Know Your Horse
 

Know Your Horse

Some Simple Tips for the Care of your Horse

I'm sure you get a lot of pleasure from your horse, so it is only to be expected Know Your Horsethat you want to take care of your horse as well as possible. You may want to consider the following:

Horse Feeding
Horses don't have a lot of things in their lives, so food is one of their greatest pleasures. Make sure that your horse has all the food that it needs every day, whether it is a hot meal or cold.

There are three types of food that your horse may eat. Grass from a field is the favorite meal of horses reaching adulthood, but keep in mind that the greenness of a field doesn’t automatically mean that the grass is of good enough quality for your horse.

 

Hay is another type of food for that horses love and it is more affordable than other types of horse food, but you do have to make sure that it is good quality hay that you are feeding your horse or horses. Also, make sure that the hay is stored in a dry but well-ventilated area to keep it fresh. Obviously, feeding your horse wet, moldy hay is not a good idea as it can lead to various medical complications. As far as nutrition goes, feeding your horse with hay alone isn't enough so you need to consider something else in your horse’s diet to ensure that all its nutritional needs are met.

Grains or feeds are specifically produced to provide nourishment for horses. This means that if your horses are eating mainly hay and not much else, then you need to mix a small or moderate amount of concentrates with it to give your horse the benefit of a complete meal. Why? By feeding your horse with concentrates you are replacing some of the vast amount of energy they use every day, either through racing or working, but do this especially when they are pregnant.

By providing good quality food for your horse, you will be keeping it healthy and happy. When you feed the horse yourself, you are then creating a stronger bond between you and your horse - always a good thing to do!

Water For Your Horse
Did you know that horses can drink as much as 10 gallons of water every day? Yes, horses are always thirsty, which means that in the winter you have to make sure that water that you leave for them does not ice over. By placing the water in heated buckets, you would prevent the water from freezing. In the summer, your horse may need to drink more because of sweating and losing moisture that way.

Salt, Minerals, and the good old Sugar Cubes
Salt and minerals are also important items for the diet of your horse, and you should consult your local veterinarian so that you know what your horse should take to ensure a healthy horse. As with humans, vitamins and minerals are necessary for your horse. Salt blocks and sugar cubes can be bought from pet food stores, but only feed your horses sugar cubes as a reward because too many may cause your horse to suffer from diabetes.

Exercise For Your Horse
The amount of exercise that your horse needs depends mainly on its role in life. If you are riding competitively, you or your coach should determine what type of exercises your horse needs and how often during each week. Again, as for humans, other horses should exercise daily to allow your horses’ muscles to strengthen and your horse not become affected by arthritis as it gets older.

Your Horse's Hooves Need Care Too
Your horse’s hooves will strengthen and develop naturally, but only if it gets sufficient exercise. For those horses that don’t, their hooves should be trimmed at least every two months. Also, you should use horse shoes for your horses only if necessary, since there are various hoof problems that can arise that are directly or indirectly linked to the use of  horse shoes. Remember that the hooves of horses are usually the most abused part of their body, so it is important to give them the best care that we can.

Horse's Teeth Need A Check Up
For human teeth we have a limited time of growth, but for horses, there is no end to periodontal growth. Because of this, uneven use of your horse's teeth can lead to the development of sharply pointed teeth. This in turn may lead to chewing problems. The way to prevent this  is by making sure that your local veterinarian  checks your horses’ teeth annually. Perhaps you can have your horse's check up at the same time of year that you get your own teeth checked!

Horse Grooming
Some horses enjoy regular baths, with a good brush down afterwards. Make sure the brushing is careful and thorough, and watch out for any problem area on its coat. Use products specifically designed for horses, so that there should be no problems with them.

So the conclusion is that if you take into account all the tips above, and treat your horse well, then you will have a happy contented horse that will serve you well. 

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