Horses are Forever

This month take a look at the new magazine and say what you think the horse is thinking!!
Horses are Forever Online Magazine

This Month's Magazine Topics (plus more)

    Barrel Racing

    Black Dust #1

  Train For Showmanship #1

   A little bit about the fun and exciting sport of Barrel Racing.
  A story about a black Friesian named Black Dust.
  Some training steps on teaching your horse showmanship.


   Comformation Clinic


  Send me your answer to the  canter poll.
  Evaluate and place three Quarter Horse geldings.
  A suprising fact when Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes.
  Horses are Forever Issue 3
   Hay Everybody,
This is your trusty Appaloosa horse Sky Cloud. I hope you enjoyed the last magazine.  This one is now for both children and adults!   Send me your answer before December 1st 2016!!
   What's the Horse Thinking?      Email your thoughts to me!
From Last Time
 1.  Help I'm stuck
 2. I don't know why she left

 the grain in there!


    The Athletic Arabian
 The Arabian is the oldest of all horse breeds and is the ancestor of all horse breeds today!  This horse is truly a beauty and is loved by millions of people.  Today the Arabian is used for racing, shows and jumping and well as being your friend.  They have dished in faces, flowing manes and tails and small bones but they are strong and live in hot and cold climates.  The book "The Black Stallion" by Walter Farley has made this breed one of the the favorites of all horse people.

Winter Horse Care


               Blankets and Coolers


In the winter a horse will need more hay to keep them warm by producing heat.  Hay warms a horse up better than grain although a horse may need some grain to stay in condition.
Some horses will need blankets or sheets on if it if really cold out, if they are show horses, if they have just been worked and are sweaty or if they are old or skinny.  This keeps them warms and helps prevent them from losing weight.
Sometimes a horse is clipped for winter if it is being worked daily where it sweats so it can be cooled off quicker and easily to prevent it from catching a cold.  There are several types of clips.


        Bedding and Mucking Out


A horse will need plenty of water in the winter.  letting the horse just eat snow is not a good idea because it can cause them to get really cold or they may not eat enough snow which can cause them to colic.  Luke warm water is best during winter.

There are several types of bedding you can use including straw, shavings, moss and shredded paper.   Muck out your horses stall at least once a day and add more bedding when needed.  The more often you muck out the easier and quicker it gets for you.
A horse will need some exercise in the winter to stay in shape and so they won't get bored if they are always in a stall.  Exercise can be riding,ponying, lunging or turning them out.  But riding, lunging and ponying is better exercise than just turning out.  A horse should be turned out for some time in winter as it prevents them from getting bored as easily and it is good for them.
Canter Poll

What is your favorite breed?

Send me your answer in the contact section and the answers will be posted on the next magazine.
Knights and thier Horses
Horse Feathers
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Come  visit soon!

The Horse Feather Series is a story about a girl and her buisness fixing problem horses.   A fun book for all children horse lovers.
Knights used their trusted mounts often for fighting or travling as well as in tournaments.  Knight horses were stocky and powerful and well trained to help their master during a fight on horseback.  Some of them were taught to rear, leap in the air, lean back, out of a spear's reach and hit the enemies horse with their shoulder.
  1. Quarter Horse A
    Quarter Horse A
  2. Quarter Horse B
    Quarter Horse B
  3. Quarter Horse C
    Quarter Horse C
Barrel Racing
Barrel racing is a timed game on horseback around three barrels in a clover leaf pattern.  The goal is to make the fastest time without knocking over a barrel.  A knocked over barrel costs you five seconds which means you are out of the money or not going to place.
Both men and woman compete in this event although it is mostly a woman sport.  Boys and girls also compete in barrel racing.  It combines the horse's athletic ability and horsemanship skills of the rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse in a pattern around three barrels( typically three fifty-five gallon matal or plastic drums) placed in a triangle in the center of an arena.  Today barrel racing is found in most rodeos or Omoksee events.  To complete a barrel race a horse and rider enter the arena at and start to gallop.  They head either to the right or left barrel and turn around it then they head for the next barrel that is straight across from the first barrel they circled after circling the second barrel in the opposite direction then the first they head for the last or third barrel and go around in in the same direction as the second barrel.  So the horse and rider either do one right and two lefts or one left and two rights. 

                                   Horses fly without wings and conquer without swords.


                               Horse Wings

                                            Horses lend us the wings we lack!

Walking and Trotting
Setting Up
Turning on the Hindquarters
Begin by teaching your horse to walk and trot beside you.  If he lacks behind tap him on the behind with  a schooling whip or rope with your left hand since the horse should be on your right side.  As soon as the horse is good at going on your right side also teach him to go on your left side.  If he goes to fast just jerk lightly  the halter just enough to slow him down.
Start teaching your horse to set by stopping him and moving him back and forth until he is square.  Do this over and over until your horse almost or wil set up by himself.
Work on moving your horse's forequarters away from you until he will pivot on his hindquarters and turn.  You may need to tap him on the shouder wil your hand or the rope.

Secetariat was the fastest racehorse that ever lived he won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths!!! 
                                   Black Dust #1

 a horse thief stole into the barn and he reached for Dust's halter.......

  Black Dust was born on a farm that was located in England in the year 1981.  He was owned by a farmer named Ben and his wife Mary.  They had raised Friesians for several years until they produced a crop of high quality foals.  They had high hopes that Black Dust  would be the horse that out showed even the best  horses in driving classes.
Ever day Ben spentt hours grooming and exercising Black Dust on his farm.  When Dust was a weanling he was turned out in a paddock by himself and was feed the best feed.  Years pasted and Dust's coat glowed more and more and he would gallop around his paddock kicking up his heels at birds.   At two years old he started his training which was getting him use to the harness and the cart.  One evening after Dust had just finished a lesson on ground driving he was put in his stall, groomed and fed.  "Good night Dust" said Ben as he tugged on Dust's forelock and left the barn.  After a couple hours Dust woke up with a start when he heard the barn door opened with a groan.   He nickered expecting Ben to come to his stall.  But instead he saw a man dressed in black with and black bandanna pulled over his mouth.  Dust snorted as a horse thief stole into the barn and reached for Dust's halter which was hanging up outside his stall.   "Shush up now"  wispered the thief angerly and quickly before Dust had time to react he slipped on his halter and snapped on a lead.  Leading him outside the thief mounted his own horse and tying Dust's lead to the saddle horn he trotted of into the darkness.

"Black Horse Stolen" flashed across the newspaper the next afternoon.   Ben was worried, was all his goals of having a champion driving horse going to be thrown away just like that?  He searched the neighboring farms and horse auctions weekly but with no luck.   He searched for weeks but Black Dust was no where to be found.

Meanwhile fifty miles away in the mountains the thief was hitting Dust with a stick.  " Git up you nag" he yelled at Dust.  He had Dust chained to a log and was trying to get him to pull it but the tree was a huge tree and was to heavy for Dust to pull.  Dust strained and strained but the tree would not move.  Picking up a chain the thief hit Dust on the rump over and over again.  Blood began to run down Dust's back leg and dripped on the ground. 

Come back in December 2016 and read Black Dust #2 .