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When you travel with your horse, you need to carry a number of documents, especially if you’re crossing state lines. Photo by Kent and Charlene Krone

Equine Traveling Papers

Here’s a rundown of key documents you need when you travel with your horse. ... MORE
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Six Key Horse-Hunting Questions

Looking for a new trail horse? Here are six key questions to ask the owner from top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. ... MORE
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Easing Your Horse into Retirement

Putting an old horse “out to pasture” is unnecessary and even unwise. Instead, consider his needs as well as your own and craft a customized retirement plan that keeps him active and content. ... MORE
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Buying the Right Horse

Horse-buying mistakes are costly and heartbreaking. Avoid them with these key tips from master horseman and clinician Clinton Anderson. ... MORE
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What is the Most Important Trait You Look for in a Horse?

Riders share what they consider first when buying or leasing a new partner. ... MORE
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Enjoy Your Horse on a Budget

Tightened your belt, but still hungry for fun? Check out these appealing, affordable horsey activities that won't hurt your budget. ... MORE
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AQHA Beginners Guide to Showing

Ready to get started in the Western show ring? The American Quarter Horse Journal has the information you need. ... MORE
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Training with Faith

You can’t change a horse’s past, but you can work to improve the present. From America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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Book Review: Trick Training for Horses

Your horse is your best friend, right? But are you his best friend? Bea Borelle's book shows you new ways you and your horse can have fun together. ... MORE
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Getting My First Horse

On her 16th birthday, Kristie Allison chose a horse over a '67 Mustang--and her life was forever changed. ... MORE
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Understand Equine Insurance

The better you understand the ins and outs of equine insurance, the better you can protect your horse—and yourself. ... MORE
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Book Review: Horse Cent$

Contemplating horse ownership? Wondering how much everything will cost? Check out Laurie Cerny's online booklet, Horse Cent$. ... MORE
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The First 30 Days With Your Horse

What to focus on during your first month’s worth of rides on your horse. ... MORE
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A Reader’s Story: Kristie Allison

"To say I was 'horse crazy' in the 60’s is like saying War and Peace is a good book or the Mona Lisa is a nice painting," she writes. Sound familiar? ... MORE
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How to Catch Your Horse

Writing for the AQHA's America's Horse Daily, Curt Pate offers pointers on changing your methods if your horse is difficult to catch. ... MORE
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The Benefits of Leasing a Horse

Read how this alternative to horse ownership can help you get your horse fix without maxing out your budget. ... MORE
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Protect Your Horse from Thieves

Debi Metcalf shares her tips to keep your horse out of thieves’ hands. From America's Horse Daily ... MORE
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Questions to Ask Before Buying a Horse

Know what to ask a seller when considering buying his horse. From America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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For Best Training Results, Use Treats

Your horse may appreciate an affectionate pat for a job well done, but a tasty treat will go a lot further to reinforce desirable behavior and strengthen your bond with him. ... MORE
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Estate Planning for Your Horse

Who will care for your horse if something happens to you, whether it’s injury, sudden illness, accident or death? The editors of Practical Horseman show you how to plan ahead for the unexpected. ... MORE
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What’s a Horse Worth

There is no Kelley Blue Book on horses that says what they’re worth. How do you know how much a horse is worth? Learn how Jake Barnes thinks about the price of horses and his method for being financially smart when buying a new rodeo partner. ... MORE
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Horse Buying in the 21st Century

With all of the purchase options available these days, is it possible to find another “one-and-only” horse? Find out in this article from American Quarter Horse Journal. ... MORE
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Orphans Don’t Have to be Oddballs

Kari Frolander owned her first horse before she could walk. She won the county all-around horseman title every year of her eight-year 4-H career. Based on her experience here are tips for caring for an orphaned foal. From America's Horse. ... MORE
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No Time to Ride?

If you’re finding it harder and harder to fit riding into your busy schedule, here are 20 solutions to help you make that time. From Horse & Rider magazine. ... MORE
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My Wildest Dreams

Recovering from a terrible accident, she could only dream about riding with instructors from the Spanish Riding School. But it happened. Read Pamela's story in AQHA's America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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Sunday Morning Jog

Stacey recounts trying to catch a loose horse on a very cold Sunday morning in Reno. Then she finds out why she couldn't catch him! ... MORE
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Benefits of Horse Ownership

Karen Waite of My Horse University explains the physical, mental, emotional and social reasons why you should consider buying a horse of your own. ... MORE
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Questions to Ask a Prospective Trainer

With all of the different training methods and procedures that are popular in the horse business, finding a horse trainer that meets your needs can be challenging. This article provides some questions to ask when searching for a horse trainer. ... MORE
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Webinar: Selecting the Right Youth Horse

In this webcast by My Horse University, Dr. Christine Skelly discusses what to look for in a horse for a youngster. Dr. Skelly, the Equine Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, develops and teaches horse management workshops. ... MORE
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Webcast: Understanding Conformation

In this webcast by My Horse University, Dr. Kathy Anderson explains “form to function,” how conformation can dictate athletic ability. Dr. Anderson is the Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Nebraska, and a noted judge and teacher. ... MORE
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An Introduction to the Morgan Horse

Have you ever ridden or driven a Morgan horse? They are gentle enough for lessons, 4-H and Pony Club involvement and due to their steady, comfortable gaits are in great demand as therapeutic riding horses. Morgans are equally know for their loving, kind dispositions. Now is your opportunity to meet America's first breed at no cost! ... MORE
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Leasing a Horse

Some guidelines to help you if you are considering leasing a horse. ... MORE
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How to Select a Boarding Stable

Selecting a boarding stable for your horse takes research to ensure you choose a facility that will provide the services you and your horse need. Here is a simple "how to" on finding the perfect place. ... MORE
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How to Try Out a Horse for Sale

The experience of trying a horse for purchase can be "trial without error" when you're honest about what you want, you take your time, and you know when, why, and how to say "no, thanks," says trainer Holly Hugo-Vidal. ... MORE
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Buying Your First Horse

Choosing the right horse is an important start to horse ownership. As often happens, once you've been taking riding lessons for a while, you may decide that you want a horse of your own. Whether you just want a horse to trail ride on, or if you have your sights set on competition, owning your own horse can be very satisfying, if not hard work. ... MORE
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Finding the Right Horse For You

Before buying your first horse or pony it is important to consider what type is right for you. The first consideration when buying a horse or pony is you. Your size, age and experience all come into play. ... MORE
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Horse Boarding Options

A look at the different horse boarding options available, an important consideration before buying your first horse. ... MORE
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Tips for Buying a Dressage Horse

Whether you're looking for a dressage schoolmaster or buying a young, green horse, you can take a variety of steps to ensure your shopping is a success. ... MORE
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How to Write a Horse Sale Contract

If you don't plan to consult an attorney about a contract when buying or selling a horse, protect yourself by writing a simple, enforceable contract covering the essential points of the sales agreement. ... MORE
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Stable Finder from Riding Resource

Have you always wanted to take riding lessons? Interested in going on a fun trail ride? Need to find a boarding stable with an indoor ring? The Riding Resource database contains over 12,000 stables! ... MORE
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Selecting a Pony for Your Child

Ponies appeal to us all. Your local pony club is a good place to start searching. Here are four tips for selecting the right pony for your child, including where to find a reliable pony, evaluating ponies and more. ... MORE
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Ten Questions to Ask a Stable Owner

This quiz will help you find a boarding stable that is right for you - a place where the owners consider the safety, security, and health of your horse to be paramount. ... MORE