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Q: I own a 20-year-old Welsh Pony that recently had laminitis. She’s fine now, but the vet says she can’t have much sugar. My pony loves treats though, and I was wondering if you know of any substitutes. A: This...
There are horses of all different colors and patterns, but did you know that there are even horses with curly hair? Curly Horses have curly coats, manes and tails, and even their eyelashes and whiskers can be curly! Coat...
Young equestrian with horse in a blanket

Horse Blanketing Guide

Most healthy horses can survive winter with just their own fuzzy coat. However, when cold, snowy, windy or wet weather sets in, a blanket offers a little extra protection for horses that need it. If your horse is elderly, has...
If you are living in a place that gets cold and snowy, winter weather can be a big downer for barn time. You don’t have to hide inside, though. Plan ahead with appropriate clothing and healthy habits, so you...
Doneky KitKat and Ryan Hall

IRL: Riding with Ryan

Every horse we ride teaches us something different. Ryan Hall, 17, has one equine in particular that has taught her tons: a donkey named KitKat. Ryan got KitKat as a companion for her old gelding. She was semi-wild and wouldn’t...
You’ve been horse shopping for a while, looking for that perfect partner. Well, you’ve finally found him—and he sailed through his pre-purchase exam with flying colors! While that might seem like the hard part, now is when you really have...
Cueing your horse to canter (or lope, whichever term you prefer) can cause a bit of tension, especially if your horse has a history of kicking out, bucking or refusing to move forward. How can you get a perfect canter...
Equitation on the flat is a chance for you to show the judge just how effectively you ride. The goal of the class is to use invisible aids to show off all three of your horse’s gaits, in both...
Getting to know the Paso Fino starts with a little language lesson. In Spanish, paso means walk, and fino means fine. The Paso Fino is literally the horse with the fine walk! Paso Finos can walk, trot and canter like...
"I certainly dreamed of riding as a career—what girl doesn’t dream of going to the Olympics!” says Amy Cairy. Amy isn’t an Olympic rider, but her work helps to support Olympic-level horses: She’s the marketing manager for horse products made...
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