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Free Downloadable Horse sounds

Not all horse gifts have to cost you money.
Here you can find a horse sound that will appeal to any horse lover.
Make a computer whinny or nicker!
Copyright:
These files are FREE for personal use but if you want to use them for commercial purposes please contact us first at: Sounds@horsepresence.com.
Please do not copy these files and place them on other sites on the internet for people to download.
The sounds and images on the Horse Presence web site are copyright protected.
However, you are welcome to create a link to …

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Beneficial Insects: Good Buys For Flies
Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
Wouldn’t you love to say good-bye to biting, stinging, pesky flies? And mean it? Better yet, wouldn’t you love to never have to say hello to them? I would. Flies are a part of the horse world ¿ where there is a horse, there is manure, and where there are horses and manure, there are flies. Flies such as house flies, horn flies, stable flies, greenhead flies, deer flies, snipe flies, black flies and whatever other unfavorites you can think of …

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Safety Basics
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor
Learning To Be Safe When Around Horses
1. Always wear safe clothing and use safe equipment. Always wear a helmet when you are working near horses, and always wear boots or hard-toed shoes to protect your feet should you get stepped on. Many injuries can happen when you are handling a horse from the ground, so wear a helmet even when you aren’t riding.
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2. The horse has several blind spots from different angles. Always speak to your horse when approaching him or working near him. This way, he …

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Stall Guard Guidelines
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor
We all know that fresh air is essential for the health of our horses. Stall guards are a good way to allow better circulation of air in your barn, and horses enjoy being able to stick their head out for fresh air and to see what’s going on out there! However, there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure safe stall guard use.
SOLID Stall Guard

WEBBED Stall Guard

>> Avoid webbed stall guards, period. I can’t tell you how many times I believed a horse was content …

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Turnout Guidelines
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor

Separate The Sexes
Let the girls play with the girls and the boys with the boys. Mares get PMS coming in and out of heat. Keep stallions turned out either alone or with the mares that they breed to (as long as they get along). Never turn out stallions together with other males! If you must mix mares and geldings, only allow one gelding per herd of mares. Geldings will become aggressive if they think another gelding or stallion might steal their mares.
No Feed
Don’t offer grain in pastures …

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Wash Stall Equipment
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor
The following equipment should always be kept in a wash stall, where horse owners and boarders can easily access them. Keep everything up-to-date and refill bottles whenever necessary. Always make sure supplies in the First Aid Kit are immediately replaced upon use to ensure the supplies will always be readily available to you. Keep all items off the ground-level in a wall-mounted rack that will allow proper air-flow for the items to dry. Allowing the items to remain wet may result in the spreading of bacteria …

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Buying A Horse
By: Rhett Russell
Unless you use your horse for ranch work, police work, or farming most of us have horses for pleasure. For many of us, owning a horse is a pretty romantic idea. You may want to go for trail rides with your friends, horse shows, or just like the companionship of a horse. Buying a horse is a pretty substantial investment in both money and time. We want to discuss some different things to consider when you go about buying a horse.
We all have ideas in our …

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The Story of Shadow
By: Michelle McGrath
Editor’s Note: If you have a horse story that you’d like to share, e-mail your story and photos (jpg format only) to: articles@TodaysHorse.com.
Shadow (Before)
About 2 years ago I decided to start taking riding lessons. I’ve wanted to ever since I was a little girl. During this time Shadow came into my life. When I saw her I knew I had to have her. She was severely abused by one of my former students. As you can see by the first picture, she was in very …

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Why Does My Horse Roll?
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor

Why does my horse roll?
Horses roll for four different reasons: For pleasure, For self maintenance or grooming, to relieve pain or discomfort, or for rest. If your horse is not in a situation where rolling is dangerous or innapropriate, allow him to roll. It is one of the few personal pleasures a domesticated horse has, so let him enjoy it and don’t worry about your wasted grooming job!
How do I know when my horse is about to roll?
He will show one of the following …

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Fly Spray Recipes
By: Cheyanne West
As soon as summer comes, one of the most common questions I am asked is “what insect repellent do you use?
Well the answer is not that simple. Living in the mountains of Colorado we have nasty deer flies that bite….hard! For this situation, mountain trail rides, I mix one part household Pinesol with two parts mineral oil then cut the mixture with a little water. This I spray on the horses tail, legs and chest and have found this mixture to be the best on the …