Read our advice and how to guides on horse riding, horse care and other equine advice

Buying a horse can be a lengthy, sometimes risky process. You may fall in love with a horse at first sight and then buy it without fully researching the horse's history and temperament. We have compiled 8 easy-to-follow steps that we hope will aid you in the horse hunt and make sure that your horse buying experience is an enjoyable one!   Step 1: Research the breed you are i...

If you're thinking of heading west and booking a ranch stay in North America, riding holiday specialist Ranch Rider has drawn up a list of travel tips to make sure its the holiday of a lifetime. Do certain destinations suit different levels or rider better? Every destination and ranch offers something new so it’s not really that simple, and riders tend to be grouped according to their...

Today, someone on Facebook posted a link shared on my page. The link, 10-reasons-your-teenage-daughter-should-own-a-horse is so emotional for me as a former teenage girl in love with horses and as a Mother who watched her daughter fall in love with horses, and is now watching her adult daughter leave her horses behind. Everyone is different, we all know. I am quite sure that my daughter's l...

The current government shutdown means national parks, some zoos and museums, and all non-essential government agencies are currently non-operational. So if you live near a national park, does that mean you’re not allowed to ride?   We did some digging and determined that public lands that are developed and run by the United States Forest Service (USFS), the National Parks Se...

Every state boasts horse trails that promise beautiful views and challenging terrain. These are our picks for the top 10 trails in the United States to take your horse on vacation, or just on a quick ride.  Totsonii Ranch Canyon de Chelly, Ariz.  Channel your inner John Wayne and trek through the wild West with Navajos as your guide. "On a longer ride into the c...

Lightning can strike during any time of the year, leaving unaware riders and their horses at risk. Follow these suggestions to ensure you and your horse stay out of harms way.  Lightning can strike year-round, but spring and summer are peak seasons for electrical storms. Although your risk of being struck is low, it is something to take seriously. The National Weather Service (NWS) rep...

Before you add or replace fencing on your horse property, get familiar with the pros, cons, and costs of your many choices in materials. Photo by David Classen/iStockPhoto.com While investigating a 5,600-year-old village site in Kazakhstan, archaeologists determined that its Copper Age inhabitants were among the first cultures to tame horses. The evidence? T...

I recently made a guide for advice on renting/loaning a horse. It seems logical to now write a guide from an owner's perspective and offer useful tips and help. For the owner loaning a horse sounds very attractive. If for example you need to plan a trip to far-away places or you are off to university then it gives you the perfect opportunity to leave your horse behind. On the other han...

Master Saddle Deborah Witty explains seven saddle-fit points so you can become an informed consumer. How many times have you heard the phrase "saddle-fitting nightmare?" The frustration of having you and your horse uncomfortable, not performing well or experiencing pain because your saddle does not fit can be quite overwhelming and even debilitating. Saddle fitting is an integ...

Breeding season typically starts in February for horses and continues through until July. So you want to start advertising your stallions as studs now ready for next month! Here are some top tips to get the top foals for stud and mare owners. Look for a mare between the age of 3 and 25. However their reproductively will decrease dramatically after the age of 12 (primarily those who hav...

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