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  • Selling a Horse That Windsucks – 5 Things to Consider

    Selling a Horse That Windsucks – 5 Things to Consider

    Selling a horse can be stressful at the best of times.  But selling a horse that windsucks or has any other stable vice raises other issues that can complicate the process.  Here are some of the things that can be helpful to know. Many buyers are prepared to purchase a horse that windsucks.  However, as…

  • What Did Horses Do Before Shoes?  And Was it Better?

    What Did Horses Do Before Shoes?  And Was it Better?

    There are different theories about how horses survived before domestication and the invention of the metal horseshoe.  Originally thought of as a way to protect hooves, some people now believe that horseshoes do more harm than good. So, what did horses do before shoes? Having healthy hooves to run away from predators was integral to…

  • Is Rain Rot Contagious? How Can You Avoid Spreading It?

    Is Rain Rot Contagious? How Can You Avoid Spreading It?

    If you have noticed that your horse has a skin condition, it’s best to get the vet to check it over.  Skin conditions in horses can often be overdiagnosed as rain rot.  But if the vet has confirmed that your horse has rain rot, what does this mean?  How should you handle the situation and…

  • Should You Buy a Horse That Windsucks? 8  Considerations

    Should You Buy a Horse That Windsucks? 8 Considerations

    Buying a horse is an exciting time.  And it can be hard to go and check out a horse for sale and not fall in love with it.  But what should you do if you fall for a horse that’s for sale only to be told that it windsucks?  Should you buy a horse that…

  • Do Horses Get Cold in The Rain? And When to Rug Up

    Do Horses Get Cold in The Rain? And When to Rug Up

    Exactly how horses are affected by exposure to rain is a question many horse owners have. Do horses get cold in the rain? How much rain can they comfortably handle? Are they prone to any illnesses after standing in the rain? Let’s dive right into the answer. The short answer is that horses get cold…

  • Do Racehorses Wear Shoes?  And If So, What Type?

    Do Racehorses Wear Shoes? And If So, What Type?

    Horseshoes are a piece of specially shaped material fitted to a horse’s hoof. The use of shoes is important to the everyday ridden horse – but do racehorses wear shoes? Their goal is to be the fastest horse on race day; do they wear shoes to help their performance? Nearly all racehorses wear shoes, but…

  • Windsucking After Eating  – What, if Anything Should You Do?

    Windsucking After Eating  – What, if Anything Should You Do?

    Some horses windsuck throughout the day and others windsuck now and again.  And some horses only engage in windsucking after eating.  Windsucking after food is such a specific behavior, that often leaves owners scratching their heads in puzzlement.  Why is it that some horses windsuck specifically after they have eaten? Sometimes windsucking after eating can…

  • How to Help a Spooky Horse (and its Rider)

    How to Help a Spooky Horse (and its Rider)

    Horses spook because they are flight animals, so it’s natural for them to be defensive and suspicious. A spooky horse will jump to the side in a startled fashion, sometimes called shying. This is often accompanied by a rapid turn of speed, usually involving going as fast as possible in the other direction. There are…

  • What is a Horse passport? And Does my Horse Need One?

    What is a Horse passport? And Does my Horse Need One?

    Over the last few decades horse passport systems have gradually been implemented across the world.  These days a horse passport it’s just one of the bits of paperwork that you may need if you are thinking about owning a horse.  But exactly what is a horse passport? A horse passport is a document that is…

  • Do Horseshoes Hurt Horses? – The Surprising Truth

    Do Horseshoes Hurt Horses? – The Surprising Truth

    Horseshoes are a piece of riding equipment that has been debated for some time. Some owners shoe their horses because it supports their hooves, while others say going barefoot is better for hoof health. Since the hoof is the horse equivalent to a human foot, some equestrians may find themselves asking- do horseshoes hurt horses?…