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A saddle that doesn’t fit can give the horse a sore back – and a bad attitude
Got a grumpy horse? Maybe the saddle is bothering him. It’s imperative to properly fit a saddle for his comfort and your riding experience. Karl Hoopes is an equine extension specialist at...
She needs to be active, but take it easy
Many people think they will hurt their pregnant mare if they ride her. There are some precautions to take, but a strong, physically fit mare will give birth to a healthy baby. Aime Johnson is an...
Horses aren't always tall and ponies aren't always short
Exactly when is a horse considered a horse and not a pony – and vice versa? There are many people confused about the two, and rightly so. Pat Comerford is an equine extension specialist at...
Unleash the cowboy in your soul
My grandfather was one of John Wayne’s biggest fans. He loved movies where the actor rode his horse across rugged terrain, ate beans cooked over the fire, and was the consummate cowboy. You...
Wade Daniels is educating others about moonshine and Clydesdales
Real Kentucky moonshine is born from old family recipes. Wade Daniels of Waynesburg, Kentucky, and his wife Julie bought a 40-acre farm several years ago. He was ready for retirement and looking for...
New app enables smartphone users to calculate a horse's body condition score and record the score with a photo of the horse.
Extension horse specialists from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska have developed an app that enables smartphone users to calculate a horse's body condition score and record the...
It's not curable, but with proper care, your horse can still live a quality life
If your horse’s coat seems to be shaggier than usual, and he’s lethargic and losing muscle mass he may have Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, or PPID. It was formerly known as...
Ease him into his new surroundings
When you bring home a new horse, he needs to be slowly acclimated to his new surroundings. After all, he’s just been uprooted from everything that was familiar. Jennifer Williams is the...
Use your phone to keep track of how fat or thin your horses are
It can be hard to tell whether a horse is getting too fat or too thin unless you give it a body condition score, which is a method of estimating the amount of fat on the animal’s body in...
You can tell these animals and their owners have a special bond!