The Horse’s Hoof: 7 Major Parts and 6 Signs of Problems

Two of a horse's hoofs in snow - The horse's hoof

No Hoof, No Horse There’s a well-known saying that states, “no hoof, no horse.” As a horse owner or caregiver, being familiar with the horse’s hoof and what’s considered healthy is important. If a horse has unhealthy feet, it may not be possible for the horse to be ridden. The horse may also end up … Read moreThe Horse’s Hoof: 7 Major Parts and 6 Signs of Problems

4 Major Factors to Look at When Seeking Horse Riding Lessons

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Learning to Ride Horses So you want to take up horse riding? Below, you’ll find some guidelines as to what to look for when considering a place to learn to ride. We’ll look into group and private lessons, qualified instructors, disciplines and the types of horses available. Group vs. Private Lessons When you’re first seeking … Read more4 Major Factors to Look at When Seeking Horse Riding Lessons

The Gelding: Owning and Riding a Castrated Male Horse

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The Gelding When people own horses, it’s typical that when they have a male horse, they have a gelding instead of a stallion. This can decrease issues relating to handling, management and even riding. A gelding can be a great option for first-time horse owners and riders. What Makes a Horse a Gelding? A gelding … Read moreThe Gelding: Owning and Riding a Castrated Male Horse

Breeding Horses: The Mare’s Cycle and Reproductive Care

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Breeding Horses: The Broodmare The act of breeding horses can be a lengthy one. Did you know that a mare is pregnant for more than 11 months? Her gestation lasts around 345 days, and it’s usually in the spring and summer months that she’s cycling and able to conceive. For the person who plans to … Read moreBreeding Horses: The Mare’s Cycle and Reproductive Care

The Stallion: Management, Breeding and Reasons for Castration

Chestnut stallion in field - The stallion

The Stallion There are many people who choose to own and manage stallions. For those who feel they may go down this route, it’s important to be aware of what exactly a stallion is, how their management may differ from that of other classes of horses and why a stallion may be castrated. Age and … Read moreThe Stallion: Management, Breeding and Reasons for Castration