Horse Health Tips

Often, it is the simplest things that make the greatest difference when it comes to horse health. Horses that have not been doing well may begin to thrive when you successfully tweak one or two things in your management program. Horses are simple creatures with uncomplicated needs. However, it is important to know the most important facts about horse health.

Top 4 Horse Health Tips

No matter if you are just beginning life as a horse owner or have seen several ponies come and go, no matter if you raise performance horses or just have them for pleasure in your backyard, you should be aware of the seven most important horse care tips, such as:

Horse Health1. Basic Nutrition

When it comes to horses, a little nutrition goes a long way. Horses are in the habit of eating large amounts of food that is low in nutrients and high in fiber, so adding even a small amount of nutrition to their diet can lead to astounding results.

You can improve the health of your horse just by adding an ounce of nutritional supplements to their feed.

2. Chewable Food

In order to remain in good health, horses need to chew on something practically all day and night, like hay. In addition, horses also need to walk as they eat in order to aid digestion and stay active. Because hay does not provide all of the nutrients that a horse needs, it is more for entertainment. Chewing on hay keeps horses occupied and thus out of trouble.

3. Body Maintenance

Body maintenance is crucial to good horse health; however, it does not have to be complex or expensive. If you meet all of your horse’s nutritional needs and you keep him occupied with plenty of hay to chew on, all that remains is dental care, hoof care, de-worming, vaccinations and necessary bodywork. You should be able to take care of the majority of these elements of horse care on your own. However, it is not recommended that you attempt to take on dental care.

Give Horses Room to Roam4. Room to Roam

Wild horses travel as much as twenty-five miles every day, searching for food and water. Horses are designed to keep moving at all times, so it is important to make sure that your horse as plenty of room to graze, exercise and play. If your horse stays in a stall, schedule as much time out to roam as possible.

These simple changes to your horse health management program can make a huge difference. You will be amazed at how much happier your horse will be when he is healthy.

Comments

  1. Joeie Davis says:

    My horse came to me in a heart breaking way. He belonged to my older brother who passed away a little over a month ago and I came to this website to be sure I would be able to keep him in tip top shape.He is a beautiful horse and my brother took great pride in him and so will I.

    • Hi Joeie,
      I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, my kindest thoughts to you and your family.
      Sometimes animals can come into our lives to help us heal, horses are good at making us feel better by just been around them. You and your new horse will have an unspoken knowing due to the bond you both share for your brother.
      Please contact me with any questions you have about horse care, you can email me at Sue-Ellen@completehorsecare.com with any questions.

      Take care during this time of healing and let your new horse help you.

      With my warmest thoughts

      Sue-Ellen

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