Good horsemanship follows a solid understanding of the horse and it’s physical makeup.  In order to assess the horse’s well-being you need to have good working knowledge of what you’re looking at, and what is hidden by the skin and fur.

A couple weeks ago we began our physical anatomy with Equine 101: Anatomy Part 1: Parts of the Body. Let’s get down to the bare bones and look at the skeltal system of the horse this week.

Although imperfect, a mashup of a skeleton ( and a horse (wikipedia).

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Today is National Day of the Horse!

Go to the barn and give your fabulous equine a big kiss and some extra love today.

Enjoy some of the photos from around the barn this week!


Blade (above left) and Happy (above left)






Spontaneous bareback hack but I left my boots at home!  Arnie the barncat joined us and he loves Blade.

Wood shavings at the time of this photo were stored in a small cubby you could reach from this stall.  As I arrived to the barn one morning I was greeted by DD, a cheeky pony who decided to treat herself to some extra cushion in her stall.  She had taken a bag, opened it, and spread it around.

Sorry, definitely not sorry, humans!



This is an installation of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s theme was CHEEKY.

Let’s try something a little different!

Last week we learned the body parts Equine 101: Anatomy Part 1: Parts of the Body

Now I want to see what you learned!


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With the exception of Mr. Ed horses don’t communicate with words. They learn to understand us over some time but if you want to get to know a horse you must learn their language.

Learning the way horses communicate can save you from injury or bodily harm.  Knowing the signs of pain, fear, and anxiety can save you from damaging your horse.  Communicating effectively with your horse will give you a deeper connection to it so that you have a great mutually rewarding relationship.  Continue reading