A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Your Equine Happy and Healthy

A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Your Equine Happy and Healthy

 

When you visit our 240-acre Lost Trails Ranch in Mulberry, Arkansas, you will feel just how much we love horses. As lifelong horse owners, we know how wonderful of an experience horse ownership is. However, horse ownership comes with important responsibilities.

As a horse owner, your obligation goes beyond loving your horse. It includes a moral and legal obligation to ensure your horse has basic necessities of life. These include food, water, shelter, exercise, and healthcare. In this post, we will share some essential aspects of horse care to help ensure your horse remains happy and healthy.

 

Feeding Your Horse

Like humans, your horse requires a nutritious diet to stay healthy. Horses are herbivores and need a diet that includes roughage, like hay or pasture, to stay healthy.

The amount of feed your horse needs depends on their weight, breed, and activity level. A general rule of thumb is that a horse should eat 1 to 2 kg of roughage per 100 kg of body weight per day.

Three horses grazing on feed with their heads down and mouths nibbling on the feed beneath them.

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An American Warmblood will weigh 550 to 600 kg (1,212 to 1,322 pounds) and may require between 5.5 to 12 kg of feed per day. A Shire Horse can weigh 700 to 1,200 kg (1,543 to 2,646 pounds). These horses may need between 7 and 24 kg of feed each day. You may need to increase their daily feed if they are working regularly.

Clean water must be available for your horse at all times. Horses can drink up to 45 liters of water per day, especially in hot Arkansas weather. Dams or self-filling troughs are the options we prefer at Lost Trails Ranch. Schedule time each day to ensure that the water receptacle is clean and full.

 

Shelter For Your Horse

A horse that is able to move outdoors naturally tends to be more relaxed. They don’t have as much pent-up energy, and this can make them easier to handle and ride. That being said, a horse needs shelter from the sun, wind, and rain. Trees, a walk-in shed, or a stable are suitable shelters.

 

 

When you visit Lost Trails Ranch, we invite you to check out our contemporary Lost Trails barn. It is in an air-conditioned space equipped with stables, a hayloft, and storage for horse equipment. We have looked after every detail to ensure that our horses, or your horses, have a comfortable space to escape inclement weather outdoors.

 

Exercise and Space For Your Horse

Horses require sufficient space to move around, and stabled horses need enough space to walk forward, turn around, lie down, and roll. Exercise is also essential to keep your horse healthy and happy. Horses must not be tethered long-term, and if they are tethered, they must be able to lie down and stand without restriction, have access to water and shelter, and be able to graze freely.

Three horses in full gallop among trees in the forest

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We’ve Got You Covered

At Lost Trails Ranch, our 240-acre property provides ample space for horses to exercise and live their best lives. Owning a horse is a significant responsibility, but it can also be a rewarding experience.

Our facility is equipped with a round pen perfect for teaching a horse to walk, trot, canter, and stop in both directions and to change directions in response to changes in your or the trainer’s body language. Our Lost Trails Ranch arena is a royal spectacle, boasting state-of-the-art features such as comfortable seating for spectators, quality sound and lighting systems, and a spacious and well-maintained arena floor that is perfect for various equestrian events.

Whether you’re looking for a place to learn more about horses, take our horses out on trails, learn how to train your horse, attend a horse auction, or just watch horses on display, we’ve got you covered. Contact our hospitality desk to schedule a visit and learn more about our ranch and horse-related activities.

Written by Taiye

Tuesday, May 02

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