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Q: I don’t have an indoor arena but still want to ride when it is wet out. Is it safe, and do you have any tips? A: It’s no fun when Mother Nature interferes with your riding. Riding in the...
Q: Do horses know not to eat bad hay? A: Horses will generally avoid any feed that is spoiled or moldy unless they have nothing else to eat. This is also true for poisonous plants, which may be growing in...
“There’s a whole other world out there waiting to be discovered in books,” says Jess Burkhart. She’s the author of one of Young Rider’s favorite book series, Canterwood Crest. Jess has always loved horses. “I don’t even remember exactly how...
There are plenty of opportunities to find the pony that’s just right for you. Four of those choices fall under one breed: the Welsh Pony and Cob. The Section A Welsh Mountain Pony, Section B Welsh Pony, Section C Welsh...
It’s a challenging dance, but cutting is a fun, fast-paced event that not only excites horse and rider, but also fires up a crowd of spectators. Dashing from side to side, Sidney Kahla’s gray gelding athletically keeps the black cow...
Sigh. You know the feeling: You’re galloping along on your horse, jumping fences easily, when all of a sudden, your horse is doing a drive-by of the fence or, even worse, has left you to jump the fence alone,...
As you probably know, every horse is an individual. Some seem to gain weight seemingly by breathing air, while others can eat three times as much and still look super lean. This means you need a slightly different nutrition program...
The next time you open a bag of horse feed, examine what’s inside. There’s probably some corn, oats, vitamins and minerals. Then think about why all of those ingredients are there. It was the job of an equine nutritionist...
Explaining to people who aren’t horse lovers that riding is a real sport can be hard. How many times have you heard “the horse does all the work” or “riding doesn’t LOOK hard.” Comments like that are so frustrating! Here...
Q: My pony has a very fast trot that is really short and choppy. Are there any exercises to help lengthen it? A: Trotting is so much more comfortable when a pony learns to lengthen his stride and slow...
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