Horse Care 101

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How to care for horses?  You may be looking into getting your own horse, but don’t know how to take care of them. Whether you have your own or not, here are some tips and tricks on caring for horses.

Types of Horse Care

There are several types of horse care that every owner should know. Read on to learn more about each one, how they differ and how to provide your horse with the best care available. Your pet is sure to be happy and healthy!

How to Choose the Right Horse

Before you invest in a horse, it’s important to know what you’re buying into. Although many people are drawn to horses because of their beauty and grace, these animals are living creatures with unique needs. To ensure that your experience with horses is a positive one from start to finish, follow these tips on how to choose the right horse for you.

Caring for Your Horse Before Purchase

An Overview of Horseback Riding Purchases : One common mistake some beginner horseback riders make is buying a horse without researching it first. In fact, many people are under the assumption that they can simply ride up to an animal and hop on, only to find out later (usually after purchase) that they’ve made a mistake. If you want to know what you’re getting into before purchasing a horse, here are a few things to consider

Caring for Your Horse After Purchase

After you’ve made your purchase, it’s important to make sure that your horse stays as healthy and happy as possible. There are many things you can do to ensure that your horse remains comfortable, from getting vaccinations to regularly trimming hooves. If you want to know how to care for a horse after purchasing him or her, read on for some helpful tips.

Feeding and Watering Your Horse

Give your horse water at least once a day. Horses can go up to three days without food but need water regularly. Make sure your horse has enough fresh, clean water—at least twice as much as it needs in a day. One easy way to make sure you don’t forget is to put hay in their troughs: they won’t drink until they get hungry and thirsty, so it’s an easy reminder to check on them!

Common Health Issues with Horses

Horses are susceptible to a number of conditions and health problems, especially as they get older. Many issues can be caused by poor care or lack of exercise. Below is a list of common health issues that affect horses

Grooming, Brushes, Saddles, and Tack

Good Horse Care Starts with Basic Grooming : Clean, shiny coats and well-kept manes and tails are a good sign of general health. Horses who don’t appear to be properly groomed may have underlying issues that should be examined by a veterinarian. Taking care of your horse’s coat and mane also can help avoid problems such as sunburn and bed sores; plus, grooming makes it easier to spot parasites like ticks or mites on your horse.

Taking Rides on a Ranch or at Shows

You don’t need to own a horse to learn how to care for one. Take a lesson or two from a professional at your local ranch or equestrian center, and learn how best to handle your horse, as well as about its general health. If you have an experienced horse owner in your social circle, ask if you can tag along when he or she visits for feedings, baths and other grooming needs.

Where to Ride and Train

Don’t just show up at a horse event and jump on a random horse. Do your research to find out where you can safely, effectively ride and train with horses. It may be at a riding school or stable; it may be an open riding area. The type of event you plan to participate in will determine what kind of spot you’re looking for.

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