Monday, January 7, 2013

Basic Horse Care

 Looking after a horse can be time consuming and also expensive. Whilst there is not much you can do about how much of your time it takes up, short of hiring staff to look after them, you can keep costs down by searching for best prices both online and in stores. Many online sites have online tack shops that sell most the necessary pieces of equipment needed. Online stores often offer free delivery if you spend over certain amounts and given how large a lot of horse equipment is, for example horse rugs will easily take up the boot of your car, having a lot of items delivered will work out much easier for you. A lot of online stores offer a whole range of items including horse feeds so if you shop carefully you can buy all your items online at once.

Items that you will need to get include:

A head collar, without one of these you will not be able to lead your horse about and move them from field to stable. You will also need a lead rope to attach to the head collar and to use if you tie the horse in a yard for when you are grooming.

A bridle, saddle and saddle blanket is needed for riding a horse. You will also require a hard hat, riding boots and appropriate protective clothes.

You will need warm and waterproof rugs for different seasons. The type of rug you get depends on the environment that your horse is in. It is important to ensure that the rug is the correct size and Viovet has a handy measuring guide you can use to ensure you fit your horse correctly.

To keep your horse looking nice you will need a grooming kit containing a hoof pick, appropriate brushes for both the horses coat and mane and a brush to remove mud.

You will also need a feed bin and water container. If your horse is a bit kicky it is worth putting the water bucket in a tyre which you can weight down or nail into the ground for stability.

If you are in a shared stable you might have access to wheelbarrow, spade, pitch fork and broom but if not you will need these items for mucking out the stable and clearing the fields.
Ensure you get a good quality food and any necessary supplements that your horse might need. Keep them up to date with worm treatment as well.

 (Thanks for the guest post Matt)




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