is nothing less than magical. There is absolute joy in feeling their powerful muscles respond to your every wish and command. Whether you are ambling along a country lane, galloping across a white sand beach, or taking a tight turn as...
Carrying a riding crop seems pretty straight forward right? You hold it in your hand and use it when your horse isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Well, not exactly. Carrying one should be a right of passage. You need to understand how to properly use it first!
While clover slobbers is not life-threatening, severe problems can arise if the horse is exposed to the infected clover for a long period of time, including colic and founder.
Horses are remarkably intelligent and beautiful creatures which have been bred by humans for a multitude of purposes for hundreds of years. Here are some of the world's most unusual equine breeds.
Superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries are a substantial source of lameness and diminished athleticism within the equine athletic industry. Mesenchymal stem cells have become a topic of interest for use in the therapy of orthopedic injuries in athletic horses.
Helpful advice for riding instructors on teaching fearful students. Even the confident riders have scared moments—it happens to the best of us. As instructors, we need to be prepared to handle that. Here are some hopefully helpful hints!
Like English versus Western riding, one of the most debated topics among horse owners is if they prefer mares or geldings.
Advice on lunging your horse before riding. When should you do it? When not to? (Another alternative!)
What do you do if your horse bucks? Why is he doing it? Is he deliberately trying to get you off or not?
Not all horsemanship is learned while riding! Just as much is learned in the barn and on the ground. Here is another unmounted horsemanship lesson for instructors, camp, or 4H organizers to use for their groups.
Out of all horse breeds, the heaviest and tallest are often the most gentle and docile of all. To many travelers, riders, and workers, the heavy horse breeds are not only companions, they are friends.
The Thoroughbred holds one of the oldest recorded pedigrees. There exists ongoing concern that the ever-narrowing gene pool of the Thoroughbred may be restricting genetic progress both athletically and reproductively, and contributing to an eventual increased frequency of heritable disease.
The benefits of planning a show for your students is great. It gives them a safe, low-pressure, first-time show experience, and it gives them a goal to work towards.
Learn basic training from foal to three year old, including haltering, tieing, leading, saddling, biting, and ground work. This is just an overview of the very basics a foal needs to know.
The snowman in the yard is frozen hard! Well, maybe it's not that cold . . . but it's winter, and the weather isn't ideal for horseback riding in some areas. Here are 26 reasons not to quit riding for the winter!
The names for all horses here, from mares to foals to geldings and stallions, are based in Greek mythology. Discover a cool name with meaning for your new horse so that their name will really stand out.
The Marwari horse is a beautiful steed native to India. Marwaris are recogniseable by their curled ears and lean frame.
There are so many different scenarios that can happen with new horseback riders. We will talk about typical lesson-horse issues and how to overcome them while in the saddle.
Here's a seven-day plan for horse-crazy kids to help them convince Mom and Dad to sign them up for lessons (from the perspective of a horse-crazy kid that never left the horse-crazy stage in life).
Having a goal, writing it down, and taking notes is a great way to accomplish your goals with your horse. Journaling also helps you to see how much progress you have made over time. If you keep journals on all the horses you work with, you will be surprised how great a reference it can be!
A martingale is a training aid designed to prevent a horse from throwing its head up so high it becomes dangerous. What different kinds of martingale are there, and when should they be used?
What is the best way to clean, disinfect, and treat your wounded horse? Learn basic first aid for your horse so that you can help in the event that a veterinarian cannot be reached.
The following names from mythology and literature all feature strong, powerful horses for you to name your foal, mare, stallion, or gelding after. Some names are great for a chestnut, black, bay, or grey horse, while others work for any large horse.
I have mentioned before that part of learning to ride is progressing to riding more difficult horses (or climbing the lesson-horse ladder as I have been known to call it). It is hard to explain to students who love the old faithfuls that they have been riding that it is time to move on.
Being realistic about how confident you are as a rider is important. It is important to know your confidence level and skillset to help you know what to work on. It is also important to be honest about your confidence in order for you to stay safe with horses.
Whether you are choosing a horse to learn horseback riding on, looking for a horse to buy, or just feeding your equine obsession, learning about horse breeds and their temperaments will give you deeper insight into our equine friends.
Mane pulling can be a tedious and frustrating job if you are the unlucky owner of a horse that doesn't like it. If you have ever seen a mane that has been cut with scissors, you understand why we go to the trouble of pulling instead of cutting.
Saddle soap keeps leather saddles and horse tack clean and supple. Here is a traditional recipe using lye and a more modern safer home recipe that does not use lye.
Anyone who has had an overdue mare can easily recognize these seven stages of foaling -- in themselves, that is. After nearly a year of waiting for the foal's arrival, we do get a bit impatient!
Before the last Abaco Barb died, samples were taken with an intent to clone her. Can and should we clone an extinct horse breed?
Horse training tips for calming a nervous horse, along with tips for preventing a hot horse. Discount calming supplements for sale, too. Videos included.
When people think of horseback riding lessons, they typically think of a bunch of children in a group riding lesson. Hopefully, this article is all the encouragement you need to start riding as an adult!
We are winding down the season at our farm and preparing for our last farm show of the year this coming weekend. Our shows are a little different than a typical show since all the students share the lesson horses, but it is still a great learning experience. Here is some first-time showing advice.
Does your horse throw its head in the air when you try to bridle it? Or turn its back on you when it sees the bit? What causes this problem and how can it be fixed?
What makes a great student? How can you be one yourself? Having been teaching for almost 20 years now, I think I can give you some advice on how to be a superstar riding student.
Learning the proper and basic balanced riding position from the very beginning will help riders to be more safe and confident. In this article, I hope I make it easier to understand and visualize for you, and provide some hints that have helped my riders get it!
Some horses are born with white markings on their faces and legs. Do you know the difference between snips, coronets and stockings? Correctly identifying them can be very satisfying for anyone who loves horses.
A common question I get asked a lot by my clients is what does it mean to lease a horse? Also, why would you want to lease a horse rather than buy one? Hopefully, I can help you understand what it means and if it might be a good option for you.
Rare horse breeds like the Caspian and the American Cream Draft face extinction if the conservation efforts in place are not successful. Learn more about these beautiful and rare horses with facts, maps, images and videos.
Horses come in all kinds of personalities. Some horses (and mules) are simply stubborn or lazy, refusing to go forward (sometimes in the face of significant persuasion). How do you deal with this?
In this article you will learn the signs and symptoms of colic and ulcers. You will learn what causes them, and how to treat these chronic conditions that are popular among our equine athletes.
When it comes to horses and other equines, few people understand the true definitions of sensitive topics such as neglect, abuse, or cruelty. Much less often do individuals know how to identify the warning signs of mistreatment or which steps to take next.
Get insider information from an American Quarter horse owner, two trainers and a vet about why the AQH makes an awesome pet.
Both purebreds and draft crossbreds such as the Sport horse are susceptible to certain health issues not so common in light horse breeds.
These names from Norse mythology give you lots of interesting choices for your horse. From Fenrir to Odin, to Loki to Sleipnir—the eight-legged horse—the names below all have meanings that will add to your bond with your horse.
What is the right way to take care of a rescue horse? What health and behavioral problems should you expect? How should they be fed and should they be quarantined, and why?
Here's some advice on how to be a good "barn parent" or "lesson parent"—whatever you prefer to be called.
We are all in awe of the famous racehorses and Olympic jumpers, but the lesson horses of the world are owed just as much credit. The famous horses on television and in magazines get our attention, but the lesson horses are what makes us fall in love.
For some horses, February is an awful month—cold, dark and bad weather. It makes riders really wish for spring! If you are one of those horse owners who is fed up with winter, here are some ideas to get you through the month!
To blanket or not to blanket your horse is always a question that is asked a lot this time of year. The weather is getting chillier and we start to think about if our horses are going to be warm enough.
Sores in your horses mouth may be caused by a weed in the hay being fed to him. Pictures and video explain and identify those weeds that may be the culprit.
Learning to trot is an exciting time for new riders. Learning to post is part of that process. Here are some helpful hints for learning how to post.
Are we doing the horse a favor putting a jacket on him when it is cold outside? I should think not. It is quite the opposite.
Here you will find the number of points that you should give yourself for each answer that you chose in the quiz: How Confident of a Rider Are You?
What does it mean to say a horse is "bridle lame?" What causes this problem and how can it be fixed?
How many different kinds of horse whip are there? The answer is . . . quite a few, all of them designed for different disciplines and purposes.
In my opinion, these are the main differences between a good rider and a great rider. Trust me, these small things make a big difference.
Why do people breed mules? What are they useful for? Are there any other equine hybrids - and why? What makes a mule better than a horse, or worse?
English vs. Western? This is a common question that I get quite frequently from people who are interested in horses and riding. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
There is a lot out there about finding the right horse, but not so much about what to do if you buy the wrong one! Hopefully, this article helps!
Horses, like most species of ungulates, are social animals with complex social structures and hierarchies. This article will discuss the basics of equine social behaviors within the herd, and how factors such as age, gender, and the environment play a role.
I know many horse-loving kids who dream of a career with horses. Here is my advice for those who think they want to follow that path. It is not an easy path, but most certainly not impossible for those who are dedicated and hard working.
Do you have a horse that is prone to buck? This little setup might just do the trick to make him stop, or reduce the buck in him.
Few horses run faster or farther than the majestic hot-blooded Arabian horse. Discover interesting facts about Arabian horses that may surprise you.
Find out information on breeding horses, including videos and information on how to get started with a mating program. Watch horse mating, breeding and pregnancy videos.
Horses enjoy being ridden when riding is fun. Here are my ideas for making riding fun for horse and rider.
Every noble steed deserves a special name to reflect its personality and style. I will present you with a list of different names that I think are fitting and well-chosen.
Rain rot is a common and highly contagious skin infection that occurs in pets, livestock, and wild animals. Proper treatment, causes, and prevention are discussed, as well as product recommendations.
It is a New Year, so how about planning on trying at least one or two new things with your horse this year? With twelve months in the year, think of how cool it would be to say you learned twelve new things or that you did twelve new and fun things with your horse this year?
Horses bite? Sadly, they can and do. How do you keep from getting bitten? Read to discover ways to handle a horse that is prone to nipping.
Congratulations! You're about to experience one of the most rewarding experiences of horse ownership: the arrival of your long-awaited foal. Here's what you should have on hand.
It is the season to begin to think about Christmas cards. If you are a horse owner, I'm sure you would love to include your horse or horses on your holiday cards. It can be easier said than done sometimes though! Here are some tips!
Rain rot, or rain scald, is a bacterial skin infection that is common in horses, particularly in humid, wet weather. The correct veterinary term is "dermatophilosis." Rain rot thrives in a moist, warm atmosphere and is more common in the spring and...
When looking for a horse, how big a horse do you need? How much weight can a horse safely carry? It's more complicated than a simple rule of thumb.
Being a therapy horse is hard work. Does your horse have what it takes to keep special riders safe, happy, and learning?
Learning how to handle horses takes time. They are perceptive animals with a different set of sensibilities than cats or dogs. Here are a few guidelines that will make interaction more rewarding .
The floor in a stock/horse trailer does not last forever. It must be replaced BEFORE it rots. When the wood floor rots it can break through at anytime when weight is applied to it. Tragedies...
Ponies are beautiful animals. They are part of the equine family. They come in a variety of breeds which all carry different attributes and likings. Ponies also makes great pets.
Genetics determine a horse's coat color. There are many different coat colors that are possible, but all colors are produced by the action of only a few genes. This article will review the basics of equine genetics, and the genes that create the beautiful coats of the horses we enjoy today.
If you purchase a horse, the next step will be the process of finding a place to keep him or her. Some of us are lucky enough to have our own places. If you aren't one of those people, you will need to research and find out what is available in your area.
It may have taken a while, but you finally found the perfect horse for you. Your trainer approves, you feel comfortable with it, and it has a face you can look forward to seeing looking out of the stall every day.
There are many causes for nosebleeds in horses. Some causes of equine epistaxis can be detrimental to the health of your horse. Learn to recognize the symptoms of these serious health conditions.
Are you looking for a name for your beloved horse? Perhaps you have a Thoroughbred, an Arabian, an American Paint, or a beautiful grade horse—here are 350+ perfect names for your beautiful companion.
Gentle breaking a horse for riding is an art. If you take the time to train your horse with love and care, you will have a loving companion for life.
Amazing horse quotes from famous people and celebrities including Benjamin Disraeli, J.D. Salinger, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, W. C. Fields and many more.
This came to me yesterday while I was teaching. I ended up doing it with all three of my students that night. All of my students are at different levels, and it was a great help to all three of them.
Helmets can be a topic of controversy in the horse world. To wear them or not to wear them? Being a TBI patient recovering from a horse related incident, I'm not even going to discuss the option of not wearing one. In my humble, brain-bruised opinion, wearing a helmet should be non-negotiable.
The energy and "vibes" that we carry with us around our horses affects how successful we will be in our interactions with them.
Tips for preparing your property before bringing a horse home. Do you have good fencing? What kind of barn should you build? Be ready and don't get caught out.
Horses are known for their beautiful, flowing tails. Why do they have a tail so unlike other equids? And what do they do with it?
While the advantages of owning a horse in the eyes of a horse lover can be various, the disadvantages often will be hidden under a veil of idealization. Indeed, passion may cover up some major flaws that come along owning the noble equine, yet...
These are just a few of the many misconceptions that I have heard floating around out there about horseback riding. I figured I would shed some light on them and help to add some clarification for those who may be wondering!
There is a little more to shopping for a pony-ride pony than you might think. Here are some things to keep in mind that will hopefully help you find what you need!
Learn about the Persian Onager (Equus hemionus onager), a rare wild horse native to Iran that is endangered. Only 600 to 700 individuals remain in the wild and at zoos around the world.
Learn how to use your lesson horses appropriately and communicate your plan to your riders and families well to encourage successful riding.
Abraham Lincoln, John Steinbeck, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and more. All the best and most memorable horse quotes from famous people throughout history
When the summer storms roll in, don't miss out on an opportunity to keep your business running and your students coming to the barn. Use unmounted horsemanship lessons. Here is some inspiration for fun and educational unmounted lessons.
Horse colic can be caused by several factors including worms, which are one of the major causes of colic in horses. We'll go over the various worms, medications, and worming schedules here.
With the beautiful fall weather setting in around the country, I bet a lot of riders are thinking about getting out of the ring and onto the trail. There is no better place to view fall foliage than from the back of a horse. If you are a new rider and considering trail riding, here is some advice!
Knowing what to expect during your mare's pregnancy and the foal's birth can be life-saving to both the dam and the foal.
Learn how to search through the ads, choose a trail worthy horse, and what to do before you finalize the sale.
As a person running a riding program, this is the time that we begin to plan for the summer camp season. The dates are being set and we are advertising for new and returning campers to sign up. Here are 20 questions to help you find the perfect program for your child!
Look here for 20 great names based off of fire for chestnut horses, mares, geldings, stallions, foals, and colts. These fiery-red names will give you some great ideas for your new horse. The names come from different languages and mythology.
Every kid that rides has, at some point, begged their parents for a horse. Here is a guide to help parents determine whether or not their child is ready.
Being in the business of teaching riding lessons and giving pony rides, I need the safest horses I can find—horses that have seen the world and experienced a lot, and horses that are calm and kind. Usually, these are older horses who may need special care.
Some horses definitely prefer to turn to one side. If your horse is like this, then why? And how can you fix it?
Arabian horses are a great breed of horse to care for and to ride. But they can be temperamental and if you don't start out right with them then they will walk all over you.
Safety tips for ensuring child safety with horses and horseback riding. Horse pictures and horse riding videos included!
Some practical ways to afford a horse at any age! Learn where to look for a horse, and where to look for affordable tack. Most importantly, learn how to save on board and other expenses.
As horse owners, we know that one of our horse's favorite pastimes is getting themselves hurt. Hopefully, you won't have to deal with any major injuries. We can handle most bumps and scrapes at home on our own. Sometimes for one reason or another though, the problem is too big for us to deal with.
What's so great about working with horses? An article about utilizing the horse as a source of power, based on my personal experiences using them to perform farm labor and other tasks.
How do you stop your saddle from slipping? This has been a problem for generations of horsemen and all kinds of solutions have been invented over the years.
We should all ditch the discipline snobbery! To each their own. And besides, before you can teach the skill set your horse needs for a certain discipline, we all need them to have certain basics. These basics don't change depending on the saddle.