Horse riding tips
A happy and healthy horse requires attention and care in the form of food, water, shelter, exercise, space to roam and more. Owning a horse is a rewarding experience but is also a constant responsibility.
There are many elements of basic horse care, but a good place to start is with grooming. You should groom your horse before riding to prevent any dirt or debris from causing discomfort to the horse. Even if you do not ride your horse you should try and groom them at least once a week.
Being groomed, petted and scratched all over is very enjoyable to a horse, and a great way to bond with your pet whilst ensuring that they are clean and hygienic.
As well as grooming there are many other things to consider such as housing, feed, foot and dental care. You should also keep a well-stocked first aid kit including all of the essential items such as cotton roll, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic wash, disinfectant and any other useful items.
An average horse should have at least one acre for roaming around and getting exercise naturally. As to feeding your horse there are many options depending on how active your horse is and whether they have any dietary requirements. There are many people that allow their horses to graze naturally on grass and only provide hay when the grass needs to replenish. If you are showing your horse you may want to feed them supplements to get the best performance.
Caring for your horses’ feet is one of the most important things you can do. Without healthy feet your horse will live a miserable and debilitating existence. You should pick their hooves periodically to make sure there are no rocks or other unwanted objects lodged in there, are these may cause damage to the sensitive part of the hoof. It will also prevent thrush and any other nasty bacterial build ups. A blacksmith will trim your horses’ hooves and shoe your horse if needed.
When it comes to riding your horse you should ensure that the saddle and bridle are correctly fitted to ensure you are not hurting them. Badly fitted equipment can lead to back problems and behavioural issues which are difficult to correct.
Assuming you are comfortable with the basics of horse riding, ie. Positioning and holding the reins correctly, horse riding can provide hours of fun for you and your horse, it is a great way to bond with your pet whilst giving them the exercise that they require.
Horses can sometimes be easily spooked so if you are still getting to know your horse, remain vigilant and patient, incase of anything spooking your horse, the best thing to do is to remain calm and give your horse a reassuring stroke to calm them down. Horses are great at picking up on our emotions and if you stay calm and give them no reason to be scared they will likely listen to you and soon learn they can trust you.