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Horse Safety

Being safe with horses is key for every equestrian. Learn how to keep you and your horse safe in the barn and during riding excursions with the Horse Illustrated archives. Our articles provide basic guidelines for safety while riding, ground handling, trail riding, trailering, showing, and in other horse situations. In addition, readers can learn more about barn safety since being safe at the barn and safe on the farm is of utmost important. Farms offer a lot of opportunities for mishaps and accidents, that is unless the proper precautions are taken to ensure all areas of the farm are safe for people and animals alike. New riders should always look for a safe barn to ride at so safety practices can be modeled, and the new rider can learn from example.

How Horses Communicate Pain

Besides not being able to talk, horses are flight animals and have an instinctual ability to hide pain. So, how…

3 months ago

Podcast Episode #9: The HALTER Project, Equestrian Photographer Shelley Paulson, and Attending Horse Clinics for January 25, 2022 from Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products

In the ninth episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow…

7 months ago

It’s Electric: All About Electric Horse Fencing

Electric fencing remains a very popular and effective fence choice for many horse properties. And it’s for good reason: Electric…

8 months ago

How to Prevent Snakes Around Your Horse Barn

In many regions, summer is the time when snakes are the most active, although snake activity can pick up in…

9 months ago

Horseback Riding on the Trail Without Cell Signal

Summer and fall are fine times of year to get out of the arena and onto the trail for some…

9 months ago

Vet Adventures: Angel or Demon? One Pony’s Very Bad Habit

Marvin the pony was a rare find, and his owners knew it. When young Lucas went for a ride, Marvin…

11 months ago

Your Trail Horse Threw You Off…Now What?

On August 12, 2017, Trina Ockenfels and her horse Tiger went on an average trail ride with a group of…

1 year ago

Importance of Wearing a Horse Riding Helmet So You Can Walk Away

How one mother has instilled the importance of helmet wearing to her sons while horseback riding. Jen Robertson has been…

2 years ago

U.S. Equestrian Announces Launch of USEF Helmet Research Safety Fund

U.S. Equestrian is pleased to announce the kick-off of the USEF Helmet Research Safety Fund, a fundraising effort to further…

2 years ago

Horse Owners Challenged to Rebound after Hurricane Laura

While horse owners in East Texas and along the Louisiana's Gulf Coast are still reeling from Hurricane Laura's aftermath, the…

2 years ago