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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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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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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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How to Pet a Horse | A Simple Guide for the Horse-Clueless

Perhaps you are interested in learning to ride, or maybe some new neighbors just moved in with horses. No matter the situation, it is always good to know how to safely approach and pet a horse before actually doing it. If you know what to look for, horses will communicate if they want to be …

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Can Horses Roll Over? Trick Training & Related Questions

Most people have never seen a horse roll over, so it’s not surprising that one of the questions I hear most often about horses – especially from kids – is whether horses can roll over. In fact, horses can roll over, and in this post, we will explore some norms about how often horses roll …

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Why you Should Never Give Cold Water to an Overheated Horse

For humans,  ice-cold water after working outdoors on a hot day can feel like heaven, so it’s only natural that many new horse owners or horse novices may want to give the coldest water possible to their horse when it is overheated after being exercised. Many of these novices are surprised to learn that giving …

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Should I Sell My Horse? A Quiz to Help you Decide

Equestrian sports are unlike any other sport. Instead of partnering with a team of other people or equipment, riders partner with an animal. Over time most people develop deep emotional connections with their horses. While some view this attachment as odd, for those of us with training in both animal behavior and human mental health, …

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Responding to Horses who Rub their Head on Humans

You may have noticed that during grooming, after a ride, or even during casual interaction, your horse likes to rub its head against you. In this article, we discuss 3 competing theories that attempt to explain why many horses like to rub their head or face on their owner’s body, plus how to respond safely …

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Horseback Riding Lessons: How to Start & What to Expect

Everything you ever wanted to know about horseback riding lessons – from your first lesson to becoming an instructor. Horseback riding lessons are many people’s first experience of horses. Unlike generations past, few of us have lifestyles that allow us regular contact with horses. Instead, horseback riding has become a rather unusual hobby, often accessible …

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How to Get Horse Manure Smells out of Clothing

One of the most frustrating parts of being (or living with!) someone who rides horses for fun or as part of professional work on a farm, barn, or stable is dealing with the manure odor that sometimes makes clothing stink after horseback riding. In this article, we’ll be talking about a few effective ways to …

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