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Boarding a Horse by Rob Daniels

Horses and ponies require a lot of care and attention on a daily basis. Sadly, too many horses are neglected as a result of their owners lack of knowledge, time or money to provide suitable care. New horse owners often assume that horses require little care, unfortunately horse care is more than just sticking them in a field.


It is suggested that the minimum acreage required to keep a horse is 1-1.5 acres per horse or pony on the property. Horses need land, they require regular exercise and open space. If you do not have that amount of land available consider boarding. Boarding a horse provides an alternative to new horse owners.


Many riders board horses at local barns, they pay a set fee for board and additional vet or farrier bills. Most barns coordinate vet-checks and farrier appointments. This allows all boarders to share the expense of a vets barn visit.


Alternatively you can stable a horse just like you would send a dog to a kennel for a holiday. Ideal accommodations are ones that neither harms nor causes undue strain, and provides adequate protection. All the riders keep the barn clean, so they learn that along with the fun of riding, comes responsibility to care for their horses. When choosing a barn consider the availability of paddocks. Some horses require all day individual turnout. Others can participate in a group turnout, knowing your horse and his habits are important.


By boarding a horse owners can manage expenses and benefit from the expertise of others. Boarding a horse will also often reduce the risk of injuries and disease. If you are committed to keeping your horse at home, one acre of pasture can provide adequate grazing but requires more management and equipment.


Feeding good quality grass is the best and most natural feed but when it dries up, hay and hard feed must be provided. Horses don't come with warning gauges or flashing red lights. Most horse owners realize that "know-how" is the key to safe and enjoyable house keeping.


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