+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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Updated: Oct. 2, 2019 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 … 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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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 may be used … 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

3 Reasons to Use a Properly Sized Horse Blanket or Rug

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At varying times, horses may have a covering placed over them while they’re out in a field or paddock, while they’re travelling on a float or horse box, or even while they’re in a stable or barn. Depending on where you live, you’ll know this covering as a horse blanket or a horse rug. A horse … Read more3 Reasons to Use a Properly Sized Horse Blanket or Rug

Horse Facts: How a Horse Eats, Sleeps, Communicates and Lives

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What Is a Horse? Otherwise known by its scientific name of Equus caballus, the equine species is made up of four-legged mammals. Each has a large head with one eye on each side resting on top of a long neck, along with a broad body and tall, thin legs that support the body. The end … Read moreHorse Facts: How a Horse Eats, Sleeps, Communicates and Lives

How to Effectively Care for and Manage a Foal After Birth

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The Delivery of Foals In a previous article, we looked at what’s involved in breeding the mare. When this process is successful, close to a year after the mare has been bred, a foal should be delivered. The foal can get the best start possible in life if the mare has an easy delivery and … Read moreHow to Effectively Care for and Manage a Foal After Birth

Horse Feed: What to Feed a Horse, When to Feed Them and Why

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Horse Feed: What Is It? In the wild, a horse will typically graze for 12 to 20 hours a day. Horses generally thrive on a diet that’s made up mainly of roughage, and the most common forms of roughage are grass and hay. Roughage can also include chaff, which is often fed to horses as … Read moreHorse Feed: What to Feed a Horse, When to Feed Them and Why

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