The cold days are coming and equine owners may be wondering how to keep their animals warm in winter. The article reveals crucial aspects to consider when getting ready for the first frost.
Finding a horse to buy is the most important part of owning a horse because you make a commitment to the horse financially and emotionally. With a sometimes overwhelming amount of online horse sale sites, here are several ways (including websites) to find horses for sale.
Leasing a horse is an alternative to owning a horse that is cheaper and still gives you some of the benefits of having your own horse. I'll go over the pros and cons, different types of leases, and how to find a horse.
This article contains tips for selecting the safest horseback riding hat for American and British equestrians and serious riders from around the world. If you love riding, keep with it for a lifetime by taking the necessary precautions to protect your head from injury.
After training and showing dressage for most of my horse life in high school with an occasional trail ride maybe once or twice a year, I accepted a position as a trail ride guide at a national park for a summer seasonal job. It was the best move I could have made for my horsemanship!
Pro tips to keep you and your horse happy and healthy for summer riding!
Mounted games are a way for students to improve their skills and have a blast at the same time.
I recently was in search of the perfect horse to join our education program. I decided to share my experience in order to help others with what to look for and which questions to ask when shopping for a horse.
Lots of kids are horse crazy. Some stick with it and others don't. If you are seeing any of the following signs and behaviors in your child, chances are their love of horses is here to stay!
Warm spring days make it tempting to bathe our horses. We need to make sure it is warm enough for them before we go ahead and do it, though! Here's some advice to help you decide whether to bathe or just groom our horses.
This article gives advice on lunging your horse before riding. When should you do it? When not to? (Another alternative!)
When people think of horseback riding lessons, they typically think of a bunch of children in a group riding lesson. Hopefully, this article is all the encouragement you need to start riding as an adult!
This is the story of how I saved a starving yearling Peruvian Paso who has now become my best friend for life.
Are you looking for a name for your beloved horse? Perhaps you have a Thoroughbred, an Arabian, an American Paint, or a beautiful grade horse—here are 350+ perfect names for your companion.
For some horses, February is an awful month—cold, dark, and wet. It makes riders really wish for spring! If you are one of those horse owners who is fed up with winter, here are some ideas to get you through the month!
As a person running a riding program, this is the time that we begin to plan for the summer camp season. The dates are being set and we are advertising for new and returning campers to sign up. Here are 20 questions to help you find the perfect program for your child!
This is my true definition of horsemanship.
The riding crop should be an "extension" of our leg. Learn how to properly use this important riding tool.
The weather may not be ideal, but here are 26 reasons not to quit riding for the winter!
Being realistic about your confidence as a horseback rider is important. Why? Having a firm understanding of your confidence level and skillset allows you to know what to work on and helps you to stay safe when interacting with horses.
Are you and your horse stuck in a rut? Are you looking for something new to do together? Check out this list for some creative ideas.
If you purchase a horse, the next step will be the process of finding a place to keep him or her. Some of us are lucky enough to have our own places. If you aren't one of those people, you will need to research and find out what is available in your area.
Mane pulling can be a tedious and frustrating job if you are the unlucky owner of a horse that doesn't like it. If you have ever seen a mane that has been cut with scissors, you understand why we go to the trouble of pulling instead of cutting.
If you have ever read horse advertisements online or been to a horse auction, you may have heard the term "grade" horse used. What does it mean? Are grade horses better or worse than purebred horses?
Helmets can be a topic of controversy in the horse world. To wear them or not to wear them? Being a TBI patient recovering from a horse-related incident, I'm not even going to discuss the option of not wearing one. In my humble, brain-bruised opinion, wearing a helmet should be non-negotiable.
Some horses are born with white markings on their faces and legs. Do you know the difference between snips, coronets and stockings? Correctly identifying them can be very satisfying for anyone who loves horses.
In my opinion, these are the main differences between a good rider and a great rider. Trust me, these small things make a big difference.
This came to me yesterday while I was teaching. I ended up doing it with all three of my students that night. All of my students are at different levels, and it was a great help to all three of them.
A guide to the essential questions to ask when buying a horse, including questions about sizing, diet, and turn-out schedule.
Like English versus Western riding, one of the most debated topics among horse owners is if they prefer mares or geldings.
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To blanket or not to blanket your horse is always a question that is asked a lot this time of year. The weather is getting chillier, and we start to think about if our horses are going to be warm enough.
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The top seven tips and tricks for your first horse show, including clothing, planning meals, and advice for after the show.
Horse training tips from an old-time cowboy.
Being in the business of teaching riding lessons and giving pony rides, I need the safest horses I can find—horses that have seen the world and experienced a lot, and horses that are calm and kind. Usually, these are older horses who may need special care.
With the beautiful fall weather setting in around the country, I bet a lot of riders are thinking about getting out of the ring and onto the trail. There is no better place to view fall foliage than from the back of a horse. If you are a new rider and considering trail riding, here is some advice!
I have mentioned before that part of learning to ride is progressing to riding more difficult horses (or climbing the lesson-horse ladder, as I have been known to call it). It is hard to explain to students who love the old faithfuls that they have been riding that it is time to move on.
What is the best way to clean, disinfect, and treat your wounded horse? Learn basic first aid and correct treatment methods so that you can help in the event that a veterinarian cannot be reached.
Genetics determine a horse's coat color. There are many different coat colors that are possible, but all colors are produced by the action of only a few genes. This article will review the basics of equine genetics, and the genes that create the beautiful coats of the horses we enjoy today.
These great names for your horse, foal, or pony were inspired by astronomical, celestial, star, and space terminology. Give your horse a stellar name so that you will soar together as a team.
This is kind of a trick question. There is not a black and white answer to this question. There are a lot of generalizations people make about different breeds, but shopping by breed for a new rider is not the best way to do it. For a new rider, you should look for a horse based on its behavior.
Whether you've got a mare, a foal, a gelding, or a stallion, your horse is going to need a memorable name with meaning. The name ideas in this article all come from Greek mythology and are rich with history and legend. Explore these 20 ideas and find the perfect moniker for your equine companion.
The following names from mythology and literature all feature strong, powerful horses for you to name your foal, mare, stallion, or gelding. Some names are great for a chestnut, black, bay, or grey horse, while others work for any large horse.
A common question I get asked a lot by my clients is what does it mean to lease a horse? Also, why would you want to lease a horse rather than buy one? Hopefully, I can help you understand what it means and if it might be a good option for you.
Here's some advice on how to be a good "barn parent" or "lesson parent"—whatever you prefer to be called.
What makes a great student? How can you be one yourself? Having taught for almost 20 years now, I think I can give you some advice on how to be a superstar riding student.
Many riders deal with the frustration of their horse dropping its inside shoulder around turns and cutting in. Here are some exercises I use with my horses and students to correct this common problem.
We should all ditch the discipline snobbery! To each their own. And besides, before you can teach the skill set your horse needs for a certain discipline, we all need them to have certain basics. These basics don't change depending on the saddle.
Look here to find great fire-related names for chestnut horses, mares, geldings, stallions, foals, and colts. These fiery-red names, which come from different languages and mythologies, will give you some great ideas for your new horse.
Health, Care And Upkeep of Miniature Horses As Pets
One of the biggest appeals of miniature horses is the fact that they are less expensive to keep than full-size horses. However, that mainly applies to the amount of food they eat and the size of the pen or stable they need. They’re actually quite similar when it comes to the amount of time needed for care, as well as veterinary costs.
Just like any other horse, a mini horse needs regular grooming. They’ll need to be brushed and combed, not only to keep their coat shiny but also to help facilitate bonding.
They should visit or be visited by an equine veterinarian that offers services such as teeth floating, vaccinations and checking for common ailments. All horses should be dewormed regularly your veterinarian will advise you on when and how much Ivermectin to administer.
You’ll need an emergency fund for unexpected illnesses or injuries. Some pet insurance providers offer policies for miniature horses, which can help you save thousands on surgery or even regular vet visits.
Feeding Your Miniature Horse
Mini horses eat the same foods as regular horses – just, less of it. The majority of their diet should be fresh grass for grazing or access to hay. They’ll need to eat about 1% of their body weight in grass or hay, and their diet may be supplemented with a grain mix for extra carbohydrates and protein. Your horse should always have access to fresh, clean water.
Avoid letting your mini overeat they are prone to gaining weight quickly, which can lead to stress on the joints, digestive and respiratory issues, and heart failure.
Miniature Horses as Pets
While some refer to horses as livestock, others consider horses to be a companion animal, especially if they are kept for recreational purposes. Miniature horses
Child and small horse in field
—which measure 34 to 38 inches in height—are also recognized by many as companion animals. However, if you want to own a miniature horse as a pet, don’t assume a miniature size means less upkeep and expense than a full-sized horse.
Dr. Leslie Easterwood, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight on caring for miniature horses.
“General care and maintenance are exactly the same for miniature horses as for full-sized horses, the only difference is size,” she said. “Vaccinations, dental care, hoof care, feeding, and housing are consistent for all equines. Miniature horses are also susceptible to the same diseases and ailments as full-sized horses. They are anatomically exactly the same as full sized horses, so they have the same risk factors for lameness, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, and other health complications.”
Although miniature horses share many similarities as their full-sized counterparts, they have a few behaviors that can cause issues full-sized horses don’t often experience. Miniature horses tend to eat things that full sized horses wouldn’t, such as rocks, pine shavings, and large amounts of sand. They also have a tendency to be “easy-keepers,” meaning they can become overweight on high caloric diets. Because of their small size, miniature horses have a low need for calories. Owners may mistakenly overfeed them, which easily can lead to obesity.
Housing requirements for miniature horses are smaller than that of a full-sized horse. However, they still require a pasture for adequate living space.
“Miniature horses can live out in a pasture with trees for shade, good grass, and clean water,” Easterwood said. “Most owners choose to have a barn or shelter so that individual animals can be separated for feeding. Fencing can be shorter if you only have miniatures in the pasture. They are not dogs, so they should not be housed in dog-sized areas, such as backyards.”
How do you know if a miniature horse is the right pet for you? Determine the expense you can afford and the activities you would like to do with your pet.
“If you are looking for a companion animal that can come in the house, make trips to the park, vacation with the family, go on runs and or play fetch, a miniature horse is probably not for you,” Easterwood said.
Additionally, you should consider your level of commitment to your pet.
“Miniature horses require the same level of commitment as a full-sized horses. The care, health requirements, and management requirements are the same for miniature horses as full-sized horses,” Easterwood said.
If you think you are interested in a miniature horse as a companion animal, you should consult a large animal veterinarian about providing adequate space and housing for the horse. In addition, you should become familiar with common requirements for owning a miniature horse, such as vaccinations, dental care, hoof care, and feeding. Miniature horses are just as big of a responsibility to care for as full-sized horses, so make sure you are ready for the commitment.
How to stay healthy around horses
Before you interact with horses, be aware that horses can sometimes carry germs that can make people sick, even when they appear healthy and clean. Always get routine veterinary care for your horse to keep it healthy and to prevent infectious diseases.
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water:
- After contact with horses or their equipment
- After doing chores such as cleaning stalls, brushing your horse, or cleaning equipment
- After riding your horse or touching horse poop, urine, saliva, or blood
- Before you eat or drink
- Adults should supervise hand washing for children under 5 years of age.
Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Be sure to have hand sanitizer readily available near the horse’s stall to encourage others to use it before handling the horse or its equipment.
Prevent horse bites and kicks
Kicks and bites from horses can cause serious injury and sometimes illness. Bites and kicks can spread germs, even if the wound does not seem deep or serious.
- Be aware of your surroundings and know where the horse is at all times.
- Be cautious when approaching a horse.
- Approach a horse’s head from the side where they can see you better—not from the front.
- Watch their ears—if the ears are flattened, the horse might bite.
- Don’t stand directly behind a horse.
- Don’t approach a horse from its rear end.
- Don’t leave young children unsupervised around horses.
What to do if you are bitten or injured by a horse
If you are injured by a horse, you should:
- Wash wounds with warm, soapy water immediately.
- Seek medical attention if:
- You don’t know the vaccination status of the horse.
- The horse might have been exposed to a rabid animal. Make sure a veterinarian checks the horse if it becomes sick or dies within 6 months of a bite from another animal.
- The horse appears sick or is acting unusual.
- The wound or injury is serious (uncontrolled bleeding, unable to move, extreme pain, muscle or bone is showing, or the bite is over a joint).
- The wound or site of injury becomes red, painful, warm, or swollen (especially if the person bitten is 5 years of age or younger, 65 years of age or older, pregnant, or has a weakened immune system.)
- Your or your child’s last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago.