Top Tools for Better Horsemanship and Horse Health Care.

 

There’s been a lot that comes across my feed about horsemanship lately – namely asking if horsemanship is dead. And also what is horsemanship? An idea, a way of training, being holistic about your horse, a set of rules, doing the work yourself?

 

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  • I personally think horsemanship is knowing your horse inside and out, up and down. Spending the time to check on his health. Getting lost in the details about stall care, tack cleaning, preventative medicine. Being proactive about keeping your horse healthy and sound and comfortable.

 

And that takes time, learning, and a few tools. Here are my tools, besides my brain and time, that help me take my horsemanship up a notch.

 

  • Leather halter – or another breakaway style of halter. It MUST be a breakaway! If you have a halter now that needs to be converted into a safer version, you can pick up a leather crown piece at a very reasonable cost.

 

leather halter and nylon halter hanging in tack room

 

  • Thermometer – you will be the last one to know if your horse isn’t feeling well without one of these. Horses can be perfectly “normal” during a raging fever. Also, know your horse’s pulse and respiration!

 

  • Weight tape – our eyes deceive us. The weight tape does not. There is mounting evidence about the dangers of an overweight horse – from joint issues to metabolic disorders to laminitis. It’s your job to prevent this.

 

  • Hoof pick – I didn’t think I had to add this to the list until my Vet told me she wishes people would pick their horse’s feet. REALLY.

 

  • Hay net – There’s not much “natural” about horse keeping these days, but using a hay net or some sort of slow feeder helps your horse eat more naturally.

 

gray horse in paddock eating from slow feeder tub

This horse’s hay net is lashed into a tub for outside eating.

 

  • Clicker – This tiny little tool helped me train a few gnarly unruly beasts into pleasant citizens. It’s operant conditioning, which is fancy talk for a new way to communicate with your horse. More on how I used it to train the spook *mostly* out of my seriously dangerous horse with help of a super book.

 

train your horse to do anything book

MIND BLOWN in the best possible way.

 

  • Phone numbers – Vet, Farrier, Trainer, Equine Nutritionist. Ok – we all have them, somewhere. The key here is to USE THEM. It takes an actual village to own a horse, and sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and ask the seemingly dumb questions. Also, remember that the longer you wait to call for help, the more expensive it will be.

 

  • Medical records log – For two reasons. I can’t remember when this, that, or the other happened with my horse. I also need the barn manager to have access to this in case of an emergency.

 

notebook for horse medications

 

  • Vet kit – The evolution of a Vet kit goes something like this – buy horse, get some Vet Wrap. A few years later, have a Vet kit that can help your horse, hold together the barn, and change a tire. And you will use it often.

 

  • Hoof care kit – There are certain things that are DOOM for horses, one of them being a hoof emergency. Some can be fatal (nail in the hoof) some can be inconvenient (sprung shoe). Be prepared for it all.

 

 

grooming gloves hard brush and soft brush

 

  • Grooming tools – The evolution of a grooming kit goes something like this – buy horse, buy all of the brushes and sprays and shampoos. A few years later, stop replacing things that are lost or empty or worn out. A few years later, use only the top-quality basics like grooming gloves. I’m there now, but let me tell you if I get a new horse the first thing I’m doing is dropping some major dollars for all of the new things.

 

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You Can Train Your Horse to Do Anything BOOK
$24.52

This book is a wonderful, step-by-step guide to helping you "clicker train" your horse with positive reinforcement.

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Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement BOOK
$20.99

A Guide to Achieving Success with Clicker Training. A great book about horse behavior and how to successfully train your horse with kindness.

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The Power of Positive Horse Training BOOK

Creating Exceptional Behavior by Changing Equine Relationships with the World Around Them

Horse Behaviour Exposed BOOK
$24.99

Learn the language of horses

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Training Set with Clicker and Pouch
$19.25 $18.25

Keep your rewards handy while clicker training!

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Jolly Pets Horsemen's Pride Amazing Graze Toy
$59.99

Keep your horse's brain happy!

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FORTEX INDUSTRIES Feed Saver Ring
$14.61

Great to use with buckets to discourage cribbing

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Equiessentials Slow Feed Hay Ball Large
$130.05 $120.20 ($120.20 / Count)
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Grazing Muzzle by GG Equine

Basket-style grazing muzzle to help keep a horse at a healthy weight and help reduce the risks of colic and laminitis in some horses.


Use code 15PROEQUINE for savings sitewide on muzzles, halters, slow feeders, and more.

HayPlay Slow Feed Bag XL – GG Equine

One side of this innovative slow feeder is solid - perfect for pastures! It will hold a small bale of hay.


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HayPlay Slow Feed Bag – GG Equine - 2 sizes available

2 sizes of this slow-feeding hay toy - snack size holds a few flakes, and the half size holds 1/2 bale.


Use code 15PROEQUINE for sitewide savings on slow feeders and more.

40 lb. Alfalfa Cubes
$35.02 ($0.05 / Fl Oz)
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