When keeping a horse or pony, one of the most important things is to have somewhere for them to stay dry, especially in the rainy months, or over the winter. With a large field, the centre piece in their eyes of the field, will be where they stay – during their time in the field, the shelter will become their own home in a way – so it’s important to take care and attention of where your horses are spending the majority of their time. While you’ll probably invest in a field shelter, you have options when it comes…
The mane and tail of a horse when grown right out, are a thing of beauty. They do not suit every horse of course, but for those that do they make an average horse look magnificent. It also adds value to your animal. The problem comes with growing and maintaining those manes and tails.
As an extremety of the body, hair is the last item that receives the nutrients your horse or pony is given. That is why a healthy horse will have a good crop of hair and good hoof condition (yes, the hoof wall is made up of extremely condensed hair).
So how do you promote good growth?
Like anything else it takes time and patience. What you will in fact be doing is stimulating the blood vessels that help to make the hair grow. If you follow these simple steps, you can be on your way to a long, luxurious mane and tail in no time.
If you do not groom your horse regularly you will need to untangle your horse’s tail using a stiff bristle brush known as a Dandy brush – NOT a comb. If it is really tangled then thoroughly wash it first as all the accumulated dirt will make the individual hairs stick together – think rastafarian!
Once you have a clean mane and tail, start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. Detangle the ringlets in small sections, one at a time. Once you have all the hairs detangled, you need to wash it again. Any regular natural shampoo will do fine. For best effect follow up with a good conditioner. Massage the dock (tail bone) or crest of the neck with your fingers to stimulate the blood vessels and promote growth. For quicker results you can apply the same methods using this rapid growth formula.
To the right is a picture of a mane that is in the process of growing out. As you can imagine this will be magnificent in a short while. As I mentioned earlier, this is not for everyone or every horse. For those of you who love the look and want your horse to be and look healthy, you can get more information by clicking here.
First Aid for Horses is one of 14 books included in this package I found which you may find interesting.
Other titles include:
- Veterinary Practitioners’ Series: Lameness of the Horse
- Horse Treat Recipes: Prepare your own natural and healthy horse treats.
- Xenophon: Even it was written around 300 B.C., this short ebook is still usefull and worth reading
- Prof. Beery’s Horsemanship Course
- Prof. Magner’s Art of Taming and Educating Horses
- Bombproof Your Horse
- Horse Care Recipes: Very simple and easy to follow horse care recipes. All natural and all done with little effort!
- A Dissertation on Horses: Notable for a description of horse raising and use among the nomad Arabs
These books and more come with The Complete Horseback Riding Guide.