Basic Horse Care
By Katherine Blocksdorf, About.com Guide
Essential Horse Care
Here's what you need to know when you bring your first horse home. Learn the basics of feeding, tying and and caring for your first horse.
Feeding Your Horse
While grass is a horse's natural food it's not always available, and may not be adequate in some situations. Learn about choosing hay, feeding concentrates, avoiding toxic plants, and the importance of water.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Hay
- Does my horse need grain, supplements or concentrates?
- Feeding Your Horse Concentrates, Grains, and Supplements FAQ
- Water for Your Horse
Barns, Stalls and Shelters
Most horses spend some of their time indoors in a stall. Even if you don't stable your horse, a run-in shed can be a place to shelter your horse from sun, wind, rain and bugs. To maintain good health and safety, barns, sheds and stalls need to be properly designed.
- Designing a Run-in Shelter
- Stable Design
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Stables and Run-in Sheds
- Bedding For Horse Stalls
- How To Clean a Horse Stall
Grooming and Hoof Care
Grooming is an important part of horse care. At minimum your horse should be groomed before riding or driving. A quick grooming every day is a good way to check the condition of your horse's skin and hooves.
- How to Groom Your Horse - Step-by-Step Instructions
- How to Clean Your Horse's Hooves
- Frequently Asked Questions About Shoeing
- Hoof Health - Thrush FAQ
- How to Clip a Bridle Path
Boarding Your Horse
Not everyone can keep their horses in the back yard. Boarding is the next best thing. You'll want to find the best stable, where you and your horse are happy. Here's what to look for, how much it may cost and how to be the type of boarder stable owners are glad to have in their barns.
- Choosing a Boarding Stable for Your Horse
- How Much Does it Cost to Board a Horse?
- Types of Horse Board
- Tips for Successful Horse Boarding
Summer Horse Care Tips
The lazy, hazy days of summer are finally here. Since your horse can't relax in the pool or chill out with AC during the hottest time of the day you'll need to find ways to help him stay cool. And biting insects can be real pests, sometimes harassing horses until they are frantic. Here are some tips to help your horse stay comfortable this summer.
- Help Your Horse Make the Transition from Cold to Warm Weather
- Anhidrosis In Horses
- Hot Weather Strategies for Keeping Your Horse Cool