Horse care and management is a daily essential, and no matter what the breed, type, or age a horse is, it must be treated as an individual!
Horses need regular grooming to check for signs of good and ill health, injury, fitness, and also prior to being tacked up.
How to groom and the equipment required are essential to be able to thoroughly groom from head to toe and, whilst doing so, notice if the feet need trimming or re-shoeing, if the horse is gaining or loosing too much weight, or if there are any signs of injury or illness such as cuts or nasal discharge.
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Knowing all the different ailments that can affect the horse will help you to recognise, monitor and treat them successfully. You will also need to make sure that you are keeping current and up to date flu and tetanus injections for example.
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The horses structure is made up of many different parts each with its own unique function. Understanding these parts can greatly help you to take the best care of your horse on a day to day and long term basis. Structures such as skeleton, hooves, lower leg, muscles and dental as well as systems such as respiratory system, circulatory system and digestive system and the points of the horse can all help in the training and general well being of your horse.
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The activity you choose will affect what tack you will need and knowing how to put tack on correctly is essential for the comfort and safety of both you and your horse.
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The frequency and the amount of work being done will decide whether or not you need to clip. Knowing when to clip, why to clip, and which clip style to use will ultimately depend on the individual horse and their circumstances, how they are coping, and their type of coat.
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Your horses hooves play an extremely important role in your horses way of going, conformation and overall soundness, regular visits by a qualified farrier as well as nutrition and day to day care will all pay an essential part in hoof soundness.
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Having the horses teeth checked regularly by a qualified equine dentist is all part of the horses yearly routine.
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There are many reasons to rug up a horse and with such a wide selection of rugs available knowing which rug you need for different situations and how to put a rug on and take one off correctly are necessary for the safety of both you and your horse.
Paying careful attention to storage, repair and cleaning, will also help a rug to last longer.
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Knowing what to feed and in what proportions takes careful consideration, as well as knowing when to feed, and how to store and prepare feeds correctly. Each diet must be calculated and tailored to suit the individual horse and be re-evaluated as necessary.
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Horse Stables And Barns
Stables are a specially designed building in which to safely house a horse.
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Worming is an area which needs careful planning as it is often down to you to administer the drugs rather than a professional vet!
Being able to spot the signs of a worm infestation and knowing about the different types of worm that affect your horse and their life cycles will help you to know which chemical groups you need, to achieve a successful worming program.
Applying good grassland management will aid in the worm infestation, along with correct storage and administering of the wormer itself.
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Exercise And Fitness
Having your horse at the correct level of fitness for the task at hand is essential not only for your safety but for the safety and well being of your horse as well.
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Breeding And Foaling
Deciding to breed from your mare takes huge consideration and factors such as temperament, conformation, facilities and time all need to be taken into account.
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A successful pasture management programme will benefit both your horse and pasture. Taking into account daily and yearly care, type of fencing, field and maintenance equipment and poisonous plants are all part of good pasture management.
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Being able to fully understand your horses insurance policy is essential so that you know what you are and are not covered for.
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