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What does a horse need?

What does a horse need?The horses feel happy and good in their usual environment as long as they can move around, eat and socialize.

Here is the short list of what the horse needs:

  • A grassland free from danger like old and rusty farm equipment and holes.
  • Safe fence made from wood, vinyl rails, mesh wire or plastic.
  • Sufficient amount of grass or hay of good quality.
  • Limitless supply of clean and fresh water. During the cold weather it is necessary to heat it.
  • A supply of salt and minerals.
  • A shade in hot summer days and a shelter from rain and chilly weather.
  • A clean and dry place to lie down.
  • Daily inspection for illness or injury.
  • A fellowship is also important. It could be another horse, pony or a mule, donkey or even sheep or goat.

Feeding your horse

The food is the main thing what does a horse need. First of all you need to learn how to feed your horse and what it actually eats. The grass is the main part of horse’s diet. It contains nutrients and elements that are very important for health. If your horse doesn’t have an access to fresh grass all year around, hay is the second best choice. A good quality hay isn’t easy to find, it has to be reach in minerals and vitamins. Oats is a traditional horse food for a very long time.

There are some grains that are not recommended or allowed only in small quantities to feed the horses. You may consider adding concentrated mixes to your horse’s diet as well as minerals and salt. You may also include treats like fruits and veggies, sugar cubes or candies. It’s necessary to remember to give treats in small quantities. Water is a vital part of the horse’s diet, so the unlimited supply of clean and fresh water is crucial.

Feeding your horse

Grooming your horse

Your horse should be groomed at least before driving or riding. During the grooming, you can check the horse’s hooves and skin condition. For Grooming you’ll need:

  • A grooming mitt or curry comb.
  • A brush with rigid bristles.
  • A plastic tail brush.
  • A hoof pick
  • A smooth cloth or sponge.
  • A grooming spray and clippers.

Grooming your horse

Barns and shelters

Horses spend a lot of time in a stall. The stall and sheds have to be designed and built safe and properly. There are certain recommended sizes and codes for the stalls. They need to have enough width so the horse can move and lie down comfortably.

Barns and shelters

During the hot summer days make sure your horse stays cool by clipping a winter coat and provide enough water.


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