Monday March 10, 2014
The Olympics and the upcoming WEG showcase the glamor and excitement of equestrian events to a larger audience than would normally experience them. This is sure to generate a lot of interest in horseback riding, and inspire a lot of people to try riding for the first time. It may also have many wondering just how you move up into the level of riding required to compete in events like the WEG and the Olympics. Many world class equestrians got their start in Young Riders Programs. Find out what Young Riders Programs are and how they can help you achieve a high level of equestrianism. (Photo: 2008 K. Blocksdorf )
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Friday March 7, 2014
Even if you ride English neck reining is a handy skill to learn and teach your horse. With one hand controlling the reins, your other hand will be free to open gate latches, pick an apple or perhaps learn to handle a rope. Learn to Neck Rein
will help you learn the basics of neck reining.
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Tuesday March 4, 2014
Do you know what it takes to keep a horse healthy and safe?
Photo 2007 K. Blocksdorf Are You Ready For Horse Ownership
tests your knowledge. And don't worry, you don't have to go far to find the answers for this quiz. Everything you'll need to know is found within the articles of this site!
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Monday March 3, 2014
This young Standardbred was too slow to race in harness on the track. Most people think of American Standardbreds as racehorses. They can be ridden too, and their experience and training can make the transition easier. Read about the history, characteristics and uses of the American Standardbred as you Meet the American Standardbred
. Photo 2006 K. Blocksdorf
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Sunday March 2, 2014
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Photo 2006 K. Blocksdorf
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Saturday March 1, 2014
Many of us have our horse's regular vaccinations done in the spring. So it will soon be time to make the annual call to your veterinarian to make an appointment. Exactly which vaccines you'll give your horses depends on the area you live in and what diseases are prevalent. Most horses only need the four core vaccines. One of the vaccines often recommended is for Equine Encephalomyelitis
. The exact strain vaccinated for will depend on where you live. One small virus can create a lot of havoc as this study of VEE
has shown. The best cure with viruses of this type is prevention.
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Thursday February 27, 2014
Is building a new stable or shed in your plans? Building a stable requires careful consideration for the safety of its occupants. How large should stalls be? How high should you build the windows, and what flooring is best?
Photo: 2010 K. Blocksdorf
All About Stable and Stall Design
will help you plan a stable that is safe and comfortable for you and your horse.
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Wednesday February 26, 2014
I think it's been winter for about ten years now. Even the horses seem to be getting grumpy. No doubt they are longing for green grass instead of dry hay, no matter how good the hay may be. All the dry fodder can cause problems too, so it is as important in winter to provide water as it is in the warmer months.
Photo 2006 K. Blocksdorf
Eating snow won't provide enough water for your horse to stay hydrated and natural water sources can become icy or frozen over. A constant supply of clean fresh water for your horse is an essential element in good horse care. Your horse should always have water available in its stable and pasture. Read Water for Your Horse
to learn more.
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Tuesday February 25, 2014
A reader once commented on the list of horse careers both I and other readers have contributed to. Software designer, they asked? How can that tie into horses? There are many software titles that relate to the horse industry. Here's a few I can think of:
- breeding management
- stable management
- training records
- health management
- veterinary databases
- equipment databases for retailers
- competition scoring and recording
- horse sales tracking
I'm sure there's more, especially when the racing industry is taken into account. But maybe a career behind a computer isn't for you and you'd rather earn your living on a horse. Life in the saddle and Jobs Riding Horses might be more to your liking.
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Monday February 24, 2014
Do you board your horse? There are lots of different options available to those of us who board. What is your arrangement? Take the poll!
Something different than you see on the poll? Tell us about it by clicking 'comments' below.
Read More About Boarding Your Horse