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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Horse Blankets           As the colder months are approaching, horse blanket season is just around the corner! Finding the right type and size for a horse blanket can be tough, but here are a couple questions and solutions to help make it easier for you! 1. How do I know what size blanket to buy?           Before you do any blanket purchasing for you horse, you want to make sure that you get your horse’s measurements first! That is the only way that you will be able to buy the right size blanket for your horse. You will want to measure from the...
          Do you ever get cold and want to put on a jacket? How about wanting to wrap up in a blanket to fight off the shivers? Almost everyone will answer yes to one or both of these questions. Just like people, horses also get cold too. During the fall and winter seasons, horses need blankets just like us to keep warm and toasty! Whether your horse is outside or in the barn, horse blankets will keep your horse insulated, dry, and healthy during the cold months. Other blankets can also help keep your horse safe and healthy during the spring and summer months! These types of blankets/ sheets...
                Braiding your horse’s mane can be a great way to keep your horse’s hair from getting dirty and tangled. Braiding of the horse’s mane is also done when entering into the showing circuit for English riding events. Braiding the mane also brings elegance and a clean-cut look when entering the show ring, and It helps to show the curve of the horse’s neck and keeps it out of his face while jumping. Before braiding your horse’s mane, you should always make sure that it is clean and not tangled. You can do this by brushing through your horse’s mane before you start the braiding...
                Cleaning out your horse’s stall is one of the most important things that you can do for your horse! A daily mucked-out stall is a great way to provide a clean, healthy environment for your horse to eat and live. Everyone deals with different horse environments and they may have a different routine of how they clean out stalls. But in the end, the technique/results are always the same!                  1.  Make sure you are appropriately dressed!                  You wouldn’t want to go clean out your horses stall, wearing your fancy best! You want to wear the right kind of...
Have you ever wondering about your horse’s sleep patterns.  Do you notice that sometime your horse lies down to take a snooze, but other times he/she looks to snoozing standing up?  In this article the sleep patterns of the horse are discussed.    Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down.  They have adapted to sleeping standing up from their natural “flight or fight” behavior in reference to life in the wild.  Horses only lightly sleep when standing, making it more of a doze.  They are able to doze while standing due to a “stay apparatus” in their legs.  This allows the horse...
Horse Sleeping in the grass
There are many hypotheses that exist surrounding the domestication of the horse.  The largest debate is whether the horse was first ridden or driven.  There are three sources of archaeological evidence for the domestication of horses. The first source is the change in skeletal features and the horses’ teeth.   The second is the changes in geographical locations of horses, especially areas where no wild horses had originally existed.   The final source is from dig sites containing artifacts, images, or evidence of human behavioral changes connected to horses.   In this article all three...
Horse standing in a green pasture
Horses are mammals so they are all warm-blooded creatures, however the equine community has developed the terms hot, cold, and warm blooded to mean something completely different. Have you ever had a fellow rider come up to you and your Thoroughbred and referred to your horse as hot blooded. Did you ever wonder what they meant? These terms, which no longer refer to body temperature, are discussed in this article.   “Hot” Blooded:  “Hot” blooded breeds consist of the oriental horses, which are ancient breeds that originated in the Middle East. These breeds include the Akhal-Teke, Arabian horse...
Fun Facts About Horses    On average, a horse's heart can weigh between 7-14 lbs. The largest heart on record belonged to Secretariat weighing in at 22 lbs! The Average pulse rate is 28-45 beats per minute. The average horse's head weighs 11 lbs. A horse can drink up to 10 gallons of water a day. Horses have 205 bones in their body. Rabbits are more closely related to horses than to mice or rats. Horses can not breath through their mouths. The tallest horse on record was a Shire Named Samson. 21.2 hands (7' 2”). Horses can see in two directions at once. China has the most...
Horse Speeds and Gaits A horse's walk is a basic four beat gait. The walk is the slowest gait. A trot is the next speed up from walk, it is a two beat gait where the horses front and back legs move in sync. The trot is the equine equivalent to jogging, and is in fact referred to as a jog in some disciplines. The canter, also called lope, is a three beat gait that is faster than trot but not a full gallop. A gallop, which is what race horses are doing on the race track, is the fastest gait. It is a four beat gait. This is the gait that should be referred to as running. Uninitiated riders often...
Horse Galloping

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