BASIC HORSE CARE FOR BEGINNERS


BASIC HORSE CARE FOR BEGINNERS


hello everybody today im going to be talking you guys on taking care of horses so obviously a lot of you guys have horses you already know how to take care of your horses but there is tons of you guys out there that are new to the equestrian world parents thinking about getting their kids a horse all that type of stuff so if you dont know really what to do for your horse today im going to show you the basics on how to take care of your horse so most of this stuff can go for almost any horse but definitely consult your vet ask your vet questions if your horse needs any sort of special treatment or special feed or anything like that so today im going to show you how to take care of a horse 101 so what is the horse eat most of you guys all know horses eat grass thats the basic thing they eat they eat grass and hay so my horses get fast off of nothing so they dont need any super rich nutrients old alfalfa hay so they get as you can see behind me this lovely stack stack of hay they get basic out salsa grass mixed hid which most horses can do fine on if you have a pony or a breed mixed with a pony definitely ask your vet because ponies can do whats called foundering which is a hoof condition that can make your horse go very very lame so if you have a pony just watch out for they all southla and super rich grass but honestly grasp a pretty much any horse can go with grass heads very basic very versatile hay but if your horse has a very fast metabolism and gets pretty skinny very easily processes food very quickly you might want to go for something more rich like alfalfa or clover so horses also usually eat any type of grain so some people who show their horses have very athletic horses are doing jumping and cross-country and racing and indirect all that type of high-intensity stuff your horse is going to need something more nutrient filled something thats going to replace their calories give them lots of electrolytes but if your horses are pets or just trail horses take it pretty easy also if they hold their weight very well they dont have to have any sort of special processed feed i like to keep my horses feed very natural something that they would eat in the wild so i personally dont like tell it very much but tons of people feed their horses pellets just after about what would be best for your horse so i feed my horses oats now pretty much any horse can eat oats except for like i said ponies just ask your vet if you have a certain type of pony but oats are very good for your horse i see in mind horses oats if you know we do a long trail ride and theyve burnt a lot of calories theyre very sweaty ill get on some oats to kind of replenish that also in the winter time when my horses are burning a lot of calories and energy in the winter to stay warm ill usually give them a can of oats every day or so and see if you can see this this is what the oats look like theyre just whole play notes you can get these at the feed store in like a 40 pound bag we used to grow our own oath obviously not everyone has that option so you can buy them at the feed store theyre pretty inexpensive and my horses dont go through them that quickly and i have three horses so i dont feed them to them every day though so these are kind of a treat if were done








BASIC HORSE CARE FOR BEGINNERS

riding or if its like i said its cold in the winter theyre using a lot of energy so also in the winter time ill give my horses more outside but hey like i said its more rich in nutrients so theyre burning a lot of energy in the winter to stay warm so i want to make sure that they have plenty of energy so ill give them alfalfa hay once in a while but and like i said horses eat grass always make sure your horse has some access to grass grass is so so good for your horses digestive system it keeps their system moist and keeps it flowing really nicely horses have whats called a cecum which is an organ in the gut area that needs to stay very wet and moist sorry i know some people dont like to word moist but always make sure your horse has some access to grass i know not everybody has pasture but if you can get your horse out and let them graze in the yard a couple hours a day thats really really going to benefit your horse grass is the best thing horse can eat thats what they eat in the wild and thats what theyre naturally designed to he is forage and living forage so im going to go over and show you guys our pasture in our dry lot and how i rotate them and all that good stuff so so right out here is our dry lot its pretty big its probably at least an acre and if its you know the wintertime the pastures really icy and slippery i need the horses in here if i have a vet appointment or something i will just close this gate right here if you guys can see that gate and then they are just in this little dry lot but pretty much my horses are always out in the pasture if im not doing anything with them so as you can see they are currently out there in the pasture grazing away lets see theres probably ten acres of pasture out here altogether they have this large pasture that theyre in and then over here is a smaller pasture that way we can separate them from the cows that the cows want to go out there but theyre pretty much always have access to their pasture i dont stall them i personally dont feel like its necessary to stall horses but like i said if you have a pony that may founder a dry lot might be the best option for them so alright so now were going to talk about horse tack if you plan on riding your horse tack is basically the word for all the equipment you use on your horse so i have mine back to your behind me and im just talking about the basic things that you need for a horse if youre getting your first horse youre not sure what to do with them yet just get the basic things you dont have to go all out and buy a $3 000 saddle or anything like that so the first thing that youre going to need is a halter if you guys dont know what a halter is i have two of them here there are two types of halters this is a nylon halter this is pretty common youll see these everywhere pretty much every horse owner of the nylon halter and you have your standard rope halter this is the other type of halter theyre pretty similar just made of different materials and thats what this looks like halters i mean our basic essential youre going to need a halter like some of stuff you wont need but you will need a halter no matter what youre doing with your horse so you typically use these for just tying up your horse leading them around you dont typically ride in these but i strongly encourage you to hide in a halter if your horse is good with it and allows it and the rider has plenty of control but if youre a new rider and your horse is just going to push straight through a halter and ignore it then definitely go with a bridle and take the safest route ask your trainer about that obviously so the next thing is your bridle so the bridle is what you ride in and this is my bridle i write in a hackamore so i do not use bits on my horses or put bits in their mouth but obviously a lot of people do that but youre going to need a bridle to ride in and this is what the bridle typically looks like lastly is your saddle this is my western saddle depending on what youre going to ride youre not going to need a rest western saddle if youre going to ride english or any other discipline but basically get yourself a saddle make sure your saddle fits your horse as well as your bridle have an experienced person help you with saddling and rattling and making sure everything fits properly that way youre not causing any pain or discomfort to your horse thats going to make them act out or show discomfort so this is what the typical western saddle looks like mine is synthetic so its not leather i do have leather saddles this is just the one i use a lot and yeah so this saddle is super cheap i am not like a showing person or anything like that so this saddle is really cheap you can find inexpensive or used tack if you are on a budget you dont have to go out and buy super super expensive brand new tack or anything like that so the last few things that youre going to need for a horse are at your grooming supplies you dont want to ride your horse unless you groom them so you always groom and brush off your horse before you ride and basically what youre really going to need is your curry comb a curry comb is just a rubber comb with like teeth or knobs on it this is what you use to get most of the dirt off as well as a brush a lot of people say that you have to have a hard brush a soft brush a leg brush one for the face and all that kind of stuff i just use a brush just use a brush honestly you dont have to brush your horses face unless theres a lot of crusted dirt and stuff on it but really you just need a brush to brush off most of the dirt and dust off your horses body and then maintenance tail comb or a brush you can get them in either form a brush or comb it doesnt really matter i dont use this that much really just if your horse has like sticks or burrs in their mane or tail or if its really tangled you dont have to brush your horses mane and tail every time you groom them and lastly a hoof pick perfect obviously you want this to pick out your horses seat which i will show you how to do and yeah so you want to make sure you have one of these in case your horse has rocks or anything like that in their hubs that you need to get out so your horses and go lame or anything and actually not lastly this is last you want to have fly spray this isnt that an absolute necessity but i mean you really want to have it around because sometimes in the summer is a bugs and mosquitoes just get so horrible that if youre trying to ride your horse and the horse is just being attacked by bugs the whole time its going to be a miserable miserable ride and your horse is going to hate it youre going to hate it especially if you have horse flies horse flies have a nasty nasty bite so if your horse gets bit by a horse fly when youre riding you might be going off so you always want to have some sort of fly spray around all right so now ill show you guys how to groom the horse its really simple sugars eating right now but thats fine [music] you [music] [music] you [music] [music] okay so to pick the hoof just going to run your hand on the leg and pick your horses hoof up and youre going to take your hoof pick and just pick away the most of the top dirt and then your horse have a frog so the frog is this triangular shape here that youre just going to pick the side and the sides have these little grooves and thats where most of the dirt gets stuck so get any rocks and stuff out and there there you go all right so thats basically how you groom your horse its pretty simple as for fly springing you really just spray it all over your horses body on their legs for the face you can spray on a rag if you want to spray it on their face put it on a rag rub it you can spray it in their ears if your horse lets you some horses hate that also keep some sunscreen around i have sunscreen here you can see my horses noses ill show you in a minute our pretty son burt so you if youre going to be riding in the sun or if your horse is out in the sun most days it wont hurt to put some sunscreen on their face once in a while if your horse has like a pink or white um nose area or eye area they can get some sunburn and youll notice that if it starts to look scabby or really red or pink so thats what i have for you guys today make sure to consult your vet on any special needs that your horse has dont just go off of this video for every horse every horse is different and i hope you guys enjoyed this video and hope it helps some of you if you have any other questions or requests make sure to leave it down in the comments below also if you want to learn how to saddle bridle or halt to your horse i have those videos on my channel make sure to go check them out they will be up in the corner above me and thank you so much for watching this video ill see you guys next time bye

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