POP QUIZ

EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

quickly. Any sig­nif­i­cant dam­age is cause for con­cern.

• Hook studs and Chicago screws. Just like buck­les, these pieces of hard­ware hold your strap tack to­gether. Give them a solid wig­gle as you tack up to en­sure they are still hold­ing tightly.

BE­WARE THE HAZ­ARDS OF HARD GROUND

Horses typ­i­cally spend be­tween 10 and 16 hours a day graz­ing, with the ex­act time de­ter­mined by the qual­ity of pas­ture and whether sup­ple­men­tal hay or grain is pro­vided. A graz­ing horse con­sumes one to one-and-a-half pounds of for­age per hour. In the sum­mer, horses tend to graze in the cooler morn­ing and evening hours— when you are most likely to no­tice his be­hav­ior—and some­times in the mid­dle of the night. In the heat of the day, how­ever, he’s more likely to be doz­ing in the shade of a run-in shed.

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