Horse Gear and Treats

One thing I have noticed over the years about my creativity and its relation to horses is that one inspires the other. The more art I do, the more I want to ride. The more riding I do the more I want to do art or writing. Unfortunately, doing both at the same time is not something I have found to be quite possible yet – not unless you count riding itself as an art which, at a certain level and with a certain attitude, I believe it is.

That said, being with horses does not mean only riding, it means learning a high volume of information with everything associated with them as well.

When acquiring the gear for riding make sure you know the proper care for your equipment. The better condition your gear is in the better it will take care of you. For example: your riding helmet should be replaced every five years or right after you land on it from a fall. Once the styrofoam inside is compressed it’s of no use protecting your skull which, along with your heart, is the main driving center for your body and therefor your life. It is of upmost importance to protect your head. However, this does not mean you need to buy the most expensive helmet out there. The helmet should feel secure around your head and should be loose enough that it does not cause you a headache but tight enough that when you move one side up-down or side-side your eyebrows move with no effort. If you are unsure of the fit ask the sales representative or take along a more experienced equestrian to help you.

Riding with a helmet

Follow this link for a helpful guide on how to properly fit your riding helmet.

A knowledgeable equestrian may also caution you against feeding a horse too many treats. A grazing wild horse may treat itself to a patch of sweet grass when grazing or a romp in the dust or with its pals. Domestic horses, however, enjoy a wide variety of treats including sugar cubes, apples, carrots, and commercially made treats. There are many horses who also do not understand the concept of treats. Some race or show horses may not know what to do when you offer them an apple or sugar cube and turn up their nose at it. This week I learned from a veterinarian that you can teach a horse who is new to treats to chew them in the back of their mouth instead of fumbling with their front teeth by pushing a piece of the treat back into their cheek. You can also feed the same treat to another horse who enjoys them where the new horse can see. Horse see horse do, ey? A copious amount of treats can be harmful for your horse, and you also want to be careful you are not ‘treating’ a horse to something that could be detrimental to its health. Too many treats can increase your horse’s chances of developing colic and becoming sick, or developing laminitis and foundering.

“The Do’s and Dont’s of Feeding Treats”

Click on the picture above to read a brief article on some dos and don’t when feeding treats – or follow this link.

This week has been full of horse-related activities for me so unfortunately I do not have any art for you. I am, however, days from making my handmade jewelry available for purchase this month on my storenvy shop, along with the current sale! I am in the process of acquiring new prints for the new year and will probably be at a convention in Tampa January 3-5 called Evilcon selling prints and new jewelry! It is Evilcon’s first year and while not as big as Metrocon, has a lot of promise in planning and concept.

Until next week, happy exploring!

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