Questions tagged [horses]

Questions relating to aspects of keeping horses as pets, not for advice on keeping horses for professional uses, such as racing.

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Sand to Clay Ratio for Horse Footing

This is the best place I could think to ask this question. I figured there would be plenty of horse people on here and this question is tangentially related to horses. I have an area of my pasture ...
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What to feed an underweight, heavily pregnant young horse?

We're getting our girl at end of next week, at which time she will be 8.5 months pregnant. She's a 3yo standardbred 14 3hh. She's currently on oaten hay - there's no grazing. I'll be moving her to an ...
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What wormers are safe for pregnant mares?

I have purchased a pregnant mare - she has 3 months to go. I'm wondering what wormers are safe to use in pregnancy. I will also check with my equine vet. Picture for the interested. I haven't received ...
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Why are horses broken in when they are grown up?

Why are horses broken in when they are grown up? Wouldn't it be easier to do it when they are little?
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How to care for a severe wound on horses leg

Cleo came to me in bad shape 7th October 2016. To everyone's distress (including hers), she had a horrific injury on 9th April, 2017. We could not find the cause of the injury, which is disturbing. ...
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What is the minimum space for keeping a horse? [duplicate]

I was wondering what the minimum space is for keeping a horse. I would like a horse but don't have much room so I was wondering what the minimum space is for keeping a horse?
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Weed killer that's safe for a horse paddock

There's some weeds I'd like to kill in the horses' paddocks. One is 'bindi eye' - the other I'm not sure what it's called. Anyway, I want to poison them before Spring (which starts next month here) ...
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Natural anti-inflammatories for horses

My horse had a serious injury 3 months ago. Her left leg was spiked through to the bone 30 cm long cutting through the muscle and the whole thigh was degloved. Her skin was hanging around her knee. ...
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How long does pasture need to be rested to prevent worm re-infestation?

I'm moving my horses into new paddocks where there hasn't been horses for 4 weeks. I'm wondering if there can still be worms in these paddocks. Is it possible to rest paddocks for long enough to ...
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What is a good way to remove the stickiness from adhesive bandaging from my horses fur?

My horse has suffered a leg injury and has been bandaged over the withers and neck with elastoplast- an adhesive wrap that is approximately 5 cm wide. It has left sticky plaster remains on her coat, ...
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How to safe guard against being kicked by a horse?

For the first time of my life I was kicked by a horse. My own horse in fact. She's not an aggressive horse. I was distracted and talking to people over the fence about the horses, pointing out the ...
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Does my horse need to be rugged for winter?

This is a controversial question, as I am told horses are designed to thermoregulate in the wild (which does make sense). However my horse is getting old (20) shivering and she's hard to keep weight ...
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Does rugging horses interfere with the grow of the winter coat?

Pretty much what the title says. I've heard that decreasing daylight encourages winter coat growth. Others say that rugging will prevent winter coat growth. My question: Does rugging horses ...
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Is meadow hay a good source of omega 3

Pasture is meant to be a good natural source of omega 3. Would feeding meadow hay replace that? If so would a diet of 30-40% meadow hay be enough?
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How does chaff compare to hay?

How does chaff compare to hay in terms of nutrition and fibre? For example, does lucerne chaff contain the same protein levels as lucerne hay?
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Is it necessary to wet hard feeds?

Is it necessary to wet grains, pellets or even chaff? Are there particular ingredients that one should look out for? In Australia chaff is routinely mixed with horse feeds. This is a practice that is ...
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What treats are safe for horses?

The care of horses can be opinionated and there is a lot of varying ideas about what is safe for horses to have as treats and the quantities. So the question is: What treats are safe for horses and ...
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A good feed routine for a neglected and underweight horse

I have recently acquired a starved horse. She would have a body score of approx 1.5 / 5. She is 18 yo, 15 1 hh, a thoroughbred and this state seems to have been of more recent times, as in the past ...
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Can horses eat bread?

A recent question, sparked my interest. I have heard that too much grain is bad for horses, and I have heard that bread is bad for many animals. Are there any health concerns with feeding bread to ...
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Can horse eat sultanas in sultana bread?

My horses eat a variety of hand fed treats, including bread. They eat white bread and multi grain bread. I have some left over sultana bread or "raisin toast" bread (it's not actual toast, it's ...
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What to look for in a horse for beginners?

When choosing a horse, for a beginner, what are some characteristics or behaviors to look for? Are there certain breeds to look at or avoid and, if so, why?
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How to teach my horse to lie down?

I'm curious about teaching my horse to lie down. I was hoping someone on here could give me an effective, gentle method that works consistently and easy to communicate. As some background, I'm not a ...
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How can I tell if my horses need additional protection from the cold?

It's been getting as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit where I live and we have a few horses on the property, with no barn, but there is a roofed area for them to get under. We feed them hay and horse feed ...
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What is the difference between first and second cut hay?

For those of us with Rabbits, Horses and other vegetarian mammals, hay is a dietary requirement. When purchased in bales, the terms 'first cut' and 'second cut' are often used. What do they mean and ...
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How to get the tail of my horse white again?

What kind of treatments do you know to get the tail of a horse white again? If I wash it only with (horse) shampoo it just gets lighter but never really white as it should be. There is always a ...
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Why should I give salt to a horse?

While I was mounting the other day, I was advised to give two things to the horse I was mounting, water and salt. The water is somewhat obvious but the salt left me curious, why is that I should give ...
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How can I tell whether my horse recognizes his name?

I've been wondering if my horse understands his name. By "understand", I mean "does he know I address him in particular if I call his name"? I'm not really sure how to verify this, but I'm tempted ...
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What does a horse need in terms of land?

I grew up in a suburban area. Our next door neighbors had horses on a half-acre of land, and they seemed fairly happy. If I were to take care of horses, how much land would I need for them to have a ...
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Abscess in horses hoof

I have a thoroughbred, Frank, who is frequently lame. He has a recurring abscess in one of his front hooves. The vet and farrier have both lanced the abscess at various times and I inject him with ...
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Is hand feeding my horses hay enough to supplement their feed if my grass is not enough to sustain them?

I have two horses (hacks) on a 5 acre property. It has grass, but it is not enough to sustain them both. Is hand feeding them hay enough to supplement their feed or do I need to use hard feed? What ...
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Do my horses need to be shod?

We have two horses, a thoroughbred and Arab cross that have spent most of their time in paddocks being ridden occasionally into the local bush land. They are not shod and their hooves are filed ...

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