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Horses 101

Before you bring your new equine companion home, you'll want to learn about the basics of good horse care. Learn how to feed, house, and care for your horse or pony. Discover how pony care differs from horse care, what good health looks like and when to call the vet.

Horses 101

At the very least a horse needs:

  • Pasture free from hazards such as holes, rusty farm machinery and loose wire fences.
  • Safe fencing such as wooden, plastic, or vinyl rails, or mesh wire fencing.
  • Grass for grazing or equivalent amount of good quality hay.
  • Unlimited supply of fresh clean water, heated if necessary in sub-freezing temperatures.
  • Unlimited access to minerals and salt.
  • Shelter from wet or wintry weather and shade in summer.
  • A dry clean area to lie down.
  • Daily monitoring for injury or illness.
  • Companionship, either with another horse, donkey, mule or pony or another animal such as a sheep or goat.

Learn to groom, care for your stable, and care for your horse or pony safely with these tips and articles

The Essentials of Horse Care

When you bring home your first horse, there are a few essential things you'll need to know in order to care for it properly right away. Learn the basics of feeding, tying and basic care for your first horse.

Horse Care Essentials:

  • Basic Horse Care: Here is the very basic information you will need to care for your horse properly.
  • Horse and Pony Care By the Day, Week, Month and Year: Have you thought about the time required for properly caring for a horse? I've broken down what you need to do to care for your horse by the day, week month and year.
  • How to Tie Safely: Probably, the first thing you'll need to do when you get your first horse is tie it in a stable or trailer. Here is how to tie your horse safely.

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