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What horses do with their earsRead more

What horses do with their ears

Unlike other breeds of domestic animal, horses almost never have floppy or 'lop' ears. (It does exist, but is a rare mutation rather than a breed trait). Most horses have small leaf-shaped ears that may or may not curl inward slightly at the tips - these are sometimes called 'fox' ears. An Indian breed, the Kathiawari/Marwari, has such extreme fox ears that the tips often touch. Donkeys have longer, straight ears, whilst mule ears are somewhere between the two.

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Essential products for every horse ownerRead more

Essential products for every horse owner

Horses are big animals that come with big responsibility. You need a wide range of products to care for your horse properly, even if you board it out. Here is a list of the essentials for everyone who owns an equine, regardless of whether you keep it on your own property or at a boarding barn.

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Your new horse: adaptation periodRead more

Your new horse: adaptation period

Buying a new horse and bringing it home is very exciting, even for experienced horse owners. It’s an exciting time for the horse too. They will have been uprooted from familiar surroundings and separated from pasture mates. Water may taste different. The feed may change slightly and things like shelters, stalls and fences will be in different places. There are new people, companions and schedules to learn about. All the changes may make your horse a bit nervous. Some will become very unsettled and take a bit of time to adjust, while others will feel comfortable quickly.

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Dealing with an anxious horseRead more

Dealing with an anxious horse

Horses are flight animals. All horses will from time to time become anxious or nervous. Anxious or nervous behavior is normal for horses in strange situations. A horse at its first show is likely to be anxious. Some horse remain nervous every time they go into the show ring (it's even possible some horses may suffer from a form of 'stage fright'). Nervous behavior can also be caused by specific triggers. Some horses, for example, become incredibly anxious when being ridden in an indoor arena during heavy rain. It is possible the noise bothers them, or it is possible that they are fighting an instinct to avoid the rainstorm, as wild horses would probably attempt to do.

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Mini horsesRead more

Mini horses

Miniature horses are not just a small horse, nor are they ponies. These diminutive horses normally retain the characteristics and proportions of a horse as well as the temperament. They have the intelligence and disposition of a full size horse yet are small enough that some people keep them as companion animals. In fact, some miniature horses are being trained as service animals for people that need that type of help.

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How to teach your horse to cross the waterRead more

How to teach your horse to cross the water

When you’re riding out on trail, it's very common to cross smallstreams along the way. To a horse, water looks much different than ground—it moves, it makes noise and may shimmer, reflects the surroundings and moves in a way that may confuse a horse. Additionally, horses don't know how deep the water is. You may be able to see the bottom, and estimate that the stream is only a few inches deep, but your horse may think the water is over its head. When they feel the water on their hooves and legs, it can be a wet, chilly change from walking on the ground. Often the banks of streams or ponds are slippery or rocky, making the footing insecure.

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Enjoying yourself in the company of your horseRead more

Enjoying yourself in the company of your horse

A horse is one of the favoured animals around as there are lots of fun things you can do with it. If you are fed up with just taking it round the field, it is time to broaden your horizons and find other enjoyable ways to spend time with it. If you have the spare time, there are plenty of fun ways to spend time with your equine.

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How to choose flooring for the stableRead more

How to choose flooring for the stable

When building or renovating a barn for horses, what they will be standing on is a very important consideration. Horses that are kept in have to stand still on whatever is on their stall floor for long periods of time, which can be hard on their legs. For this reason, from a leg health perspective, flooring needs to be chosen carefully. Maintenance is another factor. The upkeep of some types of flooring is easier than others. You may wish to have one type of flooring for aisles, and another installs. And, the type of floor you will choose for a new barn will depend on the existing natural soil, what materials are available to you, and your budget. Here's a look at the types of flooring found in horse's stables.

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