Before buying and bringing your new horse at home, be sure that you know some of the basic horse care techniques. Horses are expensive animals and you could not afford to lose one just because you are not able to feed it properly or provide for its needs.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your horse:
Daily feeding is important so that your horse will get the right amount of nutrition it needs. Hay and forage grass serve as staple food for horses. You could also add supplements such as coarse feeds and other concentrates for your horse. From time to time, you could also add succulents to its diet such as apples and carrots. Aside from food, clean water should always be a part of its diet.
Grooming is also part of caring for a horse. Use a curry comb to loosen up dirt and then a stiff brush to remove the dirt from the fur. Include brushing the tail and the mane using a comb. Be sure to do the brushing and combing gently and carefully. As a precaution when combing the tail of your horse, stay on its side and not directly on its back to avoid getting kicked in case your horse reacts badly to what you are doing. Additionally, it is also good to thoroughly wash your horse with a sponge from time to time.
When picking hooves, do it with a hoof pick and be extra careful in doing it. That V shape in its hoof is very sensitive. If you are not careful, you may hurt your horse slightly or severely, causing abnormalities in its walking.
If your horse stays in a stable, you will have to regularly remove droppings and old beddings. Horses need a clean space to lie down. Horses are easily stressed out when their stalls are dirty and smelly.
Part of horse care is taking your horse out to the pasture or corral everyday so it can get enough exercise.
When riding your horse in the summer, be sure to take more walk breaks to allow your horse to cool off. During winter time, keep your horse warm. Additionally, go easy on the canter.
Just like any animal, horses too can suffer from various diseases. Some diseases may be serious such that early detection and treatment are necessary for its survival. Be extra vigilant in observing your horse’s behavior. If it is not acting the way it used to be, it may not be feeling well. You should contact your veterinarian immediately to have it checked. Moreover, even if your horse seems to be healthy, a regular checkup of at least twice a year will be helpful in detecting diseases that can possibly become life-threatening if not given immediate medical attention.
Horses are an investment. If you like to own one, you must invest money and time to properly care for it. The tips mentioned here are just some of the ways on how you should care for your horse. You will learn more about this subject as you continue to raise your horse.