Horse Care Resources
Books / Magazines
There are so many great books on horse care and training. These are just a few of our favorites.
How to Think Like a Horse, by Cherry Hill
The Modern Horseman's Countdown to Broke, by Sean Patrick
Horse Safety, by Elizabeth Moyer
Grooming, by Elizabeth Moyer
Horse and Rider
Blaze Magazine, for Horse Crazy Kids
Most boarding barns have a farrier they use. If you will keep your horses on your own property, you can find a local farrier by identifying neighbors who have horses with healthy hooves. Ask them who they use.
The photos above show some good options for storing hay, but many similar solutions will also work. There are four important requirements.
1. Allow for plenty of ventilation. Without air flow, moisture content and atmospheric conditions can cause hay to explode.
2. Protect the hay stack from the rain, somewhat. You cannot keep it 100% dry and provide ventilation at the same time. It is a balancing act. Always cover the top. You might also want to partially protect the sides. A little rain hitting the edges won't hurt, but soaked hay will be ruined.
3. Stack it on pallets or any structure that will keep it off the ground. This will prevent moisture from wicking up from the ground.
4. Store it where the horses cannot get it.
One of our volunteers had a good experience building a hay barn with Elephant Structures. They have a great website that enables you to design your own structure.
Holt Ranch and Feed
We buy feed from Holt Ranch and Feed. These nice folks help support Throwaway Ponies and have all your feed needs.
Mitchell's One Stop Horse Shop
Mitchell's One Stop Horse Shop is a great place to find show apparel and other horse show supplies.
7612 Hwy 66, Royse City, TX 75189
Feed and Tack at Multiple Locations
Other stores that carry horse feed and a small selection of tack include Tractor Supply and Atwood's. They each have multiple locations in North Texas.
4T Saddles and Tack
4T has an unbelievable selection of saddles at great prices (new and used). They also have an extensive selection of bits, bridles, and other tack. They are located in Ben Wheeler, TX, but the drive is worth it. Make it a day trip and enjoy the beauty of East Texas.
Stores in Weatherford
If you are on the west side of the metroplex, you might want to visit the stores in Weatherford. Weatherford is considered the quarter horse breeding capital of the United States. Horseman's Supply has great prices. Teskey's has top of-the-line merchandise, and lots of it.
KO Trading is located in Fort Worth. They seem to specialize in English tack, but they have lots of gear for all horses.
Mary Bander trains horses in Farmersville by appointment, as her schedule permits. She co-founded Throwaway Ponies with her mom, Karen Bander. She has trained numerous horses for TaPs, in addition to her many other contributions. Call her at 214-202-4343 to discuss your training needs.
Ron Steele is a full time trainer between Royse City and Quinlan, off of 276. He has done an excellent job training horses for TaPs. You can reach him at 214-499-1482.
Rockwall Equine Center
Dr. Celella at the Rockwall Equine Center has helped many TaPs horses return to health after all types of injuries, illnesses, and neglect.