Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware: How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying a Horse

Buying a horse can be a complicated and confusing process. It is important to know what kind of horse you are looking for and have a plan laid out before you begin shopping. The article below discusses some tips to help your horse buying experience.

Jenifer Nadeau, University of Connecticut Department of Animal Science, Revised by Holly Spooner, West Virginia University

Whether you’re buying your first horse or your 21st, it is both an exciting and scary process. You have …

HorseQuest Learning Lesson: New and Prospective Horse Owner's Lesson

Three horses with heads over black board fence

The New and Prospective Horse Owner’s Learning Module is comprised of a series of lessons designed to introduce new and potential horse owners to the basic care and management of horses. Materials provided in these lessons will help individuals determine how interested they are in horses and to what extent they want to become involved. The sections within this lesson include:

  • Horse Ownership Considerations
  • Costs of Horse Ownership
  • How to Feed a Horse
  • How to Select the Right Horse
  • How

Competitive Western Horse Events

Colleen Brady, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Purdue University


Competitive Activities

Many people choose to enjoy their horses in competitive events. These activities can be either individual or team events. Some are …

Benefits of Horse Ownership

Karen Waite, Equine Extension Specialist, Michigan State University


Physical Benefits of Ownership

Girl and horse

There are many benefits to involvement with horses, for people of all ages. Equine activities may encourage physical activity, for people of varying abilities. For example, …

Competitive English Horse Events

Colleen Brady, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Purdue University

There are many different competitive events and disciplines available for horses and their riders. One of these many disciplines is english riding. While english may be used in reference to saddle horses and other gaited horses, this article refers to english as activities ridden in the hunt seat or hunter disciplines.

There are several english activities. These include: 

  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Hunter Jumping
  • Show Jumping



Dressage is a competition …

Horses Used for Work Purposes

While the age of horse-drawn plows and carriages have passed, many horses are still used today for work purposes. Horses can be found working with people and for people in a variety of places.


Therapy Horses

Riding for people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities in the United States was established …

Cost of Horse Ownership

Horse ownership continues to increase in popularity. While horses are still used for some agriculture enterprises, most horses are used for pleasure riding, breeding or competition such as showing or racing. The horse has played an important part in America’s heritage. The horse continues to play an integral part in providing a recreational outlet and creating income for individuals interested in professional employment with horses. Most horse owners will testify that their passion and love for the horse is why …

Horse Artificial Gaits

Gaits such as the running walk, slow gait, pace and rack are considered artificial gaits, however they are very natural to specific breeds of horses.

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Equine Navicular Disease

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Navicular disease is an injury of the navicular bone of the front foot. Conformational faults or injury are the most common causes of navicular disease. A straight pastern and shoulder or small hoof will increase the concussion on the navicular bone, causing increased friction between it and the flexor tendon, resulting in injury. 

Horses worked on hard surfaces are at greater risk to acquire navicular disease, which usually affects horses in their …

Horse Canter

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

The canter is a three beat gait where one pair of feet strike the ground simultaneously and the other two feet land independently. The canter/lope will either be on what is referred to as a right or left lead. If the horse is on the right lead then the hoof pattern is left hind, right hind and left front simultaneously, then right front. The opposite foot pattern represents the left lead as follows: right …