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365 Days in Horse Country – Horsemanship

July 31st, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Horsemanship
 




Many western shows these days feature a horsemanship class, where horse and rider are expected to execute a specific pattern in the arena.  The pattern is done at the lope, and illustrates the rider’s skills at controlling the horse.

Horsemanship patterns vary according to the particular show, but most require the horse to back up, pivot, and c ...

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365 Days in Horse Country – Comanche

July 30th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Comanche
 


The Battle of Little Bighorn, which took place in 1876 is famous for the fact that General George Custer and all his men were wiped out by the Sioux and Cheyenne.  One of few equine survivors of this historic battle was a remount horse named Comanche.

Comanche, a 15 hand bay gelding, was the personal mount of Captain Myles Keogh, who led two of t ...

365 Days in Horse Country – Biting

July 29th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Biting




Horse bites are one of the most painful types of bites you can get from a barnyard creature.  When jaws strong enough to masticate tough fibrous plant material come down on human flesh, the results are excruciating.

Horses usually bite people for one of two reasons: They are trying to play, or they are being aggressive.  Some horses that are hand-fed ...

365 Days in Horse Country – Xenophon

July 28th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Xenophon

 


The title of “Horse Whisperer” has been used to refer to a number of modern-day natural horsemanship trainers, but the original holder of this title was a Greek soldier and historian named Xenophon.  A contemporary of Socrates, Xenophon was a gifted writer as well as a magnificent horseman.

In 350 BC, Xenophon wrote a treatise called “On Horseman ...

365 Days in Horse Country – The Sorraia Horse

July 27th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – The Sorraia Horse
 



One of the most ancient and rare breeds of horse is the Sorraia.  Of Iberian origin, these horses appear in prehistoric cave drawings throughout the Mediterranean, and were first identified by zoologists in 1920 as living in the wild in Portugal.

Believed to be the ancestors of today’s Andalusians, Lusitanos, And Spanish Mustangs, the Sorr ...

365 Days in Horse Country – The One-Rein Stop

July 26th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – The One-Rein Stop

 
 

Think about it:  Your trust your horse with your life every time you mount up.  If your horse is sensible and well trained, it’s a risk worth taking.  But even the most reliable horse can be frightened or excited, and you can lose control.  This is where the one-rein stop comes in.

The one-rein stop is your emergency brake when you are ...

365 Days in Horse Country – Should You Breed Your Horse?

July 25th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Should You Breed Your Horse?

 

 


Many horse owners believe that if they have a mare, they should breed her at some point in her life.  After all, wouldn’t it be fun to have a foal around?

Before you breed your mare, you must make some considerations.

Just like with dogs and cats, more horses exist than homes.  Thousands of horses go to slaughter each yea ...

365 Days in Horse Country – The Spanish Jennet

July 24th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – The Spanish Jennet
 

 


Long before the age of exploration of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a distinct type of horse could be found all throughout Europe.  Called the Spanish Jennet, this popular mount was a small saddle horse of Iberian origins with a naturally smooth ambling gait. The horse had a compact build and an overall dramatic look.

Spanish ...

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