Crossbuck Pack Saddle

Crossbuck is a type of pack saddle that is usually rigged for a double cinch and is best suited for carrying hanging panniers. The crossbuck is the saddle that most people think of as a packsaddle and the type you see in pictures of prospectors and mountain men. The bars (the sculpted horizontal pieces that lie against the animal’s back) are joined by a pair of hardwood crosspieces front and back that form an X. This looks like a sawbuck …

Equine Viral Rhinopneumonitis in horses

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Equine viral rhinopneumonitis (EVR) produces an acute respiratory catarrh, which is inflammation due to excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the throat and nose. The Type I strain of EVR is the most common virus found in horses. Transmission of EVR occurs with direct or indirect contact with virus-laden nasal discharge, aborted fetus, or placenta. 

Clinical Signs


1. congestion and clear nasal discharge
2. mild to server ataxia or paresis (slight of incomplete paralysis) of …

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My Horse University

My Horse University

My Horse University (MHU) was established in 2005 at Michigan State University, the pioneer land-grant university with nationally ranked programs in equine science and management. MHU brings research and knowledge from world-renowned experts to online courses and products. MHU’s courses provide a comprehensive and convenient learning experience for horse enthusiasts throughout the world.

What We Offer

MHU was created through a partnership between MSU Extension, the MSU Department of Animal Science, and MSU Global. …

Equine Glossary Terms

  • Abscess
  • Aerobic Metabolism
  • Aluminum Shoes
  • Anaerobic Metabolism
  • Anestrus
  • Angle of Incidence
  • Anthelmintic
  • Ascarids
  • Barren Mare
  • Base Narrow
  • Base Wide
  • Bench Kneed
  • Binocular Vision
  • Bishoping
  • Blemish
  • Blind Spot
  • Body Brush
  • Body Condition Score
  • Bolt
  • Bone Spavin
  • Bosal
  • Bow Legged
  • Breakaway Stirrup
  • Breed
  • Broodmare
  • Capillary Refill Time
  • Capped Hock
  • Caslicks
  • Cereal Grains
  • Cinch
  • Clinch Cutter
  • Clinchers
  • Close Contact Saddle
  • Codominance
  • Coffin Bone
  • Coggins Test
  • Colt
  • Complete Feed
  • Concentrates
  • Coprophagy
  • Corpus Luteum
  • Cow Hocked
  • Crease Nail Puller
  • Creep Feeding
  • Cribbing
  • Crossbuck Pack Saddle

Instructional Videos

The following instructional videos or segments of videos are made available to demonstrate specific techniques or concepts and can be used for non-commercial purposes of educating equine enthusiasts.

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HorseQuest Learning Lesson: Horse Owner Survival

Leading Horse in barn

Horse Owner Survival will teach you how to be safe around horses and focuses on basic horse behavior, proper horse handling, safe attire and equipment as well as riding on the trail.

Learning Objectives

Objectives of this module include:

  1. To understand your horse’s behavior.
  2. To learn to handle and work around your horse.
  3. To develop safe habits with your horse.
  4. To improve your ability to handle your horse.
  5. To increase your enjoyment of your horse.


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Protect Your Barn and Horses from Disease

Learn more about prevention, protection, and proactive ways of minimizing disease risk in your horse facility.

Is your horse farm at risk from an equine version of “Typhoid Mary?” Do you know the most common ways that your horse may be exposed to disease? How can you decrease your horse’s chance of infection in case of an outbreak?

How do you care for, handle or clean up after a sick horse has been identified? This free webinar will give practical …

Horses and Water

Water is the most important nutrient for horses. The average adult horse drinks between 10 and 12 gallons each day. This article contains information on the importance of water to horses.

Water Needs for Horses

Clean, fresh, palatable water should be available to the horse at all times.

A mature, idle horse (500 kg) will require between 10 and 12 gallons of water per day, depending on environmental and/or physiological conditions.

Horses drinking from a Water Tank

Factors that change water consumption:

  1. pregnancy
  2. lactation
  3. work
  4. profuse