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Best Books about how to Care for your Horse

How to care for a horseBeing a new horse owner or a soon-to-be horse owner you want to get your hands on every possible information about how to care for a horse. I was like that at the beginning of my riding and horse caring career. I checked out every available book about how to care for horses. I was eager to learn everything about horses and their care.

Since my post Some Things to know before buying a Horse was visited so often I like to add some more information for you all thinking about getting a horse.

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How to Take Care of a Horse Saddle

care of horse saddleHorses are beautiful animals. But horse saddles are just as beautiful. Of course you can see all kinds of saddles. The English saddle has different styles depending on its usage such as jumping or dressage. The same goes for the Western saddle with different styles for roping or barrel racing.

In New Mexico I often saw saddle makers selling their saddles on fairs. Each one of those saddles was a beauty with a unique style and look. You see, I can rave about saddles endlessly. What a saddle needs though is careful maintenance. So, how do you take care of your horse saddle?

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Some things to know before buying a horse

buying a horseAre you thinking about getting a horse one day? You are not alone. This is the dream of so many people! I had this dream once, too. It was so strong that as teenager I tried to convince my father to look into getting a horse for us. We actually came even as far as finding my dream horse in Hungary. He was a 3-year-old brown gelding, a Hungarian breed called Kisber Felver. The horse‘s name was Baka.

It turned out that we didn’t meet the even the most basic requirement you need to care for a horse. What is this basic requirement and how can you meet it in order to actually being able to buy a horse.

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Horse Rain Sheet

Thoroughbred with foalGiven the Kentucky Derby is happening this weekend I thought it was appropriate to reflect on my own experience with a retired Thoroughbred mare I once had the pleasure to exercise daily for 4 years. Her name was Csa Csa. Sounds Hungarian? Yes, she came originally from Hungary, but was racing in her younger years in Switzerland. She retired in a small Thoroughbred stud farm in Switzerland where she gave birth to Thoroughbred foals every year.

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Professional Horse Clipper

preparing horse for showI worked back in Switzerland for quite a while in the Swiss National Stud Farm in Avenches. One of our jobs was to prepare the stallions for shows. That was fun! I just loved to beautify stallions for those events – well, as if you could beautify a stallion more than he already is.

My favorite task  was plaiting their manes. It took patience because the stallions didn’t understand that they shouldn’t move around while I tried to create nice plaits. Well, and the other work included the use of horse clippers. What do you need to know about horse clippers? I have some tips for you.

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Top 3 Himalayan Salt Lick for Horses

Indusclassic Himalayan Horse Salt LickYour horses need salt. You can provide them their essential minerals with a horse salt lick, best with a Himalayan Salt Lick for Horses.

Let’s speak about why salt is so important to horses? Generally it’s the same health requirement we people have with salt. Not eating salt at all is even more harmful to the body than eating too much salt – which by the way we know more about than the other option.

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Top 3 Horse Hay Nets around $15

grazing horsesIf you watch wild horses or horses that stay 24 hours on the pasture – oh, boy, how much I love to do that! – you see them grazing all the time. They actually graze about 15 hours daily. This is their natural behavior: consuming many forage-based meals throughout the day.

How can you mimic that normal feeding pattern for your horse that is housed in boxstalls, being fed twice a day and having only limited opportunity to forage?

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Top 3 Horse Hoof Picks between $5 and $15

horse hoof pickThere is no way you can get around picking and cleaning the hoofs of your horse. Daily. For me this part of the horse care was one of my favorite work around horses. Of course, the quality of the horse hoof pick is of first priority making this kind of horse care enjoyable or not.

A perfect horse hoof pick needs to be sturdy enough to be able to remove mud and stones compacted in the underside of the horse hoof. At the same time the horse hoof pick needs to be perfect for your hand. It shouldn’t be too big or too small. Most of the available horse hoof picks are made to fit in every hand, they are called to be ergonomically designed.

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Top 5 Horse Dressage/Combo Bridles between $40 and $100

horse dressageMy favorite riding competition was dressage. I never really liked the jumping competitions, although I did them quite frequently. In dressage I usually felt more strongly connected with my horse than at jumping. Doing both I was very familiar with all kinds of dressage/combo bridles.

First I have to make clear that the dressage bridles are absolutely perfect for jumping competitions too. You have today so many choices of dressage/combo bridles that it might overwhelm you. Here are some points that could help you choosing the right one for your horse or pony.

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How to keep your horse calm

Arab stallionFor a horse frightening situations can occur when you even wouldn’t think of it being so scary.  You might need to lead your horse through a noisy place.  Also guiding your horse into a horse box trailer and out of it can be intimidating.  Working in a horse clinic I encountered numerous situations like that.  Sometimes just parading in front of the veterinarian was enough for some horses to be frightened and to try to flee.

First of all you need to be aware that horses have specific instincts.  They are prey animals.  That means they most likely try to flee as first reaction in dangerous or unfamiliar situations.  There are of course situations where a horse will fight, most often when flight is not tenable or when they want to protect their offspring.  But these situations are probably more rare when handling your horse.  Well, how do you handle your horse to keep him calm and trustful?

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Top 4 Horse Blankets around $70

quarter horseI still commemorate one horse that I met in a horse clinic back in Switzerland.  This horse stayed in the clinic for recovery after a surgery.  He was a very gentle gelding, very patient and easy to care for.  The only moment of self-consciousness and a kind of pride came over that horse when we let him out in the paddock covering him with a horse blanket that was made of a lightweight golden shimmering rain-proof material which we received from a horse racing stable.  Wow!  You couldn’t recognize that horse.  Wearing that shiny golden blanket transformed him into a fiery proud stallion.  It was fun to watch him swaggering about in the paddock.

Well, horse blankets can have this fun effect, but they are really made for pure functional reasons: keeping your horse warm on cold rainy or snowy days while your horse is turned out to pasture.  Horse blankets protect your horse also against mud and insects.  Here are some fact you might want to know about horse blankets.

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Top 4 Horse Grooming Kits between $15 and $55

horse groomingHorses like to groom each other.  Did you ever observe how they do that?  They nibble on each others withers.  Grooming among wild horses also means accepting the ranking in a horse herd.  Sometimes they might want to try to do the same to you.  Well, that’s not such a good idea, because the horse’s teeth are very strong and would injure you.  A horse needs to get used to the way humans groom him.  That requires patience and gentleness, and also perseverance.

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