Medieval horse armor

Horse armor was harder to make for horses than it was for humans. Armor for horses was necessary because enemies attacked horses as a way to slow their riders down.

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Importance of Positioning of the Elbow

The elbow on a horse is at the top of the leg where it joins the body. It is the highest point in the front leg, not covered in muscle.  The elbow is the boney protrusion right in front of the girth area. Importance of Positioning of the Elbow »»

The Irish Hobby horse

Irish Hobby Horse

The Irish Hobby horse is an extinct breed of horse developed in Ireland prior to the 13th Century.The breed provided foundation bloodlines for several modern horse breeds, including breeds as diverse as the Connemara pony and the Irish Draught. The Irish Hobby horse »»

The Right Saddle For Reining and Cutting

When choosing a new saddle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices available. Few saddles are designed to both ride well and be suitable for training a performance horse. The Right Saddle For Reining and Cutting »»

Old English Black or Lincolnshire Black Horse

The Old English Black (also known as the Lincolnshire Black) is an extinct horse breed. During the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, the conquerors took some of the Great Horses from Europe across the English Channel and crossed them on native mares. Eventually, a distinct type evolved that was known as the Old English Black Horse. Old English Black or Lincolnshire Black Horse »»

Arabian horse names

Many owners and breeders of the Arabian horse wish to give their horses Arabic names. In days gone by Arabian horse names were chosen by their owners for their color, markings, temperament, courage etc. Arabian horse names »»

A 700,000 year old horse gets its genome sequenced

Scientists at the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark (University of Copenhagen) have sequenced the so far oldest genome from a prehistoric creature. They have done so by sequencing and analyzing short pieces of DNA molecules preserved in bone-remnants from a horse that had been kept frozen for the last 700,000 years in the permafrost of Yukon, Canada. A 700,000 year old horse gets its genome sequenced »»

Aids for the horse to step into the canter

There are three ways to ask for the canter depart while on the flat, which may be used according to the horse’s level of training. The rider may ask for a canter depart (aids for the horse to step into the canter) on the flat from trot, walk, or halt. Additionally, the rider may ask for the canter as the horse jumps a fence (if the fence was taken at the walk, trot, or halt) or may ask for the horse to switch leads over the fence. Aids for the horse to step into the canter »»