Equine teeth are designed to wear against the tooth above or below as the horse chews, thus preventing excess growth. The upper jaw is wider than the lower jaw. In some cases, sharp edges can occur on the outside of the upper molars and the inside of the lower molars, as they are unopposed by an opposite grinding surface. These sharp edges can reduce the chewing efficiency of the teeth, interfere with jaw motion, and in extreme cases cut the tongue or cheek, making eating and riding painful.
Flies always seem to be lingering around. In the barn, around the barn, on you, and on your horse. They won't go away and you wish they would. Luckily, we have a few tips that may help decrease the number of flies you've been stuck with.
Most of us probably know the general basics when it comes to taking care of your horse when he is hurt. But what if you or another rider is injured and/or is left unconscious? Could you recognize the signs of shock, and do you know how to treat it? If you spend a lot of time around horses, then it’s possible that one day you will have to help a rider in a serious situation. Let’s review the First-Aid basics that you will want to know.
We all remember the first time we met a real, live horse. For many kids, it’s a wish granted and a memory that stays ingrained with us forever. If handled in a positive manner, it can be enough to generate a lifetime with these amazing animals. Introducing a child to horses is a special moment, but it’s also important to make sure the introduction is done well.
Horses have binaural hearing, meaning they hear out of both ears at the same time, the same as people and most other animals. However, unlike humans who have small, flat ears, horses have large cup-shaped ears. These ears act like a satellite dish to capture sound waves and funnel them to the inner ear. Because of this, very little sound is missed and the horse might hear noises that you can’t. This is one reason why horses may spook for what seems like no apparent reason. Often, they may have heard something that you didn't.
When it comes to your plans for your horse’s retirement, is donating him to a therapeutic riding program an option? Donating your horse to a therapeutic riding program may seem like an ideal option, but therapeutic riding horses need to possess a very special set of skills. Could your horse make the cut? Consider the following must-have characteristics.
Knowing how your horse acts and reacts when he is feeling good will help you to realize when there is something wrong. Every horse owner needs to know what is “normal” for their horse. Being able to report when your horse is uneasy will help evaluate whether a visit to the veterinarian is necessary and how quickly your horse needs to be seen.