Best Horse Training Equipment – Review & Buying Guide

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Horses need a lot of stuff. No matter how minimalist you might be in your own, non-equine life, you can’t handle or train your horse properly without a range of good, basic equipment. Specifically, you need equipment that will hold up to the job and not cost the moon and stars because as all horse … Read moreBest Horse Training Equipment – Review & Buying Guide

Ask a Farrier: Is Hoof Ointment Necessary?

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Welcome to our new monthly feature, “Ask a Farrier,” a Q and A with farrier Karen McMann. Karen has been a full-time farrier for 17 years. She graduated in 2002 from the Canadian School of Horseshoeing, where she studied under Pat Cullen. She serves on the Advisory Board as a Farrier/Hoof Health Support specialist for … Read moreAsk a Farrier: Is Hoof Ointment Necessary?

Horse Headcollars: The 2 Different Types and How to Use Them

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Horse headcollars may not appear all that important to novices, but veteran horse riders know that a headcollar is a useful tool that all riders need to include in their tack. An ideal headcollar consists of a headpiece, along with a noseband, and the entire thing is to be buckled around the head of your … Read moreHorse Headcollars: The 2 Different Types and How to Use Them

The Equine Endocannabinoid System: How Cannabis May Help Your Horse

In the world of domesticated animals, there’s no doubt that one of our strongest relationships, aside from that with dogs, has been with horses. In the past, horses helped humankind plow fields and plant crops, and they pulled the wagons (known as wagon trains) that moved caravans of people from coast to coast and populated … Read moreThe Equine Endocannabinoid System: How Cannabis May Help Your Horse

+R Training: Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Horse

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Positive reinforcement (+R)  is a form of learning that occurs when a desired behavior is rewarded. It’s based on the idea that reinforced or rewarded behavior will be repeated out of want for a reward. +R techniques are growing in popularity within the world of horse training. Such techniques can offer a fresh start for … Read more+R Training: Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Horse

Horse Breeds: Identifying Ponies, Light Horses and Heavy Ones

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Horse Breeds Around the World There are many different horse breeds that can be found around the world. Some of these may be best-known in a particular country, where they’re utilized often. Others may be recognized around the world for their performance, much like the thoroughbred in the racing industry. Horses are bred for various … Read moreHorse Breeds: Identifying Ponies, Light Horses and Heavy Ones

What to Look for in a Horse Trainer: 4 Key Factors to Consider

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What Exactly Is a Horse Trainer? A horse trainer is someone who’s employed to undertake work with another person’s horse. Their role may include a variety of different duties. As summarized in a previous article, a horse trainer may: Work with introducing horses to saddle Re-educate horses who are moving from one discipline to the … Read moreWhat to Look for in a Horse Trainer: 4 Key Factors to Consider

The Horse Trainer: How to Become One and What’s Involved

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So You Want to Become a Horse Trainer… There are various career possibilities within the equine industry, and one of these is becoming a horse trainer. A horse trainer is someone who will work with various equines, helping to discipline and educate them so that they’re safe and suitable for their chosen role. A horse … Read moreThe Horse Trainer: How to Become One and What’s Involved

The Thoroughbred Breed: Thoroughbred Traits and the Breed’s Origin

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The Thoroughbred Breed In the Western world, the thoroughbred is a breed of horse that’s well-known. Thoroughbreds are most easily identified as horses that race on dirt (and turf) tracks at great speeds. Although they may be slower than the Quarter Horse over a quarter mile, they can generate incredible speed over longer distances. Thoroughbreds … Read moreThe Thoroughbred Breed: Thoroughbred Traits and the Breed’s Origin

A Horse’s Habitat in the Wild vs. Domestic Situations

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Updated: Sept. 15, 2019 Where Do Horses Live? The domestic environment in which horses live can, at times, be vastly different from the environment they’d inhabit out in the wild. In domestic situations, horses may be confined to a stall or a yard for part (or even most!) of their day. They may otherwise be … Read moreA Horse’s Habitat in the Wild vs. Domestic Situations