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Why You Shouldn't Buy Your First Horse at An Auction

Wednesday April 23, 2014
This mare was purchased at auction as a 'summer project pony'. After closer inspection the buyer realized she got a 'two for one' deal. Shortly after she brought it home it foaled. It now means the pony won't be very useful for riding until the foal is weaned and she has to buy another for the student she had in mind.
Image: K. Blocksdorf
While she is able to keep the ponies, and take very good care of them until they can be sold or used, not everyone is so lucky.

If you are counting on having a riding horse over the summer, a foal could easily throw a hitch into your plan. Buying an in-foal mare at auction means you don't know the breeding, health, conformation or temperament of the sire (or the mare often times). Even if the foal is so cute...Read Top Five Reasons Not to Buy a Horse at an Auction to learn why buying at an auction may not be the best place to find a first horse.

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Poll: Will You be Competing with Your Horse This Season?

Monday April 21, 2014
Show season is ramping up in our area. There are so many different types of shows and events, from trail riding to speed games and everything in between.

What are your goals and plans for the upcoming season? Are you planning on (or already) competing? What do plan to compete in. Leave your comments below.

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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.
Image: K. Blocksdorf
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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Just How Horse Crazy Are You?

Thursday April 3, 2014
How horse crazy are you? Are you just a little bit horse crazy?
Image: 2006 K. Blocksdorf
Or are you 100% horse crazy? Here's a quiz that rates your level of horse craziness. Along with your score, you'll find useful links and learn how to get support for your horse craziness. Take the How Horse Crazy Are You Quiz .

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How to Talk "Bits"

Wednesday April 2, 2014
It's always handy to know the proper words to use when it comes to horse equipment. If you're doing something like buying a bit at the tack shop, and you're trying to describe what you want, it's easier for the person helping you to understand something like,
Image: 2008 K. Blocksdorf
"I want a short S-shanked curb with a low port and fixed rein rings." rather than, "I want a bit with the thingy in the middle of the mouth part, but I want the whatsits at the bottom to be kinda curvy but not too long." Parts of the Curb Bit will explain the various parts of common curb bits so you can talk about bits like a pro.

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Monday March 31, 2014
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The Magnificent Marwari Horse

Saturday March 29, 2014
One of the world's most rare breeds is also one of the most distinctive. Once you see a Marwari Horse, you're not likely to forget it. Once the horse of the royal and rich, more breeders are working to preserve this amazing breed, and a few have been exported to Europe and North America.
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The Marwari is still used in traditional celebrations and their unique 'dance' is achieved by means that some people consider inhumane. Learn more about the amazing Marwari Horse.

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