Horses are amazingly beautiful and sensitive creatures. Horses
require not only understanding and patience to have a horse as a
pet, it also requires a whole lot of care.
Taking care of the feet also involves checking the condition of
the shoe. If a horse has extra soft hooves, use some iodine to harden
them up. A hoof pick is used to remove dirt from the hooves. There
is a place for your horses hoof print, feeding records, breeding
information, photos, medical information and emergency contacts.
Hoof oil is used to put a sealing, protecting and shiny seal to
the hoof. Once a month grease the feet with hoof moisturizer.
Good horse care should also include floating of the teeth, and regular
worming. Floating is a process that will normally be performed by
Many horse wormers are available in a palatable tasting paste that
even the novice can administer. Check labels to determine the types
of parasites for which the dewormer is effective against.
A happy, comfortable horse will be more pleasant to ride. To some
people, their horse's shining coat means a symbol of status and
pride. Horses sweat over their bodies, so hosing down and grooming
after exercise is much appreciated by the horse. A grazed horse
requires less grooming than a stabled horse because the natural
oils in the coat help protect them from the weather.
A number of brushes are available which serve different purposes.
Brush the forelock and face, being careful to stay away from the
eyes. Use a damp sponge or cotton to clean the eyes and nose of
the horse. Like many other tissues in the body, muscle is built
onto a framework of collagen. Scrape the body brush with the curry
comb to get the oil off. Don't use a body brush on a horse's head.
It is used to take off oil and dirt. Look for any drainage from
the eyes and make sure your horse's ears don't have anything in
them. Use water to remove any stains that were not possible to remove
by normal brushing.
Be sure to reapply and clean the mitt as you go along. Simply place
the mitt on your hand, squeeze a small amount of shampoo into the
palm of your hand and begin to wash. Remove excess water using a
This is just like a squeegee, except it is used on a horse not a
window Nice lather with an easy rinse out. It leaves the coat naturally
shiny with no residue left behind. It gives a great shine with no
oily residue. The mild, super rich lather rinses quickly.
Prior to riding or turnut thought should be given to fly care. Fly
spray, Fly masks and fly sheets are very helpful items; they prevent
the horse's skin from the bites. Be careful not to get fly spray
in horse's eyes.
You will need to watch how the temperature fluctuates in the barn
to decide what is best for your blanketing system. But, if you are
willing to do this, it makes it easier to cool him and groom him.
Look for a blanket that does have a light color, and is durable
enough to not tear when a horse rolls. A nylon sheet is a good fall
sheet; it prevents wind from cooling the body too much. Look for
blankets that have shoulder gussets, for free movement. Washable
cotton with nylon surcingles. All of your blankets should have wither
protection and a shoulder gusset.
Chest / Tack Box
It is a good idea to have a safe storage area for your equipment
when it is not being used on the horse.
Water / Feed
Remember the water, fresh and plenty of it as a horse can drink
up to 55 litres per day. Normally, a pleasure horse in good body
condition that is getting good-quality hay or pasture needs little
Vaccines / Worming
Make sure your horse has all the vaccinations that are normal for
your geographical location. Put your horse on a good worming program
to control intestinal parasites. A horse should be wormed by a vet
at least two times a year.
Remember, horses must be cared for daily. As you can see horses
are very complicated and you should never own one unless you know
what you're doing. Horse care is a satisfying aspect of owning a
About the Author
Rob Daniels has been an equestrian
rider for 25 years. He has studied various disciplines additional
articles are available at: Riding Stable - http://www.riding-stable.com
and Horse Stall http://www.horse-stall.net