One of the most important things you can do for your horse is to make sure his saddle fits properly. Poorly fitting tack is equal to poorly fitting shoes: too tight and you've got squished toes and painful feet, too loose and you've got blisters.
Guenter Seidel is a native of Germany who moved to the U.S. in 1985 and has contributed significantly to U.S. dressage. Seidel helped the U.S. win the Team Bronze medal at three consecutive Olympic Games -- 1996, 2000 and 2004 - with three different horses. He also was on the Silver medal team in 2002 and the Bronze medal 2006 team.
by Gayle Ecker Fall and winter is a time of lovely colors, family get-togethers and winding down the busy show season. However, it is often a time of increased colic calls to veterinarians.
If you have horses at home, making travel plans can be complicated. If you have ties to a local boarding operation that you trust, some people will decide to board their horses while they are gone. If you lack that option, or your number of horses makes that cost prohibitive, your best option is usually hiring a farm sitter.
Before you enter into the arena of keeping a stallion on your property, you should acquaint yourself with what actually happens at breeding time. Visiting an established breeding shed in your area is a good way to do this.
One of my favorite horse activities is playing in the water. There's just something very soothing and natural about horses and water. That is if your horse is accustom to it. Unfortunately, where we live there's not a whole lot of water in the summer so I don't get frequent opportunities to get my horses accustomed to it.
Have not been able to ride much this winter. Wanting to start showing my horses this spring. I need tips on warming horses up before doing any Western Riding exercises.
Winter. It's a word that, to many of us, is synonymous with bitter cold, harsh winds and loads of snow and ice underfoot. It's also a time when one of the more challenging daily tasks is that of providing a constant supply of fresh water for our equine friends.
About three months of age the foal's digestive system starts to change, making it able to digest forage and grain. The foal now needs microbes. The manure from an adult horse contains microbes originating from the adult's large intestine.
I have a 2 year old paint colt that I wanted to get trained this year. I have read that you shouldn't put a horse under the saddle until they're 3 because their knees aren't fully developed.