In the United States alone, it is estimated that almost 150,000 horses per year are unwanted. This number grows exponentially when you consider horses worldwide. What is "unwanted"? The term is used to refer to horses that are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, or fail to meet expectations. The horse may have a lameness or illness...or he could just be the wrong color or gender.
"Taking off on a horse into the Mongolian Steppe sounds like the bracing inverse to an overpopulated, busy urban life, but having the skills and grit to pull it off is another thing entirely. . . .
On the first of May 1982 23-year-old Melissa Chapman climbed aboard a horse, carrying a puppy named Gypsy, and rode away from everything, heading west.
She left a happy, healthy family, a decent job, a boyfriend she cared about, and friends she enjoyed. Yet she said good-bye to all of it.
Learn the underlying principles of speaking both “horse” and “human” from an internationally acclaimed horseman.
Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse describes celebrated horse trainer Mark Rashid’s experiences with one special—and especially challenging—horse named Buck.
Ginger Kathrens continues the saga of the wild horses of the Arrowheads in Cloud's Legacy, a companion volume to PBS's NATURE program. An award-winning wildlife documentary filmmaker, Kathryns is passionate about the plight of wild horses in North America, and it is with great joy that she watches the cast of Cloud's Legacy run and interact freely on America's wide open spaces.
Jane Savoie's books have changed the way people ride.
Relationships with horses, whether for companionship or competition, are complex and ever-changing. This is one of the reasons why "horsemanship" can become a lifelong pursuit: There is always a balance to be struck with our equine partners, and it demands continual growth and understanding on our side.
Stride control (striding) is an essential part of any rider's development when jumping obstacles, and jumping them well, is a goal.
Understanding and implementing stride control (being able to adjust the number of strides before and between fences) improves a horse's rideability and allows the rider to further improve the horse's technique over an obstacle.