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Harmony in the Herd

If you’ve ever kept a horse on pasture full-time, you may have noticed he’s calmer and more relaxed to ride than when kept in a stall, and his muscles stay fitter and looser from moving around all day. Although there may be occasional nicks and scratches from playful herd mates to contend with, many horse owners feel the trade-off is well worthwhile.

Here are some strategies you can you use to improve safety while still allowing horses to live naturally in a group.

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Horse Illustrated September 2019,

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DEPARTMENTS
If happiness is owning a horse, quality time with your
PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
ASPCA Disaster Response Manager Tim Perciful gives expert advice about why you shouldn’t turn your horse loose in an emergency and the benefits of microchipping.
THIS SMOOTH-GAITED BREED EXCELS ON THE TRAIL.
RIDE + LIFE
A GAMBLER’S CHOICE PAYS OFF WITH THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME.
IDEAS FOR GETTING TO KNOW THE PEOPLE YOU SEE EVERY DAY AS A PART OF YOUR HORSE LIFE.
AN EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY IN CANADA BLENDS NATURAL HORSEKEEPING AND EUROPEAN DESIGN.
A DIFFICULT PATIENT WITH A DIFFICULT DIAGNOSIS LEAVES A LINGERING IMPRESSION.
Order Horse Illustrated & Young Rider together
CARE + TRAINING
IMPROVE YOUR WORK OVER FENCES BY BREAKING IT DOWN FROM TAKEOFF TO LANDING.
GET YOUR HORSE’S ATTENTION WITH THIS WARM-UP ROUTINE FROM REINING TRAINER SHAREE SCHWARTZENBERGER
FOLLOW THESE RISK-MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR SAFER GROUP TURNOUT.
Features
FIX-IT PROJECTS AROUND THE BARN ARE A BREEZE WITH THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB.
HOW TO DESIGN YOUR DREAM BARN & HORSE PROPERTY FROM THE GROUND UP.
FIND A NEW BUDDY TO KEEP YOUR HORSE COMPANY.
MOST EQUESTRIANS MUST BALANCE A JOB AND HORSES. HERE ARE SOME WAYS RIDERS HAVE FOUND TO JUGGLE IT ALL.