7 Winning Tips to Keep Your Horse Happy

Just like dogs, cats, parrots, and other pets, horses are a very famous animal among the people. You know one can get so many health benefits. From ancient times, the horse is the best of friends for humans.

From your horse, you can reap so many benefits, and if you are suffering from a mental disorder, then Equine Horse Therapy can help a lot.

Not only you, but the horse also teaches so many things to your kids which may help them in turn learn life lessons.

Though you are getting many positive things, do you ever think about your horse like his health, his likes or dislikes, how to make the horse happy, and so on?

If you don’t know how to keep your horse happy, then here we offer you suggested guidelines about this. So, let’s have a look.


Here are 7 Winning Tips to Keep Your Horse Happy:

1) Regular Exercise:

We know exercise is an important part of being human. Just like us horses also need exercise to stay healthy and fit.

If your horse lived in American Barns then it is very easy for you to schedule exercise daily. Daily workout keeps your horse healthy and helps to reduce his stress. Not only this, but exercise allows them to release pent up energy.

2) Keep Vaccinations:

Vaccination is very important in animals as well as humans. Proper and timely vaccination helps you to keep your horse healthy and fit.

All the time when your horse is sick, it needs so much energy to recover. So, if you always give routine vaccinations to the horse then it will help your horse to easily recover against more serious diseases.

For regular vaccinations, you can ask your vet for a list of vaccines he suggests you give to your horse and which ones are most important for your horse. This is one of the best tips to keep your horse happy.

3) Select a Safe and Comfortable Environment for Your Horse: 

Your horse needs housing that not only keeps him safe but also makes him comfortable. If your horse lives in a barn, provide them a stall and protection.  If they live outdoors, they will need a way to get out of the sun – a run-in shed or shady trees can give them protection from the elements.

For a healthy and happy life, providing them a dry walking area, grass, rubber mats, and hoof care. This will aid in a happy horse.

4) Provide Them Good Nutrition:

You know that the digestive system of your horse is designed to process large amounts of fibrous foods regularly.

To keep the horse’s digestive health and increase their energy level, you should include grass or hay in their regular diet with some grains.

To provide perfect nutritious, include traditional minerals blocks with loose minerals and imperative minerals.

Don’t only concentrate on food; you must also provide fresh water.

5) Go for Regular Dental Checkup:

Your horse’s teeth are also important. Plan for a checkup about once a year. Teeth of the horse continue to grow and you do not want them damaged by opposing teeth.  The teeth to be filed regularly to ensure the horse is comfortable when he eats.

Without regular dental check-ups, your horse could develop problems that could lead to more serious problems like colic and choke.

6) Take Care of Their Hooves:

It is important to take care of the horse’s hooves, and for that, you should regularly trim it. Every horse is different and the growth of its hooves also vary from one horse to another.

Most of the time every horse hoof grows between 4 to 8 weeks and after that, you should trim it. So, keep an eye on the hooves of your horse and reduce the chance of discomfort and lameness.

7) Visit Your Horse Regularly:

For checking whether your horse is happy, you should visit your horse stable every day (if able). By visiting daily, the bond between you and the horse becomes very strong. So visit your horse and make your bond stronger! 🙂

Just like a human being has friends, horses also like the company of other horses. Make sure he has other equine friends around him.

I hope by reading this blog about “How to Keep Your Horse Happy” you will keep in mind the suggested list of tips on how to do this for your horse.

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Author Bio

Emily Davis works at Cheval Liberte as a community manager. Cheval Liberté has been designing, developing and producing stalls, temporary stables, and stable equipment since 1995. Driven by their passion for horses, Cheval Liberté was founded by both riders and breeders. Since 2005, this passion has been implemented in the UK, with our North Wales company being the sole importer of Cheval Liberté products for distribution and erection throughout the UK & Ireland.

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When can (and should) you start jumping a horse?

There are many opinions among equestrians about when you should start jumping a horse. Most of these discussions focus on when a horse is primarily physically, but also mentally, ready for a higher-impact activity, such as work over fences.

In general, a horse should have a solid foundation on the flat, over ground poles, cavelletti, and small crossrails before moving on to bigger fences. Most riders begin jumping before a horse is fully grown (5-7 years). With proper judgement, fitness, and horsemanship, schooling younger horses over starter fences is acceptable.

Equine growth and development

Horses mature at approximately the same rate, regardless of breed or type, and aren’t fully grown until five to seven years old. Growth plates, which begin as cartilage become bone over time, typically convert from the feet upwards.

Many riders wait until a horse’s knees close to begin heavy work, as it is easier to damage cartilage than bone.

Knees, however, are not the only growth plates in the horse’s body—the knee end of the horse’s radius is simply the last area of the leg to close. It’s also typically the area where a vet will x-ray to check growth plate progress.

The last structure to mature in a horse is the spine.

Similar to human anatomy, horses have cranial, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae, and they mature from front to back.

Cranial vertebrae close by three years of age, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae by five to seven.1

As horses grow, they tend to develop in uneven spurts. They may grow taller in the hip, then the withers, then the hip again, before (hopefully) evening out at maturity.

This means their balance is constantly shifting.

A young horse may become capable of maintaining a balanced canter, then go through a growth spurt and begin to struggle once again with that same gait.

It is important to take these stages of growth into account when developing a training strategy for a growing horse.2

Most trainers and riders don’t wait until a horse is fully-grown at five to seven years old to start riding, let alone jumping. A big part of this is economics; many people can’t afford for horses to sit around until fully developed before starting their jobs.

Check out our 10 Best Stirrups for Jumping Clear (and Staying Safe)

So what’s the “right” answer?

There is a happy medium, and like most things, it depends on the individual rider and horse.

After a solid foundation on the flat is developed, working over ground poles, cavelletti, and small crossrails is the natural progression. If you’re interested in jumping, these exercises are also a great way to keep your horse interested and engaged.

In a Practical Horseman article, Wilhelm Genn, a Grand-prix rider, says that incorporating jumping into a carefully planned training program can be perfectly safe at any age as long as good horsemanship and judgement are used.2

He emphasizes the importance of fitness and slowly building up a young horse’s strength and endurance. After a horse has a solid foundation of flatwork, jumping under saddle can begin.

That’s why it’s best to start small and slowly, with cavalletti and crossrails, and gradually work up.

He suggests it’s best to jump fewer fences multiple times a week than cramming in lots of jumps less frequently. As soon as a horse shows signs of tiring, it’s time to stop jumping.  

Check out our 10 Best Stirrups for Jumping Clear (and Staying Safe)

Advice in action

The horse below is balanced and is moving nicely on the flat. Professionals agree it is best to wait to begin jumping until your horse has a solid foundation on the flat.

hunter jumper rider and horse

Photo by Laila Klinsmann from Pexels

In contrast, the horse below is a Grand Prix jumper. You can see the strain on the its joints from a combination of fence height and a tight turn.

grand prix jumping horse

Photos from Pexels

This level of jumping is something to be worked up to gradually, after the horse is fully grown and experienced in lower levels.

When in doubt, take your time

There are many resources available on this topic. Some are rooted in fact, others in opinion or tradition.

An experienced trainer, in consultation with your veterinarian, can help you decide when your horse is ready to start jumping.

If you’re still not sure whether your horse is ready, patience is always a safe option. Take things slowly, and build up your horse’s fitness step by step.

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  1. https://equinewellnessmagazine.com/horses-mature/
  2. https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/training/start-young-horse-fences-23682

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K9 Naval Commander Teaches Military Students By Giving Out Hugs

The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences has possibly the cutest professor of all time. He’s tall, dark and handsome, and he has four legs! Meet Lieutenant Commander Shetland. He’s an almost 2-year old, half Golden Retriever and half Labrador. Shetland is a decorated Navy sailor with a pretty impressive title. This tail-waggin’ sailor is a clinical instructor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USUHS!

“He is here to teach, not just to lift people’s spirits and provide a little stress relief after exams,” USUHS Dean Arthur Kellermann told KHN.org.


The school shares a campus with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Students are trained to become dentists, doctors, or other healthcare professional. It’s home to 1,500 students who all have the opportunity to interact with campus’s seven dogs. The dogs are all bred and trained by America’s VetDogs out of New York. This non-profit utilizes prisoners during the week and families over the weekends to help train the dogs. They’ve even gained support from the NHL with the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders pitching in to help!

A Special Assignment For a Very Special Boy

Shetland received the same training as his fellow four-legged comrades but his job is unique. Rather than acting as a service or therapy dog, Shetland is actually teaching students about how therapy dogs and service dogs are used to help people. Shetland is technically a “military facility dog.” He is trained both as a service dog and a therapy dog, that way he can be petted. Well played, Shetland. Well played.


Retired Colonel Lisa Moores is an associate dean at the university. She explained how Shetland helps to teach his brothers and sisters in uniform.

“Our students are going to work with therapy dogs in their careers, and they need to understand what [the dogs] can do and what they can’t do,” she said.

All Work And A Little Bit Of Play

This friendly, four-legged soldier may have a pretty intimidating title but don’t let that fool you. He’s a sweetheart who is as helpful as he is adorable! Plus he looks pretty great in a uniform if you ask me. Shetland has been trained to give hugs on command and pick up dropped objects. He even carries a basket of candy around to students to brighten their day!


Shetland recently had his commissioning ceremony where many guests of honor were in attendance. Notable guests were Marine Sergeant Dillon and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sully, who was President George H.W. Bush’s dog. Shetland’s friends and fellow service members were there to cheer him on as he shook hands- or, uh, paws- and saluted his command staff.

All of the dogs are commissioned into either the Navy, Air Force, Army or Marines, and their rank is no joke! The dogs can be promoted if they perform their jobs well and have good behavior. On the flip side, they can also be demoted for bad behavior- no shoe chewing or treat sneaking allowed!

As for sweet Shetland, his comrades say he’s quite the good boy and has a spotless disciplinary record.


You can follow Shetland on his personal Instagram.

h/t: KHN.org
Featured Photo: @ShetlandTheWellnessPup/Instagram

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500 Japanese Dog Names

Getting a new dog is a fun and exciting time, and one of the first things you’ll need to do is come up with the perfect name for your new companion. I don’t know about you, but I find the process a bit overwhelming. With so many names to choose from it’s hard to know where to begin. So to help you out I’ve been putting together dog name lists for ideas; and today’s theme is Japanese dog names.

Finding the right name for your new dog can be tough. But one method that helps is picking a theme and checking out name lists for inspiration. You can write down the names you like, and then move onto the challenging part — narrowing it down until you find a name the whole family can agree on.

So if you’re looking for a Japanese name for your new dog you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together a list of 500 popular Japanese names to help get you started. From Akira to Yuri, here’s 500 Japanese dog names.

500 Japanese Dog Names

Female Japanese Dog Names Male Japanese Dog Names
Aika Aito
Aiko Aki
Airi Akiara
Akemi Akio
Akira Akito
Akito Arata
Amaya Asas
Anzu Atomu
Arisu Atsuji
Asa Banri
Asuka Benjiro
Aya Bunta
Ayano Chibi
Azumi Chiko
Bashira Chimon
Botan Chujiro
Chiaki Dai
Chie Daichi
Chika Daido
Chiyo Daigo
Chizue Daizo
Cho Denji
Chuya Eiji
Dai Eito
Danuja Eizo
Eiko Enmei
Emi Etsuji
Emica Fujio
Emika Fumihiro
Eri Fumio
Eshima Fumito
Etsu Futoshi
Etsuko Gaku
Fuji Genjiro
Hachi Genkei
Hana Genzo
Hanako Gin
Hanami Ginjoro
Haru Goro
Haruka Habiki
Haruko Hachi
Harumi Hachiro
Hatsu Haku
Hatsuko Haru
Haya Haruki
Hibiki Haruto
Hikari Hayata
Hinata Hayate
Hiro Hayato
Hiroko Hedeki
Hiromi Hibiki
Hisako Hideaki
Hitomi Hideji
Hoshi Hidemi
Hoshiko Hideo
Ima Hideto
Isamu Hideyo
Ito Hikaru
Iwa Hinata
Izumi Hiraku
Jin Hiro
Jona Hiroaki
Jun Hiroki
Junko Hiromitsu
Kaede Hiroshi
Kairi Hiroto
Kaiyo Hisato
Kamiko Hisoka
Kaori Hisoki
Kasumi Hitoshi
Katsu Hoshi
Katsumi Hozumi
Kayda Ichiro
Kayo Ikko
Kazue Isami
Kazuko Isamu
Kei Itsuki
Keiko Jinichi
Keomi Jiro
Kichi Joben
Kiku Jona
Kimi Jun
Kimika Junichi
Kimiko Junji
Kioka Junpei
Kishi Junto
Kiwa Juro
Kiyomi Jurou
Ko Kaede
Kohana Kaemon
Koko Kage
Kokoro Kaichi
Koto Kaito
Kuma Kamin
Kuri Katashi
Kyi Katsu
Kyo Katsuji
Machiko Katsumi
Madoka Katsuro
Mai Kazu
Maiko Kazuki
Maki Kazumi
Makoto Kazuro
Mami Kazz
Mana Kei
Mari Keiji
Mariko Ken
Masako Kenichi
Masami Kenji
Masumi Kenta
Mayu Kento
Mei Kenzou
Michi Kin
Michiko Kioshi
Midori Kiyoshi
Mie Ko
Mieko Kohaku
Miho Koichi
Mika Koji
Mikan Koya
Miki Kozo
Mikka Kuma
Minako Kuniko
Minami Kuro
Minato Kyo
Minori Madoka
Mio Maki
Misa Makoto
Misaki Manabu
Misako Manjiro
Mitsu Maro
Mitsuko Maru
Miwa Masa
Miya Masaji
Miyo Masaki
Miyoko Masao
Miyuki Masaru
Mizuki Masato
Momo Michi
Momoka Miki
Morie Mikio
Moriko Minato
Mura Minori
Nakano Minoru
Namie Mitsuru
Namika Miyo
Nana Namio
Nanako Naoji
Nanami Naoki
Naoki Naoshi
Nara Naozumi
Narumi Natsu
Natsuki Noboru
Natsuko Nobu
Natsumi Nori
Nishi Notin
Noa Osamu
Nobuko Oshin
Nori Raden
Noriko Rai
Norita Raiden
Nozomi Raijin
Nyoko Reiji
Okimi Reiki
Rai Reiko
Raku Reizo
Rei Ren
Reiko Renzo
Ren Riki
Rika Riku
Riko Rokuro
Rikona Ruka
Rini Ryo
Risa Ryota
Rumi Ryu
Ruri Ryuma
Ryo Saku
Ryoko Samuru
Sachi Sanyu
Sada Satoru
Sadako Satoshi
Saeko Satsuo
Sai Seiji
Sakae Seto
Sakai Shigeo
Saki Shiki
Saku Shinji
Sakura Shinobu
Sango Shinya
Sanyu Shiro
Saori Sho
Satomi Shoji
Satsuki Shoma
Sayaka Shuji
Sayuri Shunta
Seika Shuzo
Setsuko Sora
Shika Souji
Shiki Souta
Shiko Susumu
Shinju Suzu
Shino Suzuki
Shiori Tadami
Shizu Tadao
Shoko Tadashi
Sora Taiga
Sorano Taiki
Sugi Taishi
Suki Taji
Sumire Takao
Sunako Takashi
Susumu Takato
Suzu Takeo
Suzume Taku
Taka Takuma
Takara Takumi
Takaro Tamaki
Tako Taro
Tamaki Tateo
Tani Tatsumi
Taru Tatsuo
Tatsu Teiji
Taura Teijo
Toki Tetsu
Tomiju Tetsuji
Tomiko Tetsuro
Tomo Tohru
Toru Tokuro
Toshi Tomio
Toshiko Tomohito
Ume Tomoya
Umi Toshi
Usagi Toshiji
Utano Toshio
Wakana Toshiro
Wakumi Toya
Yasu Umeji
Yasuko Yahiro
Yoko Yamato
Yori Yasuri
Yoru Yataro
Yoshi Yori
Yoshiko Yoshi
Yuka Yoshiro
Yuki Yoshito
Yuko Yozo
Yumi Yuji
Yuna Yujiro
Yuri Yuki
Yuriko Yutaka

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500 Japanese Dog Names

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Dachshund Pup Forms Unlikely Friendship With Orphaned Porcupine

When Diablo the Porcupine was born at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire, UK, his mother was already raising young twins. Not ready to take on another baby, she rejected the little porcupette.

Luckily, park employee Estelle Morgan was ready and willing to take over as a surrogate. She even had a ready-made BFF on hand to keep Diablo company – Dachshund puppy, Fig!

Diablo was introduced to Fig when he was just a few days old. Ever since, the energetic pup has been providing his prickly pal with essential social interactions to help his development.

“It’s safe to say they have become best friends,” Morgan tells SWNS. “When Diablo gets excited he will do a buckaroo-style run, where he thrashes his head around and jumps up in the air. Under close supervision, they will run around the garden together and Fig has been very gentle and patient with Diablo.”

Cotswold Wildlife Park/Facebook

When Diablo was born at the end of July he was “very feisty,” but Morgan says he is learning to be gentle with Fig’s help.

“Now he has settled into a good routine and will comfortably follow me around the kitchen and will even come to me for reassurance.”

Cotswold Wildlife Park/Facebook

When Estelle began hand-rearing Diablo, he weighed just 300g (about 10 ounces). Now he has grown to a strong, healthy 1.8kg (just under 4 pounds).

Cotswold Wildlife Park/Facebook

For the first month, the porcupette was fed one bottle every two hours to get him into a good routine. Now that Diablo is older, Morgan has begun weaning him off the bottle and introducing solid foods – his favorites are apples and sweet potatoes.

“My most stand out moment hand-rearing Diablo was when he latched on and suckled on his own from the bottle for the first time,” Morgan says. “This happened when he was three days old and was just a huge relief for me – the first few days are always worrying.”

Photo by Tom Wren/SWNS

Weaning Diablo off the bottle also means that Morgan is getting more well-deserved sleep instead of waking up for late-night feedings.

Soon, Diablo will return to the park to join his own kind, but for now, he is enjoying his time with Morgan and BFF, Fig.

Can’t get enough adorable inter-species friendships? Check out these 18 dogs and their feline, ovine, bovine, primate, and avian pals!

All Images by Tom Wren/SWNS

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Patriot The Deaf Dog Is Learning Sign Language To Help Him Find A Forever Home

Patriot the Bull Terrier mix is one of the most popular dogs at Lucas County Canine Care and Control in Ohio, especially to the staff that help care for him. He has a big personality, and he’s ready to find his forever home.

However, a lot of families have overlooked Patriot simply because he’s deaf. Being deaf doesn’t hold him back though, and he’s ready to show the world what a smart and amazing dog he really is.

He’s been at the shelter since July, and he seems to be around 3 years old. So, he’s still young with plenty of love to give. He also looks like he’s smiling all the time, and he has the cutest spots on his ears!

Image: @lucascountycaninecareandcontrol/Facebook

“Patriot is really special because he’s deaf. He was probably born that way so he doesn’t know any different,” said Cassie Bloomfield, a Lucas County Canine Care and Control Behavior Assistant.

Since Patriot is deaf, he is often very loud. He can’t hear himself, so he often snorts like a pig and snores like a grown man. But these are just his ways of communicating. He is able to play, learn, and communicate just like any other dog. So, the staff at the shelter have been teaching him tricks to help him get adopted.

Patriot listens very well, and he is even learning sign language! He can react to basic commands simply based on the different hand signals that the staff show him. He would love to find a family that’s willing to exercise his sign language skills even further.

Image: @lucascountycaninecareandcontrol/Facebook

A Forever Home for Patriot!

Patriot needs plenty of love and attention. He would love a family that has lots of time to spend with him to teach him new things. He is such a sweet boy that is well worth the effort. Being deaf doesn’t stop him from being just as well-behaved and loving as the other dogs at the shelter.

Image: @lucascountycaninecareandcontrol/Facebook

He would do best in a home that doesn’t have any cats. Also, he would enjoy an environment with older kids and possibly other dogs, but he would want to meet all family members ahead of time to make sure they’re the perfect fit. He is excited to finally find his forever home and receive the love he deserves.

If you think Patriot would be a good fit for your family, or for someone you know, please visit Lucas County Canine Care and Control’s website to learn more about him and apply! He would love a warm and cozy home to spend the holidays in.

Image: @lucascountycaninecareandcontrol/Facebook

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