pinch test is a handy way to test a horse's hydration level by
assessing the skin's turgor, or normal state of distention and
resiliency. Dehydration, or the loss of body fluids, is a dangerous
condition that can easily go undetected in horses. It is not easily
recognized until the animal has lost 5% or more of its body
weight. A loss or 12 to 15% of body weight in water is life
at Ohio State University
created the first DNA gene chip that contains thousands of the genes
for a horse. It houses more than 3,200 expressed horse genes on a
sliver of glass about the size of a postage stamp. When the researchers
began developing this chip, only 200 horse genes were known. Saddle
take hay for granted. It could be the
most critical element in your animal's diet. That's because the horse
evolved as a grazer. It has a very small stomach and can't take in a
lot of feed at one time... Saddle
Legends series of books by the magazine
Western Horseman, now numbering eight volumes, collects biographical
sketches of horses acclaimed for their speed, formation, or sire or
production record by the American Quarter Horse Association.
Book Stall Review: Legends
is not an alternative approach," writes horse trainer Mark Russell in
opening chapter of his book Lessons
in Lightness. "Nor is it a
'style' or a clinician's way to
fast results." Russell traces his horse training lineage to the late
master Nuno Oliveira, who in turn was a student of the 18th century
of Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere and Francois Baucher in the 19th
century. They share a common belief in the importance of relaxation and
suppleness in training to achieve lightness as opposed to the more
style common to most competitive riding. Book
warm water at least twice a day or
use a water-heating unit if the horses drink from a common water source
in a field. Make sure the heating units are working properly and no
stray voltage is leaking into the water. Saddle up...
Problems in a
nutrition a foal receives in the first
few days of its life are key in developing the immune protection the
animal will need at the start of its life, but sometimes that immune
protection can be too much of a good thing. Saddle up...
to the 2006 Preakness
Stakes, horses that broke a leg were considered beyond repair and
routinely destroyed. But then came Barbaro, the thoroughbred favored to
win the Preakness that year, which shattered its right hind limb in
several places and underwent five hours of surgery. Its story offered
hope that perhaps not all fractured limbs are beyond repair.
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Curious Case of Casting
you have seen a horse
cast itself in a stall, you might not believe it could happen. The
horse lies up against a wall and is unable to get its feet underneath
it to stand up... Saddle
selecting a bit,
the horse used previously. If it is available, allow it to hang
straight and measure the mouthpiece (do not include the rings in the
measurement). Also measure the size of the horse’s mouth by
placing a wooden dowel in the mouth where the bit should sit and
marking the dowel about half an inch beyond the mouth on either side.
Smaller horses usually have a smaller mouth and will need a smaller
bit, but this isn't always true. .. Saddle
grew up on
the age of seven she was riding alone. At 18, she drove stage teams for
her uncle up to mines in the Ochoco Mountains. She’d ride up
from Prineville, stay overnight at the stage station, and return the
next day. One day up, one day back, day after day. It was great work.
“My mother wanted me to be a lady. That was always a bad word
with me. I just wanted to be me,” Grayce explained. For a
time, she lived with her mother in Portland, working at a dimestore.
But soon as she could arrange it, Grayce was back in Prineville. There
were two problems with city life. First, there were no horses. ("Horses
were my first love.") Second, she didn't like the people.
"I don't like people," she said. "I like folks."
"What's the difference?" I asked... Saddle
U.S. Horses Abandoned and Neglected
the number of abandoned and neglected horses is on the rise in the U.S.
Slaughter plant closures and a booming horse population have also
contributed to more unwanted horses in the United States, according to
panelists at Montana State University’s fourth annual equine
conference. Saddle up...
Horse Owner's Survival Guide
Slow On Diet Changes
grasses start greening up
in the spring, you might be tempted to turn your horse loose in the
pasture to chow down on the new grass. But be aware that any sudden
change in your horse's diet could cause health problems.
practice of acupuncture is
founded on a knowledge of energy flows, or chi. Where there is tension
and blockage in the flow, pain and illness erupt. Like a 911 call to
the body's internal EMTs, "needling" is done to stimulate a specific
energy meridien and bring forth a curative life force. Saddle up...
Barn Guide to
To Do About Colic
is a catch-all reference
pain," which can have a variety of symptoms and arise from , a myriad
of causes.Some of the more common types of the ailment include
spasmodic colic (intermittent cramps arising from overexcitement or
nervousness), sand colic (from unintentionally consuming sand)
entertitis (an inflamation of the intestines often caused by parasites
or toxins), constipation (from lack of water or exercise), and
flatulent colic (excessive gas arising from highly fermentable feeds).
Never attempt to treat colic on your own," Storey's
Barn Guide to to Horse Health Care + First Aid
"Colic is serious business. Improper treatment can lead to death, so a
horse showing obvious signs of gastrointestinal distress should be
examined by a vet.
Horse By Any Other Name
in English, derives
from the Anglo-Saxon
which refers to swiftness. In French, the term is cheval,
in Italian cavallo,
Other words for horse include paard
(Portugese) and farasi
its risks, horsepacking is one of the best ways to visit some of
America's most remote wilderness areas. Four hooves can cover more
territory than two feet, and with pack animals carrying tents and
supplies, riders reach camp with energy to fish and explore. Saddle
Smiley, Diane Ackerman and Gretel Ehrlich are among the 43 artists and
writers who contributed to this anthology celebrating horses and their
Flesh Is Grass
Love Too Much
folks love horses
so much that they sometimes buy more horses than their pasture can
The outcome isn't good for the horses or the vegetation, according to
Sowell, associate professor of animal and range sciences at Montana
State University. Overgrazing
can lead to increased parasite
and a pasture overcome by weeds. If horses start eating sandy soil,
may suffer impaction which can lead to colic.
Horses, History and
Traditions of North America's Great Contemporary Ranches
of an Industry
In The Stable Sticker
Guide for Apprentices and Junior
Horses and the Travelers Way
The Road to Appleby Fair
Thousand Miles of Mustangin'
Intriguing Horse Facts
Western Pleasure and
Horse Owner's Survival Guide
Color of Horses