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  • Importance of Equine Dentistry

    The Basics of Horse Teeth

    Horses, like the vast majority of mammals, have two sets of teeth. The first set of teeth is present when they are born or come in within a few weeks of birth. These are called baby or milk teeth. These teeth fall out when the horse is between two and five years old and the adult teeth come in. A horse's adult teeth are different from human's because, like many grazing mammals, the teeth continue to grow until they are 25 or 30 years old.

    Horses have canines, incisors, molars and a type of tooth called a wolf tooth. Wolf teeth are typically removed when the horse is two or three years old because they can cause problems with the horse accepting the bit. This is normally a horse's first encounter with equine dentistry.

  • How Fast Can a Horse Run

    Horse Galloping

    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.

  • Get the Most From a Horse Training Clinic

    Understanding Clinics

    A horse training clinic is typically an event where an out-of-area instructor or trainer comes to a local barn or riding facility and offers the opportunity for local riders to take lessons from them. Clinics can be as short as a day or as long as two weeks. Most last between two and three days and take place on weekends. Horse and rider pairs are expected to stay at the facility for the duration of the clinic, watch one another's rides and listen to lessons the clinician offers while working with individual riders and groups.

  • Equine Heat Stress

    How Heat Stress Occurs

    Heat stress occurs when equine athletes' body temperature exceeds 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to University of Illinois professor Kevin H. Kline PH.D. Normal temperature is around 101 degrees, and temperatures of 107 or 108 degrees are considered a trigger for heat stroke.

  • Different Breeds of Horses

    Basic Breeds

    There are certain breeds of horse that are far more common than others. These are the breeds that even non-horse people know about and can recognize by name; typically, these are the horses that are seen in movies and on TV shows. The American Quarter Horse Association, for example, has registered over a million horses worldwide and is probably the most commonly seen horse breed in the United States of America. Even a large number of grade horses, those with no papers, typically have some quarter horse blood in their veins.

  • Connecting a Snaffle Bit to a Bridle

    Bits and Bridles

    The bit and the bridle work together to allow riders to control their horse and send signals to it while they are on its back. The bit is a piece of metal that is attached to the bridle and then placed in the horse's mouth to allow the rider to steer. Bits come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. They are designed to perform a multitude of purposes in terms of levels of steering and control. The snaffle is one of the most common and gentle bits available. Most young horses are first broken to ride using a snaffle bit.

  • Taking Care of a Horse: Basic Facts to Know Before Buying a Horse

    Anyone who is thinking about purchasing a horse should know the basics how-tos of horse care long before they ever go on the first test ride. Knowing how to take care of a horse is essential to the horse's well-being as well as the overall happiness of both horse and rider.

    Feeding a Horse

    Horses are grazing animals, they function best if they have a continual source of roughage to keep their digestive systems moving. However, most captive horses do not receive enough nutrition from the grass in their pastures to survive, which is why horses are fed both horse feed and hay.

    The average adult horse receives one to two scoops of feed every day as well as several flakes of hay. The feed provides the basic nutritional need and the hay provides roughage for the horse's digestive system. There are a variety of different types of feeds that can be used based on a horse's specific energy and digestive needs, so it is always a good idea to discuss an individual horse's feeding requirements with a veterinarian or trainer to determine the correct blends and amounts that should be given. It is important to know how to take care of a horse and feed it properly, otherwise the horse may experience feeding related health problems such as obesity.

  • Details About the American Paint Horse Association

    Paint Horse

    The American Paint Horse Association, APHA, is the official breed registry for paint horses. Paint horses are often easily identified by their distinctive multicolored markings, typically gray (white) and a solid color such as sorrel, bay, chestnut, palomino, grullo, dun or black. The American Paint Horse Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is recognized globally as the premier breed registry for painted horses in the World.