Imagine a herd of horses numbering in the 70’s, all running free. Imagine them living a natural life of movement as they forage and band together for security. A place with trees and woodlands and a lake for swimming, and acres and acres of rolling hills where formerly abused and neglected horses are given back everything that man and domestication has taken away.
How do you keep your horse's hooves healthy? How do you know when trouble's "afoot?" What are the signs of healthy hooves and unhealthy ones? Sometimes it seems the answer can be a puzzle. Advice is plentiful, yet it can be contradicting.How do you keep your horse's hooves healthy? How do you know when troubles "afoot?" What are the signs of healthy hooves and unhealthy ones? Sometimes it seems the answer can be a puzzle. Advice is plentiful, yet it can be contradicting.
Question from a rider:
I'm trying to figure out how to teach my horse to spin, what is the easiest way to get them started? I've been having trouble with them wanting to suck back and hop with their front end and not staying on their inside pivot foot.
Steve Kutie's reply:
I'm sure that everyone has seen a reining horse spinning like a top and thought "How did they teach them to do that"? To be truthful the spin is really simple and easy to teach if you follow a few simple steps.
One of the questions that I'm asked frequently is, "What size seat do I need in my saddle?" This question is frequently asked over the phone and while it may seem as simple as getting the weight and height of the individual and steering them to the correct seat size, it's a lot more complicated than that.
Following six weeks of equestrian competition, the Vermont Summer Festival concluded a record-setting 2015 season on Sunday, August 9, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. Top riders from across the country contested a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation competition from June 30 through August 9.
During these hot summer months, it's easy to come up with any excuse to complain or grouch about not wanting to ride. Here in Texas it's not uncommon for summer to carry on all the way to late October. So when it's hot, and I mean really hot, it's often justified to let dust collect on your saddle due to feeling lazy or even exhausted between the heat, humidity, glaring sunlight and grumpy horses.
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