Bare bones horse care: 7 must-haves

Horse ownership takes plenty of care and includes significant responsibility, but equine needs are pretty basic. Even so, we keep hearing about equine neglect cases. Does it not break the hearts of horse owners, animal lovers, and maybe anyone with any semblance of compassion to see these tragedies continuing to occur all around us?

So maybe a quick review of simple horse care needs is in order.

To survive and thrive, horses need at least seven things.

The Humane Society of the US outlines these essentials clearly. (Find them detailed here.) Some are daily needs, while others crop up periodically throughout the year.

Take a look at the basic listing of horse needs:

  1. Funding (to ensure the rest)
  2. Food and water
  3. Hoof maintenance
  4. Veterinary care / vaccinations and dental
  5. Parasite treatment/deworming
  6. Shelter
  7. Exercise

Diligent and devoted horse owners can likely come up with many items to add to the list. But it’s a good start.

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