Tips to Take Care of Your Horse

horse careBefore you bring in a new horse at home, you need to learn about the basics of taking care to the horse. Taking care of a horse may be a delicate act. There are certain things you need to do on a routine basis, while other aspects need to be done weekly and monthly. The best way to keep track of what you need to do with a horse is to have a schedule that you must follow keenly.  Key of the things you need to do include;

Nutrition

The digestive system of a horse is made ready to process massive volumes of grass. The basic diet for the horse should be grass and a good quality hay which should be free from dust and mold. In most cases, you should feed your horse with plenty of fresh, clean and unfrozen water irrespective of the frequency your horse takes to water. You should be so keen on what you feed your horse to avoid poisoning instances.

Vaccination

Vaccination and deworming are very important as far as horses are concerned. You should discuss the specifics of this topic with an equine veterinarian. Every horse should be immunized to protect it from tetanus. Other important types of vaccines administered include that of equine influenza, equine herpes, and rabies.

Housing, Rest and Exercising

Horse exerciseContrary to what many think, straight stalls are not as bad as thought. This is especially true if the horse will be spending most of its time in the day outside. When horses are isolated in box stalls, they can develop behavioral problems that are associated with lack of companionship. Horses also need a good rest and exercising. They need mental stimulation every day.

Protection from extreme weather conditions

Unless it is very windy and wet, horses are able to tolerate much cold in a better way than they do under heat and humidity. If they are not able to sweat, they will struggle with getting rid of heat building up in the bodies.

Teeth and Hoof care

The horse’s hooves can be trimmed every six to eight weeks, especially if your horse is not getting adequate natural wear. If horses are given the opportunity to have their hooves strengthen naturally, then they do not need shoes.  In some cases, hooves problems that horse face are associated with wrong shoeing.  When it comes to teeth, their teeth grow continuously with time. Uneven wear may lead to sharp points and edges that cause some difficulties in chewing.

 

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