Do you wear a helmet when you ride? Some shows mandate that competitors wear a helmet, and some barns also require helmet use for riders. If you wear a helmet, though, it needs to fit you correctly and you need to care for it properly so that it will help to protect your head in a fall
If you’ve ever purchased a horse, chances are you have ordered a pre-purchase exam to be performed by a veterinarian. Pre-purchase exams are the best tool you have as a potential owner to make sure that the horse you are buying is presented accurately and has no significant pre-existing medical issues. The exam is complex – do you know everything that’s involved?
Karissa and Seppy! By Dani Moritz I got a Facebook message this morning from a woman I met briefly at Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wentzville, Missouri. Seppy had been there on and off over a two year period and was volunteering as a therapy horse while I spent a lot of time traveling and studying
The range of treatment options available for horses today is staggering, which is a good thing – the wide range of treatments means that you’ll be better able to find one which works best for your horse . Alternative therapies are a popular way of not only helping injured horses heal, but of providing regular maintenance treatments, too. Let’s take a look at four of the most popular alternative therapies today
Bam Bam is such a cute mare, always in your face for attention and will check you out head to toe if you walk into her stall because she is very curious about people. She will do whatever she has to to keep your attention completely on her. Always the princess! Bam has an adorable face and is very well put together and muscular for such a young horse meaning she will be a very solid, pretty mare at maturity. She already garners attention every time she is out of her stall. Her rider will need the experience of working with babies because being only three and being unraced, she is working on the basics of moving forward, bending, straightness and focus. By doing figures around the arena, she is better able to focus her attention on her job and it also aids in bending and suppling through the body. Once Bam has more miles under her belt she might be a little less lazy and she is suitable for any less strenuous disciplines if given some time to finish growing up first
Horses are unpredictable, and when working with these large animals things can suddenly go wrong. As horse owners and riders, we all know that in spite of every safety precaution possible, accidents can and still do happen. As much as we hate to imagine these following situations, have you ever given thought to what might happen if your horse were to get loose at the barn, run into the road, and cause a car accident?
Bringing home a new horse is an exciting experience, but it can also be a challenging time as you get to know your new partner. There are a number of enjoyable ways you can bond with your new horse, though, so that soon the two of you are old friends. Spend Time on Foot Though riding is certainly a huge part of why we’re all in this sport, don’t underestimate the benefit of working with your horse in-hand, especially in the beginning
Selling a horse can be difficult in today’s economy, but you can up your chances by writing a clear, concise sale ad that includes all of the information buyers will need – or want – before they pick up the phone to call you. The Basics Every ad should include your horse’s basic information in the first sentence or two. Always include your horse’s age, breed, height, and gender.
If you’ve ever had to call your vet because your horse is a little off or lame, then chances are you’ve watched him perform a lameness exam. Do you know just what your vet is doing, and what he’s looking for during a lameness exam
As we spoke about in yesterday’s blog, contagious equine diseases are a concern year-round, but your horse’s exposure risk is heightened especially during show season. Thankfully there are a number of measures you can take to lessen the chance of disease spread throughout your farm if one of your horses should become ill. New Arrivals Make sure new horses undergo veterinary examination and have a clean bill of health along with a current Coggins certificate.