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Beginner Basics

If you have little or no experience with horses, studying the following lessons will be very important to you. These lessons are the "backbone" of your riding education. Learning these basics will help ensure that you become an educated rider.

General Information:

Basic Terminology - Learn all about the basic words you hear every day at a horse farm. Mare, Gaits, Tack, Stallion, Sound, Lunge, Filly, Foal, Pony...etc.

Equine Words / Dictionary - Did you hear a strange horse-related word from another horse-person but don't know what it means? Find it here!

Horse Colors & Markings - What's a Chestnut? Whats the difference between a Buckskin and a Dun? Is Pinto a specific color or a breed? Find out here!

Horse Gaits - Read all about the 4 common horse gaits: walk, trot, canter and gallop. Understanding horse gaits will definitely help your riding skills.

The Western Saddle - Study the parts of the Western saddle, and learn how Western saddles are measured for fit.

The English Saddle - Study the parts of the English saddle, and learn how English saddles are measured for fit.

Cleaning Leather Equipment - How do you clean a leather saddle or bridle? How do you revive soaked or moldy leather? Here's some instructions...

Wanting a Horse?

Leasing a Horse - Want to learn first-hand what it's like to own a horse, but without the risks of paying a big purchase price and taking full responsibility? See if leasing is right for you...

Your Child's First Pony - This article is for the Parents of horse-crazy kids. What you need to know before purchasing a pony for your child.

Basic Horse Care:

Grooming & Grooming Tools - Learn the names of different grooming tools as well as how to use them properly.

Choosing a Stable for Your Horse - What to look for and what to avoid when searching for the perfect place to keep your horse.

Basic Feeding - Feeding horses is a delicate procedure, and there are several general rules that need to be followed. Read about them here.

Parts of the Hoof & Foot - Learn the parts of the horse's foot and hoof. View the bottom of the horse's hoof and the bones and tendons in the foot.

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