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Stop Horse Pawing with these 4 Strategies

Pawing horses can be more than bothersome- It’s one of those horse behaviors that can be especially frustrating! There are cases when pawing is a result of playfulness or boredom, but it may also mean your horse feels impatient, nervous, frustrated, or stressed. Understanding why your horse is pawing will help you understand how to …

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How to Teach a Horse to Fetch: Tips for Trick Training

Training a horse to fetch a ball, a hat, or any object on command is possible- it just takes practice and patience! In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps I use to trick train horses to retrieve objects on command. Teaching a horse to pick up an object and bring it to you …

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Horse Businesses: How do Horse Farms and Riding Stables Make Money?

How do horse farms and riding stables make money? Ask just about any horse owner how much money they make from their horses and you’re likely to get a pretty big laugh before an answer of “absolutely nothing”. Horses, horseback riding, and equestrian hobbies are known to be some of the most expensive hobbies a …

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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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Teaching a Horse to Drive using a DIY Training Cart

Teaching a horse to pull a cart can be tricky. Many trainers argue that breaking a horse to safely drive and pull a cart is more challenging than simple saddle training- and for good reason: many horses initially have a strong reaction to the sensation of the long shafts on the side of their body …

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2 Ways to Train a Horse To Lay Down on Command

Teaching a horse to lay down is an extremely difficult trick that will require patience, practice, and a horse with the right temperament. If you have a calm, trusting horse who’s already comfortable laying down in your presence, teaching your horse to lay down on command can be an impressive, fun, and even a useful …

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3 Big Mistakes Horse Owners make with Stud Chains

A stud chain can be a useful tool or an unnecessarily harsh correction, depending on the handler’s use of the chain and a particular horse’s sensitivity to correction. While a horse’s sensitivity can sometimes work to your benefit (like the horse who only needs a rider to carry a crop in order to become more …

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5 Tips to Slow a Fast Horse & Control the Walk, Trot, or Canter Pace

  Most horses have four main gaits: the walk, the trot, the canter (called a lope in Western riding), and the gallop. Within these gaits, horses have a huge variance- horses can be taught to trot or even lope as slow as other horses walk! The speed of each gait depends on many factors- just …

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