For your horse to remain healthy, safe, and well, you need to make sure that you provide the proper horse care that it requires. Domesticated horses require to be attended twice each day since they are kept in a generally restricted area and have no access to grazing. This beautiful and sensitive creature needs patience and commitment, so you can extend the care that it needs.
Domesticated horses require to be attended twice each day since they are kept in a generally restricted area and have no access to grazing.
Horses instinctively submit to the discipline of a herd. It is also the same instinct that drives them to act. Because of that each member of the herd will behave for the survival of the whole group. Each would stand in guard and takes turn in sleeping and standing guard to make sure that the herd will be safe throughout their stay in a specific locality. A single leader of the herd gives the signal whenever there is danger and the herd acts in response to it.
Note also that domesticated horses can be easily startled, so if it will be your first time to be around horses, you must learn to be move quietly. Any unnecessary noise will automatically activate their flight reflexes. It may also cause injury to your horse, you, and even the people who might just be next to you and your horse. It is also necessary that you communicate with a gentle, soothing voice when you are grooming or fending your foal.
Groom Your Horse Thoroughly and Regularly.
Horses do not have the capability to groom themselves. Make sure that you have them groomed regularly to make them look, feel and smell pleasant all the time. The foal’s coat, mane, and tail should be kept free of any dirt, sweat, sand, dry leaves, twigs, and any other foreign object. Also, when cleaning your horse, make sure that every part of the horse, from the head to its feet, is cleaned thoroughly. You should use a horse grooming kit to make this easier
Keep Your Horse’s Stable Clean.
Keeping your foal’s stall clean is as important as grooming it. It should be swept at least once a day to ensure that no manure, shavings, straw, or any unnecessary object are left scattered in the hallways, alleys, even inside the horse’s stable. Remember that leaving these mess can attract rodents, insects, as well as disease carrying bacteria, so you need to make sure that your horse will be safe even while inside its stall.
The beddings should also be changed whenever necessary to make sure that your foal’s stable will not only be looking clean, but will also smell better.
Provide the Right Horse Feed.
A horse needs to follow a feeding schedule. When introducing a new diet for the foal, it should be incorporated in its regular feed slowly, so that your horse’s digestive system can easily adjust to the changes. Note that any abrupt change in the diet may cause unnecessary health concerns for your horse. It can take about 10 days before your horse can actually adjust, however.
Pay attention to everything that is provided for the horse, including the supplements, treats, water, even shots. Take note of any changes with any change in the feeding program, and in cases that you are not certain how to treat your horse, make sure to consult a veterinarian right away. Your full understanding of your horse — its needs, as well as everything provided for it — will just be what might be needed in case of an emergency, so take note of everything.
Providing Proper Horseshoes
A horse’s hooves continue to grow every month and will take about a year to have its hooves reach to the ground. That means their hooves should be trimmed regularly and should be provided horseshoes as these may protect their hooves from cracking and other related hoove problems.
Improper shoeing can likewise cause problems like bowed tendons, soreness, spasms, and splints, so you will have to make sure that the shoe that should do into your horse’s hooves are fit properly to provide the animal comfort instead.
In general, your horse needs to feel comfortable in its own space. Needless to say, you need to make sure that you make the animal feel secured and be treated just the way it should be. This will make it easier to establish a good relationship with the horse.
As a horse has a life expectancy of about 25-30 years, you will be assured that you will have a satisfying bond with your horse if you are able to constantly provide proper horse care.