5 Things to do with your horse Part I -Horse Care


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  • Pasture – 

When you go to check on your horses in pasture you can just watch and observe them to understand their behavior and you can play with them by having fun, running around, making horse noises and just hanging out with them when they are in their natural horsey mood.

  • Grooming –

You can bond and clean your horse. It will be fun for you to get your horse clean and spend time with your horse and it will be fun for the horse because they will feel nice and clean and they will get their itch scratched.

  • Feeding – 

Feeding your horse is a daily necessity and you should try to feed your horse around the same time everyday. When you feed your horse in pasture you allow the horse to eat it in small amounts and the horse can pick through the pile of hay to get the best parts of hay. It is just like in the, when horses find the best grass and more that they can.

  • Exercise – 

When your horse is in pasture the horse naturally gets exercise from running, playing and just being a horse. A horse can also get exercise, not just from getting ridden, but also from getting lunged, by going up and down hills and from other exercises the caretaker might have the horse do.

  • Bathing –

Your horse may or may not love getting bathed and you have to get the horse used to water first. You also need to make sure the water is not too cold and not too hot. In the winter make the water warmer and in the summer make it cooler. If your horse freaks out even if they are used to water, it may be from the water’s temperature, so make sure it is at the temperature your horse likes. Bathing gets rid of dirt and grime and makes the horse feel and look cleaner. You can also check for cuts, injuries and more and then treat the injury if needed. Make sure you sweat scrape or use a squeegee on the horse to get the water off. You can also dry them with a towel, but you don’t have to.

There are also days were you don’t have to use soap or both soap and conditioner. These are just days were you rinse off the horse, like after ride ad they got really sweaty.

This post was 5 things to do with your horse – horse care. Happy horsing!


What is a Rope Halter Used For?

What is a rope halter?

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A rope halter is rope that is usually made out of nylon rope that is knotted/tied to make a halter and fit a horses head. It may also have a lead rope which is used for a variety of things.

What is a rope halter used for?

A Rope halter and lead rope are used for many things such as:

  • Groundwork
  • Riding
  • Making Reins
  • leading
  • Quick to put on and take off
  • You can use the lead rope to put around your horses neck for emergencies or you can make a rope halter out of the lead rope
  • Tying
  • You can lunge the the horse with a lead rope
  • There are so many more things you can do with a rope halter and lead rope, but these are some of the things I thought of

If you are going to be using a rope halter with a metal snap and then lunge a horse, which I do not prefer metal snaps because it can hurt a horse, You have to use the side of the rope without the snap because if you hit the horse with a snap it will hurt Badly. It will also be harder to swing and control because the snap makes it heavier.

 I hope you learned something, Happy Horsing!

How to tack up your Horse – English and Western Style

Each style of tack is just a different style. You still need to groom the horse for each style of tack and you use the same type of things, just a different style. For example, even though there is English and Western tack, you will still put a saddle on. Again, it’s just a different style.

 Basic (without anything extra) Way on How to tack up English style:

  1. You need to groom your horse to make sure there is no dirt or debris that will irritate the horse. (Most people say to tack up from the left side because it is a tradition, but it expands your horsemanship skills to learn to tack up from the right side too and it is good to learn to tack from both sides)
  2. Put your saddle pad on the horse right above the withers and slide it back if needed. If your saddle is on the withers it will stop the horse from being able to move its neck and it will hurt and bother them, so make sure your horse is not upset about where it is, and if so, put it to a more comfortable place.
  3. If you need one, you can use a half-pad, which goes right above the horse’s saddle pad.
  4. Put your saddle on and adjust it so it is comfortable for you and most importantly, the horse. Make sure it is adjusted properly so that it is not hurting or the horse or constricting movement.
  5. Girth – holds the saddle and pad in place. Remember, do not tighten it too much or the horse won’t be able to breathe well, the horse won’t be able to move well and they might just fall and it will hurt the horse. Attach one side of your girth to the first hole of the first and third billet straps. Go to the other side of the horse, reach under his/her belly and grab the other end of the girth and put it on the first hole of the first and third billet strap that’s on that side. The horse is going to bloat, which is when they hold in air. Because of this, you need to slowly tighten girth to allow them to let out air and so you don’t hurt the horse. You may have to redo/check your girth a couple of times because the horse might let out more air,  which will loosen the girth and you could fall off.

Now it is time to put your bridle on.

6. I would choose to ride bit-less and if you choose to do so, you would usually use a Dr. Cook’s bit-less bridal. (If you want to use anything else like halters, hackamores or bosals, that is perfectly fine with me, but I would expect English riders would/to choose a bit-less bridle).

Basic (without anything extra) Way on How to tack up Western style:

  1. Groom your horse to make sure there is no dirt or debris that will irritate the horse. (Most people say to tack up from the left side because it is a tradition, but I think it is good to learn to tack from both sides)
  2. Western saddle pads are a lot thicker than English saddle pads because the saddle itself can way a lot and the rider adds even more weight, therefore, they make western pads a lot thicker. To Put your saddle pad on the horse, place it right above the withers and slide it back. If your saddle is on the withers it will stop the horse from being able to move its neck and it will hurt and bother them, so make sure your horse is not upset about where it is, and if so, put it to a more comfortable place. The reason why you put it above the withers instead of sliding it up if it is too far back, is because if you slide it up it will go the opposite way of the horses hair and irritate him/her. If you slide it back it will go the way of the horses hair and not irritate or annoy the horse.
  3. Put your saddle on and adjust it so it is comfortable for you and most importantly, the horse. Make sure it is adjusted properly so that it is not hurting the horse or constricting movement. Do not throw the saddle on the horse. If it is too hard for you to lift it, you should gently swing it on the horse so you have momentum from the swing.
  4. Attach the latigo to the cinch or girth and pull it up or down to tighten it. You can put it in once or a few times if you choose to. The horse will bloat so you will have to redo/tighten it a couple of times so the saddle doesn’t slip once you get on. If there is only a little bit of latigo left, you can probably find a place to tuck it into. If there is enough left, you can put the latigo through the left side of the ring then put it through and behind the right side of the ring and a loop will be created. Put the latigo straight through the loop and pull down. If there is even more left over, find a place to tuck it into so it doesn’t bounce around.

Now it is time to put your bridle on.

5. I would choose to ride bit-less and if you choose to do so, you would usually use halters, hackamores or bosals. You could also use Dr. Cook’s bit-less bridals because they have some nice western bridals (and English bridals).

This was how to tack up a horse! I hoped you enjoyed this and learned something too. Happy Horsing!


How to Groom Your Horse/Why grooming is good/Grooming Kit

How to groom your horse!

First I am going to tell you why grooming your horse is good.

  1. You can bond with your horse because they love getting brushed
  2. You can practice being around them and touching them so they are more used to you and desensitized to you touching them and being around them
  3. You can check for cuts or places that are irritating them and make sure that they are not hurting
  4. It keeps the horse nice and clean so the dirt won’t irritate them
  5. It can calm your horse down and you guys can have quality time with each other
  6. Grooming also helps with the horse if they don’t like to get touched in certain places like the ears. You can train and teach them to know it is okay to touch their ears and that they don’t have to be upset or annoyed that you are touching their ears.
  7. It instills trust between you and the horse. You will trust the horse more and the horse will trust you more.

What you need to groom the horse:

  • Curry comb or metal curry comb
  • Hard brush or dandy brush
  • body brush or soft brush
  • Horse hair brush or human hair brush (either one works)
  • hoof pick

All the things bellow are optional or only if you need them.

  • (Optional) Hair spray
  • (IF NEEDED) Hoof polish
  • (Optional) Face brush
  • (Optional and only if you are doing the horses hair) Rubber bands

Basic way on how to groom your horse:

I am not going to show you how to groom with the optional items just the items that you truly need.

  1. Take the curry comb and brush it in circular motions on the horse. (do not use on the horses legs bellow the thigh and be gentle on the withers and spine because it will hurt the horse)
    1. this increases blood flow
    2. the horse gets a nice massage
    3. the dirt from under the horses coat will come up so you can brush it off
    4. Exfoliates the horse and stimulates the skin to produce natural oils
  2. Use the hard brush or dandy brush in short strokes or flick motions on the horse. (do not use on the horses legs bellow the thigh and be gentle on the withers and spine because it will hurt the horse)
    1. It flicks the dirt off that was loosened up from the curry comb
    2. keeps the horse nice and clean-looking
    3. less dirt will build up on the horse and irritate the horse’s skin
  3. Use the body brush or soft brush to brush the legs and body and flick away any extra dirt in soft, longer strokes.
    1. Make the horse more shiny and sleek
    2. You can clean the legs, withers and spine area (you can also use a medium-bristled brush)
    3. It will smooth the hair on the horse and make it more soft
  4. Use the hair brush on the horses hair just like we do ours. You should start from the bottom and work your way to the top so you don’t pull out their hair or pull on their mane and hurt them.
    1. The hair is less rough
    2. It is more clean with less dirt stuck in it
    3. It looks nice and it is not tangled
    4. It will have less knots that can bother the horse
    5. If the hair gets caught on something it will be easier to undo or it will just slip through and not get caught in the first place
  5. The hoof pick is used to clean the horses hooves. When you pick the horse be very careful not to stab you or the horse and don’t be too hard. Pick firmly, but not hard. Try to pick away from you for the most part because you don’t want to stab yourself and especially not in the eye. If you need, to you can pick towards you, just remember to be careful
    1. Cleans the horses hooves from pooh, pee, dirt and debris
    2. Helps prevent the horse from getting thrush which is a bacterial and fungal infection in clefts of the frog of the horses hooves. It can be caused from damp, moist and dirty conditions.
    3. The horse will be able to get new, good dirt in the hooves. This will stop the horse from being able to get pooh and pee in the hooves and keep it more clean.
    4. You can get any rocks that are hurting your horse out
    5. You can check the horses hooves and make sure there is nothing wrong with them

This is how to groom your horse and why grooming your horse is good.

Happy horsing!


Basic Horse Markings

These are the basic horse markings and their “definitions”

I am going to say the name or one of the names of the markings I see from left to right, starting at the top row. Just so you know, there are many, and I mean so many markings and of different types, but these are pretty much the basics.


  • Blaze
  • Stripe
  • Thin Blaze
  • Irregular Blaze
  • Irregular Stripe
  • Bald Face or White Face
  • Faint star
  • Star
  • Star and stripe
  • Irregular Star
  • Snip
  • Lip masking


There are combinations of markings such as, star, stripe and snip or star and stripe, but there are many others.


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  • Socks
  • Stocking
  • Half Stocking
  • Heel
  • Pastern
  • Half Pastern
  • Mid-Cannon or Half Cannon
  • Coronet Band or Coronary Band
  • Ankle
  • Crown


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This is a paint horse. Although it looks like the Horse has a bald face, it is a paint horse and because paint horses have splotches everywhere including the legs and face, you do not consider them to have markings.

Today, I showed a few of the basic markings of a horse. There are so much more, so if you know you are really interested and committed to horses you should take the time to research them and learn all about them. This is the same thing I do, because I am very interested in horses. Remember that not everything in real life or on the internet is real, true and good information, no matter what the title is or how long a person has been working with that type of animal. A person could have been working with horses for 30 years and calling themselves a trainer, but doing the wrong thing the whole time. I would rather trust somebody that has been working with horses for 5 years, but has been doing the correct things and going down the correct path with the horse. Use a critical eye and good observations and opinions in the horse world to get the good information you need.

Happy Horsing!


Trimming Horse Hooves pt.2

These are basic tools you may need to trim your horses hooves (If you have barefoot horses you may need different tools).

  • straight rasp or radius rasp


  • clippers


  • hoof pick


  • Gloves (optional)


  • chaps (optional)

chaps and gloves are used to protect yourself from getting cuts or any scraps, but are not needed.

  • Hoof knife (optional), should be used incase you have extra frog, sole, etc, that is already almost off, then you can use the knife to take it off. You should not use it to get down to the more bare part of the sole and frog because it does not need to come off if it is not coming off naturally. just like your skin. If you have perfectly fine and normal skin, you do not need to scratch it off. For example, if your foot is crusty from dead skin, you would use a foot something like a “scraper/grader” or pedegg or pediroller to get it of. You would not do this if there was no dead skin on your feet. This goes the same way for horses. You do not need to shave down to the bare parts of the hoof.

This is the basic materials you would need to trim your horses hooves. Just so you know, this is not a big, deep trim or main trim.

Happy Horsing!

Trimming Horse Hooves

Horses hooves are very important for the horses life. It is how they move and get away from predators and pressure, including, just simply walking. From something going wrong in the hoof, the horse can die. So take, “taking care of your horses hooves,” seriously. If you make a horse walk on concrete or something hard (usually with shoes), make them race, get the nails for a shoe put in the wrong way, etc, the horse can go lame and die, so you need to really make sure you are not hurting the horse and make sure you think about what you are going to do, before doing it. Is there things it is going to do that are bad for and to my horse? Are there good things its going to do for my horse? How can I make it even better and prevent some of the bad things that are happening.

Top 10 tips for trimming horse hooves:

Less is more: It is always better to take off too little than too much. The change to the hoof itself is slower, allowing the horse to be able to adjust without affecting the balance or hoof drastically. You should trim a little every week then do a more thorough trim every 8 weeks.

The Hoof Wall: It is the capsule that holds many things together within the horses hoof. The hoof wall protects the interior hoof, so do not thin it out or file the sides too much. This will weaken it. You only want to trim the part that touches the ground. Please, never trim it shorter or higher than the sole.

Balanced and level hoof: Ideally, a hoof wall that is just slightly higher than the sole allows it to grow together with the sole, creating a much stronger unit for the horse.

The Sole: The sole naturally shaves itself down as the horse walks around throughout the day. You should only file the sole if it is uneven or bumpy. A balanced approach is the best for the horse and easier for you to do a little bit regularly.

The Bars: These should always be level with the sole rather than longer or taller. The rear of the bar helps you to determine the height of the heel. If the bars are being pushed over and out, then they are too long and bearing too much weight.

The Heel: Again, balance is the key. Too short is touching the bulb and too long makes the horse walk on its toes. A little longer than the sole is better than shorter than the sole. If the heel is too short the hoof will not be balanced and the horse will walk on its heels instead of the entire hoof. If  it is too long, than more weight will be on the toe and the hoof is not carrying a balanced load.

The Frog: A little longer is better than too short and the frog wears down just like the sole and the hoof wall. So, it should not be shorter than the sole. The hoof flexes so it should touch or get pressure from the ground when the horse walks, but should not be lower than the hoof wall which would cause too much pressure. Use a rasp to see if the rasp touches both sides of the hoof wall and it should touch the frog slightly, giving light pressure which should be evenly spread throughout the whole hoof.

Dealing with flares: Flares are cause by many things, but usually overgrowth of the hoof wall. If the hoof is trimmed every two weeks, overgrowth will be prevented and flares will not occur in the hoof. To correct flares, start from the bottom of the hoof wall and not from the side. If the flares are really bad, some slight shaving of the sides may be needed. Flares unbalance the hoof, because one side gets more weight and pressure, it causes the hoof wall to relieve that pressure by moving out and flaring. Prevention is the key.

Dealing with splits and chips: Splits normally start as chips and also from damage of the coronary band or damage to the hoof wall. Chips at the bottom of the hoof wall can be managed and rounded out to help prevent chips and splits. Chips transfer more pressure to other parts of the hoof, by rounding and re-balancing the hoof you can help prevent thee chip from becoming a split. When a hoof is more balanced the weight is distributed more evenly and less pressure points occur. Since hoof balance is necessary, it is better to correct minor things before they advance to troublesome issues. It is best to do this because it keeps the hoof stronger and supports weight more evenly, wears more evenly and functions  better.

Scooping or Pooling Quarters: This makes the quarters a little shorter than the toe and heel. This fine tunes the hoof. This allows a little spring or flexing action in the hoof so that the toe and heel can flatten out and create more movement in the hoof. This encourages sole growth and foliation, frog pressure and pumping increases blood flow to  the hoof.

Happy Horsing!