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Horse Ownership

Evaluating Equine Fitness

BEFORE YOU GO...You will probably want to spend many hours in the saddle to see as much country as possible. Do yourself and your horse a favor and make sure the two of you are fit enough for a...
During turnouts, it's best to remove your horse's halter—halters can get hung up on fencing, trees, et cetera, leading to potential injury.  However, if your horse is hard to catch when turned out, you may need to leave a...
Peggy Gibson, 35, had lived in Florida most of her life. An owner of two Quarter Horses that she showed in pleasure classes, she relished her state's moderate year-round temperatures (not to mention her ability to train consistently through...
The circulars and catalogs a la equine slide through the mail chute. Unable to resist the latest horse thing, you eagerly open the first pamphlet. "Got a Poor Doer?" the glossy color brochure asks. "Feed Him Our Newest Supplement...
What to Do When Shopping for a New HorseHave a vet evaluate your prospect for soundness before purchasing, but be realistic: The age of the horse is a big factor. Pay attention to the horse's attitude and disposition....
With proper use and maintenance, your clippers can last for many years. To keep them in top condition, follow the manufacturer's instructions for that particular clipper and lubricate regularly according to instructions. It sounds obvious, but follow the directions...
You're towing down a high-crowned, two-lane country highway at a safe speed. Your trailer and truck are in perfect working order and your horses are calm and snug in the trailer behind you. You notice a semi-trailer truck headed...

Barn Renovation

Power WashDust, dirt, cobwebs and sun damage can combine to make your barn’s exterior look shabby and dull. What a difference a good scrubbing can make! Power washers make short work of what would otherwise be an impossibly time-consuming...
Devoted equestrians spend hard-earned money to maintain their horses’ good physical condition. Regular veterinarian visits and a call from the farrier every six to eight weeks just scratch the surface of annual expenses.  A farrier's skill and level of...
Three young horses

Sheath Cleaning

As a horse owner, you've no doubt come to realize that there are three topics guaranteed to raise the eyebrows of your nonhorsey friends and relatives: 1) Flushing fly eggs from your horse's eyes, 2) the productive effects of...
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