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Tips and Tricks on How to Bond with a New Horse
05/31/2021
Tips and Tricks on How to Bond with a New Horse

Tips and Tricks on How to Bond with a New Horse

If you have been a horse owner in the past, you know over time the bond you build with your horse is special. It takes a lot of work and commitment to synchronize as the perfect horse and rider team. But when it comes to a new horse, building a […]

05/31/2021

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05/31/2021

05/31/2021

So very true ❤️🐴

Timeline Photos
05/30/2021

Timeline Photos

05/30/2021

Good morning! from the Dartmoor ponies.

Run on the moors of Devon for three and a half thousand years. Domesticated over a thousand years ago for use by humans - wild numbers were well managed to be a resource.

After mechanisation, numbers dropped alarmingly as grazing leases meant cattle and sheep were worth more. From 1951 the area was made a National Park. It was soon realised the ponies were vital to keep the country healthy. The few left were allowed to stay, and have bred up.

In sustainable numbers now. They are run on public moorland, farms, grazing leases and National Trust properties to keep the country in shape. Several farms have made the choice to run some for their rough country to be kept healthy, and through to Cornwall they can be found.

An annual "drift" (muster) is done for routine health checks in the Nat. Park, breeders bangtailed for ID (a little bit of the bottom of the tail chopped off so they are easily identified), DNA samples taken etc.

Excess are sold off, and thus far, gain very good prices. there is a lovely range of colours including broken colour and spotted ponies, and some are barely bigger than Shetlands (no doubt traits that are not in the domestic breed).

Some pet ponies of various breeding have been released in the area over a century meaning not all Dartmoor ponies fit their breed profile however they all winter out happily and are very friendly and of good sound constitution. Make super children's ponies, harness and show ponies.

The Dartmoor Pony Stud Book records the pure breed worldwide (bred in captivity so to speak), their studbook is online.

This photo from Killeen National Trust estate.

05/29/2021

Friday funny - who else knows this feeling 😬😆

Buying a Horse: Your Complete Checklist
05/29/2021
Buying a Horse: Your Complete Checklist

Buying a Horse: Your Complete Checklist

Whether you’ve been taking lessons for a while or borrowing a friend’s horse, there comes a point when you realize it might make more sense for you to have your own. Congratulations! Owning a horse is a huge responsibility but also very exciting.  But, how do you know if you’re […]

05/28/2021

How does this apply to what you are teaching your riders?

Photos from The Study of the Equine Anatomy's post
05/28/2021

Photos from The Study of the Equine Anatomy's post

05/26/2021

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Horses Need Social Contact with Other Equines
05/26/2021
Horses Need Social Contact with Other Equines

Horses Need Social Contact with Other Equines

While many people keep solitary horses in pastures or in stalls, horses actually need the companionship of other horses for their physical and emotional welfare.

05/25/2021

UNDERSTANDING HORSE WHORLS 🤔 🐴

The whorls on a horse's body can give us great insight into the inner working of the horse.

When the fetus is developing in the womb, the skin and the brain develop at the same time, before the 18th week of gestation.

Because they develop simultaneously, changes in the fetus create corresponding changes in the skin and hair growth. These give us a window, an outside mark, that shows us what is happening on the inside.

Whorls on the forehead show us a horse's temperament. Whorls on the body show us how their muscles and conformation affect their movement.

🟣 HIGH WHORL

High whorled horses are extroverts. They are very invested in the external world and everything that is going on around them. They want to go and to be moving all the time. Emotional and sensitive, they will be as brave as they can be and eager to please with a sensitive, supportive rider or a nervous wreck with a harsh rider who doesn't give the support they need.

🟣 CENTER WHORL

A single-center whorl doesn't tell us much except that we don't see any extremes of temperament based on the whorl. To get a good idea of the temperament, we would need to look at the whole head to get clues from the rest of the features.

🟣 LOW WHORL

A low whorl shows an introvert — a horse who is content within themselves and thinking, processing the information around them. Sometimes people underestimate their intelligence because they don't respond immediately, which is a major mistake. Introverts can be extremely intelligent; they just don't run around telling everyone about it as an extrovert does. They have a quiet, droll sense of humor.

🟣 HIGH SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE WHORLS

High double side by side whorls shows a horse who is a left-brain extrovert, with some right brain extrovert mixed in. They are sensitive and extremely quick learners. Bold, calm, curious, and confident, they can concentrate intently on a job but will get bored with repetition. You have to give them a reason to be interested. They can be a superpower in the right hands or completely run over a person.

🟣 STACKED DOUBLE WHORLS

Stacked double whorls show a horse with a double personality - quiet and excitable, spooky but trustworthy. They are sensitive and need a rider who understands them. In the right hands, they can make great horses whose quirks keep life interesting. In the wrong hands, they can be neurotic.

🟣 BODY WHORLS

When there is a single whorl on the body, without a matching whorl on the other side, the horse will prefer to bend in that direction, around the whorl.

🟣 THROATLATCH WHORLS

Large whorls in the throatlatch area will cause a horse to want to carry their head in front of the vertical. They won't want to tuck their nose down tightly and often carry extra muscle on the base of their neck.

Only looking at the whorls on a horse's forehead limits the wealth of information we can gather. What whorls does your horse have? On the forehead and all across their body? 🐎

How to Buy the Right Horse
05/24/2021
How to Buy the Right Horse

How to Buy the Right Horse

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of buying a horse. Whether you’re a first-time horse owner or you’ve gone through the purchasing process before, a lot goes into finding the proper horse. It’s easy to size up a horse by looks alone, but there’s so many more factors. And having [.....

You Can Learn a Lot By Looking At Your Horse’s Mouth
05/24/2021
You Can Learn a Lot By Looking At Your Horse’s Mouth

You Can Learn a Lot By Looking At Your Horse’s Mouth

Because a horse can’t speak, it’s no wonder we have to watch his every move for signs, cues and signals about his health. And even though his big, toothy chops can’t utter a single word, the mouth is still one area that can tell us a lot. The saying, “Don’t […]

05/24/2021
Preventing Heat Stress in Horses
05/23/2021
Preventing Heat Stress in Horses

Preventing Heat Stress in Horses

On summer days, it can be difficult to distinguish normal fatigue and sweatiness from dangerous heat stress in horses. Here's what to look for and how to safeguard your horse's well-being.

Capture your horse's attention
05/22/2021
Capture your horse's attention

Capture your horse's attention

By understanding your mount’s capacity for vigilance and expanding your own awareness, you can improve your partnership—and your ability to learn together.

05/18/2021

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Horses and Humans alike.

Forever Cowgirl♥️
Angel Reins Stable🤎

05/18/2021
Timeline Photos
05/18/2021

Timeline Photos

How to Determine if Your Horse is Lame
05/17/2021
How to Determine if Your Horse is Lame

How to Determine if Your Horse is Lame

There’s nothing lame about the seriousness of horse lameness. This horse condition is the mild-to-severe loss of the ability to function and move normally, and it’s caused by a whole host of problems. Quite often it starts in the foot, but it can originate anywhere. Those complications might occ...

05/15/2021

Sometimes.. being in the horse business can be tough simply because some of the people around you don't seem to believe in you. Remember this..How do you explain to your riders that they will more likely than not... have a few unplanned dismounts while riding? Do you teach them how to fall off so they are prepared? (As in emergency dismounts)

Timeline Photos
05/14/2021

Timeline Photos

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05/13/2021

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