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Get Ready for Spring!

Mare and Foal

It's time to get back in the saddle if the cold has slowed you down, spruce up your stable and help your horse transition to the warmer weather that is ahead (we hope). 

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How to Tell If You've Bought the Wrong Horse

Saturday April 19, 2014
If you're not enjoying riding or spending time with your horse, you may have to admit to yourself that you don't own the right horse for you. It's very easy to let your heart rule your head when you buy a horse.
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Or, your life may have changed and the horse that was perfect before might not be a good match for you now. There are lots of reasons why you might own the wrong horse for you. Here's how to tell you've bought, or you own, the wrong horse: 12 Signs You May Have Bought the Wrong Horse

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Slowing Down Your Greedy Eater

Thursday April 17, 2014
Not a lot of horses are picky slow eaters. They do exist, but they are less likely to have problems because of it. The slow eater might have problems keeping weight on, but the greedy eater that bolts its food is more likely to have serious problems with chewing and digestion. This is a problem that many of us deal with, and it can be frustrating, because we know that it can lead to serious consequences.
Image: K. Blocksdorf
What do you do to slow down your greedy eater? Here are some suggestions for making sure your horse slows down and savors its meals: Slowing Down a Horse That Bolts Its Feed

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Stone Bruises in Your Horse's Hooves

Tuesday April 15, 2014
After a tough winter, when our horses have had to walk on lumpy ice and get lumps of hard snow packed under their hooves, we might notice strange blotches of color on their soles. These are bruises, and they can happen for several different reasons, ice and snow being just two. Stone bruising can cause your horse to become lame, although some horses may not show signs of tenderness.
Image: K. Blocksdorf
It depends on the severity of the bruising. Bruising can also lead to abscesses. Here's how to identify, treat and prevent stone bruising in your horse's hooves.

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When A Snaffle Isn't a Snaffle

Friday April 4, 2014
Sometimes what is referred to as a Western snaffle bit may not be a snaffle bit at all.
This western pelham has a jointed mouthpiece. Is it a snaffle bit?
Here's an explanation of what a snaffle bit isn't.

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