The Basics of Horse Care

HorsesHorses deeply entwine with the culture and history of New Zealand. If you have ever wondered about the pioneer horses to first graze in the lush green fields of this country, look no further. The first horses on NZ’s islands came in December of 1814, brought by Rev. Samuel Marsden.

Since then, horses in NZ have grown in population and have served in all areas in the typical life of a New Zealand citizen. If you are looking to adopt a horse, here are basic horse care tips for you.

What Horses Need

To start your journey with horses on the right foot, here is a checklist of what these animals need:

  • Hazard-free pasture.
  • Safe fencing (recommended materials include mesh, vinyl, wire, wood, and plastic).
  • Quality and sufficient supply of hay and/or grass.
  • Safe and clean drinking water.
  • Sufficient supply of salt and minerals.
  • Winter shelter/summer shade.
  • Companionship (another horse, mule, pony, or a donkey).
  • Regular health check-up.

Horse Feeding

Providing a balanced diet to your equine friend can be a tricky business. For starters, you must acquaint yourself with the Henneke Body Condition scoring to evaluate whether your horse is obese (9) or severely undernourished (1). From this, you can then use the details to do the math essential to horse feeding.

Aside from weight, other things to consider when feeding horses include the type of horse, age, reproductive status, and climate, among others.

Whether you give your horses food from Takanini Feeds, or you raise them on purely organic supplies, the most crucial thing to remember is that their amount of food intake should correspond to their specific needs and condition.

Raising horses is not like raising dogs. The former demand more regarding upkeep and this is something all interested horse herders should know from the get-go. If you think you are up to the challenge, get yourself a nice looking stud and have fun.