Horse Care Basics: On Feeding, Sheltering and Grooming

Horses are truly amazing animals. They are strong and beautiful, not to mention very useful. You can raise them for races and elite sports, or keep them as dependable companion in the farm. Horse care can be very complicated, however. It’s important to learn the basics before bringing home a pony or horse.

The following are some useful tips on how to take care of your equine companion.

Feeding

Giving your horse the right kind of food is very important. For instance, not all types of hay will do well for your horse. Some hays may cause damage to their lungs and cause disease. Grass is a great source of nutrients, but it is not always available. Fortunately, there are feeds that supply horses with the right nutrition. According to Takanini Feeds, manufacturers of horse feed in NZ enrich their products with vitamins and nutrients to provide horses with complete nutrition.

Shelter

Like other animals, horses need shelter too. This wouldn’t be a problem if you have a vacant space in your barn, but if you don’t, you need to build a stable or a run-in shed. Remember that a stable or shed shouldn’t just shelter the horses from harsh weather conditions, but also to provide them with enough space for them to move around. You should consider the right stall size and the ceiling height.

Grooming

Grooming your horse is equally important as providing it with the right nutrition. Use a rubber curry brush to remove dirt stuck on its coat. Don’t do this on sensitive parts of the skin such as the legs and the face. You can also give its body hair a nice trim by using electric clippers. Use a mane comb to tidy up the mane and tail. Bathe your horse looks if it looks dirty. Brush and use shampoo and then rinse.

Horse care is not that easy, but once you get the hang of it and you start building a bond with your friend, things will be much easier and more rewarding.