Western Horse Saddles

Horseback riding has become one of the most popular outdoor activities across the United States these days, with thousands of young teens taking up the hobby. It is recommended that someone interested in horseback riding take lessons before just getting up on a horse on their own and trying to ride it. When taking horseback riding lessons, the instructor will teach the student every aspect of the activity, and this includes how to properly attach Western horse saddles to the horse so that the horse is comfortable. A horse that is uncomfortable when fitted with saddles could become angry or ornery when on the horseback riding course, causing them to explode into a fit of rage.

An improperly installed saddle could also put pressure on the gullet of the horse, causing the horse to have breathing problems, which can lead to poor performance on the course or the track. Many horses receive saddle sores from their horse saddles that are attached too tightly to their bodies, which can cause pain for the horse. Poorly fitted saddles can also cause back problems for a horse that include muscle, ligament, and tissue damage. When fitting horses for western saddles, make sure you check for all of the following:

-How the saddle is positioned on the back of the horse
-How the panels contact the horse’s back
-If the panels offer good enough support based on their width
-if the gullet is wide enough to completely clear the spine (2 1/2 to 3 inches)
-Placement of the girth of the horse
-Levelness of the seat on the horse
-Stirrup bars positioning
-How the rider fits into the seat on the horse

The steps for fitting your horse with Western saddles include the following:

1. Take Western horse saddles and place them on the back of your horse, on top of a one-inch thick saddle pad.

2. Now you can tighten the cinch of the saddle to make sure it is snug on the horse but still comfortable. If the cinch is too short, do not get rid of saddles. Instead, purchase a longer, replacement cinch to use with Western horse saddles.

3. Have your friend or sibling sit in saddles you are attaching with their feet in the stirrups. While someone is sitting in the saddle, make sure that you can fit three fingers in between the pommel’s arch and the horse’s withers.

4. The final step is to check out the width of the saddletree, which is the frame, while it is on the horse’s body. Compare this item with the shape of the horse’s back. If the horse’s back is wide, the saddletree should be wide as well. If the horse’s back is narrow, the saddletree should be narrow as well.

Western horse saddles need to be fitted properly on a horse or else the horse could struggle with breathing and moving around during a ride.

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Horse Lead Ropes

Of all the tack and supplies necessary for handling a horse, horse lead ropes, in conjunction with a halter, have to be one of the most important. Horse leads allow the handler to control the animal in a manner that provides maximum safety for the animal and person, alike.

A halter is a device placed around the horse’s head which applies pressure to certain areas in order to better control the animal’s movements and actions. Through pressure points located on the nose, cheeks, and the area behind the ears, the halter allows the trainer to use only a minimal amount of strength, compared to the overall greater strength of the animal, to control the horse. Lead ropes are attached to the halter below the jaw of the horse and allow the trainer to keep in physical contact with the animal at a greater and safer distance. Should the horse startle or resist, you’d be able to retain some control.

While the halter, itself, is specifically designed to fit over the horse’s head and encircle the specific areas needed to exert control, lead ropes are usually attached to the halter under the jaw of the horse. With the abundance of natural and man-made materials available today, horse leads come in leather, nylon, and cotton rope. Leads are available in lengths that range from 8 feet to 25 feet.

Knotted cotton rope halters and horse leads are the most economical and possibly the oldest version used. They are very popular due to the fact that there is no other hardware on them. Nylon poly horse lead ropes and halters are the strongest, have the added benefit of being the easiest to clean, and are quite economical. They also come in a wide variety of colors. Leather horse leads and halters are the most expensive of the lot and are generally reserved for use in competitions. It is generally believed that leather lead ropes and halters look more elegant than their nylon or cotton rope counterparts. There is also the danger that the leather could break in the event that the horse startles or resists.

There are two major advantages to the use of lead ropes. Although it is possible to lead a haltered horse using only your hands, attaching a horse lead is a far safer option. The horse can easily employ his greater strength to simply rip the halter out of the trainer’s hands by simply jerking his head. When the halter is connected to a lead rope, the human hanging on to the other end of the horse lead could still control the animal.

The second advantage of lead ropes is that it provides a safe distance from which the trainer can control the actions of the horse. Should a horse startle or panic, it is possible to get out of the way of teeth or hooves, yet allow the trainer to maintain hold on the head, the only true place on the horse’s body to accomplish proper control.

As you can see, the selection of horse lead ropes is an important step in the proper handling of your horse. With the availability of so many choices of material, it should be possible to find a style that best suits your needs and budget.

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The Christian Trojan Horse

Who hasn’t encountered the Trojan Horse, unless you have a Mac of course! Trojan Horse  is malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install but instead facilitates unauthorized access of the user’s computer system. Malware is a harmful piece of software that looks legitimate. Users are typically tricked into loading and executing it on their systems.

The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War, as told in Virgil’s Latin epic poem The Aeneid and by Quintus of Smyrna.

Briefly, Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of 30 men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the Horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the Horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greek army entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.

Christianity created its own Trojan Horse known as……an eternal HELL!

The idea of an eternal hell where you are tormented by FIRE (without being destroyed of course) incessantly, while loved ones in heaven watch and rejoice from above, is implanted in the MINDS of church-goers. Once this FEAR firmly takes root, the church can then attack from WITHIN the gates of the human psychic with all manner of guilt trips, condemnations, and threats.

Kids early on in Sunday school are exposed to this Trojan Horse of Hell and grow up in fear of God or at minimum wondering if they will ever measure up.

How easy it is after a decade of hell fire and brimstone indoctrination to forget that we were: 1) created in the image of God, 2) made the apple of God’s eye, 3) God is unconditional love, and 4) We are one with the Father-Spirit-Consciousness-Vibration-Light-each other!

Don’t invite that Trojan Horse into your life and surely don’t get you kids addicted to such a scheme!. Life and God are too good to embrace such a concept.

As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.

Charley Horse Cramps

Charley horse cramps, also known as nocturnal leg cramps, is a condition that millions of people world wide can attest to that are downright painful. If you have ever had one, they most likely happen to you in the middle of night or early morning, and can wake you up from a sound sleep.

As a side note, the term Charley Horse has no real origin, but has been traced back to the late 1880’s, and was a major league baseball slang referencing someone who could not run well, and was probably someone’s lame racehorse, presumed to be named Charley.

And a nocturnal leg cramp can make you feel just like a lame race horse. They may usually only last for a short period of time, but can seem like an eternity if it’s your leg.

There are several causes for Charley horses, but by far and away the major causes for these cramps are dehydration as well as a lack of three minerals in your system; Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium.

Nocturnal legs cramps are very different for another common leg problem which is called restless leg syndrome in which your legs feel frigid or actually like something is crawling on them, causing you to want to move them frequently. With a Charlie horse cramp, it is a very sudden spasm that gives you no real option but to get up and move, and shake and massage your leg to try to get it to go away as quickly as possible.

This form of cramping can also occur in your thigh or your foot, but most often it happens in your legs. What is actually happening to your leg is that your muscles have tightened very suddenly and they are forcibly contracting themselves. This occurs where muscles actually cross two joints in your body such as your calf where muscles cross the ankle and the knee, and your hamstring, where the muscles cross the knee and the hip.

These nocturnal cramps can occur at the same time as other sleeping disorders, but they have no known link to any type of an underlying medical condition. But they can flat out hurt to the point that your leg, wherever it is affected, could still be sore the next day.

Charley horse cramps have the largest affect on the middle aged and elderly, as well as pregnant women simply because of a poor supply of blood that may be circulating in the limbs. They can, however, affect anyone, and also affect athletes of any gender if they get dehydrated or are not supplemented properly.

Hydrating yourself properly is critical if you experience a lot of leg cramps, but the key is properly. Hydrating with liquids such as alcohol, caffeine drinks like coffee and the ever popular energy drinks, and soft drinks are all diuretics, which are agents that cause even more dehydration in the body.

Hydrating properly means to drink water. Every cell in the body must have water including muscles, which are considered active tissues in your body. Water is also essential for moving and transporting minerals properly throughout our bodies.

So why are these three minerals so important to your body in helping or even preventing Charley horse cramps?

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in several hundred enzymatic reactions in our bodies, but in reference to nocturnal leg cramps, it has an even bigger role. Approximately 26% of all magnesium in our bodies is found in our muscles, and the rest is in soft tissues and body fluids that are activated by water.

Magnesium’s largest role is in relaxing our muscles after calcium has stimulated them. This mineral is often referred to as a natural tranquilizer due to its therapeutic effects on both muscles and the nervous system. Besides helping with leg cramps, it also helps you to sleep better. Magnesium is found abundantly in grains, but 85% of the nutrient is lost in the milling process of the grains that we eat.

Calcium deficiency is the leading cause of muscle tremors and twitching in muscles, and calcium is often referred to as the trigger for all muscle contractions. It serves a major role in the formation of all actions in the motor end plates of muscles as well as muscle contraction activities.

Although milk and dairy products are rich sources of calcium, there are some issues with these products because the phosphorus levels in dairy products deplete calcium levels as well as depleting potassium levels.

Potassium is the final mineral to play a critical role with your muscles and leg cramps as its major function in the body is to assist with both muscle and nerve transmission. When movement of potassium is blocked or not transmitted properly by a lack of water, both muscle and nerves become compromised.

Potassium also is involved in the storage of carbohydrates for the use by our muscles for fuel and a deficiency of this mineral can lead to muscle weakness, fatigue, and cramping.

Quinine has also been shown to be effective for leg cramps, but there are so many side affects and so many issues with the FDA, that it would be wise to avoid anything with quinine in it.

When you get Charley horse cramps, you can walk, stretch, cuss some, and walk some more, until they have finally disappeared.

Or you can drink plenty of water, make sure that your body has enough of these three minerals either thru a multi liquid vitamin or just one tablet of each mineral every day, and not have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night with a lame horse leg cramp called Charley.

I am an avid lover of pets and my wife and I have had several pets throughout our years. We are especially fond of dogs, and we have a 12 year old Dalmatian (our 3rd) and a “mutt” that we rescued when someone threw him away to die in a vacant field.

Horse First Aid Pack

Horse supplies run the gamut from grooming products to nutritional supplements. But there is an essential horse supply that you shouldn’t leave your barn, or your saddlebag without. Horse first aid pack might be just the thing that could save your horse’s life. Hollywood had often dramatized the situation wherein the rider shoots his horse because it is injured. Probably, he doesn’t have his first aid pack with him. No good comes from killing a horse over a minor injury if you could put it out of its agony without pulling the trigger. Plus, you know from experience that no matter how thought out or planned an outing might be, there are just some things that go awry. It’s not being paranoid, it is being prepared. Your preparation might help prevent your ride from turning into a Hollywood drama.

The kit must be stored in a container or bag that can keep moisture and dirt out because these encourage the growth of bacteria. You would just aggravate your horse’s infection if you used contaminated bandages. Stores that sell horse supplies carry items such as a plastic zipper bag. Aside from keeping tools, or grooming equipment, these are also good for storing first aid items. Groceries sell plastic food containers in varying sizes. Aside from keeping possible contaminants out, you could also choose one that could fit in your saddlebag. Among the things that you should include in your kit, a disinfectant probably is the most handy in most injuries. From minor scrapes and abrasions to wounds, disinfectants are essential cleansers. Just follow the manufacturers’ instructions especially when using industrial grades as excessive use could dry your horse’s skin. Antiseptic scrubs and swabs become useful for disinfecting wounds in the absence of water. These are excellent substitutes for disinfectants because they clean wounds with the same efficiency, but without the need for water. Ointments or wound powders are also worthy additions to your kit. They can prevent entrance of new bacteria inside the wound and speed up the healing process. However, be sure to use ointments, powders, and creams that have been approved by your vet. A fly repellent applied or sprayed on the wound lowers further infection or contamination risks considerably. Wound dressings come in sterile individual packs and they are good for covering wounds and promoting healing. There should be a supply of bandages in your kit, or at least two with a wide breadth. They are good for stabilizing fractures, splints, and securing pads over bleedings. Speaking of bleedings, cotton wool and gauze are essential for preventing excess bleeding. Salts are good for soaking diseased hooves and feet.

Aside from these medications, there are some supplies which you can buy from equine stores and regular drug stores. Petroleum jellies are good for chafing, minor burns, and skin sores. Thermometer is an investment to add to your horse supplies. Expert riders advise to keep your thermometers clipped to the tail of your horse to avoid loss. Scissors, tweezers, and forceps are tools you shouldn’t forget adding to your first aid pack. Aside from cutting bandages, they are also perfect for removing splinters and stones stuck in horses’ hooves. Lastly, these first aid pack is just for providing your horse help in emergencies before the vet arrives. These are just for preventive measures, meaning they can’t cure your horse. It is still important to call a vet after applying first aid.

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Horse Plush Toy & Horse Facts

Like dogs, horses are one of those animals that a child most often wishes to have. While most children are unaware of what it takes to look after either a dog or a horse, they want them as pets anyway. Dogs, are a much easier pet to care for, not to mention that they are relatively inexpensive (before food and vet care are factored in) especially if you rescue one. Horses, on the other hand, cost an astronomical amount of money in addition to the other costs to feed and house it. That’s where a horse plush toy is a fantastic idea, especially for the child that loves these beautiful creatures but will never have a real one of their own.

There are a documented 350 horse breeds but only one of those is domesticated. It is believed that horses were first tamed some 4,000 years ago by Asian nomads and until the advent of the engine, horses remained a vital and essential part of many human societies. Even today, horses are still revered and hold places of honor in many cultures.

Breeders of horses do their best to improve a horses physical performance abilities. By doing so, it has led to the creation of many different breeds of horse along with specific families or bloodlines. Within these various breeds, the end result was the creation of specialists at performing certain tasks with the utmost excellence.

Arabian horses of the desert developed the ability to travel long distances with both speed and endurance. They were also able to survive in the harshest of environments. Once domesticated by humans, it added an additional attribute to their already established natural abilities. In northern Europe, horses that had thick, warm coats, were domesticated so they could work as farm animals, able to pull plows or wagons. Later on, through selective breeding, this same horse was developed so that they were both strong and ridable for armored knights to be able to ride into battle.

Centuries later, when Europeans wanted horses that were faster than what could be produced locally, they imported Arabians and other Asian breeds so they could cross-breed them with the local, heavier animals. Breeds like the thoroughbred were developed from this type of selective breeding.

Later on, in more modern times, the people that settled in the Americas needed a horse that could work with cattle. Arabians and Thoroughbreds were cross bred with Spanish horses that were descendants of both wild and domesticated horses (having been brought over by the Conquistadors) which led to the creation of the American Quarter horse.

When it comes to a horse plush toy, a child is not really interested in what breed it is. With a horse plush toy, a child can fall in love with the idea of riding off to some distant land with just their horse. There are some horse plush toys on the market that are in fact ridable, though they won’t go much further than the spot in which they stand on the floor. Still, being able to get on to the ‘saddle’ of a horse plush toy is a real thrill for any child.

Angeline Hope is a collector of plush horse toys. You can view a selection of horse stuffed animal toys at MyBigPlush.

Horse Training vs Horse Breaking

Many think they are one and the same and perhaps there are many who use them in conversation meaning them to be one and the same. There is a vast difference between the two terms so vast you can say they are polar opposites of one another. A horse is an animal with a very limited, small brain and it cannot absorb a barrage of commands thrown at him.

Breaking a horse is doing just that: forcing a horse to do whatever you will have him do with whatever means you have at hand that you wish to use to make that happen ..whether it be flogging with a whip or reins kicking with the stirrups yanking on the lunge line. It all results in breaking the spirit of the horse which then becomes and animal that will never be of good use to you or anyone else ever again.

Training a horse calls on using practices completely opposite of the “breaking” technique.

A horse needs to be worked with using unflappable patience. It needs to be ground trained before anyone ever attempts to get on his back. Ground training begins with helping the animal know where he is in relation to you at all times. Then it requires building a trust in it toward you for a horse by nature is a jittery animal and untrained will as likely as not bolt upon any sudden noise or even slight disturbance.

It may take weeks to train every step but once that training sticks, it is there. So take your time and do it well. It is quite like riding a bike: once you learn, you don’t forget. A horse is like that. Once he learns, he won’t forget, and that goes along with any maltreatment set on him. That too is never forgotten.

A horse can only learn in sequence. Teach him one thing. Then once learned, teach him what follows. It takes on a pattern for the horse. Master comes, halter on; out of the stall, bridle on, saddle on. Step by step, depending on what you are going to ask him to do. Every action comes to be learned in a series of steps leading to the culmination of whatever the action is to be. The more patience and time you give your horse to learn these steps: the greater a jewel you will ultimately have in your hands.

Without these two elements- patience and time- you will only wind up with a broken horse, and you will also have broken yourself for you will never have given yourself the opportunity to learn what it really is to build that true bond that is formed between man and horse.

Horse training vs horse breaking- nowhere near remotely the same.

John Grayson- working with horses all his life, still shakes his head sadly whenever he hears of a “broken” horse. Follow along in his blog: Equestrian Corner

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Following Trends in Horse Racing Handicapping or Knowing When to Zig or Zag

Perhaps you’ve had this experience when handicapping horse races.  You start out with a plan to pick winners in a certain way and develop your own little method.  It starts to show promise and then starts going sour on you.  You started out by winning a little or perhaps even a lot, but then you watch your winnings dissolving and even start to lose money.  You wonder if you should stop or if the method you were using will start working again.  Does this scenario resonate with you?

One of the most common responses you’ll get when you ask a horse player how he or she is doing is, “Up and down.”  Gambling on horses is a roller coaster ride, both financially and emotionally.  The problem is that it is hard to tell if you’re winning or losing at the moment.  One way to solve this problem is to work in modules.  You can set aside your next twenty bets as a module, for instance and just keep track of them and see if you make money.

Whatever the length of the module happens to be, if you continue using the same criteria and start to have a history of modules to look at, you may be able to determine if you’re really winning or losing.  It may also teach you other things about your career as a horse player.  If you find twenty races too cumbersome, you can always use fewer races.

The same method may be applied to the race results at your favorite track.  You can use it to spot trends and those trends may be the very reason you are losing that money back.  Just be careful when looking at trends or setting up modules that you don’t start over reacting to normal fluctuations.  Knee jerk reactions will set you on a course of chasing the normal aberrations in statistics as though they were a long term pattern.

On the other hand, if you see that in your last three modules over a two week period a certain factor, say early speed, has lost a lot of its clout, you may be able to change your method slightly to account for that.  Weighting factors formally or informally, depending upon how rigid your guidelines may be, will adjust your method of picking winners according to changes in the track as well as the changes in the horses themselves.

One example of this adjustment process if the natural maturing of horses that occurs every year, but gets little notice by the bettors.  I’m talking about how a horse that is three weeks away from becoming a four year old is considered a three year old, even though it is nearly a year older and about to be considered a four year old.  While stewards make weight allowances and adjustments throughout the year as the horses mature, how many of the bettors won’t bet a three year old against older horses, even when it is just weeks or even days away from becoming a four year old?

If your modules show more and more three year olds beating four year olds, it is just because they are maturing and learning how to race as they also become stronger.  How many other trends do you think you could spot if you had a month or two of modules to compare?

If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth. Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill’s horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill’s handicapping store.

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Horse Racing Handicapping Hidden Moves Angles That Result in Big Winners

Picking horse racing winners by spotting big speed figures is not hard to do, but unfortunately, it doesn’t pay well enough to make your bets profitable.  Just sticking with the horse with the highest last speed fig or average will only result in low priced winners and your losses will outweigh your winnings.  You need to dig deeper to make money betting on horses.  One angle that works well is to identify a middle move that shows real ability.

By identifying a move during a race that doesn’t stand out to the crowd, but shows a horse is ready to win at the right level, you can cash a winning ticket at a good price if the horse is dropped in class.  But how do you know when a horse is ready to win?  Pace figures can help you to see secret moves that others miss.  For instance, it isn’t just how high a runner’s pace figures are that matters.  It is also how they change throughout the contest.

Let’s say a horse starts in a $ 10,000 claiming race and shows a 60 pace figure for the first quarter.  In the next quarter it registers an 85.  It finishes the race with a 65 and a final speed figure of 65.  The eventual winner of the race finished with an 80 and posted an early pace figure of 70, and second quarter of 72 with a final speed figure of 74.  It appears that the first horse was severely over matched.

But look closer at those pace and speed figures and look at the tremendous move our loser made between the first and second quarter calls.  It accelerated from a 60 pace figure to an 85!  In other words, the jockey sprinted the horse all out in the early stages of the race and challenged the leader only to drop back.  He used his horse up at the wrong point.

The winner sprinted out of the gate and posted an 80 leaving the loser behind, but the second quarter found the loser racing up to contend with the front runner only to fade.  The jockey made up too much ground and lost all chance of winning due to haste.

Now was that intentional?  Did the trainer want to know if the horse was fit and ready and had a chance to win at a slightly lower level?  The answer may well be, yes.  That was a  very athletic move and cost the runner any chance at winning.  Now if it is dropped to a lower level, it may maintain a more rational pace and easily compete throughout all stages of the event.

What makes this a great betting angle?  The crowd will look at the final speed figure and see a 65, 9 points lower than the eventual winner.  If that is also lower than the par for the race it is in today at a lower class, they may dismiss the horse and figure it is still over matched, while nothing could be further from the truth.  

Look closely at each pace figure for a horse and learn to spot big differences that mean there was a middle move in a race that sapped the horse’s reserves and set it up for failure.  It may well get a better and smoother trip next time out and win easily.

If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth. Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill’s horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill’s handicapping store.

Is Hedging Bets on Horse Races a Good Idea Or a Losing Strategy

Some handicappers think the only reasonable bet to place on a horse is a win bet. Other people point out that breakage eats up flat win bet profits while exotics, that use multiple races but only payout once, are a way around the insidious damage done to the bankroll by breakage.

I am a big fan of win betting, but also allow that there are times when a wise handicapper can use good math skills to find other bets that make economical sense. The whole point of betting on horses is to make a profit, right? Therefore, I think a good motto for a would be pro handicapper should be, “whatever works.”

That means finding the right situation based on statistic inconsistency in how the crowd apportions wagers to risk. In other words, if the chances of winning outweigh the risk of losing. If you can make a profit over the long run, any bet is good.

Making a win bet and seeing your horse get nipped at the wire can be frustrating. I have had runs of bad luck when my horses kept getting beaten at the wire. After a while you start looking at those place payoffs and asking yourself if there isn’t some wisdom in backing your bets up by placing a place wager along with that win bet.

I can almost guarantee that you will no sooner start doing that and your horses will start winning and the measly place payoffs will seem pretty small compared to what you would have earned with straight win bets. Once again, I speak from experience.

The answer to this dilemma is to keep good records and to know if the difference in consistency is worth the trade off for a drop in revenue. If you know how many more times you would have cashed a place ticket and how much profit you would have made on place bets, then you can accurately gauge the value of hedging your bets. There are some people who do as well with place bets as they do with win bets.

The most consistent horse racing systems have to have the basics and a handicapper must understand the basics. I have been around horse racing for 50 years including as an owner. Without the basics the rest is not going to do any good. If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth.

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