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The Real Cost of Horse Ownership

February 20, 2014

Working with horses can be very rewarding, but it is important to plan a budget for time and finances.... Read More

The variety of shapes and sizes among my family's horses has meant building a collection of saddles to fit them all.

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One Size Doesn't Fit All

January 29, 2014

The host of saddle design options now available reflects the endless variety of horse shapes.... Read More

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How to Choose Front Leg Protection for Your Horse

January 23, 2014

Get tips on choosing front leg protection for your horse from Nicole Carroll of Leap of Faith Farms. ... Read More

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Poll Recap: Saddle Fit

January 21, 2014

Just over half of the respondents in this week's poll said they have had a saddle professionally fitted. ... Read More

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Does Your Saddle Hurt Your Horse?

January 16, 2014

Find out what behaviors can tell you that your saddle hurts your horse. ... Read More

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Buy Reflective for You as well as Your Horse

December 30, 2013

An inexpensive reflective vest could save your life when trying to catch a loose horse on a roadway.... Read More

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Rutgers Announces Seminar on Caring for the Equine Athlete

December 03, 2013

Lecture topics will include conditioning, saddle fitting, and hoof balance, among others.... Read More

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Six Veterinarian-Approved Saddle-Fit Tips

November 11, 2013

On a quest for the perfect saddle and the best fit? Here are a few words of advice from veterinarians. ... Read More

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Horse Halter Options 101

November 09, 2013

Here are a few of the halter options you’ll have to choose from at the tack store or in horse-wear catalogs.... Read More

Horse blankets are notoriously bulky and dirty. This dedicated blanket room, complete with hanging hardware, keeps blankets orderly and prevents the dragging of dirt and mud through your tack room.

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Poll Recap: Wash and Wear

October 22, 2013

Of the 1063 voters, 385 (36%) said that they washed their horse blankets at home.... Read More

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Studying the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface

September 04, 2013

Researchers are studying how forces applied by saddle and rider affect a horse's performance and welfare.... Read More

The Church family Minis go for a gallop. Photo by Travis Church. Courtesy only for SC's blog, pay otherwise

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Inevitable Longevity: June Sneak Peeks

June 10, 2013

Our older horses have carried us, quite literally, through different life phases. Simply, they're family.... Read More

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2013 International Helmet Awareness Day Scheduled

May 28, 2013

Riders4Helmets will host International Helmet Awareness Day 2013 on June 22. ... Read More

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Thermography Aids in Saddle Fit Evaluations

May 08, 2013

More than 50% of horses in a thermography study showed hot spots under saddles after 15 minutes of exercise.... Read More

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German Hackamores: Over My Head

April 05, 2013

Some horses I've ridden tolerate these bitless bridles better than others--what gives?... Read More

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Study: Cut-Out Saddle Pads Relieve Some Saddle Pressure

November 16, 2012

A cut-out patterned English appeared to have multiple benefits when compared to not using a pad.... Read More

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How Much Does a Horse Cost?

August 01, 2012

A look at what it really costs to own a horse besides the initial purchase price.... Read More

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Effect of Bit Type on Performance Horses Evaluated

December 08, 2011

Regardless of the bit used, each horse's performance remained constant in the two dressage tests.... Read More

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Saddle Up Safely Wins Safety Award

November 24, 2011

The Certified Horsemanship Association recognized Saddle Up Safely with its 2011 Partnership in Safety award... Read More

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Purchasing Used Tack & Equipment

August 18, 2011

The purchase of good, used tack can be an economical alternative to purchasing new tack and equipment.... Read More

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Is Your Horse's Bit Harmful to His Mouth?

August 17, 2011

The results of a recent study suggest that bits could cause bone spurs and dental damage in some horses.... Read More

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Saddle Pads: Best Shock Absorber Identified in Study

August 02, 2011

Researchers recently examined what saddle pad material is best suited for reducing equine back pressure.... Read More

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The Science Of Saddle Fit

February 01, 2011

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle's fit requires an understanding of saddle construction... Read More

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Clean Tack: Readers Keep Their Tack in Good Shape

January 18, 2011

More than 860 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How often do you wipe down your tack after riding?"... Read More

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Saddle Tree Types and Pressure Distribution

September 08, 2010

Modern saddles provide new options for tree type, with the goal of sparing a horse pain from localized saddle pressure. But new Swiss research suggests that, at least when a horse trots, tree type makes little difference in pressure distribution alon... Read More