Owning a horse is hard work! They require a lot of care. When you decide to make the big decision to purchase one, you must be experienced enough to ensure they receive everything they need to be happy and healthy. This general guide will help you meet their needs, but remember all horses are unique and have special requirements.
Did you know…horses drink between 5 and 15 gallons of water per day. They need to have access to fresh water at all times. During the summer, you might need to refill their bucket more frequently. In the winter, water may need to be unfrozen depending on the climate.
Your horse should be eating between 1-2% of their body weight in hay or another type of forage. They could eat up to 20 hours a day, if allowed to. High quality hay or fresh pasture is important in maintaining a healthy body condition. In some cases, grain or supplements should be added when forage isn’t meeting nutritional requirements.
Providing shelter, as simple as a small run-in, will allow your horse to escape harsh winters, freezing rain, and a blazing sun. They are able to regulate their temperature in order to survive hot and cold climates, but protection from brutal weather is still necessary.
Horses like to be part of a group. They are herd animals. You should have another animal to provide socialization. It could be a horse, pony, donkey, goat, etc.
Your horse should be on a schedule for dental, vaccinations, deworming, and farrier care. Professionals in the industry are there to help ensure your horse is healthy. Veterinarians can provide yearly wellness exams to make sure your horse is feeling their best.
Help your horse reach their true potential by educating them. From groundwork to saddle training, you should develop a relationship with your horse so you can both coexist in harmony. Your horse should be respectful and easy to handle.
Each horse will have their own special needs. Find out what makes your horse happy and feeling their best!