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post #1 of 5 Old 05-11-2017, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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horse grazing/saddles

i do not own a horse, i need to work out some details before i can.

i have already decided that when i do get a horse, i want him to be grazing most of the time. are there any grasses that are better to have then others?? i have already researched and printed out a list of plants that are poisones to horses, but i am clueless about what grasses are good for them.

i also would like to know what kind of saddles and other supplies would be best for a novice rider. i am not really good at riding, i just started lessons, i am 13. but i want to know what would be best.
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Good for you. Things I should have looked into long before I did.

For horse nutrition, Dr. Eleanor Kellon is is in my opinion the very best and most reliable source of information.

https://drkhorsesense.wordpress.com/

She also has numerous articles and publications on other sites including courses on equine nutrition.

Short answer: The effect of grasses on horses varies with geographical location and soil tests and with the breed of horse and with individual differences with in the breed.

Saddle: When I purchased my first saddle I thought of them as a back pack for a horse rather than a human. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

A saddle must distribute the weight of th rider as evenly as possible upon the horses back. If the average pressure on a horse's back exceeds a mere 1.5 pounds per square inch, blood circulation in the skin covering the horse's back ceases to flow. After two hours cellular death begins occurring. That is one of the source of saddle sores among others.

Most $5000 saddles are built upon a $300 saddle tree purchase by the saddle maker who is usually a gifted leather worker. But the horse's back does not see the top of the saddle, only the bottom.

The saddle must fit the width and slope of the shoulders just behind the horse's scapula. Then the saddle tree must twist to fit the slope in the middle of the back. Then the tree must twist further to meet the slope at the rump. And the saddle tree must accommodate the dip (called rock) in the horse's back which varies with different horses.

Hopefully, research in these areas will result in you knowing considerably more than I knew when obtaining my first horse.
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A lot of those questions are doing to have the answer of "it depends."

What kind of grass is good for a horse depends on the horse in question (some horses can't have grass at all!) and also what area you live in.

What saddle is best depends on what you want to do with the horse, the horse itself, and your body type.

Keep taking lessons! Hopefully your instructor is agreeable to answering your questions. Observe the other people at the barn whenever you can and ask them or your instructor (or both) about anything you see that you aren't sure about.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-12-2017, 12:37 AM
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One of the very best places to get sound information about pasture grasses for horses is your local county agricultural extension service. Your taxes pay for it, you may as well use it!
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Most $5000 saddles are built upon a $300 saddle tree purchase by the saddle maker who is usually a gifted leather worker. But the horse's back does not see the top of the saddle, only the bottom.

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This is true of western saddles, not english saddles. They are a whole different thing. Pretty leather work sells a lot of western saddles but the horse, as Hondo says, has a far different agenda.

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