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Slow Feeders

Boredom for horses can cause health issues such as weight gain, ulcers, stall vices, bickering or fighting between horses, and even colic. Find out how slow feeders can help.

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Build a Low-Cost Hay Feeder

Tired of seeing your horse eating in mud? Or wasting hay that gets buried in filth? Here’s any easy, low-cost way to build a chore-efficient feeder.

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Saddle Up Safely Campaign Unveils New Booklet

“Can you catch a disease from a horse?” was the question.

Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Science in the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, took the lead for

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Used Snaffle Bits Requested by UK Group

A group based in the United Kingdom is asking for horse owners’ help in replacing homemade bits often used in India. Friends of Marwari/Kathiawari Horse U.K. has put out an open call for donations of small (5″ and under) snaffle bits.<

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

The force a rider exerts on the horse’s back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.

“You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to

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Tack and Equipment: Gearing Up

One wonderful aspect of being a horse owner or enthusiast is the variety of available tack and equipment–generally innovative, cool stuff–to use under saddle or in the stable. Exciting innovations in recent years have lent safety, comfort

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Customize Bits and Bridles to Minimize Oral Ulcers

“Oral ulcers and abrasions on the lips, cheeks, and tongue of horses are very common and are primarily caused by trauma,” Wattle said. “For example, nose bands pressing against the horse’s cheeks and badly fitting bits are both thought to be common

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Readers Come Clean on Tack Maintenance Schedules

More than 1,050 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, “How often do you do a full cleaning (polish silver, clean/condition leather, etc.) of your tack?”


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