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Buying A Horse – Tips You Need To Know

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Tips you need to know when buying a horse

I am the proud owner of two beautiful horses; one I bought, Lily and one I rescued, Thunder. It took me a while to find Lily and it has been a long journey for both of us to get where we are today. The bond we have is amazing. Sadly, I see many horse owners who do not have such a relationship with their horses and it is obvious for an outsider that they were not made for each other. Horses get bought and sold all the time and it is a traumatic event for them and can be disheartening for the owners. So it is very important that the horse you buy will be one you will keep for a long time, and maybe forever. read more

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Natural First Aid Kit For Horses

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When you own a horse, you may spend a lot on tack, feed, supplements and riding apparel. However, there is one supply that may save your horse but horse owners tend to forget about: a first aid pack.

Horses have a beautiful body that has evolved over thousands of years from being short with stocky muscular legs to allow them to climb rocks and mountains to a leaner body with long legs to run fast in the plains at the sight of a threat. This means that their body, especially their legs, are a lot more susceptible to injuries than their ancestors’. read more

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Horse Care Basics – Part 3

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Part 1 of Horse Care Basics was about horse behaviour, Part 2 about stable management, grooming and training. Part 3 tips on horse care are dear to my heart as I am passionate about equine nutrition.

I hope this summarised information regarding feeding horses will be valuable to you and your horse.

Horse feeding

Horses are creatures of habit. Their life is made of events which repeat every day. This daily routine brings them comfort and safety. Feeding is part of their routine, therefore they must be fed at a fixed time. Having had-oc feeding times cause distress to horses. They become inpatient, and sometimes aggressive. It is even more prominent with a horse who has been starved in the past. Once a feed regime has been established for your horse, it should not have any radical or dramatic changes. The program must be very carefully examined and must be changed gradually only if the horse’s response is not satisfactory such as losing weight, showing signs of extreme hunger or putting on too much weight. Horses have a highly sensitive digestive system which digests a fixed set of food items in a well organised digestive cycle. Any sudden change in the horse’s feed may bring about colic and he may die. The introduction of new food (except hay and chaff), should be spread over a two week period, starting from about 50 g or 50 ml (solid or liquid form feed) the first day to increase to the desired amount at the end of the period. It is important to keep the digestive balance in place. read more

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