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Horse Ownership

Horse ownership is the ultimate dream of any horse lover. Owning a horse involves a lot of responsibilities, but it also allows us to ride when we want, play with our horses whenever we want, and just enjoy the bond that comes with belonging to one particular horse, or several, depending on how many you own. With horse ownership comes learning about topics like how to buy and sell a horse, stable management, farm and pasture management, footing, emergency planning, trailering, and more. Horse Illustrated and Young Rider cover everything from the simplest act of how to clean a stall on up to how to design your own farm for horses.

Your mare always seems happy to see you when you arrive at the barn — nickering loudly and often galloping away from her playmates to meet you at the paddock gate when you call her name. Although it makes...
If you provide horses for others to ride, allow others to ride on your property or sponsor equine activities (like fox hunts, horse shows, trail rides, lessons, hay rides, et cetera), signed release forms are a necessity. If you...
Horse shopping was never much trouble for me. When I found the horse appealing and we seemed to click, the deal was done. If the horse was green, I'd teach him solid basics and put plenty of miles on...

Breeding Contracts

You've found the perfect stallion for your mare and have high hopes for the foal that will result from their union. But before you send your mare for breeding, you need to take a good look at one more...

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...

Traveling With Your Horse

By Cary L. Szuwalski When you are preparing to travel with your horse, packing is an organizational challenge. Every horse traveling is more than likely to be accompanied by a mound of equipment. The key to efficient packing is to...
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....
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