Top Tips For Taking Care Of Your Horse
Top Tips On Caring For Your Horse
So whether you are getting a horse for your little darling kiddie or you are getting a horse because you are the little darling and deserve it, you should know the basics of caring for the horse of your dreams!
Horses can and will get sick, sometimes often and unexpectedly so try and learn the signs and symptoms of the most common illness and be prepared.
– Learn how to take your horses vital signs
– Colic is common and scary so learn how to handle it before it even happens
– Make sure your horse’s vaccinations are always up to date (tetanus, equine encephalomyelitis, rabies etc)
– Deworm your horse regularly
– Buy/make a first aid kit for your horse
Horses eat hay…the end! Not quite, horse’s digestive systems are made to digest a lot of grass but sometimes it’s not that simple. The horses that you’ll bet on at horse racing betting sites eat a lot more, and good food and nutrition goes a long way to having a healthy, high performing horse.
– Always, always choose the freshest best hay for your horse; some hay can cause serious problems
– Always have fresh and plentiful water on hand for your horse
– Make sure your horse is stabled with responsible stables, who knows what plants could be poisonous in their pastures and removes them
– Supplements are sometimes necessary; make sure you monitor your horse’s health in case they need more than just hay
– It is tempting but try not to give your horse to many sweet treats
Make sure your horse is stabled as safely as possible, whether this is at your own stable or a rented stable.
– Horses do need shelter to protect them from the elements
– On your own land, you could have a run in shelter which the horse can use to ‘escape’ weather or you can have a straight stall. But if you keep your horse in a stall you must exercise the horse regularly
– the environment should be horse friendly, no barbed wire fences, pasture checked to ensure it is free of poisonous plants, no hidden holes/indentations in the pasture, all gates secure
– If you are stabling your horse externally you should check all these things in person (and sporadically) to ensure your horses safety and comfort
Tooth and Hoof care
Your horses teeth are always growing, you need to make sure that a vet or equine dentist checks them every year to ensure no uneven wear. Poor dental health can greatly impact horses overall health, which could lead to colic, choke and weight loss.
Signs of dental disease
– Terrible breath
– Discomfort in the bit or noseband
– Undigested hay in stool
Your horse’s hooves also need to be regularly trimmed, especially if you are not proving enough exercise to cause natural wear.
– Horses actually do not need to be shoed, but if your horse is currently has shoes do not make sudden changes, consult a vet first.
– Every time you ride your horse you should groom it, from top to bottom including hoof. You should learn how to properly groom your horse to keep them in tip top shape.
– grooming your horse is also a good opportunity to check your horse for any health issues like ticks, cuts or even fungus on the hooves
So now you have a few basics in taking good care of your horse, but the most fundamental part of having a horse is enjoying the horse. Horses are an amazing pet to have and greatly enrich people’s lives.