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    Posted November 19, 2013 by
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    Responsibilities of Owning a Horse

     

    Owning a horse requires substantial investment, hard physical labor, and lifetime responsibilities and dedication. However, this can help you establish good routines and habits.

     

    Aside from attending to your horse’s everyday care like feeding, grooming, and exercise, you need to clean and maintain the facility, provide training, veterinary care, medical health and stoneways insurance.

     

    Your horse will need as much care during winter as he does during the summer. You have legal obligations to your horse and other horse owners, motorists and pedestrians passing your property.

     

    Benefits of horse ownership

     

    Horses are a feast for the eyes because they are beautiful to watch, and they provide a valuable opportunity to learn about animal behavior. Their interactions and reactions are fascinating, which provides great stories to share with friends, and horse groups. Owning a horse can be very fulfilling because he can make you trustworthy, thorough, reliable, consistent, and honest. Your horse can teach you the meaning of teamwork.

     

    If your life is hectic, a rein-swinging walk can help reduce stress because it can lull you back into natural rhythms and provide invaluable therapy.

     

    Choosing the right horse for you

     

    One of the biggest responsibilities that comes with owning a horse is the cost. Depending on the horse breed, age, size, health, and ability, it can cost up to thousands of dollars. Good horses don’t come cheap so if you’re in the market for a horse, check out your state’s agricultural bulletin, equine forums, newspaper ads, or livestock auctions.

     

    Horses are not purely chosen based on looks alone but personality, temperament, and discipline. Horses can be docile, flighty, easy, and pushy so you need to be comfortable with handling their temperament.

     

    Since you are thinking of buying a horse, you must have already taken lessons and are familiar with basic disciplines.

     

    Maintenance and provisions

     

    Your horse needs access to fresh and unlimited water supply even in winter because the hay and food they eat have zero water. During summer, he needs a lot of water to keep his body cool.

     

    Make sure he has plenty to eat. If your pasture is not sufficient to feed your horse, you can buy complete feed mix or hay to meet the calories he requires. Food containers should be washed at least once a month to stop bacteria growth, mildew, and mold.

     

    In the summer, your horse must have a way to get out of the summer sun, and winter; he needs protection from the cold winter winds.

     

    To ensure that your horse is clean, a weekly grooming should be done. This will also allow you to check for cuts, wounds, and scrapes. Clean the horses shed at least once a week and a monthly complete hose down and washing especially during the warm months.

     

    On a quarterly basis, your horse needs de-worming. He also needs yearly veterinarian check up, vaccinations, and a farrier to maintain his feet.

     

    Safety

     

    Your horse relies on you for safety so make sure he is free from predators. Check the shelter daily for any signs of damage. Your farmyard must be free from loose fencing or farm tools that may injure him. Store your feed safely so that no animals will try to eat it.

     

    If you give your horse the highest level of care, you will be rewarded with a life-long companion.

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