Horse handling for new Horse Owners: A general blog from the Health Hoof

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A general guide for horse handling for new owners – a post from the Healthy Hoof blog.

 

At Barn World, we offer a lot of great livestock products and everything from cattle guards, hay feeders, feed bins and saddle pads.  When discussing the large array of available products with customers, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that a lot of our customers are new to caring for and interacting with livestock, horses and poultry.  As such, I thought I’d include some general posts for those who are new to caring for and owning animals.

If you’d like to share your ideas or comments please feel free and you may always contact Barn World at Sales@BarnWorld.com or call 720-238-2190.

 

 

Recently I came across a good general information blog post from the Healthy Hoof.    It’s a general post, but provides a great initial outline and tips for interacting with your horse.

Horse handling for new horse owners

Even in today’s economy (or maybe because of it), new horse owners pop up every day. An inexperienced client will often purchase an inexperienced horse. It can be a challenge to teach both owner and horse techniques that ensure the safety and cooperation for everyone involved, but also very rewarding to be able to start with a “fresh” owner and essentially create the perfect client/professional relationship.

Did you know that farriers interact with more horses than veterinarians, and even horse trainers? Due to the cyclical nature of hoof care, and horses’ impeccable memories, it is beneficial for me as a hoof care professional to form trusting relationships with my clients’ horses. Horses remember positive and negative experiences, and negative experiences can never be completely erased. This is one reason it is imperative that horse owners choose their hoof care professionals carefully.

I’ve put together a list of basic horse handling techniques below, with a focus on holding a horse for a farrier or trimmer. Many of the techniques also apply to holding your horse for the veterinarian or other equine professionals. These techniques are based on logic, common sense, and my own experiences as a hoof care professional.

It is my hope that these tips will help prevent some foreseeable accidents and possibly save some lives.

Use appropriate and properly fitted tack.
I prefer a rope halter with at least a 12 foot lead. A longer lead may be necessary for a young or green horse, because it can be used to move the horse around should groundwork training come into play. A rope halter is gentle, but uncomfortable if a horse leans into it, unlike standard wide nylon or leather halters. Rope halters are especially effective when working with pushy horses.

Ask your horse to focus on the task at hand.
Encourage him to relax by petting him softly (but not with a brush in the middle of shedding season!). Do not distract your horse with treats or hay, because he may forget that someone is handling his hooves. Feeding horses also causes body weight to shift a lot (especially if they are reaching for a treat), which makes it difficult for your farrier to balance under him. Treats are okay as rewards for good behavior, but the timing must be right.

If a horse misbehaves, correct it, but give warning to your farrier beforehand.
One of the most effective maneuvers for correcting a horse is backing him up – with energy. This does not mean pushing him back with all of your strength, but asking/insisting that the horse back up with your body language. Pushy, dominant, or spoiled horses can be taken down a notch or two by using this technique. It also redirects the horse’s focus back to you and your farrier.

When working on front feet, stand on the opposite side of the horse’s head, facing your farrier and horse at a 45-degree angle.
If you stand facing your horse, your farrier may have difficulty maneuvering around you, or you could be struck by an overly exuberant horse. Stand in a position where you are able to observe your horse’s body language and warn your farrier of behavior that may indicate a dangerous situation. Be aware of the surroundings, and keep children and pets away from the work area.

When working on hind feet, stand on the same side of the horse as your farrier.
Keep the horse’s head slightly tilted towards you so that he can see you and your farrier easily. Keep your horse from turning his head the opposite direction as this will shift his weight onto the hind foot that is off the ground. Your farrier’s back will thank you for this!

When walking or trotting out your horse for gait analysis, keep your horse on a loose lead.
Avoid pulling on your horse’s head as it affects his weight distribution and gait. Give your horse at least 3 feet of lead rope. Teach your horse to trot with you as the trot is a common gait used for identifying lameness and gait abnormalities. A flat, smooth surface where the horse can be walked or trotted in a straight line or circle is desirable in these situations.

I hope this information will prove beneficial for horse owners and equine health professionals. Please feel free to post additional tips as comments, and share/print this article as long as it is credited/linked back to this site.

Saddle Pad Construction Video from 5 Star – a Barn World favorite!

Saddle Pad Post from Barn World

 

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Here’s a great saddle pad overview presented by one of the owners of 5 Star on why these saddle pads provide such high performance and wicking ability:

Transcript:

In the last 20 years the industry has come up with using every conceivable kind of thing out of the auto industry and space industry that was never intended for use in horses.  Everything from gels to foams to freezer linings all of these have zero or next to nothing as far as good quality and compression protection and absolutely zero in wicking ability and the agents that are needed for wicking sweat and heat away from the horses back.  Pressed industrial felt is the only thing that has really been proven over time to have the high quality wicking ability and high compression ratio for horses. 5 Star has 3 times the compression ratio of any other pad on the market and has 2 times the wicking ability of any close competitor in the felt industry as far as pads are concerned.
So why is 5 Star so good?  5 Star uses the highest quality virgin wool content in their felt.  Only through the use of high-quality virgin wool, can you have a high-quality compression ratios and the high wicking quality you can get.  Add to that,5 Stars established French curve that will fit any horse backline that settles in to create high-quality performance.  5 Star is a pad that will last forever, kind of like an old sweater that you snag and you throw away so that you have a chance to get a new one.  Nothing makes it simpler for performance and making 5 Star the best pad in your tack room.

Remember to visit Barn World for all of your saddle pad and equestrian supply needs.  We carry a full line of cinches, breast collars and even sheepskin pads for all of your riding fund.

Saddle Pads from Barn World – the highest quality saddle pads from 5 Star Equine

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5 Star saddle pads from Barn World

Barn World carries the highest quality saddle pads available.  All of the equine pads we offered are one-hundred percent wool and are uniquely designed to ensure they provide the best in saddle pad performance and comfort for both you and your equine partner.
Check out this video from the owner of 5 Star detailing how much quality goes into a 5 Star saddle pad and why it is so much better than the competition’s and remember to visit www.BarnWorld.com for all your livestock supply needs.

From the video:
A lot of gimmicks can be strapped under a saddle to get one benefit or another, but man has yet to create a product that outperforms virgin wool, and over the long haul, virgin wool content felt pads will outperform any other type of pad or blanket hands down.  5 stars 100% percent wool contoured saddle pads conform immediately to your horse’s back for perfect fit.  Our F-11 wool felt has the highest virgin wool content available and offers 3 times more compression protection and wicking ability than any other pad on the market.
While the importance of compression protection is pretty clear given the dominance of rubber, bubble wrap and space age jelly saddle pads today, only high quality wool felt offers great compression protection while simultaneously wicking away moisture.  That wicking action is the means by which heat is dissipated under the pressure of the saddle.  The best compression protection, coupled with the best wicking ability, translates to the best performance from your equine partner.
When you consider the amount of money one might spend on feed, tack, vet bills and entry fees to pursue your equine passion, a saddle pad with all the ingredients for maximum performance is essential.
While the big ships full of cheap goods leave a toxic trail all the way from Los Angeles to China and back, 5 Star is producing the highest quality products right here in the USA.

Saddle Pads: a quick overview of 5 Stars saddle pad, cinch and breastcollars

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Saddle Pads at Barn World

Here’s a quick video overview of 5 Star saddle pads , breast collars and cinches:

Remember that Barn World is more then livestock supplies and cattle guards!  Visit www.barnworld.com today for all you horse and rider equine tack needs and check out our large selection of cattle guards too.

Saddle Pads from 5 Star Equine!

Barn World carries 5 Star Equine Saddle Pads for all your riding needs. 5 Star saddle pads offer the best protection for you horse’s back and are made from 100% Wool. The World’s Finest, All-Natural 100% Wool Contoured Pad are specially designed to fit the shape of your horse or mule’s back. Unique, two-piece construction eliminates spinal pressure and improves saddle fit – no over-cinching. The 5 Star Contoured Saddle Pad is the original Western contour pad with “a true French Curve backline and withers slope.” Special attention is given to wither height, backline variance and hip placement which results in a GREAT FITTING PAD that conforms to the shape of your horse or mule. This conscious effort in design has produced a pad that fits most breeds of horses and mules without “break-in” fitting.

PAD THICKNESS

1/2″ Under Pad Great for showing, reining, cutting or pleasure horses when you still need protection yet want to put a colorful blanket over the under pad for show purposes. 3/4″ Regular Pad An excellent all-around pad for those that need a daily exercise training pad and may also need to throw a blanket over for the show ring. 7/8″ Thick Pad The best all-around use pad recommended for trail riding, team penning, cutting, reining, and barrel racing. We can also cut the 3/4″ and 7/8″ pad in a 28″ length for barrel racing saddles. 1″ Extra Thick Pad Designed wih ranch work in mind, for roping, performance, colt starting or heading to the mountains with lots of gear. 1-1/8″ Supreme Roper PadSpecially engineered for team roping, calf roping, steer stopping and peformance.

EASY CLEAN-UP

Simply spray pad with water, rub soiled areas in a circular motion with fingers or a rubber curry comb and hang to dry. A gentle detergent may also be necessary. Do not lay flat on it’s back (upside down). With this reasonable care, pad will last 1500-2000 hours. 5 Star 100% Wool Felt Contoured Saddle Pads contain 90% virgin wool and 10% reworked wool giving your animal protection that will last 2,000+ hours with reasonable care. 5 Star’s felt has been made with heat, steam and pressure which eliminates any concerns about shrinkage or distortion as you begin to consider cleaning needs.

Care & Cleaning

  • Equipment: 5 Star Cleaning Sponge, Rubber Fingered Curry, Flat Rubber Curry
  • Prevent dirt and hair build-up on the under side of pad by brushing occasionally. This keeps old hair from trapping dirt & sweat, and embedding deep into the pad.
  • To remove embedded hair and dirt, rotate a dry 5 Star Cleaning Sponge in circular motion on dry pad. Wipe hair off sponge surface with your hand while cleaning pad.
  • For pads with heavy crusted sweat and dirt, break up areas with rubber fingered curry or scrape gently with a dull edged object being careful not to cut the felt. Use a vacuum to remove excess grime and loose material. A brush or a swift slap with your hand may also be used to sweep away dirt and hair.
  • Every 5 Star pad comes with a label that describes the basic method for cleaning and an all-natural dry-cleaning sponge!

    Visit BarnWorld.com today for all your saddle pads,  equine supplieslivestock equipment  and farm and ranch equipment needs.

    Designer Series: Get jazzy with splints, boots and head bumpers

    Designer Head Bumpers

    Designer Head Bumpers

    No-turn Bell Boots

    No-turn Bell Boots

    Designer Splint Boots

    Designer Splint Boots

    The 2010 Designer Collection from Davis is a great way to liven up your splint boots, bell boots and head bumpers in style.

    The Davis products have consistently been forerunners in durability and easy maintenance and their new designer line is no exception. Through the development of a PVC impregnated fabric process, we are able to provide the same durable and easy clean surface as all other Davis products.
    The Davis designer line series is available in the Head Bumper, Splint Boot and No-Turn Bell Boot only. Each item features their original product characteristics with the addition of the easy-clean PVC impregnated fabric surface.

    BarnWorld also offers 5 Star Equine saddle pads with zebra stripes and giraffe print leathers. We also have horse splint boots and no-turn bell boots in zebra patterns. They are the latest addition to the fashion for horses of designer, glitter and neon colors.

    Barnworld has a great selection of wool saddle padssheepskin saddle pads, cinchas, breastcollars, horse boots, jumping boots, head bumpers, jowl sweats, tail wraps and dressage cones. Visit our website at www.BarnWorld.com for the latest selection and all your equine equipment needs.

    New Round Poly Horse Hay Feeder makes feeding a breeze

    No longer are horse hay feeders bulky and difficult to manage.  Don’t put up with a rusting hulk of a feeder in your pasture!  Try the new round poly horse hay feeder from Barn World.

    The new round poly horse hay feeder is easy to assemble, move around a pasture and is extremely durable.   It may be used in a stall or outdoors for full round bales.    The hay feeder is made from Recycled Materials with UV Resistant Resin and is specifically designed for horse safety with overlapping joints & countersunk fasteners.

    At 80 lbs, it’s easy to assemble and move.

    The ploy round horse hay feeder is much more convenient than the traditional metal feeders:

  • Specifically designed for horse safety with overlapping joints & countersunk fasteners.
  • Ideal for small ponies and colts.
  • Easy to assemble and handle.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Made of recycled materials with UV resistant resin.
  • Lightweight. Only weights 80 lbs!
  • 4 pieces – 2” width x 35” high x 7’ diameter
  • One year manufacturer’s warranty on material and workmanship.Visit BarnWorld.com today for our large selection of horse hay feeders and to view all of our livestock supplies and livestock equipment.
  • Organize Your Tack Room

    It’s time to organize your tack room!

    Have you put off the spring cleaning your tack room desperately needs?  You can easily get organized with the great tack products from Barn World.

    You can do it all with the complete tack rack made from 14 gauge 2″ square steel tubing.  This incredibly versatile rack holds:

  • 10 pads or blankets
  • 10 headstalls or reins
  • AND 6 saddles
  • Or try the Space Saver tack room organizer.  This organizer takes up minimal space while holding all of you tack:

  • 10 pads or blankets
  • 4 headstalls/halters or reins
  • 4 saddles
  • Takes up minimal space!
  • We also carry a wide selection of saddle racks for getting your saddles off the floor or shelves and keep them from getting marked up while mixed up with your other tack.   We even have a selection of the popular adjustable saddle rack!

    Too many bridles getting tangled up and marked up while shuffled around in your tack room?  Try keeping them neat and organized with our bridle racks.

    For saddle blankets, we offer saddle blanket racks.  The saddle blanket rack and saddle pad rack offer many options for organizing your tack room.

    For all of your tack room organizing needs, Barn World can help.  Visit our  website at BarnWorld.com today to view our wide selection of tack room, farm and ranch supplies, and livestock supplies.

    Saddle Pads from 5 Star Equine

    Barn World carries 5 Star Equine Saddle Pads for all your riding needs.

    5 Star saddle pads offer the best protection for you horse’s back and are made from 100% Wool.
    The World’s Finest, All-Natural 100% Wool Contoured Pad are specially designed to fit the shape of your horse or mule’s back. Unique, two-piece construction eliminates spinal pressure and improves saddle fit – no over-cinching.

    The 5 Star Contoured Saddle Pad is the original Western contour pad with “a true French Curve backline and withers slope.” Special attention is given to wither height, backline variance and hip placement which results in a GREAT FITTING PAD that conforms to the shape of your horse or mule. This conscious effort in design has produced a pad that fits most breeds of horses and mules without “break-in” fitting.

    The 1″ Extra Thick Saddle Pad is designed with ranch work in mind, roping, performance, colt starting or heading to the mountains with lots of gear.

    The 7/8″ Thick Saddle Pad is the best all-around use pad recommended for trail riding, team penning, cutting, reining, and barrel racing. The 3/4″ and 7/8″ pads are available in 28″ lengths for barrel racing saddles.

    The 3/4″ Regular Saddle Pad is an excellent all-around pad for those that need a daily exercise training pad and may also need to throw a blanket over it for the show ring.

    The English Saddle Pad is designed and shaped to conform to the back and English-type saddles for Show, Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Walking Horse, and Jockey. Every 5 Star pad comes with a label that describes the basic method for cleaning and an all-natural dry-cleaning sponge!

    Call Barn World at (720) 238-2190 or visit BarnWorld.com to browse our large selection of saddle pads and livestock equipment.

    Zebra Stripes are popular this year for Horse Boots and Saddle Blankets

    zebra splint boots and bell boots

    zebra splint boots and bell boots

    Barnworld now offers 5 Star Equine saddle pads with zebra stripes and giraffe print leathers. We also have horse splint boots and no-turn bell boots in zebra patterns. They are the latest addition to the fashion for horses of designer, glitter and neon colors.

    Barnworld has a great selection of wool saddle pads, sheepskin saddle pads, cinchas, breastcollars, horse boots, jumping boots, head bumpers, jowl sweats, tail wraps and dressage cones. Visit our website at http://www.Barnworld.com for the latest selection.