I'm debating whether I should lease and spend $2,400-$7,200 a year. Or save all that money and buy a horse at the end of the year for around $2,000-$6,000🤔 What would you do?
Just save the money. In my opinion leases aren't worth it because you end up investing so much money on a horse that isn't even yours
Do you pull your horses mane or cut it?
Cut. People say pulling is better but it takes so much longer and I feel like it's uncomfortable for the horse. I cut at an angle though so it doesn't look chopped. I've never had a problem with frizzing I always get compliments at the barn about his mane
I have a Antares saddle and recently the leather has felt "thirsty" if anyone knows what I mean. What do y'all use on your higher-end saddles to keep them happy?
Clean with glycerine soap and to oil it I use olive oil and let is soak in overnight. The next day it'll probably be all absorbed and if not just clean the excess off with glycerine soap and apply conditioner. Belvoir conditioner is great
I'm getting a new horse soon but I don't know what to feed him. I've already got ideas but if you could tell me what you use (in moderate workload) it would be helpful. Thanks :)
At my barn they give Nutrena Senior bc it has less sugar so they don't get very energetic and Timothy hay. If he's skinny give him a lot of hay and then if that doesn't work buy beet pulp and mix it in with his grain
Does anyone know any exercises to build muscle on your horse?
Make sure your horse is collected so he becomes round and works his neck and his hind end. Do a lot of trotting rather than cantering and most importantly make sure your horse is worked 6-7 times a week. Don't overwork your horse obviously. I usually work for about 30min a day, sometimes longer but never over an hour. I don't like to ride by myself so if I don't have a trainer or someone to come to the barn with me I'll lunge him and set up cavalettis. To make sure he's collected when lunging I use a neck stretcher and a surcingle but I don't need the whole passoa system bc my horse becomes round the moment his head is in the correct position, which is what the neck stretcher helps with