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The Farrier Guide to education and employment
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Horeshoeing schools directory and career resource
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Where Do Horses Live?

The domestic environment in which horses live can, at times, be vastly different from the environment they'd inhabit out in the wild. In domestic situations, horses may be confined to a stall or a yard for part (or even most!) of their day. They may otherwise be found in a small field or paddock, or out in a large grassy area where they can roam many acres of land. The latter choice is perhaps most similar to a horse’s living situation in the wild.

#farmanimals #fivefreedoms #habitat #lymphaticsystem #wheredohorseslive
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What is a Horse Blanket?
At varying times, horses may have a covering placed over them while they're out in a field or paddock, while they're travelling on a float or horse box, or even while they're in a stable or barn. Depending on where you live, you'll know this covering as a horse blanket or a horse rug.

A horse blanket is a large material covering that's typically used to cover a horse’s chest, shoulders, back and rump.

#horseblanket #roughage #rugging #rump #stable
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The Delivery of Foals
In a previous article, we looked at what's involved in breeding the mare. When this process is successful, close to a year after the mare has been bred, a foal should be delivered. The foal can get the best start possible in life if the mare has an easy delivery and the foal is able to quickly stand and nurse.

Below, we'll look at the process of checking over foals, what's normal in a newborn foal and some common issues that may arise.

#colt #filly #foal #mare #weaninghorse
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Horse Feed: What Is It?
In the wild, a horse will typically graze for 12 to 20 hours a day. Horses generally thrive on a diet that's made up mainly of roughage, and the most common forms of roughage are grass and hay. Roughage can also include chaff, which is often fed to horses as Lucerne chaff (alfalfa) or oaten chaff.

The horse’s digestive tract is set up in such a way that all horses need to have food consistently moving through it.

#concentrates #grass #hay #horsefeed #roughage
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The Horse Saddle
The horse saddle is a riding aid that's used throughout the world. Many people choose to ride a horse in a saddle for both comfort and ease of riding. It can also be used to help with correct positioning, and even for show.

Having a saddle that's correctly fitted to your horse is imperative. This helps keep things safe and comfortable for you and your horse.

#dressagesaddle #generalpurposesaddle #horseriding #horsesaddle #saddle #saddlery #showjumpingsaddle
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No Hoof, No Horse
There's a well-known saying that states, "no hoof, no horse."

As a horse owner or caregiver, being familiar with the horse’s hoof and what's considered healthy is important. If a horse has unhealthy feet, it may not be possible for the horse to be ridden. The horse may also end up in pain.

When you consider a horse’s feet, it’s worth looking at them in pairs. Each horse carries around two-thirds of its body weight on its front feet.

#farrier #hoof #hoofwall #horse #horsefeet #horsehealth #veterinarian
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Learning to Ride Horses
So you want to take up horse riding? Below, you’ll find some guidelines as to what to look for when considering a place to learn to ride. We’ll look into group and private lessons, qualified instructors, disciplines and the types of horses available.

Group vs. Private Lessons
When you're first seeking out a place to learn to ride, you may want to consider whether you'd rather learn in a group or alone.

#horseriding #horseridinglessons #horses #ridinginstructor #ridinglessons #ridingschool #showjumping
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The Gelding
When people own horses, it's typical that when they have a male horse, they have a gelding instead of a stallion. This can decrease issues relating to handling, management and even riding. A gelding can be a great option for first-time horse owners and riders.
What Makes a Horse a Gelding?
A gelding is any male horse that has been castrated. This means that it can't be bred from.

Due to the removal of their testicles, the gelding is no longer producing testosterone.

#breeding #castration #gelding #horse temperament #male horse #mares #stallion

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The Gelding
When people own horses, it's typical that when they have a male horse, they have a gelding instead of a stallion. This can decrease issues relating to handling, management and even riding. A gelding can be a great option for first-time horse owners and riders.
What Makes a Horse a Gelding?
A gelding is any male horse that has been castrated. This means that it can't be bred from.

Due to the removal of their testicles, the gelding is no longer producing testosterone.

#breeding #castration #gelding #horse temperament #male horse #mares #stallion

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Breeding Horses: The Broodmare
The act of breeding horses can be a lengthy one. Did you know that a mare is pregnant for more than 11 months? Her gestation lasts around 345 days, and it's usually in the spring and summer months that she's cycling and able to conceive.

For the person who plans to breed horses, it can be beneficial to know why you'd breed a mare, what happens during her reproductive cycle and what goes on during her pregnancy.

#breeding horses #broodmare #foal #pregnant mare #progeny #stallion #twin foals

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