Horses : Pets & Animal
Properly grooming your pet is necessary, both for its appearance and its health. When fur becomes matted and excessively dirty, it can cause problems for an animal's skin that can become severe. When you are grooming your animal, make sure you know about the proper tools and techniques to use so tha
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as Heaves, is a respiratory disease that affects horses and ponies of all breeds, ages and genders. Heaves causes horses to become less tolerant of exercise and experience symptoms; such as difficulty breathing and chronic coughing. Heaves is most co
Horse colic, a form of abdominal distress, can be caused by stress, gas, changes in diet or weather, or by other variables, and can range from mild to life-threatening. The most serious form is impaction colic--blockage of the intestine--which is the No. 1 killer of horses. A colicking horse will be
Equine Cushing's disease is endocrine imbalance often seen in older horses. It is also known as hyperadrenocortiscism, according to Penn State University. Horses of any breed can develop Cushing's disease, but it is seen with greater frequency in Morgans and ponies. Cushing's disease is caused by ei
A horse bridle is the headpiece that connects to the reins so you can direct the horse. The bit is the metal piece on the end of the bridle that goes in the horse's mouth. The bit attaches to the cheekpieces of the bridle so when you pull on a rein, the horse's head turns in that direction. Connecti
The majority of people in the Horse industry in Ireland are good honest people who can be trusted and will provide you with accurate information about the horse they are selling. There are however, as in any walk of life, those who are not so, and who's sole purpose is to make money. They will
Summer itch is an allergic reaction to the saliva in biting flies. Since flies are most active during the summer months, the condition has been dubbed "summer itch." It can be very itchy and cause the horse to rub and bite to the point of bleeding.Flies are the curse of a horse's existence. They car
Horseback riding is a high risk sport. Besides the obvious danger of falling off, horses are large animals weighing in excess of 1,000 pounds and should always be treated with respect and handled with safety precautions in mind. If you are smart around horses and observe safety precautions, it'
A basic introduction to the sport of competitive trail riding describing how to prepare and what to expect.
Ground manners are how a horse acts when you are working it on the ground. This includes leading, tacking, grooming and clipping. A horse that doesn't have good ground manners bites, kicks, pushes or doesn't stand still. Any horse, even trail or pleasure, can be dangerous if it doesn't have acceptab
A new western or English saddle may set you back several thousand dollars, and even a quality used one can approach the four-figure mark. With so much money on the line, it makes sense to get the best value for your money. A number of factors influence the market price of a saddle, from the reputati
Just recently I saw an article about Shayne, unofficially probably the oldest horse in the world. He had just passed away at the amazingly ripe old age of 51!
A halter slips over the horse's head and is a useful tool for transporting the animal between the stall, pasture and horse trailer. Halters are often made of nylon or leather, but rope halters are also a popular choice. Tying your own rope halter allows you to create a custom item for your equine co
The term hackamore is sometimes used interchangeably with the word bosal. Both mechanical hackamores and bosals are types of nosebands used to control horses when a rider doesn't want to use a bit. For instance, if a horse's mouth has been ruined by bad riders and the mount no longer stops when ask
Sheep owners sometimes feed beet pulp to their sheep to increase protein in their diets. Shepherds usually augment protein intake during a ewe's last month of pregnancy and the first few weeks of lactation. Beet pulp comes from sugar beets. Manufacturers cut sugar beets into strips and soak them in