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Horse Care for Beginners

 
If you’re anything like us, at one stage the only horse you owned was on posters on your wall, or in books on your shelves. Now that your horse has a name, lives in a paddock, and enriches your life daily, it’s important to know the basics of horse care.
 

Companionship & Exercise

companionship-and-horse-careAn underlying constant of caring for your horse is companionship. Your relationship with your horse is important and the desire to build one is likely a reason you invested in a horse to begin with. 
 
It’s always easier to do things we enjoy for those we love. When you enjoy caring for your horse as much as you love riding them, it will facilitate your relationship and help to keep your horse healthy.
 
Horses also benefit from companionship with other animals. If you’re housing your horse in a shared stable, they will be able to interact with other horses regularly. However, if this is not an option, supply them with companionship from other animals such as goats, sheep, or cattle.
 

Horse Feed & Water

All animals need the bare necessities of food and water. Just as we need sustenance to exercise, work, and play, so does your horse. Wild horses thrive on only pasture and that’s really all your horse needs too. 
 
However, if the quality of their grazing area decreases due to environmental factors such as the weather, your horse will need supplementary feed. Add specialist feeds designed especially for equine needs to your horse’s diet to give them a hearty boost. Try Lucie brixnuts and pellets for all natural nutrition or Antilam Plus's 'Cool, Calm and Complete Feed' for horses and ponies with more sensitive digestion.   
 
Fresh, clean water should always be available to your horse who will drink 20 to 50L of the stuff per day. Make sure you provide the water in a properly cleaned vessel too: you don’t want any toxic leftovers from its last use!
 

Best Practice Horse Grooming

Different brushes offer different stages of care during grooming. Use a curry comb to brush any dirt loose from your horse’s coat. Use a circular motion in the opposite direction to the hair growth to make sure you get all the dirt you can off. 
 
The next item to pick up is a hard brush. This grooming essential allows you to remove dirt brought out with the curry comb. Short and straight flicking actions are ideal with this brush in order to really get between the hairs. 
 
You should use tough-bristled hard brushes firmly but be aware not to brush so hard that it is uncomfortable for your horse. To avoid discomfort, do not use this brush on your horse’s more sensitive areas, including the:
 
Face
Ears
Belly
Mane
Tail 
 
Next, use a soft brush to remove any remaining dirt. You should also use a wet sponge to clean your horse’s face, wiping their eyes and nose. 
 

Horse Care Tips for Hygienic Cleaning

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Make sure to use a different sponge to clean under the horse’s tail, which is the next step. Avoid sharing sponges between horses so that you do not risk spreading any infection between them. 
 
Finally, brush out your horse’s mane and tail. Remember to separate any tangles using your hands first, so you reduce the chance of ripping out hair.
 
You’ll be proud to boast the best-looking stallion in the ring when you care for your horse with these top horse care tips. Keeping your horse healthy means you can look forward to the rewarding experience of riding and caring for these amazing animals for years to come.