If you are just considering on getting a horse or already have one it is absolutely essential that you know how to care for him properly. There are many things which you will need to check to make sure that your horse is safe in his enclosure. Believe it or not, your horse’s enclosure can be a rather dangerous place for him if it is not maintained properly. Is your pasture safe for your horse? It is important that you spend enough time regularly checking the pasture.
The Area of the Pasture
There are no official guidelines which are currently in place telling you exactly how much space your horse needs. However it is often advised that you have around one acre per horse, it is essential that your horse has enough room in his pasture to run around to satisfy his physical needs. If you are looking at getting more horses in the future and only have a small space, you will have to look at expanding the enclosure.
Check the Pasture Is Safe
As well as checking that your horse has enough room to move around the pasture, you will also need to check the area inside the pasture is safe for your horse. You should regularly check to see if there is any rubbish inside the pasture, if there is rubbish in there this can harm your horse if he tries to eat it. You should also check that the pasture is fenced all the way around without any holes in it. This will prevent your horse from escaping and being injured. There are no requirements to what you should use as fencing for the enclosure; however it is advised that you shouldn’t use barbed wire as this can harm your horse if he becomes tangled in it.
You will need to check on a regular basis to see check if there are any poisonous plants growing inside your horses pasture which he may eat. These plants will grow naturally and it is likely that your horse will eat them. The harmful plants which you should look out for and remove are: acorns, star thistle, locoweed, meadow saffron, buttercups, foxglove, ragwort, privet and deadly nightshade. If your horse does eat any of these it is likely that he will face very dangerous health issues.
You will have to make sure that your horse has enough shelter within his enclosure. Natural shelter, from trees, will not be enough to protect your horse from bad weather. You should have a mobile field shelter in the enclosure where your horse can go to get away from the wind and the rain. You should also provide your horse with bedding inside his shelter so that he has somewhere to rest at night.
Charlie is a loving horse owner and loves advising others on how to care for their horses. For more information on shelter for your horse go to, www.primestables.co.uk