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Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying A Horse

Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying A Horse

Source:  Photo by Sarah Olive on Unsplash There are a handful of common mistakes that become the stories you will hear over and over as you hang around in horsy circles. Common sense and a little education will help you to not become one of the taken. The Green Horse A common mistake first time horse buyers make is to think they are saving money by buying a green horse as opposed to one that is trained and perhaps more expensive. In these circumstances, the owner often ends up “overmounted,” which is no fun and often dangerous. Any savings, and then some, are...

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Types of Horses to Consider

Types of Horses to Consider

Source: Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash The type of horse you buy should be primarily determined by what you intend to use the horse for. Each breed of horse has its virtues, as well as its limitations, and is generally disposed in conformation, size, and temperament toward certain kinds of work. Forcing a horse to perform a job he is not suited for will be a waste of time, money, and energy, and might be dangerous to you and your horse. Two famous thoroughbred racehorses are known to have reached exceptional years. Pocahontas lived to be thirty-three years old while Parrot lived to...

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The Difference Between Mares and Geldings

The Difference Between Mares and Geldings

Source:  Photo by Lee Paz on Unsplash Like almost any aspect of the horse business, you will hear differing opinions on whether or not a gelding is a better riding horse than a mare. These opinions are by no means absolute truths but rather generalizations. There is both truth and bias in what professionals will say, so keep an open mind while shopping for a horse. A saying that might come in handy in your choice of whether to buy a mare or a gelding is that geldings are more like dogs, and mares are more like cats. That is to say, a...

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How a Horse Thinks

How a Horse Thinks

Source:  Photo by Marylou Salon on Unsplash A horse’s powers of cognition are dependent upon their senses. Horses have excellent memories. They remember a person, place, or thing by smell, taste, voice recognition, and sight recognition, as well as more subtle, and personal, methods of touch. They are not good problem solvers, but rather creatures of habit. For this reason, training methods of positive and negative reinforcement seem to work best when practiced with consistency. What you might think of as clever problem solving can usually be attributed rather to his penchant to make associations, since a particular action will yield a favorable...

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Horse Sense

Horse Sense

Source:  Photo by Kenny Webster on Unsplash A horse has the largest eye of any land mammal. The lateral placement of his eyes is consistent with that of most prey animals high in the food chain and is particularly suited to an animal that spends most of its time grazing and that must be constantly on the lookout for predators. The first known horses had much shorter noses. The modern horse’s elongated nose might have evolved so that while grazing he has a higher field of vision and therefore is more likely to spot predators. Vision A horse sees with monocular vision, which...

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