Today’s Horse Facts: The Horse Trailer

 

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Do you know that there are different kinds of horse trailers? If so, do you know what kind you have? The first horse trailers were said to be horse-drawn ambulances created by city fire departments to take their wounded.

There are many different designs of horse trailers ranging in size from small units capable of holding two or three horses (able to be pulled by a pickup truck or even a SUV) to gooseneckhorse trailer 2 designs that carry six to eight horses, usually pulled by one-ton dually-style pickups to large semi-trailers that can haul a significant number of animals.

horse trailer 3A “stock trailer” is your basic run-of-the-mill trailer for hauling livestock. It is usually completely open inside without anything to separate the horses There are not drop down windows; rather there are always open “slats” near the top of the trailer. Your typical stock trailer can accommodate three to four horses. They aren’t as comfortable for the horse as some of the other trailers on the market because the floors are usually not quite as thick or impact resistant.

The “two-horse straight load” trailers were very popular before the “slant load” trailers came out. Two horse straight loads are basically large enough to accommodate two horses loaded straight with a “manger” area for feed and small open-able doors to access this area.horse trailer 4 They may or may not have “under manger tack storage” or escape doors. Horses are typically not as comfortable riding in a straight load trailer as in a “slant load” trailer.

The “slant load” trailer is the most common trailer on the market today. They come in everything from two to 10+ horse lengths and are either horse trailer 5“bumper pull” or “gooseneck,” depending upon the size. Horses are much more comfortable in slant load trailers because the stop-and-go and turning isn’t as difficult to balance for in a slant load. A slant load will typically have “drop down feed doors” where you can access your horses head from the side of the trailer as well as partitions that swing between horses to separate them.

Now do you know what kind of trailer you have to transport your horse? For more information about the kinds of horse trailer check out these websites.

http://www.critters360.com/index.php/the-different-types-of-horse-trailers-30971/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_trailer

http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articles/what-types-of-horse-trailers-are-out-there-570244.html

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this book yet?

Keystone Stables Book 3

Southern Belle’s Special Gift

Skye and Morgan have their hands full trying to share God’s love and the preciousness of life with Tanya Bell, an African-American girl and a runaway who becomes a foster child in the Chambers’ household. Although Tanya’s adoptive parents are successful in business, Tanya is an obnoxious teen and veteran shoplifter. But when Southern Belle, one of the Keystone Stables’ mares, dies giving birth to a foal, Tanya is transformed as she takes responsibility for the foal. Through her love for the foal and Skye’s friendship, Tanya faces the problems in her life instead of running from them and turns to God to help her work through her past.

http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Belles-Special-Keystone-Stables/dp/0310717949/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0SSV08EA1629XGST7Y41

 

 

Today’s Horse Facts: The British Spotted Pony

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Have you ever heard of the British Spotted Pony? The British Spotted Pony is a small pony breed originating in England. It has existed for several centuries. The main distinguishing feature of the breed is its leopard-spotted coloration. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. A British Spotted Pony can be from 32 inches to 58 inches tall.
  2. The British Spotted Ponies are very lazy and laid back.
  3. The British Spotted Pony can be traced back to pre-historic times.
  4. A breed of horse called the Knabstupper is used to breed British Spotted Horses and Ponies in order to give them their unique spotted pattern.
  5. The hooves must be striped in order to be a British Spotted Pony.
  6. Leopard pattern is when a British Spotted Pony has white spots on a dark base coat.
  7. British Spotted Ponies are generally used for pets.
  8. British Spotted Ponies are normally gray and white colored coat.
  9. The British Spotted Horse and Pony Society was formed in 1922.

10.  Today the British Spotted Pony has about 800 registered ponies in its stud book.

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a British Spotted Pony expert! Here are the answers:

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  2. F   The British Spotted Ponies are hardy and very active.
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  6. F   Snowflake pattern is when a British Spotted Pony has white spots on a dark base coat.
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  9. F   The British Spotted Horse and Pony Society was formed in 1947.
  10. T

 

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Well, do you know your horse facts about British Spotted Ponies? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the adorable British Spotted Pony breed:

http://horse-breeds.findthebest.com/l/393/British-Spotted-Pony

http://www.equisearch.com/resources/breeds/britishspotprofile/

http://www.britishspottedponysociety.co.uk/breed-characteristics.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Spotted_Pony

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this fantastic book yet?

Keystone Stables book 2

On the Victory Trail

Skye Nicholson once was a rebellious juvenile delinquent who lived in numerous foster homes and had a hard time loving anyone, especially herself. But that was before finding a love of horses and a family in the Chambers at Keystone Stable. Now a friend from her past life, Sooze Bodmer, has come to Keystone Stables as well, and Skye is challenged to help a friend who reminds her a lot of herself. Skye teaches Sooze the ins and outs of horse care, riding, and showing, and she helps her train Pepsi, a champion quarter horse, for the halter class at the upcoming horse show.

http://www.amazon.com/Victory-Trail-Keystone-Stables/dp/0310717930/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397175511&sr=1-6&keywords=Marsha+Hubler

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Horse Facts: Feed for your Horse Review

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How much did you learn about horse feed in the last blog I posted? Do you know the kinds of food your horse needs for good health? Let’s find out in today’s true T/F quiz:

  1. Energy feeds are the primary source of most nutrients.
  2. Forages should be the main part of every horse’s diet.
  3. Commercial feeds are those primarily fed for their relatively high calorie content.
  4. Energy feeds are often called concentrates because of their concentrated nutrient density.
  5. Hay is made of cut and dried grasses or legumes.
  6. Pelleted feed has clearly visible individual grains.
  7. Textured feeds are processed with heat and pressure.
  8. Energy feeds include cereal grains, beet pulp, rice bran, and oil.
  9. Some owners choose textured feeds because they prefer to see and smell the particles within the feed.
  10. Energy feed can also be found in bale, cube, and pellet forms.

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Let me know if you get at least 8 of these questions correct. If so, you are a horse feed expert! Here are the answers:

  1. F    Forages are the primary source of most nutrients.
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  3. F    Energy feeds are those primarily fed for their relatively high calorie content.
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  6. F    Textured feed has clearly visible individual grains.
  7. F    Extruded feeds are processed even further with heat and pressure.
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  10. F   Forages can also be found in bale, cube, and pellet forms.

For more information about horse feeds, check out these sites:

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33227/types-of-horse-feeds

http://www.horses-and-horse-information.com/horsenutrition.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_feed

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http:/www.marshahubler.com/

Have you read this fantastic book yet?

Keystone Stables Book 1

A Horse to Love

Thirteen-year-old foster kid Skye Nicholson has become an expert at being an angry, cold, and defensive teenager. After breaking more foster home placements than she cares to count, and committing numerous offenses, she’s headed to her final resort — juvenile detention. But after a court compromise, hope finds her through a beautiful sorrel quarter horse named Champ and the tough love of Tom and Eileen Chamber, who offer her another chance at their home at Keystone Stables. There she’s introduced to a God who has the power to truly save her, no matter how much she thinks she’s not worth saving.

http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Love-Keystone-Stables/dp/0310717922/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396562960&sr=1-1&keywords=a+horse+to+love+by+marsha+hubler

 

 

 

 

Today’s Horse Facts: Feed for your Horse

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Do you know what kind of food you feed your horse? Horses need different levels of feed and nutrition in their diet depending on age, current weight, activity level, and overall health.

A horse’s stomach is a delicate balance of getting the right proteins, grains, hay, supplements, water intake, and proper digestions of these substances. With, literally, hundreds of different feed types available, this can be quite challenging for a new or even veteran horse owners.

horse feed 3 foragesHorses can meet their nutritional requirements through a variety of feeds, though forages arehorse feed 5 forage cubes the primary source of most nutrients. Forages include hay and pasture, and should be the main part of every horse’s diet. Hay is made of cut and dried grasses or legumes and is available in a variety of forms, including bales, cubes, and pellets.

 

horse feed 6 energyEnergy feeds are those primarily fed for their relatively high calorie content and include cereal grains, beet pulp, rice bran, and oil. In addition to supplying calories, these grains also provide other nutrients such as protein, vitamins, and minerals. Energy feeds are often called concentrates because of their concentrated nutrient density compared to forages.

Commercially available feeds are often a mix of cereal grains, by-products, protein, vitamins, and minerals. There are three main classes of feed form: textured, pellets, or extruded feeds. Textured feed horse feed 1 texturedor “sweet feed” has clearly visible individual grains and particles and often include molasses. Pellets are processed feed that come in various sizes; and extruded feeds are processed even further with heat and pressure. These three forms often have the exact same nutrient profile, but are just processed differently. Some owners choose textured feeds because they prefer to see and smell the particles within the feed. However, horse feed 2 pellet feedsome horses will sort their feed and would, therefore, be best suited for pelleted or extruded feeds.

 

Now do you know what kind of feed you give your horse? Does your horse prefer textured feed or pellets? Does your horse get enough forages in his/her diet? To learn more about horse feed and nutrition, check out these websites.

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33227/types-of-horse-feeds

http://www.horses-and-horse-information.com/horsenutrition.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_feed

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this book yet?

 

Marsha's Latest Book

The Secret of Wolf Canyon

When Woody, Moo, and Taz, sixth grade girls from Faith Christian School and the only members of the exclusive Pennsylvania Woods Super Sleuthhounds club, go to Garrett’s Gumshoe Getaway, a Christian junior detective training camp in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, they get more than they bargain for. Although the director of the camp, says that he has “planned” a mystery for the girls to solve, strange things start to happen that are not part of the plan. Join Woody and her friends as they set out to solve a mystery that has stumped even the best detectives in the state.

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Wolf-Canyon-Marsha-Hubler/dp/0982577311/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395945276&sr=8-1&keywords=the+secret+of+wolf+canyon

Today’s Horse Facts: The Holsteiner

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Have you seen or ridden a Holsteiner horse? Do you know where they come from? Originating in Germany, the Holsteiner is thought to be the oldest breed of warmblood. It excels at a number of athletic events including show jumping, dressage, and combined driving. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. Holsteiner horses average between 64 to 68 inches tall.
  2. Holsteiner horses can be bay, black, brown, gray and white.
  3. The average lifespan of a Holsteiner horse is 35-40 years.
  4. This horse was originally bred to be a multi-purpose utility horse.
  5. In the year 1797 well over 30,000 Holsteiner horses were being exported from Germany.
  6. In 1976, Holsteiners dominated the Equestrian Olympics.
  7. There were 5,543 Holsteiner registered in North America in 2005.
  8.  Holsteiners are known for their arched, high-set necks.
  9. Organized horse breeding in Holsteiner was first conducted in the monasteries of Uetersen (a place in Germany formally called Holstein) monks.
  10. Palomino and buckskin are not acceptable colors for the Holsteiner.

 

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Holsteiner Horse expert! Here are the answers:

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  3. F   The average lifespan of a Holsteiner is 20 years, which is slightly worse than the average for all horse breeds.
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  5. F   In the year 1797 well over 10,000 Holsteiner were being exported from Germany.
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  10. T

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Well, do you know your horse facts about Holsteiner horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Holsteiner horse breed:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holsteiner_horse

http://horses.animal-world.com/Light-Horse-Breeds/Holsteiner.php

http://horse-breeds.findthebest.com/l/17/Holsteiner

http://www.terrificpets.com/articles/102237965.asp

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this amazing book yet?

Book 8. Keystone Stables

The Long Ride Home

The search begins for the parents Skye never knew. But what will happen if she finds them? On a trip to South Carolina with her foster family, Skye gets the shock of her life when the waitress at a local diner seems to recognize her. The woman proves to be Skye’s long-lost Aunt Millie—Skye’s first-ever contact with her flesh-and-blood family! As Skye and Mom and Dad Chambers attempt to track down her real parents with Millie’s help. Skye’s foster sister and best friend, Morgan, struggles with her own family regrets. More is at stake than anyone can imagine—and the outcome is one that only a truly amazing God can bring about.

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Ride-Home-Keystone-Stables/dp/0310716926/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395332426&sr=8-1&keywords=the+long+ride+home+marsha+hubler

 

 

 

 

Today’s Horse Facts: The Australian Pony

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Have you ever seen an Australian Pony? The Australian Pony is a breed of pony that developed in Australia. It was greatly influenced by the native British breeds, especially the Welsh Pony, as well as some Arabian bloodlines. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. The Australian Pony stands from 44 to 56 inches tall.
  2. Today, the Australian Pony is mainly used as a children’s mount and for smaller adult riders.
  3. The Australian Pony can only be gray.
  4. Horses first arrived in Australia in 1788.
  5. Australian Ponies are very popular even outside of their country.
  6. The neck of the Australian Pony is sort of short but well-set and nicely rounded.
  7. The Australian Pony also had influence from the Welsh Mountain PonyHackney ponyArabianShetland PonyHighland PonyConnemara PonyExmoor Pony, and from small Thoroughbreds.
  8. Australian Ponies are typically used as show ponies.
  9. The Australian Pony Stub Book Society came into being in 1988.

10.   Pinto patterned Australian Ponies are not allowed.

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an Australian Pony expert! Here are the answers:

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  3. F   The Australian Pony can be any solid color.
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  5. F   Australian Ponies are relatively unknown outside of their own country.
  6. T
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  9. F   The Australian Pony Stub Book Society came into being in 1931.
  10. T

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Well, do you know your horse facts about Australian Ponies? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Australian Pony breed:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Pony

http://www.youpet.com/australian-pony/

http://cowboyfrank.net/fortvalley/breeds/AustralianPony.htm

http://www.ponynhorse.com/breed/Australian%20Riding%20Pony.html

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this fantastic book yet?

Book 7. Keystone Stables

Whispering Hope

‘A wild horse and an angry young woman. Is there a secret to taming them both? Wanda Stallord is a wild, nasty handful when she first comes to Keystone Stables, and Skye is put off by the teenager’s grungy clothes and thirst for trouble. The former gang member is a lot like Keystone’s other recent arrival, a beautiful but uncontrollable Mustang called Rebel. Skye wants to help Wanda, but she seems interested only in shooting pool and handing out insults. But as she practices the gentle art of horse whispering with Rebel, Skye discovers a key that just might open up for Wanda’s fearful, lonely heart to the healing power of God’s love.’

http://www.amazon.com/Whispering-Keystone-Stables-Marsha-Hubler/dp/0310716918/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394727483&sr=8-1&keywords=Whispering+Hope+Marsha+Hubler

Today’s Horse Facts: Horse Grooming Review

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How much did you learn about grooming your horse in my last blog post?  (If you haven’t read it, scroll down and read it before doing the quiz.) Do you know what a curry comb is? How about a dandy brush? Let’s find out in today’s true T/F quiz:

  1. A tool made of rubber or plastic with short “teeth” is a dandy brush.
  2. A stiff-bristled brush used to remove the dirt, hair, and other material stirred up by the curry is a body brush.
  3. A smaller design of a soft brush is called a face brush.
  4. Horses with short, pulled manes have their manes combed with a wide-toothed plastic or metal comb.
  5. A stable rubber (also called a grooming rag) is used after riding to help remove sweat.
  6. Body brushes are primarily designed for use on show cattle but are frequently used to clean horses.
  7. The best quality dandy brushes are made of stiff natural bristles.
  8. Proper grooming is essential for horses used in competition.
  9. Grooming is a good time to check for injuries and irritations.
  10. If you don’t clean your horse’s hooves regularly, he/she could develop a hoof infection called thrush, which can lame a horse.

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Let me know if you get at least 8 of these questions correct. If so, you are a grooming expert! Here are the answers:

  1. F    A tool made of rubber or plastic with short “teeth” is a curry comb.
  2. F    A stiff-bristled brush used to remove the dirt, hair, and other material stirred up by the curry is a dandy brush.
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F    Metal curry combs are primarily designed for use on show cattle but are frequently used to clean horses.
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

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For more information about grooming, check out these sites:

http://horses.about.com/od/basiccare/ss/grooming.htm

http://www.aboutyourhorse.com/easy-steps-grooming-your-horse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_grooming

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http:/www.marshahubler.com/

Have you read this book yet?

Keystone Stables book 6

Blue Ribbon Champ

A blue-ribbon horse and a boy with Down syndrome teach Skye the meaning of love. Joey Klingerman is one of the most loving kids you could ever meet, but Skye would welcome a lot less of his affection. This is Joey’s second summer at Keystone Stables, and the outgoing boy has latched onto Skye as his ‘girlfriend.’ Skye finds his attention embarrassing and frustrating. To add to the frustration, Joey won’t stop pestering Skye to let him ride her horse, Champ. Skye won’t even consider it. No one rides Champ but her. What does God want her to learn about loving others—including Joey? With the Snyder County Horse Show drawing near, Skye is about to find out.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ribbon-Champ-Keystone-Stables/dp/0310717973/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394117362&sr=1-1&keywords=Blue+Ribbon+Champ+Marsha+Hubler

 

 

 

 

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