• Are zebras horses?

    Best answer: They are all part of the horse family, but they are different species and have a different evolutionary trail from what we think of as horses.

    Update: There are three main existing branches of the horse family (equus): horses, donkeys (wild asses), and Zebras. Zebras are more related to donkeys than horses.
    Best answer: They are all part of the horse family, but they are different species and have a different evolutionary trail from what we think of as horses.

    Update: There are three main existing branches of the horse family (equus): horses, donkeys (wild asses), and Zebras. Zebras are more related to donkeys than horses.
    11 answers · 4 days ago
  • Need advice/opinion on keeping horses outdoors.?

    I don't have horses nor am a horse expert (am thinking about getting a horse someday). I met a lady who keeps her horses outside all the time. No barn just some awnings(sorry don't know the exact word) to stand under. But defiantly not a barn. Where I live we have harsh winters. Is this considered OK?... show more
    I don't have horses nor am a horse expert (am thinking about getting a horse someday). I met a lady who keeps her horses outside all the time. No barn just some awnings(sorry don't know the exact word) to stand under. But defiantly not a barn. Where I live we have harsh winters. Is this considered OK? Humane for the horses? Thanks.
    8 answers · 3 days ago
  • How many pounds of rice bran can you feed a horse?

    He's getting about 20 lbs of orchard hay, 2lbs of maintenance grain, liquid weight gainer, and for now a cup of rice bran. I'm trying to put weight on him but he colics on alfalfa or if he has a protein dense food. After I save up I'm going to have a vet do blood work and all to see exactly why he... show more
    He's getting about 20 lbs of orchard hay, 2lbs of maintenance grain, liquid weight gainer, and for now a cup of rice bran. I'm trying to put weight on him but he colics on alfalfa or if he has a protein dense food. After I save up I'm going to have a vet do blood work and all to see exactly why he won't put on the weight. He is eating all of it and still won't put on the weight
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Should I have pads put on my horse's feet?

    I just moved with my horse across the state, and the ground here is much harder, and way rockier than where we came from, and I noticed pretty quickly that my horse was struggling with it. If it were just the trails, I wouldn't be *quite* so worried, but the arena's on our new ranch obviously weren't... show more
    I just moved with my horse across the state, and the ground here is much harder, and way rockier than where we came from, and I noticed pretty quickly that my horse was struggling with it. If it were just the trails, I wouldn't be *quite* so worried, but the arena's on our new ranch obviously weren't made very well, and aren't maintained any better. They just have a very shallow (no more than an inch or 2 thick) layer of very course sand mixed with river gravel, sitting on top of hard ground, and have a bunch of fist-sized rocks mixed in. I noticed the other day when I was doing my arena work that my horse was moving like his feet were bothering him, even when we avoided the especially rocky corners. Realistically, the best solution would be to move to a new ranch with better facilities, I just can't afford it for at least another couple months. In the mean time, I can't not exercise my horse, so I've been looking into ways to help him cope with the rough footing. I spoke to the ranch ferrier today, and he recommended just a simple pad with my next set of shoes (we're due in about another 2-3 weeks). I don't know much at all about shoe and hoof work, so I was just looking for some other opinions. I've heard of pads being used on horses with navicular issues, but that's about it. Any and all input as far as horses and tough ground and pads is greatly appreciated.
    7 answers · 7 days ago
  • Shoulders back when horseback riding?

    Best answer: I had this problem in my younger days! My coach constantly yelled "shoulders back!" at me, and I'd rotate my shoulders back until I felt like my shoulder blades were touching, to no avail. It was only once I got a video of my lesson that I realized she wasn't talking about my shoulders; she was... show more
    Best answer: I had this problem in my younger days!

    My coach constantly yelled "shoulders back!" at me, and I'd rotate my shoulders back until I felt like my shoulder blades were touching, to no avail. It was only once I got a video of my lesson that I realized she wasn't talking about my shoulders; she was telling me to sit up straight.

    Then, it was a matter of teaching myself what "straight" was. At first, I leaned back, and as the instructor told me "better, better, perfect" I retrained my brain to know when I was upright and when I was leaning forward, and trained my muscles to assume that stance.

    That's all you have to do. Think about it constantly, watch yourself in the mirror if there is one or have someone vid you if there isn't, and train your brain and body to automatically get in the right position. Crutches like shoulder braces and crops don't actually do much unless you have a physical issue that prevents this.

    It also helps if you watch your posture at other times - don't round your shoulders or slouch when you're walking or standing. Use those times to help train your brain/muscles in correct posture, and it will help you when you're riding as well.

    Good Luck.
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • First time IEA/Showing..help?

    Best answer: In general, most horse shows do this the same way. IEA may vary. For general shows: When you get to the show, you go to the entry booth, sign up, and get your number. Even when you sign up in advance, you usually get the number at the entry booth. Awards are handed at after or at the end of the class. For a... show more
    Best answer: In general, most horse shows do this the same way. IEA may vary. For general shows:

    When you get to the show, you go to the entry booth, sign up, and get your number. Even when you sign up in advance, you usually get the number at the entry booth.

    Awards are handed at after or at the end of the class. For a class where all the horses are in the ring together, they'll have everyone line up in the center at the end of the class. The judge will send his result card to the announcer. A ribbon person enters the ring with the ribbons. The announcer will read the placings off - "In 3rd place, #624, Jane Doe on Her Horse," one at a time, from bottom to top, and the person/horse called out walks forward to receive their award, usually in their hand, sometimes on the horse's bridle, and leaves the ring. After first place is announced, everyone left over who isn't getting a ribbon leaves the ring.

    In a class where the horses go one at a time, like jumping or barrel racing, everyone waits outside the ring on their horse. The judge sends the results to the announcer, and everything proceeds as above, except that the horses enter the ring one at a time to get their awards.

    At most shows the class list is available long before the show, and you select the classes you want to be in.

    For IEA shows: IEA teams are required to have a coach. Ask her for the specific details of IEA shows. Here's a link: https://www.rideiea.org/
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • How should I treat mud fever?

    As I was doing her feet yesterday I noticed her heals were sensitive to touch and her rear right heal has a scab on it so I asked around the yard to what they think I should do and they wasn t sure so I was wondering what should I do I ve been putting mud barrier cream and disinfectant on it and purple spray would... show more
    As I was doing her feet yesterday I noticed her heals were sensitive to touch and her rear right heal has a scab on it so I asked around the yard to what they think I should do and they wasn t sure so I was wondering what should I do I ve been putting mud barrier cream and disinfectant on it and purple spray would that be ok or is it worth putting her on a supplement to treat and try to prevent it happening again I was looking at Dodson & horrell mud heal thank you for reading
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • Magnetic horse boots?

    What's everyone's opinions on magnetic boots? Would you say they work or did you notice any improvements? My horse has arthritis and after a night in the stable he is very stiff
    What's everyone's opinions on magnetic boots? Would you say they work or did you notice any improvements? My horse has arthritis and after a night in the stable he is very stiff
    9 answers · 1 week ago
  • If I have a paddock that is 11 acres, how many horses can I keep?

    Best answer: Talk to your local Board of Health, and then to your horse vet.
    Best answer: Talk to your local Board of Health, and then to your horse vet.
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • Can I sue my stepmom for not letting me buy food or let me feed my horse?

    Can I sue my stepmom for not letting me buy food or let me feed my horse?

    horse needed was just the brome grass. She wouldn't even let me get salt for the horses, my younger horse was perfect weight too. But trying to explain that my older horse needs a little more in his diet, and so I kind of compared him to my step grandma because she started to not eat enough (later she died I... show more
    horse needed was just the brome grass. She wouldn't even let me get salt for the horses, my younger horse was perfect weight too. But trying to explain that my older horse needs a little more in his diet, and so I kind of compared him to my step grandma because she started to not eat enough (later she died I got the blame) So when I turned eighteen I moved in with my aunt and uncle and they helped me get my horse to his correct weight. the pinto is the horse she abused. I feel so bad that he had to go through this, and it was not my fault. could I sue her though.
    10 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • English saddle, or western saddle what do you like riding better and why?

    Best answer: I work from my horses....western is practical breaking stock....covering rough ground.....and working other stock.
    Best answer: I work from my horses....western is practical breaking stock....covering rough ground.....and working other stock.
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • What is your favorite horse breed?

    Best answer: paint
    Best answer: paint
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • How to discipline a horse while riding him?

    Best answer: You might try bending his head to your knee, and pushing his hips out with your inside leg, firmly (how firmly depends on you and your horse). Make a few turns, then try again. Ask nicely, as if nothing had happened. If he gets pissy again, spin him the other way. If he doesn't act pissy, but instead just... show more
    Best answer: You might try bending his head to your knee, and pushing his hips out with your inside leg, firmly (how firmly depends on you and your horse). Make a few turns, then try again. Ask nicely, as if nothing had happened. If he gets pissy again, spin him the other way. If he doesn't act pissy, but instead just ignores you, use the "ask, tell, demand" method. Ask once in the manner you would like him to respond to, if you are ignored, ask more firmly, if you are ignored this time DEMAND. This might mean a crop, or spurs.
    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • I am having trouble bonding with my horse. Any tips or experiences I can do with her.?

    She is really sweet and loving but we are having a bit trouble bonding. She is a 9 year old QH mare.
    She is really sweet and loving but we are having a bit trouble bonding. She is a 9 year old QH mare.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How can I convince my mom to open up a horse stable?

    Me and my mom both love horses. We have no good horse stable where I live. It has come up a little bit in conversations, but kind of as a joke. Please help. Advice appreciated!!
    Me and my mom both love horses. We have no good horse stable where I live. It has come up a little bit in conversations, but kind of as a joke. Please help. Advice appreciated!!
    12 answers · 2 weeks ago