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Snug The Girth Up Tight - or Not?

Reef really hard on the girth/cinch to tighten that saddle down right tight so it doesn't slip? Not! How about doing one thing at a time first - like correctly positioning the saddle. Snug yes, tight no.
 

Horse Tack - Top 3 Tips

Selecting the right horse tack for use with your horse are some of the most important decisions you will have to make. Tack that does not fit correctly or is used improperly can have disastrous results for the health of your horse and possibly yourself.
 

Read The Feed Bag Tag

Don't really know what is in your horse feed in the bag? Join the growing crowd of horse people who are confused about what is really in their horse's feed. However, having said that, it's an easy problem to remedy with a bit of knowledge. Learn to read a feed-bag tag. Find out how much protein your horse needs and learn to balance feed protein and forage (out in the pasture) protein.
 

Lunging / Longeing

As with anything that you do with a horse, when you start lunging, start slow, smooth and easy. Think young horse, short attention span, still developing knees and short sessions. (5 to 7 minutes). This isn't to say an older horse would not benefit from lunging, but generally speaking you are starting this with a younger equine.
 

Looking For That Perfect Saddle

Cheap and saddle honestly do not belong together in the same sentence. Why? Because quite literally, you DO get what you pay for if you buy a cheap saddle. And it's not just that you will be uncomfortable, but it will not make your horse all that happy either, and may actually harm him.
 

Arthritis and the Older Horse

Just because your horse is older does not mean he is ready to retire and not get ridden. Even aging equines need exercise. Not to mention the fact that they get bored doing nothing if they were active in their day. Aging horses still have sharp minds and although the body may not be keeping up as well as it once did - they appreciate being useful. Being ignored and left alone can lead to depression in a once active horse.
 

Equine Parasites

Internal parasites - out of sight, out of mind - can kill your horse. While they may be out of sight, they are doing extensive damage internally. At a minimum, parasites can steal nutrients from your horse and cause gastrointestinal irritation. The bad news is, uncontrolled they can cause colic, intestinal ruptures and death.
 

Top Western Saddles Buying Mistakes

You may need to educate yourself on some saddle basics before buying your own western saddle. Ride in as many different types of saddles as you can. Talk to all the horse people you know about their choice of saddle.
 
English horse tack differs from Western tack, so make sure you know what you need before buying and save yourself time and money. If you are unsure, consult someone who already owns horses to find out what's needed for the breed of horse you plan to own.
 
On the 12th of September 2015, only a few days before the Springboks easily achieved a win over Samoa, South Africa scored another famous victory, The Duke of Marmalade’s filly, Simple Verse, triumphed in the St Leger horse race. In any other year perhaps this wouldn’t be worthy of a South African newsreader’s attention.
 

The Rise of the Duke Of Marmalade

The famous Coolmore Stud in Ireland sold Duke of Marmalade to Drakenstein Stud in May 2014. At the time the Champion son of Danehill had only produced three Group winners among thirteen Stakes Winners. In the year that followed, "the Duke", as he is affectionately referred to at Drakenstein, has sired eleven Graded/Group Stakes Winners including two Group One winners in Star of Seville and Nutan.
 
If you're going on a trail ride or a weekend camp out, horseback riding is supposed to be fun, but sometimes emergencies happen!  Be better prepared by having some of these items in your back pack or saddlebag.
 

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