Recent News for Tack, Equipment & Products

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Donated Snaffle Bits Delivered to India

April 05, 2010

Friends of Marwari/Kathiawari Horse UK announced the first successful delivery of over 80 snaffle bits to India. The bits had been donated by horse lovers from all over the United Kingdom specifically for the welfare of Indigenous Indian horses... Read More

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Hit the Road (Trailer Maintenance)

April 01, 2010

Teaching a horse to load like a champ is an oft-covered topic, but have you considered whether you're starting with an enclosure that's safe and pleasant for both horse and human? By maintaining your trailer properly... Read More

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Horse Trailer Drivers: Handle a Sticking Gas Pedal

March 31, 2010

While sticking accelerators have been recently been pegged to Toyota vehicles, this can occur in any vehicle for a variety of reasons, ranging from a broken motor mount or improper floor mat, to a system glitch, so it is best to be prepared.Read More

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Horse Trailer Drivers: Signal for Safety

March 24, 2010

"Observing safe driving practices is important for everyone. Proper use of turn signals should be observed in any vehicle, however, it is critically important when trailering your horse," Cole said.... Read More

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Researching Horse Boots

March 01, 2010

Research shows horse boots might not offer legs the protection we expect.... Read More

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Saddle Up Safely Campaign Unveils New Booklet

February 18, 2010

"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 ... Read More

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Used Snaffle Bits Requested by UK Group

February 15, 2010

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.<... Read More

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Horse Haulers Urged to Follow Commercial Driver Texting Ban

January 29, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Jan. 26 issued a nationwide ban on texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large truck and buses.

Horse owners are urged to voluntarily comply with this ban while transporting horse... Read More

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Horse Hauler Caution Advised at Icy Intersections

January 12, 2010

Authorities are testing several solutions, including weather shields and heating elements to combat the downside of the new generation traffic lights, LEDs, which can be obscured by ice/snow. Until a solution is found, drivers are reminded to be ... Read More

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2009 Year in Review: Staff Picks

January 01, 2010

Of the nearly 2,200 horse health, care, management, and welfare news articles posted on TheHorse.com in 2009, which ones stood out to our editors? Here are their top picks:

Kimberly S. Brown (Editor/Publisher) Read More

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State Equine Transport Requirements Available Online

December 21, 2009

You're planning to take your horse to a big event several hundred miles away. To reach your destination, you might travel through states you've never before visited. Since equine transportation regulations vary from state to state, how ... Read More

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Horsemanship Group, Saddle Up Safely Campaign Working Together

November 05, 2009

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), in support of the University of Kentucky Saddle Up Safely campaign, is waiving its fees for the CHA Instructor Certification Clinic... Read More

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Western Saddle Fit Study in Progress at New Mexico State University

October 26, 2009

The Agricultural Marketing group at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., has undertaken the first scientific saddle fit study of Western performance saddles. Using a force sensor array (FSA) pressure pad, which shows exactly how the... Read More

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Drivers Urged to Move Over for Safety

September 27, 2009

Trucks and horse trailers are large rigs that can be difficult to manuever in tight spaces, namely when hauling down the highway. USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians, urges motorists to move over when... Read More

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Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

September 03, 2009

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors... Read More

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Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More

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Tips for Safe Horse Transport during Hot Weather

August 27, 2009

Hot weather can pose serious health problems for horses, including dehydration, heatstroke, and exhaustion. ... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

Optimum pressure... Read More

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

July 11, 2009

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... Read More

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Horse Transport, Housing Stress Reflected in Hormone Levels

June 29, 2009

Horse transport and housing has an effect on the animals' stress levels, according to Shannon Garey, a PhD candidate under the direction of Theodore Friend, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAABS, of Texas A&M. Garey presented results of an ongoing study on... Read More

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LSU Vets Aid Horses Trapped in Trailer

June 08, 2009

Veterinarians from Louisiana State University (LSU) responded to an emergency call the evening of May 30 after learning that two horses were trapped in an overturned horse trailer as a result of a single vehicle accident.

LSU veterinarians,... Read More

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Tack and Equipment: Gearing Up

June 01, 2009

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... Read More

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Customize Bits and Bridles to Minimize Oral Ulcers

June 01, 2009

"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... Read More

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Readers Come Clean on Tack Maintenance Schedules

May 22, 2009

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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Owner Sentenced in Illinois Trailer Accident Case

May 08, 2009

The former owner of 59 draft horses involved in a 2007 tractor-trailer truck rollover accident in Illinois was sentenced to supervision and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and restitution in connection with the incident.

The accident... Read More