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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