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Horse Gifts For Owners

Whether it’s Christmas gift ideas for a horse owner, a birthday, or you just feel like giving someone a horse gift – we’ve got a few that will be perfect for the occasion!

  1. Fill a feed pail with loads of goodies and hand picked treats! Wrap it up and make it presentable. Your friend (who presumably owns a horse) will love you!
  2. A horse guide on behaviour. There are quite a few great books on the subject out there. And any one of them will be a wonderful asset to your horse owner. Why not pick one up and surprise a horse owner?
  3. Riding lessons are a great gift for any novice horse owner. Even if it is an hour session with their own horse – expert advice will be sure to help!
  4. A horse owner’s vet handbook! This will be of great value to them!
  5. A winter riding jacket may be a seasonal gift, but it is useful nonetheless! Make sure you get the size information first!
  6. Bag balm and riding gloves is a very useful combination. It helps protect the skin and will go down a treat!
  7. Horse etched furniture is a tasteful way to bring one’s love of horses inside the house! Why not treat a close one with a special mirror or set of drawers?

Whatever horse gift you give them, any horse owner will definitely love and treasure the fact that you made an effort!

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Horse Allergies

Similarly to human allergies, horse allergies can be difficult to identify. As a horse owner it is up to you to be aware of the symptoms and then take appropriate action.

The Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms are tearing eyes, coughing, and raised lumps on the horse’s shoulders. Some horses may act as if they aren’t feeling too well. If you are close and attentive to your horse then you can usually tell when he or she is not feeling well because they will be acting unusual.

If your horse has had a drastic change in behaviour then you should have the horse checked out by your vet.

Once you have done this your vet will be able to advise you on what is wrong with your horse and what actions to take afterwards.

So if your horse is acting strange then it could be because of horse allergies. So make sure you don’t delay your doubts!

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Making Horse Supplements

Having a horse isn’t easy. It is a huge responsibility both physically and financially for you. So why not make it as easy as possible? Well, we thought that there are certain things you can cut corners on without – you know, cutting corners! For instance, when it comes to horse supplements, surely there is a way to make them yourself without leaving out any key nutrients.  So below we have a couple of recipes to keep you horse healthy and happy.

Boil a jug of water and add six rosehip teabags or an alternative. Wait for it to cool and use it to dampen the horses feed. This will give your horse the nutrients of iron and vitamin C. It is great for their kidney and acts as a cleanser for their blood.

If you want your horse to have healthy ligaments and bones feed them one half cup of millet a day. Also feed them half a cup of linseed  a day. These two grains are great natural supplements. Just make sure your horse is having the amount of water necessary!

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Your Horse First Aid Kit

Horses are expensive animals to care for, and let’s face it – we aren’t all made of money… or saddles and such. So, with things like a horse first aid kit, how can you cut costs without cutting corners? It is hard enough staying calm and cool when there is an emergency, but a frantic situation can easily be turned into an impossible task when you’re not prepared. Taking the time to be prepared is important, so we thought it would only be smart if we put together a little list of essentials so you are not wasting money or effort! Think of being organised as a happy side product of this.

You should already have the essential medical supplies in your horse first aid kit – these are a given. But on top of this it would be advantageous to have the following.

  • Ropes
  • Towels for padding
  • Wire cutters
  • Knife
  • Saw
  • Torch
  • A blindfold or alternative
  • Large horse blanket

These supplies are specific to getting your horse unstuck for something or supporting it. You will also need some general supplies to have a successful medical kit.

  • A list of contact numbers.
  • A “how to” book, specific to first aid and horses.
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Stethoscope
  • Sterile solution and wipes
  • Pen and notepad to take notes of vital signs and injuries

Other horse specific things you may need are below.

  • Hoof boots
  • A hoof pick
  • Epsom salts
  • Strong plastic bags
  • Soaking boots.

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Our Top Ten Horse Names Ever!

If you’re stuck on naming your horse, or just fancied checking out some interesting horse names, look no further!

1 – Real Quiet, The 1998 Kentucky Derby Winner

A quaint and memorable name, as a great racer this horse really lived up to the name. The name automatically just made audiences know that this was one to watch.

2 – Joe Cotton, The 1885 Kentucky Derby Winner

Yes, this is a horse’s name, not a middle aged builder who wants a cuppa! He died three years after he won the Derby during a race. However in his obituary it stated that he was “destroyed” – and odd choice of words (or word)!

3 – Whiskery, The 1927 Preakness Winner

If a horse is born with what looks like whiskers, it’s a no brainer really. Pus, it sounds like whiskey!

4 – Thunder Gulch, The 1995 Kentucky Derby Winner

Wow. What a punchy and down right AWESOME name! There’s so much umph in it! A real manly ‘no messing around’ horse name, with an attitude that would make Thor quake in his cape.

5 – Tabasco Cat, The 1994 Belmont Winner

If you have a horse and name it “Tabasco Cat”, it’s gonna go far!

6 – War Admiral, The 1937 Triple Crown Winner

Aye aye cap’n! This horse is high, mighty and takes no nonsense. It doesn’t compete – it destroys! And it does so with ruthless precision and dominance.

7 – Sly Fox, The 1898 Preakness Winner

This one will sneak all the way to #1!

8 – Seattle Stew, The 1977 Triple Crown Winner

American and makes me hungry. No surprises (or complaints) there!

9 – Clyde Van Dusen, The 1929 Kentucky Derby Winner

Named after his jockey, this is the best move ever! The horse isn’t an animal, it is him. They are one.

10 – Afleet Alex, The 2005 Preakness Winner

“Afleet” isn’t a word. But the name itself makes sense! You think ‘this one’s gonna win’! He sounds fast!

And there you have it! Ten very quirky ad original horse names!

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Horse Behaviour

In this post we will explore your horse’s behaviour and how to tell if your horse is in a bad mood (so you can fix that).

  • You should take time to determine how you horse behaves normally. After all, there’s no use worrying if your horse is acting uptight if he IS naturally uptight by nature. If your horse is (however) acting calm when his nature isn’t very calm, then you should seek some help!
  • So to keep your horse’s behaviour and attitude positive you need to allow for free roaming in a paddock very frequently and allow your horse to have the company of other horses.
  • Treat your horse right, and make sure he only comes into contact with people he is familiar with.
  • Don’t use negative methods to train your horse – anti cribbing collars and anti weaving grilles are just some of the devices not to use.

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Cleaning Your Horse’s Face

Yesterday we talked about cleaning your horse. We went through the ritual of bathing and rinsing your horse. Some of you may have noticed that we left out a crucial part of the process – cleaning your horse’s face. Well, we thought it was such an important part that it deserved its own post!

Step 1:

Standing on a stool or step ladder, rinse your horse’s face with a sponge you have dunked and rinsed in fresh water. The aim here is just to wet the horse’s face; make sure you take care not to get water in their eyes!

Step 2:

Get a soapy sponge and wring out excess water, then wash the head of your horse again. Once more you need to be wary of your horse’s eyes.

Step 3:

If there is any dirt still trapped use a rubber glove to get it out. Keep repeating steps 1 and 2 until you are satisfied. Then use a dry sponge to go over the face once more.

Step 4:

Now that we’re done cleaning your horse’s face you may want to towel dry your horse and apply some lotion or talcum powder for comfort and to sooth dry skin.

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Horse Bathing Tips

Horse bathing can be a daunting prospect or many first time horse owners. With this in mind  we’ve written a step by guide on exactly what you should and should not do.

Step 1: Preparing Your Bath

First thing is first, you need to gather everything you need. You need a hose with a nozzle you can adjust, a very large tub of water (warm it if you do not have a running tap available) , a couple of buckets, a lot of sponges, some mild shampoo, a rubber glove, some towels, a raised platform or ladder and lotion or talcum powder for dry skin.

Step 2: Wetting Down Your Horse

Use an ointment such as ISP to seal the horses feet to prevent them from drying out after absorbing water. This could turn a horses feet brittle, which is not healthy at all. Wet your horse all over (except the head) with warm water gently, always pointing the water away from their head. If you don’t have running water available to you then use a bucket and give them a sponge bath!

Slowly work your way through their whole body, finishing with lifting the tail and washing their genitals and anus. Hopefully, your horse should calm down a lot once completely wet.

Step 3: Shampooing Your Horse

Soap suds do the cleaning, so make sure you create a lot of them! Using a sponge and soapy hot water lather your horse in suds using a circular motion. Start with the coat and then the tail, and then the mane. You may want to use different sponges for different…ahem areas.

Step 4: Rinsing

After this, you’ll need to rinse your horse thoroughly. And that’s all there is to horse bathing!

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Interesting horse facts

Whether you only wish to learn more about these magnificent creatures or want to impress the hell out of your children and horse loving friends, here are a few interesting horse facts to tickle your fancy.

  • Horses can sleep lying down and also standing up, if only we could!
  • It only takes horses a short while to be able to run after birth.
  • They have a lifespan of approximately 24 years.
  • Old Billy who lived in the nineteenth century lived for 62 years!.
  • They have about 205 bones in their body.
  • We have domesticated horses for over 5000 years!
  • As far as land mammals go, horses have the biggest eyes.
  • They have nearly a 360 degree view!
  • They can gallop at 27 mph.
  • They fastest recorded horse sprinted at 55 mph.
  • There are around a whopping 75 million horses across the world!
  • Ponies are actually small horses.
  • The tallest horse ever recorded measured up at 7 feet and 2 inches.
  • There are currently over 350 breeds of horse!
  • They use more energy sitting down than standing up!
  • China has the largest population – for both humans and horses!

And there you have it! Some unusual and interesting horse facts.

Interesting horse facts

Horse Shelter Building

It is summer now, but bad weather is just around the corner (especially if you’re in England) your horse cannot hope to frolic around in the sun forever. This said, you need to get to horse shelter building if you want to protect your horse from bad weather. A few pointers first: make sure you build it on level flat ground, and face it away from the wind. Use common sense as well (for instance you don’t want to build one where it may get flooded).

Now, let’s get to horse shelter building!

  1. You have to mark the area where the horse shelter will get build clearly.
  2. After this you need to dig a deep post hole at each corner.
  3. Place a post in each hole and fill the hole in the cement to hold it in place.
  4. Wait for the cement to dry so it is hard and can support the post.
  5. Make a frame for the walls and the roof.
  6. Attach plywood to the inside of each frame.
  7. Attach planks or metal to the outside of the frame. The roof frame can be covered with tin if you really want to.

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