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Horse ownership and what to pay attention to

Horse ownership and what to pay attention to

The posture of a horse

Keeping a horse is a responsible task that requires a certain level of knowledge and commitment. Horses are demanding creatures with specific needs to ensure their well-being and health. In this article we will look at keeping a horse in a species-appropriate manner and show you what to pay attention to.

Stable accommodation

An important aspect of keeping horses is stable accommodation such as a stable or barn. The accommodation should provide enough space for the horse to move freely and rest. Good ventilation in the stable is important to ensure good air circulation and prevent mold from forming. In addition, there should always be enough bedding and clean drinking water available.

Grazing and exercise

Horses are herd animals by nature and need sufficient exercise. Ideally, horses should have regular grazing to be able to move freely. Care should be taken to ensure that the pasture is safe and that there are no hazards such as poisonous plants or holes. If grazing is not possible, the horse should be given sufficient exercise every day in a paddock or in a riding arena.

Species-appropriate nutrition

Proper nutrition is crucial to a horse's health. Horses are so-called “rough feed eaters” and require a continuous supply of hay or grass. Concentrated feed such as oats or pellets can also be fed. The amount of feed should be adjusted to the horse's weight and activity level to ensure healthy weight control. Fresh water should be available at all times.

Veterinary care

Regular veterinary examinations and vaccinations are an important part of horse ownership. A veterinarian can check the horse for possible health problems and provide vaccinations against diseases such as tetanus and influenza. It is also advisable to deworm the horse regularly to prevent infection with parasites.

Social interaction

Horses are social animals and need contact with other animals in order to lead a happy and balanced life. If possible, the horse should be kept in a herd to allow for social interactions. If this is not possible, regular contact with other horses should be made possible in the form of grazing or shared rides.

Care and hygiene

Regular care of a horse is important to avoid skin and coat problems. Brushing the coat regularly removes dirt, removes loose hair and promotes blood circulation in the skin. The hooves should be cleaned regularly and checked for injuries or damage. Good hoof care is crucial to the horse's health and should not be neglected.

Overall, keeping a horse in a species-appropriate manner requires a high level of responsibility and attention. It is important to be well informed and work with experts such as veterinarians and experienced horse owners to ensure the horse's needs are met. Proper care and care for a horse results in a healthy and happy animal that can form a strong bond with its owner. By respecting horses' specific needs and providing them with an appropriate environment, we can ensure that they live full and healthy lives.



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