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Does anyone have/care for horses?

We're getting a horse in a few weeks. Neither DH or I have had to care for one on our own before. Any advice?

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mamahud

Asked by mamahud at 11:10 AM on Jun. 4, 2009 in Pets

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  • We live on a ranch. We have about 4 horses that belong to us plus the ranch horses. What specifics are you wanting to know. Your basics are to keep clean water out. And provide them with feed and hay. We feed twice a day and they have a round bale of hay in the pasture and we feed square bales when they are stalled.They type of feed you feed will depend on the horse,and what you are doing with it. They have from your basic oats and sweet feeds, to special feeds for young horses, adult horses, and seniors, to inactive horses to working horses, to complete feeds so you do not necessarily have to give hay with it. Although it is better to give a little hay with it. but you don't have too. The brands and kinds are endless. You will need to keep them wormed and vacinnated. Wormer is fairly inexpensive and over the counter at a feed store. it is better to alternate brands each time. Keep there feet trimmed or shoed.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:48 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • Generally shoeing is every 6 weeks, and trimming too uless you have one that has good feet , you can let it go to 8. But just watch and see how they are looking. Don't forget your grooming essentials. A nice soft brush (used mostly around face area and i use if horse isn't real dirty), a little stiffer bristle brush ( body , legs, etc. you can imagine where it would not feel good) a cury comb ( removes dirt well, and used on body , removes hair too but i like shedding blade better), And i like a shedding blade for when winter coats come off. I just use a regular hair brush for mane and tale. Don't give them water if the are hot after exercising and riding. Let them cool down first. Don't over feed them. Hope this helps some. Any thing else just let me know.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:54 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

  • If you sign up the aspca forums there are lots of people who might be able to help out...
    youngfirsttimer

    Answer by youngfirsttimer at 4:45 PM on Jun. 4, 2009

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