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Tacking Up A Horse: What it Means & How to Do It

Horseback riding has a language of its own. Two statements that commonly cause confusion for new riders are “tacking up” and “untacking a horse.” These phrases are used by horse owners and riders in the English and Western riding disciplines all the time and are often the first jargon to confuse new riders. In this …

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Horses’ Teeth Never Stop Growing: Facts About Horse Teeth

Horse’s teeth can be up to 5 inches long- and never stop growing! In this article, you’ll learn the basics of horse teeth, plus some fun facts to help you understand just how unique horses’ teeth are. While the teeth of a horse have a number of similarities to ours, they also have a number …

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Horse Supplies You’ll Need in the First Year Owning a Horse

Before you bring your horse home, you will need a specific list of horse supplies to feed, groom, and care for your horse. In this article, you will find a basic guide to the supplies you need for the first year of owning a horse – including an explanation of each item and why it …

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How to Get a Free Horse (and reasons to think twice before you do) 

When you desperately want to own a horse, an offer of a “free horse” may sound like a winning lottery ticket! However, horses that are free are usually free for a reason. Sometimes that reason is as innocent as the owner no longer has time for the horse or has an unexpected life change. (I …

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How To Read Horse Ears & Easily Know What they’re Feeling

Horse ears will tell you a lot of things! You can learn many things about your horse by observing its ears. Horses are highly social animals that communicate with each other through a variety of means, including body language, sounds, and even through hormones called pheremones. One of the most important ways that horses communicate …

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Everything You Need to Know About Leasing a Horse

Leasing a horse provides a similar experience to owning a horse while being much cheaper, and having less of a time commitment.  Horse leases are great for people who hope to one day buy a horse, but don’t want to jump into ownership right away, or who just want a few extra rides on a beloved …

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Wet Saddle Blankets: Decoding Horse Jargon

The phrase “wet saddle blankets” is a metaphor that refers to how wet a saddle pad gets after a horse has sweated heavily during an intense ride, and how many intense training rides produce good riding horses. This phrase is often used to describe getting “green horses” (aka, young or untrained horses) ready for horse …

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How to Tell if a Horse is Friendly: 7 Easy to Read Signs

The most common ways to tell if a horse is friendly is to look for ears perked forward, a back hoof resting casually, calm eyes, and curious behavior. The best way to tell if a horse is friendly, though, is to use these body language cues along with verbal instructions from a horse’s owner or …

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Horse Sale Ads: How to Read Between the Lines

When purchasing a horse, it can be hard to know what the horse’s real history or medical condition is, and sale ads are rarely helpful! This is because unfortunately, not everybody is honest or has the horse’s (or your own) best interests at heart. As someone who has purchased a dozen horses and assisted many …

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