Tack and Equipment

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Macho with his shiny new halter.  When fitted correctly, the halter square (lower metal ring) should be 2 fingers below the cheekbone and on full-size horses you should be able to fit a fist between the throatlatch and the horse’s neck.

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Equine Advice: Well, Well

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Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about how far wells must be placed from horse enclosures.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning.

The answer is a minimum of 100 feet.  Wells should be placed at least 100 feet from paddocks.

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Equine Advice

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Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about how much of his body weight a horse can carry on his back.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning.

The answer is 20%.  This means that an 11.3 hand shetland pony can carry at maximum 120 pounds.  Horses can pull a lot more than they can carry.

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Equine Advice

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Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about Trail class. Like all Shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning.

Trail is offered at many horse shows and involves obstacles such as a water box, a gate, trot poles or a bridge.  The obstacles are arranged in a pattern and each obstacle has a maximum score of 10.  At the end of the course, the points from each obstacle are added together for a final score.

Trail is judged on the accuracy of the horse and the rider’s ability to remember the course.  Trail can be ridden either english or western, depending on the class.

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