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Measuring a Horse’s Height

A horse’s height is measured by the number of hands from the ground up to the withers. The horse’s withers are the top of the shoulder at the highest point, between the neck and the back. The agreed upon measurement of the hand is equal to 4 inches. Historians believe this measurement may date back […]

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Man versus Horse Marathon

On June 12, 2010, the annual Man versus Horse Marathon took place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales. Three hundred runners took on 44 horses, and as usual, the winner was a horse. Sly Dai, ridden by Llinos Jones, came in at 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 4 seconds. The fastest human runner finished in 2 […]

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Layup Farms

A layup farm is a rehabilitation center for horses recovering from lameness or surgery. After a horse leaves a veterinary hospital, if he is not ready to go home yet, a layup farm can be a good solution. Horses are checked regularly and cared for well. At high-end layup farms, horses might also benefit from […]

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How Horses Communicate

Horses are usually quiet animals and generally use body language to communicate. However a horse’s vocabulary can let you know how he is feeling too. Your horse uses different sounds to communicate with you, with other horses and to express feelings. The Neigh and Whinny are very similar sounds and are very loud. The whinny […]

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Horses: Purebred vs. Thoroughbred

A Thoroughbred is a breed of horse and should be capitalized when used. A purebred is any breed of horse whose dam and sire are the same breed. The Thoroughbred horse was developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was bred for speed, strength and stamina to compete in horse racing. While used today […]

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Horse Sense(s)

Just like their human pals, horses have 5 senses – Hearing, Sight, Smell, Touch and Taste. Understanding how the horse uses these senses gives us a better idea of how to interact with them. Hearing – A horse’s sense of hearing is much sharper than ours. Because they can move their ears 180 degrees, a […]

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Book Review: Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse

Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse Mark Rashid Johnson Books, 2003 Mark Rashid is a horse trainer who works one-on-one work with horse and rider. In his fourth book, Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse, he tells the story of a seven-year-old horse who steps into his life. The horse, named Buck, challenges Rashid to […]

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Horse Conservation

Both domestic and wild horses are in danger due to loss of habitat and cruelty to horses. Wild horse conservation Wild horses in the United States are diminishing in numbers at an alarming rate. Conservation efforts are therefore focusing on providing rescue and sanctuary and preserving rare breeds. Wild horses live in herd groups and […]

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Caring for a Senior Horse

A 20 year old or older horse is considered senior and requires some special care. Older horses need special attention paid to their dental care. Their teeth should be checked once a year. If their teeth fall out or become uneven, the horse will not be able to eat properly. Some older horses may need […]