If you are considering buying your very own horse, there are many things that you will need to research before you go ahead. Caring for a horse is a very big job and it will take up a lot of your time, money and space. Not only is it vital for you to understand how to look after your horse properly, but also to your horse. If your horse does not get the love, attention and care it needs then you may be putting him in danger and this is against animal care guidelines.
It is absolutely essential to your horse that he has enough space. There are no official guidelines in place to how much space you need to give your horse, but it is often advised that you should have at least an acre of land per horse you own.
You will also need to make sure that the space you are providing for your horse is safe and secure. The first thing you should check is that the enclosure is fenced off, if there is missing fencing you must repair this before you get your horse.
Horses find many different plants poisonous so it is essential that you do your research into what plants your horse cannot eat. Once you have a list you should go around the enclosure and remove any of the dangerous plants. You will need to make sure you do this on a weekly basis.
Before you get your horse, it is important that you have an appropriate shelter built for him. To get an idea how big the shelter needs to be, you should look at the variety of mobile horse shelters. You will be better off choosing to build a mobile shelter, they are much quicker to build and they don’t need any planning permission.
Food & Water
You should provide your horse with a constant supply of clean water. You should give him fresh water at least twice a day and refill the water whenever his bucket is empty. Most people will feed their horse hay, however this isn’t quite enough to fulfil his nutritional needs. A good idea is to add grain to the hay to make sure your horse is getting enough nutrients.
You will need to provide your horse a space he can go to when he wants to relax or go to sleep. You should never expect your horse to stand all day or expect him to lie on a cold hard floor. The most popular choice of bedding for a horse is straw; this is because it is cheap, warm and comfortable. You will have to replace the bedding quite regular to keep it clean and hygienic.
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