<![CDATA[Rocking LT Ranch - Student Articles]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:15:45 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Aging a Horse by the Teeth - by Kurt]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 02:36:29 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/aging-a-horse-by-the-teeth-by-kurt
Works Cited
Cleveland, Cathy. "Horse Teeth- Age, Anatomy, and Growth." 01 01 2015. equinespot.com. 01 10 2015 <http://www.equinespot.com/horse-teeth.html>.
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. "Aging Horses By Their Teeth." 01 01 2015. uaex.edu. 01 10 2015 <https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-3123.pdf>.

<![CDATA[Types of Horseshoes - by Emma]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 02:32:00 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/types-of-horseshoes-by-emma
1.    The grooves where the nails lie in a shoe are called: Fullers
2.    Rim Shoes are useful for: the horse to get a little more traction.
3.    When a shoe has a bar on the back, the horse probably needs extra support where? back of hoof, heel, or leg.
4.    A heart-bar shoe has additional support for what part of the hoof? frog.
5.    What are two reasons a bar shoe would not work for every horse:

          a.    Because not all horses need extra support
          b.    Because horses do different exercises which means extra support.
          c.    Different hooves, different shoes.
Works CitedHG Horseshoeing LLC. Hoof Care for Horse Owners. 18 June 2015. 8 12 2015 <http://www.hghorseshoeing.com/common-types-of-horseshoes/>.
<![CDATA[Horse Colors - by Kassie]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:05:02 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/horse-colors-by-kassie
<--- Kassie and Fridge
<![CDATA[Horse Anatomy - by Lillie]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:43:21 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/horse-anatomy-by-lillie]]><![CDATA[Aging a Horse by the Teeth - by Egan]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:28:16 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/aging-a-horse-by-the-teeth-by-egan
<--- Egan riding Fridge
Works Cited
Cleveland, Cathy. "Horse Teeth- Age, Anatomy, and Growth." 01 01 2015. equinespot.com. 01 10 2015 <http://www.equinespot.com/horse-teeth.html>.
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. "Aging Horses By Their Teeth." 01 01 2015. uaex.edu. 01 10 2015 <https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-3123.pdf>.

<![CDATA[Horse First Aid - by Maddie]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:58:39 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/horse-first-aid-by-maddieVITAL INFORMATION

1. A horse’s temperature should be:

2. What three things can affect a horse’s temperature?
      i. Medications
      ii. Ambient Conditions
      iii. Just got done exercising

3. If your horse has a fever, and you can’t get their temperature down, what should you do?
      Call a vet


1. When someone uses the term “resting heart rate”, what are they talking about?      
      The speed of your heart beats, when you are relaxing.

What should a horse’s resting heart rate be?
      30-40 beats per minute

3. What might cause a horse’s resting heart rate to be elevated?

      Pain and Colic

4. How do you check a horse’s pulse rate?

      Feel along the inside of the jaw bone approximately where the throat latch of a halter would be.  Place your thumb against the outside of it's cheek, to steady your hand and roll your fingers along the side of his jaw bone, feeling for a very flexible, tube-like structure.  That is the salivary duct.  Once you have found it, ease up on the pressure.

5. What instrument is used to listen for a horse’s heart rate?
      No-frills stethoscope

6. After activity, how long should it take for a horse’s heart rate to drop back to normal?
      20 minutes.


1. What does “respiratory rate” mean?

      The number of breaths per minute.

2. What is the normal respiratory rate for a horse?
      8-20 breaths per minute.  But if the horse has just worked out, his/ her breathing will be faster.
  In 20 min. it should go back to normal.

3. How do you measure a horse’s respiratory rate?

      Standing by the horse's head looking down the flank.  Focus on the area behind where your leg rests in English and where your back cinch would be in Western tack.


1. What are mucous membranes?
      A tissue that secretes mucous that lines many body cavities.

2. What color should a horse’s gums be?
      Salmony pink to very pale, peachy pink.

3. What does it mean if a horse’s gums are very light in color?
      Circulation is compromised.

4. What does it mean if a horse’s mucous membranes are very dark red in color?

      Dehydration, endotoxemia, or plant poisoning.

5. What does the term “capillary refill” refer to?

      To press your finger on the horse's gum, and count how long it takes to refill in color.


1. Define the word “oral”:

      A word for mouth.  Oral medication means medication that you give your horse through the mouth.

2. Explain how to give a horse medications orally:

      Start by crushing the medications.  Mix the ground medication with a small amount of a delivery substance.  Then suck all the contents into a catheter-tip syringe.  Slide your thumb into his mouth at the bars.  When he opens his mouth quickly put the syringe into his mouth and squirt the contents back and over his tongue.


1. Describe one method of applying medication to a horse’s eye:
      Stand next to the horse, facing the eye that needs to be medicated.  Hold the ointment tube in one hand and slip the other underneath the halter.  Place the index finger of that same hand in the crease of the horse's upper lid.  Place your thumb below his lower lashes.  Press inward very slightly, and pull the eyelids apart.  It will create a trough on the lower lid where you can squeeze the prescribed amount.  Alternatively, place the amount on your fingertip and swipe it into the trough formed by the lower lid.


1. Why might you need to apply or change a bandage?
      Because if you leave the wound open it could get infected.  And if you don't change the bandage, the old cotton, dirt, and blood could cause an infection.

2. What supplies might be needed to bandage a leg wound?
      i. quilts
      ii. cotton wraps
      iii. self-adhesive wrap
      iv. non-stick gauze pads

      Call the vet

<--- Maddie and Lindsay working cattle on Maynerd and Bullet.
Works Cited
Melinda Freckleton, DVM. "Veterinary Skills Every Horse Owner Needs." Equus (2015): 54-60.

<![CDATA[Barrels - by Lily]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:15:42 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/barrels-by-lily
- In both videos the riders trot.

- The first rider started straight.

- The second rider circled around.

- The rider could improve by making sharp turns.

<![CDATA[Colic - by Lillie]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:44:05 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/colic-by-lillieSigns of Colic in a horse:
<--- Lillie and her dad riding together in the arena on Fridge and Bo!
Works CitedPet MD. Colic In Horses. 01 01 2015. 29 10 2015 <http://www.petmd.com/horse/conditions/digestive/c_hr_equine_colic#>.
Rudick, Diana. Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide for raising animals. Beverly: Quarry Books, 2015.
<![CDATA[Hoof Anatomy - by Lindsay]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:32:25 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/hoof-anatomy-by-lindsay
SOLE: The sole provides support sharing some weight on the horse with a hoof wall.

WHITE LINE: It creates a shallow crease at the bottom of the hoof which fills with dirt aiding with traction.

BAR: The bar is an extension of the hoof wall which runs along the side of the frog.

FROG: It is wide and substantial and made up of thick leathery material.

CORONARY BAND: It is very tough.  It produces the tubules of the outer hoof wall and it is incredibly strong.

NAVICULAR BONE: It perverts over the joint of the pedal bone and maintaining a constant angle of the deep flexor.

SHORT PASTERN BONE: The short pastern bone sits on top of the articulating joint of the pedal bone.

Works CitedHealthy Hooves. "Hoof Anatomy, A Beginner's Guide." 01 01 2015. Healthy Hooves. 18 11 2015 <http://www.healthyhooves.co.uk/hoof_anatomy.pdf>.
<![CDATA[American Quarter Horse Stats - by Tru]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:58:46 GMThttp://rockingltaz.com/student-articles/american-quarter-horse-stats-by-tru
COLORS: Sorrel, bay, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, red dun, grey, greullo, palomino, red roan, blue roan, bay roan, perlino, and cremello.


HEIGHT: 14 to over 16 hands

BREED HISTORY: The American Quarter Horse traces it's roots to early America in the 1600's.  They have 16 different colors like dun and red roan.

<--- Tru and Maddie on a trail ride with Bo and Maynerd!
Works Cited
HorseChannel.com. American Quarter Horse Stats. 01 01 2015. 22 01 2016 <http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-breeds/profiles/american-quarter-horse-horse-breed.aspx>.