Young Rider

Q: How can you tell if a horse is healthy before you buy it? A: When a buyer is considering purchasing a new horse, often the veterinarian is called out to perform a pre-purchase examination (PPE). The goal of the...
As a horse-crazy kid, you’ve probably been asking your parents for a horse as long as you can remember. And they finally said yes! You are excited for a horse of your own, but where do you start? Follow our...
Before devoting yourself to a full-time search for your first horse, answer these questions honestly to determine if you'll be able to give a horse a safe and happy home. Have you been taking riding lessons for at least...
There are so many things to think about when you’re riding. Is my position correct? Is my horse moving right? But one big factor influencing your horse’s way of going that you may never have thought about is saddle...
Imagine galloping across an open field on an energetic horse, taking your hands off the reins and guiding him with just a shift of your leg and bodyweight. Next, imagine taking your bow and arrow, and—still at a full...
Originally posted on October 14, 2005 Even though horses are big, strong animals, their legs are surprisingly delicate. The muscles and tendons that make up the legs can get injured quite easily. Your horse might stumble and cut his front...
It’s not hard for both you and your horse to work up a sweat while you’re riding. A horse’s body temperature is 99 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As he exercises during your ride, his body temperature increases—which is natural—but if...
Young girl trail riding

Trail Riding Tips

It’s great to get out of the arena and enjoy a fun, relaxing trail ride with friends. Before you hit the trail, keep the following tips in mind. Safety First Always tell someone where you are going to ride and...
Sometimes water can be scary for even the most experienced trail horses. Water looks different to horses than it does to people. If the water is muddy, horses can’t tell how deep it is. If it’s moving and splashing, it...
A horse has more than 700 muscles in his body. These all have to work together to keep him sound and performing well. This is no small feat, and sometimes horses need a little help. This is where an...
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