When looking at horses on television and the media typically you see a majestic beautiful creature moving in large groups practically gliding through the world like something straight out of a Mother Goose Rhyme. It may seem very appealing and rewarding experience to raise a horse, and it is by all means.
Lets just rewind that thought a tiny bit and remember this is a majestic beautiful 1,000 pound creature gliding out of a Mother Goose fantasy capable of innocently crushing and brutally killing anything under its hooves if it even accidentally steps on in the wrong place, how is that fantasy looking now? Here we will help you understand some of the lesser known facts about keeping and raising horses.
The daily needs of feeding a horse
Now that we have lightly touched on the fact that the average horse weighs enough to crush just about anything other then an elephant. Lets look at the needs of something so large. Typically on average a horse will consume a total of 25 gallons of water a day. Do you pay for your water? That could start adding up pretty quickly. Now when it comes to solid food consumption the average a horse will need to eat on a daily basis is approximately 1 to 2 percent of its body weight, looking at that from a 1,000 pound perspective you will be looking at 10 to 20 pound bales daily. So on a weekly basis you will need to provide about 140 pounds of food a week per horse.
Horses teeth never stop growing
Horses have a unique set of teeth that are always growing, and as to be expected with constantly changing teeth you will need to have regular dental exams to make sure your horses teeth are not only in a healthy state, but also without exams a horses teeth will become crooked, crowded, or uneven causing the horse to have problems doing simple daily necessities such as just eating.
Light skinned horses can sunburn
Notice with most people the lighter or more fair the skin the more likely that person is going to become burnt and entail sun damage from prolonged exposure to the sun? Well, same with our lovely 1,000 pound friends. But don’t worry too much horses can get sunscreen and lots of time in the shade too.
Horses get lonely
Just like the human species a horse is a social creature. You ever just feel left out sad and alone? Yea well so can a horse. So lets take two horses on a farm. One horse dies of unknown natural causes your other horse gets a bad case of separation anxiety. Now you will need to not only make up for what you have lost yourself but your horse too, but don’t worry they make herbal remedies for horses to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, and prevent the the chances of that horse from stopping eating and becoming sick itself.
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