Horse Care

Are you looking at getting a new horse or pony ? Horse Care Advice

Horse care is extremely rewarding, but it’s also a big responsibility and a long-term commitment, in terms of care, and hard work. Owning and caring for a horse can also prove quite expensive with routine feed, livery fees, bedding, equipment, vaccinations and dentist checks to name a few. There’s also the possibility of emergency vet care to prepare for.

When caring for your horse or pony you’ll want to make sure your they have a suitable place to live. Horses need plenty of room to exercise outside, and access to shelter from extremes of weather. They also need dry areas to stand or lie down to help ensure that they remain happy and healthy.

Horses are social animals they should not be housed alone in individual paddocks or pens, as this prevents the performance of social behaviour.

An very important part of horse care is to make sure your horse or pony has a healthy diet with constant access to fresh water and as much opportunity to graze as possible. Horses may still need additional hard feed and forage to maintain their appropriate body weight. Forage should be good quality mould and dust free.

Horses and ponies should not be overweight. Horses and particularly ponies who are overweight are  prone to developing laminitis, a very painful disorder of the feet. A common factor triggering laminitis is feeding on lush spring and autumn grass. Always monitor their grazing and restrict if necessary. Speak to your vet about how at risk your horse may be of developing laminitis and how you can help reduce that risk.

You must worm and vaccinate your horse against equine influenza and tetanus regularly. A strict worm regime is essential to prevent worm infestation for in depth advice visit https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/horse-health-and-sickness/worm-control-and-worming

Horses’ teeth erupt through the gums continuously. They can develop hooks and sharp edges which can cause painful injuries inside the mouth. Get them  checked by an equine vet or qualified equine dental technician at least annually.

Your horse should be seen by a farrier registered with the Farriers’ Registration Council every  six weeks, even if they are unshod.

Now your fully prepared for your new horse or pony it is time to find your suitable new companion here are some tips to help. https://finerstables.co.uk/buying-a-horse/