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

Young woman with two horses - +R training

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

4 Major Factors to Look at When Seeking Horse Riding Lessons

Student on brown horse with teacher leading - 4 major factors to look at when seeking horse riding lessons

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 out a place to … Read more4 Major Factors to Look at When Seeking Horse Riding Lessons

Shoeing for Different Disciplines

White horse barrel racing while being ridden by young man - Shoeing for different disciplines

Chances are in your work, you come across clients who want their horses shod for a certain discipline. Especially if you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to get a handle on all the different quirks and problems each discipline presents, and to figure out how much you should change your style to suit … Read moreShoeing for Different Disciplines

8 tips to keep your horse’s feet healthy between farrier visits

Two brown horses running in grass - 8 tips to keep your horse's feet healthy between farrier visits

We love our farriers, right? But we don’t want to see them all the time. And we sure don’t want to see them for lots of in-between emergency visits to fix random wonky hoof problems that are making our equine friends unhappy. Here are some easy, inexpensive things you can do to keep your horse’s … Read more8 tips to keep your horse’s feet healthy between farrier visits

An excerpt from Horse Country – A World of Horses by Christine Meunier

Lise Hemmingway smiled to herself, studiously reading the available jobs listed on the sheet in front of her. She silently thanked whichever genius had decided to start a company that focused solely on advertising jobs in the equine industry and lining up capable people to take on these jobs anywhere across the globe. At nineteen … Read moreAn excerpt from Horse Country – A World of Horses by Christine Meunier

Conformation and hoof health: How faults affect feet

Horse hoof and nose next to human's boot - Conformation and hoof health

A few aspects of conformation particularly impact the horse’s feet. One of the most important is straightness. On a horse with perfect conformation (you know the ones – you see them in textbooks, but they’re usually drawn in rather than photographed because they’re so hard to come by), you could draw a straight line from the … Read moreConformation and hoof health: How faults affect feet

Want to work with horses, but not as a farrier?

If you’ve decided that becoming a farrier is not quite the right path for you, but you still want to work with horses, visit Equus-blog. This website is an extensive resource for anyone interested in working with horses that features: Vocation 100 – a section that lists over 100 different horse-related job possibilities. Follow the links to … Read moreWant to work with horses, but not as a farrier?

Amazing horse facts [infographic]

The horse (equus ferus caballus) is an ancient animal that has evolved over the past 50 million years to the animal we see today, in its many different breeds. The Amazing Horse Facts infographic points out some of the amazing facts about this incredible animal. If you know of any amazing facts or interesting trivia about … Read moreAmazing horse facts [infographic]

How to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of a 2 part article series. Read part 1 here. A winning game plan One of the things that determine success is how far and how well we plan ahead. Most farriers are good at planning for the technical aspect of trimming and shoeing a horse and, by the same token, they may … Read moreHow to create a positive shoeing experience: A challenge facing today’s farrier (part 2 of 2)

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