Permanent Identification using Hot Iron Branding in horses

Equine Hot Brand


Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Hot iron branding, also called fire branding, is one of the oldest methods of identification and is still utilized in some areas of the country. Hot branding uses an iron that is heated electrically or by fire to burn a brand into the hair follicles, resulting in permanent hair loss in that area. These types of brands are harder to see when used on lightly colored horses and when hair has grown over the …

Understanding Conformation: Balance

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Understanding Conformation: Balance

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  • Understanding Conformation: Balance
  • Understanding Conformation: Structure
  • Understanding Conformation: Muscling
  • Understanding Conformation: Stride and Evaluation
  • Understanding Conformation: Evaluating Conformation
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Relating Form to Function: Horse's Rear Legs, Side View

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Correct hind leg structure when viewed from the side is delineated by a line that extends from the point of the buttocks down to the point of the hock and runs parallel to the cannon bone, ending slightly behind the heel.

Horse's hindquarter viewed from the side


Sickle-hocked horses have too much angle or set to their hocks. The horse’s leg stands under the hip from the hock down due to the excessive angle of the hock. The hind leg …

Young Horse Management Series Part 2

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Using a War Bridle

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Using a War Bridle, Part 2

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Horse Hearing

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Horse's Ears

A horse’s hearing is much keener than ours. They use their hearing for three primary functions: to detect sounds, to determine the location of the sound, and to provide sensory information that allows the horse to recognize the identity of these sounds. Horses can hear low to very high frequency sound, in the range of 14 Hz to 25 kHz (human range = 20 Hz to 20 kHz). Horses’ ears can move 180 degrees …

Relating Form to Function: Horse's Head

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

A few breeds have certain characteristics that help define breed character and type, but for most breeds, attractive, well-conformed heads have the same characteristics.

Parts of the Horse's Head

These characteristics include:

  • short, well-set ears
  • large, bold eyes
  • short distance from eye to muzzle
  • large nostrils
  • refined muzzle with a shallow mouth
  • sex characteristics (stallion, mare)
  • breed characteristics.

In general there is no physiological benefit to horses having a pretty head. Ugly-headed horses are able to function and perform …

Proper Attire and Benefits of Safe Ground Handling

 

Proper Attire and Benefits of Safe Ground Handling

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Horse Body Language

Understanding the behavior and body language of horses can keep you and others safe while working with horses. This article provides some common body language signs and signals, along with descriptions or translations of each.

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Most of the time, horses use body language to communicate with each other. As horses communicate with each other, they can tell if they are playful, mad, or submissive. The more you are around horses, the better you will …

Horse Owner Survival Part Two: Catching, Leading and Tying a Horse

Catching, Tying, and Leading a Horse

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  • Behavior
  • Catching, Leading and Tying a Horse
  • Grooming and Stall Maintenance
  • Feeding Horses
  • Emergency First Aid