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Welcoming a new horse to your home


While many horses are boarded, others live contentedly in their owner's backyard. It's easy to create a safe environment for your new horse with some forethought and effort.

Shelter and pasture

Horses need a sturdy shelter. If you don't have a barn, build a three-sided structure. It should be large enough and situated to offer protection from insects and weather. Take your budget, deed restrictions and potential property tax implications into account.

If you do have a barn, secure the feed, tack and other supplies to keep nosy horses from rooting around.

Horses need daily exercise and need least an acre to roam, run and graze.

Fencing

Improper fencing can cause injuries, so invest in a quality fence. Fences let horses move about securely.

Many horse owners build a three- or four-board wood or vinyl fence. Because wood fencing warps or becomes loose, consider adding an electric wire along the top board. Or use wire fencing combined with hotwire. Electric fencing might be the most economical option. Consider installing electric tape instead of wire. In any case, never use barbed wire. It's designed for cattle, not horses.

Regularly walk through the fenced in area. Clear it of poisonous plants. Fill in holes to prevent leg injuries. Look for broken glass, nails, jagged pieces of metal and other items that could cause injuries.

Feeding

A horse's nutrition requirements depend on its growth stage, physiology and activity level. Be careful not to over feed your horse. Most domestic horses adapt to twice daily feedings, but ask the previous owner about the feed and feeding schedule the horse is accustomed to. Keeping it similar helps the horse during the transition. Stock up on the appropriate vitamins, minerals and a supply of hay.

Grazing is an affordable way to meet some of the horse's nutritional requirements. It takes about an acre of pasture to support one horse. Avoid chemically treated lawn grass and never feed your horse lawn clippings.

Diseases and cleanliness

Flies, mosquitoes and ticks can cause bacterial and viral diseases. Discouraging these insects not only makes your horse more comfortable, it also can save veterinary expenses. Sprays, foggers and fly traps can help, too.

Each day a horse produces 35 to 50 pounds of manure. Move the manure away from the animal to discourage insects. Options include spreading a thin layer of it over the pasture. Compost it into flower beds and ask local garden clubs if they're interested in purchasing some of it. If the manure must be removed from your property, your local waste management company may have suggestions.

After being around the horse, always wash your hands, and change your clothing and boots.

Develop a good working relationship with a veterinarian. Discuss routine medical needs, such as examinations and vaccinations, as well as emergency procedures. The conversations will help keep the animal healthy and healthcare affordable.

Companionship

You're anxious to welcome your horse to its new home. But remember, the animal is likely experiencing stress from traveling and separation from its former animal and human companions.

While some adapt to the single life, horses are herd animals that thrive with companionship. Other horses are the best companions, but goats, mules or donkeys are good pals, too.

Most importantly, a horse needs your attention. Spending time with your horse riding, grooming, or simply working around it builds trust, respect and friendship.


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