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Essential Horse Care Equipment
From Horse Grooming Products To Choosing a Feed
When you are new to horseback riding, you can easily become overwhelmed by everything you are going to have to learn and begin doing to care for your animals. In order to ensure that your horse lives a long, happy and health life, you will need the proper horse care equipment.
From riding gear, feeding equipment, to maintaining your barn properly and grooming your horse, there is specialized equipment to help take care of your animals. Feeding your horse can be both fun and rewarding, but you are going to have to purchase troughs that will stand up to the abuse they can be put through on a farm.
Large buckets work well, but there are specific troughs that allow your horse the perfect angle for feeding. Some buckets may require the animal to lean down in uncomfortable positions, whereas, specialized horse feed and water troughs will work much better.
If you happen to live in an area of the world where your water freezes over the winter, you will also want to consider purchasing a heater to keep this from happen to your horse.
Maintaining your barn is another part of owning a horse that you are going to have to start doing consistently. Horse manure and old hay or grass can begin to build up. When you allow these to fill up your barn floor, you begin to create an environment for parasites and bugs to begin breeding.
Once you have lost control of your barn, your horses, and possibly even family members can become very sick. Purchase a few different types of forks, a wheel barrow, and a broom to help get rid of the leftover grass and droppings from the animal. If the bugs have begun to get out of control, you will need a safe, but high strength insecticide to remove them from your barn area.
Riding your animals is one of the most rewarding aspects of owning a horse, even to the extent of taking going an horse riding holidays together. Some riders are brave enough to ride their horses bareback, or without a saddle. While this can be exciting to advanced riders, beginners will want to make sure they have the necessary horse care equipment to protect themselves, and the horses they’re riding.
A high quality saddle, saddle pad, bridle, helmet, and stirrups will help complete the gear that you are going to need for your horse. Once you have purchased your riding gear, you can begin to connect with your horse on a truly deep level.