Caring for horses
To get into the equine world, it is important to start with a docile horse that is already used to being ridden. It is recommended that you start with a mare or a castrated male as the young, uncastrated males can be very excitable and difficult to control if they simply smell a female in heat.
The best model to make first contact with these animals is usually a seven year-old mare, accustomed to being with people and to being ridden. Although, the help of an expert is always recommended to acquire the right technique and mastery of the animal.
The way to approach a horse is from the front, so that they can see and hear you. The first step is to extend your hand in a way that they can smell it and get closer. Stroke its neck lightly to show it that you are not afraid.
The horse has some minimum needs for its well being. One factor to keep in mind is a living space where it will feel comfortable, to avoid nervousness and possible injury.
Other points you should not forget are:
Veterinary visits: for horses, at least twice a year is recommended.
Dental care: a periodic dental revision by a veterinarian is recommended. Normally every six months for a molar filing.
Vaccines: vaccinations should also be periodically given, according to the veterinary suggestions and standards. This is especially emphasized for horses that frequently go to competitions, fairs or exhibitions.
Deworming: In a horse's environment (grass, water, meadows), there are numerous microscopic parasites. Periodical deworming breaks the cycle and avoids possible illnesses.
Feeding: the horse needs adequate and varied food, keeping in mind its age, breed and activity. Possible problems coming from poor feeding can be obesity or anemia. In the section dedicated to feeding, we will give you more details to be able to achieve a balanced diet for your horse.