The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle

It has been raining for a week solid, and the mud is ankle deep all over the ranch. But we have an appointment with the Horse Tooth Fairy, Loren Hardie, to float the teeth on several horses today. “Floating” involves a series of rasps (called floats) of different sizes, angles and depths that are inserted… Read More The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Anatomy: Frog

The frog is a part of the underside of a horse’s hoof. It functions as a shock absorber and part of the horse’s circulatory system. It is triangular in shape, the base of the triangle located at the heel and the top pointing toward the toe of the hoof. It should cover about 25% or… Read More Horse Anatomy: Frog

Quick Anatomy of a Horse

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Understanding the role of genetics in breeding: Made Simple!

Genetics and breeding for specific traits is a little like playing poker. A face card wins unless someone has two lower cards together. Example Genes for explanatory purposes: Each horse has two genes for each trait. B= Black; Upper case genes are Dominant Genes. They are the face cards in the deck. Any horse with… Read More Understanding the role of genetics in breeding: Made Simple!

Horse Anatomy: Withers

The withers are located above and just behind the horse’s shoulders where you would find the shoulder blades. They are the long thoracic vertebrae (roughly the 3rd through 11th) that support his head and neck. They are an important attachment point for the muscles of the torso.  The shoulder rotates freely backward, using the muscles attached… Read More Horse Anatomy: Withers

Horse Anatomy: Tongue

The tongue is a fat muscle that lies easily inside the bottom mouth cavity. When relaxed, it is flat and flaccid pressing gently against the roof of the mouth (palate). The bit sits across the tongue. In a relaxed state, the horse is able to gently “carry” the bit by holding it against his palate… Read More Horse Anatomy: Tongue

Horse Anatomy: Pressure Points

Horses have points on their bodies that can produce predictable movement. Touching, rubbing, or lightly pinching some areas help to calm a nervous horse by eliciting endorphins. Some areas are more sensitive and can cause a horse to move away from pressure at that point on their body. Touching other areas communicates in horse language… Read More Horse Anatomy: Pressure Points

Horse Anatomy: Poll

Of particular importance in both training and riding, the poll is the part of the horse’s head immediately behind or between the ears. It is the occipital protrusion at the back of the skull. A slight depression marks the jointed area just behind the protrusion – a very sensitive area. Because bridles and halters pass… Read More Horse Anatomy: Poll

Horse Anatomy: Pastern

Approximately 60% of the weight of a horse is carried on his forward limbs. During locomotion, the forelimbs must be able to take a significant amount of pounding. The pastern functions as a shock absorber. As the weight of a horse comes down on his forehand, the pastern flexes, dropping the fetlock. The pastern slants… Read More Horse Anatomy: Pastern

Horse Anatomy: Horse Teeth

Bars are the empty space between a horse’s incisors and molars. The soft gum tissue in this area is sensitive. The bit is placed so that it rests in this part of the mouth. Pressure exerted by the bit pressing on the bars causes discomfort and is used to slow a horse’s pace, change his… Read More Horse Anatomy: Horse Teeth