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