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Some things to know before buying a horse

buying a horseAre you thinking about getting a horse one day? You are not alone. This is the dream of so many people! I had this dream once, too. It was so strong that as teenager I tried to convince my father to look into getting a horse for us. We actually came even as far as finding my dream horse in Hungary. He was a 3-year-old brown gelding, a Hungarian breed called Kisber Felver. The horse‘s name was Baka.

It turned out that we didn’t meet the even the most basic requirement you need to care for a horse. What is this basic requirement and how can you meet it in order to actually being able to buy a horse.

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Top 3 Horse Hay Nets around $15

grazing horsesIf you watch wild horses or horses that stay 24 hours on the pasture – oh, boy, how much I love to do that! – you see them grazing all the time. They actually graze about 15 hours daily. This is their natural behavior: consuming many forage-based meals throughout the day.

How can you mimic that normal feeding pattern for your horse that is housed in boxstalls, being fed twice a day and having only limited opportunity to forage?

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Top 3 Horse Hoof Picks between $5 and $15

horse hoof pickThere is no way you can get around picking and cleaning the hoofs of your horse. Daily. For me this part of the horse care was one of my favorite work around horses. Of course, the quality of the horse hoof pick is of first priority making this kind of horse care enjoyable or not.

A perfect horse hoof pick needs to be sturdy enough to be able to remove mud and stones compacted in the underside of the horse hoof. At the same time the horse hoof pick needs to be perfect for your hand. It shouldn’t be too big or too small. Most of the available horse hoof picks are made to fit in every hand, they are called to be ergonomically designed.

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How to keep your horse calm

Arab stallionFor a horse frightening situations can occur when you even wouldn’t think of it being so scary.  You might need to lead your horse through a noisy place.  Also guiding your horse into a horse box trailer and out of it can be intimidating.  Working in a horse clinic I encountered numerous situations like that.  Sometimes just parading in front of the veterinarian was enough for some horses to be frightened and to try to flee.

First of all you need to be aware that horses have specific instincts.  They are prey animals.  That means they most likely try to flee as first reaction in dangerous or unfamiliar situations.  There are of course situations where a horse will fight, most often when flight is not tenable or when they want to protect their offspring.  But these situations are probably more rare when handling your horse.  Well, how do you handle your horse to keep him calm and trustful?

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Top 4 Horse Blankets around $70

quarter horse with blanketI still commemorate one horse that I met in a horse clinic back in Switzerland.  This horse stayed there for recovery after a surgery.  He was a very gentle patient gelding.  The only moment of self-consciousness came over him when we let him out in the paddock covered with a horse blanket that was made of a lightweight golden shimmering rain-proof material. Wow! Wearing that golden blanket transformed him into a fiery proud stallion swaggering about in the paddock.

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Top 4 Horse Grooming Kits between $15 and $55

grooming horseOnce horses accept the grooming from humans they soon will appreciate it.  You can give your horses a physical and social comfort feeling by grooming them every day.  Yes, every day.  Why?  Grooming a horse serves several important purposes that you want to meet as often as possible. With the right horse grooming kit you have everything at hand that you need.

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