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Image Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection     Naming Your New Horse Or Foal? Feast Your Eyes On Some Of These Terrific Names.   During the spring it is prime time to name your horses new foal or maybe you made a new purchase on Horsemart and are now the proud owner of a young bay and fancy a name change? Well...

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Right, Halloween is behind us, and it is nearly Bon Fire Night, which means that Christmas is steadily trotting towards us - excuse the pun. And you know what that means. It is time to start planning your Christmas shopping.    Here at Horsemart, we know that a lot of you would love to treat your horse this Christmas with a lovely bundle of pressies. So, we teamed up with our ...

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Presumably your friend either owns a horse or horse rides, however there are presents in this list that could be for those who ride or those who simply admire. Depending on your relationship and budget, there are gifts suitable for all.   1. Horsey horsey don’t you stop… How about a simple one to start: this is a great present for anyone who loves horses. You ...

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We have picked the best 5 presents that we think your horse will enjoy. They vary in price and size to cater for everyone’s needs, however each is a special as the next. All these gifts mentioned are to maximise the comfort and happiness of your horse.   1. Toys and treats The first one is an obvious and inexpensive one. When your horse has been locked in its stable ...

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Whether you’re an owner placed in the tricky position of not having enough spare time to dedicate to your horse or an equestrian enthusiast without the resources to provide full care for a horse, a horse share scheme could be the perfect compromise.   Entering into a horse share agreement can often be the perfect compromise for both parties and will be particularly beneficial...

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Ever wondered what exercise plan you should use? Or what you should plan to do if your horse has had a little holiday? Horsemart reader Erin Ronan shares a sample “back into work” horse exercise plan which has proved effective for her.   To work on your horse's fitness you should gradually work over a period of weeks, this is so your horse’s body can adjust to...

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A Fallabella is one of the smallest breeds of horse, rarely taller than eight hands high (78 cm). The Fallabella is a recognised breed. These small horses were originally used to pull a small stagecoach to promote a certain brand of wine in the United States. The breed standards call for a horse that is similarly proportioned to regular horses, and are expected to be similar in stature and coat...

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The equestrian world is full of brilliant inventions that make our lives 100% easier, but in our hectic, horse-filled daily routines we rarely stop to appreciate them. This list is a compilation of 10 of the best horsey inventions we often take for granted. Although most of these items won’t apply to everyone, they will hopefully be seen in a new appreciative light by those who do! So in...

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Should I clip?   This will depend on what you are planning to do with your horse during the winter months.  If you have a youngster or an older horse that is unlikely to be worked during this time, then leave him with his natural coat.  Generally speaking, horses that are not in work do not require clipping. If you have a horse that is terrified of clippers and is danger...

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      T he biggest change to horse be  dding has been in the widespread use of rubber matting. These come in a   variety of sizes and weights.   The lightweight ones are easy to take up and clean, but they can have a tendenc y to move. They are designed to be used with no additional bedding and trials have shown they are th...

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