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Horse Care 101 - For the Horse Illiterate
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Horse Care 101 - For the Horse Illiterate

Many of us dream of owning one or many horses, yet have absolutely no idea how to care for them. After all, this is not a dog or cat; horses need much more work in order to keep it happy and healthy. It is a decision that definitely needs a lot of thinking through. This animal requires a good deal of attention on the owner’s part. So, what needs to be done in order to ensure this great beast’s well-being? Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you care for the horse you own or help you decide whether or not you should get one.

First, you need to find the proper place for it to live in. Horses need quite a lot of space to move around. If you are keeping it in a box – or plan to – then it needs to be let outside at least once per day. It has to either be walked or ridden for a while.

Second, try to make sure that it is not isolated. A horse is much happier with other horses or, at least, with you. It needs a lot of attention. After all, this is a social animal.

Third, you have to keep the stall clean. Make sure the litter is taken care of every day. Horses need to sleep in a tidy area.

Then, a horse has to be brushed daily. You will also need to clean its hoofs as well. Furthermore, if it has horseshoes, they need to be changed every eight weeks. Don’t forget this step!

Afterwards, you need to make sure that the horse’s ears and teeth are healthy. You need to look them over and make sure that they are clean and that no damage is apparent.

Lastly, and surely the one most people are aware of and remember to do on a daily basis, is to give food and water to your horse. You can feed it about two or three times a day. Consult a veterinary to know the quantity you should be giving it.

Now, with these tips and tricks, you should be ready to make a decision on whether or not you can purchase a horse, or care for the one you have if you are not aware of how to do it.

 

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  1. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Voted. Great advice.
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  2. Archippus
    Naturegirl, are you aware of the Goodbloggers Connect and Goodblogs Forum facebook sites? You can post a link to your articles for other bloggers to check out. Good article, vote #14!
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  3. jst4horses
    This is a good article. However, I met a young rider at a stable where I was training a horse for someone, her mother had said, if you want a horse, you need to put money into a bank account for the horse, she meant a LOT of money, for a medical emergency if necessary, for food and board, and just regular vet and shoer costs. THEN she said, you have to take care of horses at this stable for ONE YEAR, every single day, no time off, and no riding. That girl did it, and bought her own horse. She still had a lot to learn. I have worked with and trained horses for decades, and I am always learning. I took feeding classes at Cal Poly Pomona. When I started working with track and performance horses I took another class from the Keeneland head vet who taught about the special problems and needs of a high performance athletic horse. I took classes from many world renowned horse trainers, and an amazing class from the mustang sanctuary Return to Freedom to learn more about horse communication in their own world. Horses actually do best in as natural a life as possible. One trainer I worked for as a teen had hundreds of horses that lived wild on a mountain all winter and most of the spring with his performance and race horses. He called them, they came. We took them out, cleaned them, saddled them after he checked them over each day and they worked in the spring and summer at riding programs for camps all over the mountain. I trained mustangs just off the range and was so surprised. I asked, how did they get their feet done. Wondering, how did they get them to hold still, I found out they keep their feet perfect on the range, all by themselves. The rider, the extra weight, the unnatural riding from their natural walk/trot/canter life in the wild and stalls and not enough exercise makes their feet bad in captivity.
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    1. Charlie M
      Jst4Horses, you should delete your comment and write it up in an article. I believe people would find your writing interesting.
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