Caring for Horses: Their Six Basic Needs

White horse eating grassHorses are strong and powerful animals, but they need a lot of care and attention once you raise them. Whether you keep one for riding, competition, or even as a pet — owning a horse is a rewarding experience and a great source of activity.

Here are a few essential things you will need when taking care of your horse.

1. Proper Nutrition

Getting the best animal feeds for your horse is important — more so if you are raising a racehorse. Active horses may need supplementary feeds as pasture and hay may sometimes be inadequate for their needs.

2. Accessible Clean Water

A horse can drink up to 45 litres of water in hot weather, so make sure that they have an accessible source of clean drinking water. Self-filling troughs work well, but they need to be checked periodically for dirt and other contaminants.

3. A Dedicated Stable

You will need to devote a structure solely or primarily to house your horses. The stable serves as a home for your horses, and protects them from the sun and extreme weather. You might need additional measures when the weather is extremely hot or unusually cold.

4. Running Space

Horses need constant exercise and a wide area to walk and run around. You can fence them in your property as long as you have the needed space; just make sure your fences are safe for your horses.

5. Proper Grooming

Horses need a lot of grooming not only to look good but also to remain healthy. Grooming is a good way for you to bond with your horse, and at the same time perform a quick check on his general condition.

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It is a good way to spot hidden injuries or wounds that your horse could have sustained while unsupervised.

6. Regular Check-ups

Keeping your horses healthy is very important, and one of the ways to ensure that is regular check-ups. Horses need vaccinations, dentist visits, and even the occasional de-worming.

Regular visits to the veterinarian ensure that your horse remains healthy and that you spot potentially serious conditions early and start treatment in time.