Pasture free from hazards such as holes, rusty farm machinery and loose wire fences. Grass for grazing or equivalent amount of good quality hay.
Unlimited supply of fresh clean water, heated if necessary in sub-freezing temperatures. Shelter from wet or wintry weather and shade in summer.
Companionship, either with another horse, donkey, mule or pony or another animal such as a sheep or goat. Getty Images When you bring home your first horse, there are a few essential things you'll need to know in order to care for it properly right away.
I've broken down what you need to do to care for your horse by the day, week month and year. Good horse care includes quality roughage.
While grass is a horse's natural food, it's not always available, and may not be adequate in some situations. For good horse care and safety, barns, sheds and stalls need to be properly designed.
Designing a Run-in Shelter : If you don't have a barn, or even if you do, a run-in gives your horse a place to get out of the wind and wet. Find out the ideal size for stalls, flooring options and ceiling height.
The key to good horse care is being able to identify health problems and treat them promptly. Basic Pulse Respiration Temperature : Learn how to take your horse's vital signs.
A quick grooming every day is a good way to check the condition of your horse's skin and hooves. Here's what to look for, how much it may cost and how to be the type of boarder stable owners are glad to have in their barns.
That includes providing companionship, understanding the needs of older horses, and keeping their surroundings clean and well maintained. If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately.
Your horse's accommodation will have a massive impact on its health and well-being, and it's up to you to ensure that its living conditions are the best that they can possibly be. Two of the most essential things that your horse will always need is a supply of fresh, clean water and a Haynes or rack full of hay that it can graze on whenever it fancies.
Horse licks come in a vast number of different flavors, so you and your horse can have fun trying to pick a favorite, and if you're looking for a good stable toy then you cannot go wrong with a Jolly Ball. Worming your horse is another thing that you should do regularly, and you'll want to consult a vet regarding what former you're best off using, as there are many varieties available.
Purple spray Salt Hibiscus Bandages/vet wrap Cotton wool Anything else that you have in your first aid kit will be considered a bonus, but we strongly recommend keeping some wound care and injury treatment supplies close by, as well as some horse health and well-being supplements. Knowing how to take care of a horse properly means that you'll need to groom your horse as regularly as possible in order to keep its coat in good condition.
Grooming your horse will also help to build a bond between the two of you, which will pay off in more ways than you can possibly imagine. We recommend that you do not use a body brush on your horse during the winter, as it will need all of its natural oils.
Hoof Pick : Horse's hooves get clogged up with all sorts, and if left uncleaned there are a number of very unfortunate outcomes that might occur. Hoof picks are made with the sole purpose of cleaning hooves out, and they should be used before and after every ride.
When clearing out your horse's hooves, be careful of the frog and make sure you remove any stones that may have become lodged. About once every 8 weeks or so, it is advised that you get your horse seen to by a farrier, who will take care of and trim its hooves.
Some important factors should inform the quantity of food you give your horse, such as how much work and exercise it gets on a regular basis and what its weight currently is. Regulating your horse's weight by strictly monitoring how much it eats is essential, and failing to do so can result in a number of diseases.
A very serious and painful condition, symptoms of Laminates include lameness, tender hooves and leaning, and if it is not caught and treated then it will develop to the point that the coffin bone will protrude from the sole of its foot and the horse will need to be put down. Monitoring a horse's weight is not the only thing you'll need to do, as it is equally important to ensure that it's getting the best possible nutrition.
Horses on a high grain diet with very little forage, for example, will be at risk of developing 'Colic'; the symptoms of which include extreme abdominal pain. Other causes of colic include moldy feed, inadequate access to water, stress, poor dental hygiene, radical diet changes, parasite infection and allowing your horse to eat sand.
If your horse is a poor drinker or heavy sweater, access to fresh, clean water alone may not be enough. Horses have evolved over millions of years, and their bodies are adapted to a particular way of eating.
Horses are known as “trickle feeders,” meaning they’re designed to constantly take in food throughout the day. If your horse doesn’t have adequate access to fresh pasture, or has dietary restrictions that require you to limit his pasture intake, providing high quality hay is a great way to make sure he is meeting his forage requirements.
If your horse is able to maintain healthy body condition and energy level on forage alone, you should consider adding a multi-vitamin supplement. However, not all pasture is certain to be complete and balance to begin with, and once it’s cut, dried, and stored as hay, the vitamins within degrade over time.
A multi-vitamin supplement can help bridge the gap and ensure your horse is getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs. If your horse requires additional calories to power his performance and/or maintain a healthy weight and body condition, you may want to consider providing a fortified grain.
Horses are herd animals, and they find great comfort being a part of a group. Do your best to maximize the amount of time your horse is able to spend in his turnout, and he’ll be much happier.
Maintaining a regular maintenance and wellness schedule with your horse’s veterinarian and farrier is essential. Your vet can also help you set up a dental, vaccination, and deforming schedule that’s right for your horse.
Supplements can provide support in a variety of areas, from healthy hooves to resilient joints, and proper digestion to a shiny coat. We hope these basic guidelines help you have good conversations with your veterinarian, farrier, and other horse care professionals.
Martial strongly encourages you to consult your veterinarian regarding specific questions about your horse's health. One of the unique aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay concerns horses.
These horses are also pretty common and can be found all over the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, making them quick and easy to capture and tame. They have seven different coat varieties, with the Red Roan, Black Fabiano, Chestnut and Dapple Bay found in the wild.
They have a unique trot, and their gait makes riding them extremely comfortable. They have excellent health and stamina, and are the fastest of the draft horse breeds.
This means that these horses are also well suited to heavy pulling and hauling, making them perfect for hooking up to wagons and coaches. They are probably one of the strongest horse breeds in the game, but their large size and heavyweight make them more difficult to handle.
Their speed and stamina are just average, though, meaning that they're hardly close to being the best horse for Arthur. Shires come in three coats: Raven Black, Dark Bay and Light Grey, all available in the wild.
With its stocky and compact frame, it is the perfect breed for heavy labor in farms. They can work extremely long hours without getting tired and are very sturdy and healthy.
The Suffolk Punch has two different coats: Red Chestnut and Sorrel. If Arthur needs a horse with a lot of strength and endurance, the Suffolk Punch is the right one for that job.
Take the Appaloosa, for example: a horse breed that is perfect for just about any kind of work needed at a ranch. They are also very healthy, and have good speed, agility, and stamina-- something needed in a reliable work horse.
If Arthur wants a horse for a more difficult task, the Appaloosa is a good choice. This includes the Dakota, which has good speed and acceleration, meaning that Arthur can make a fast getaway from trouble if needed.
The majority of Dakota are located in the Western part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map. Another kind of race horse, this breed is made for athletics, with great stamina, agility, and acceleration.
If Arthur needs to sprint short distances, the Thoroughbred horse is what he wants to do so with. They are easy to handle but can get a little clumsy if Arthur pushes them too far, past their endurance.
If Arthur looks hard enough, he may also find a rare Thoroughbred: the Seal Brown coat. Another horse that is great for racing or quickly traversing distances is the American Standard bred.
However, they have their faults: they are timid creatures, and loud noises can frighten them and make them act erratically. American Paint horses are extremely intelligent and easy to care for, making them perfect for ranch work.
These horses also have a great personality, making them a good fit for Arthur. The Over and Tobago coats roam the wild ready to get caught by Arthur.
There is also a very rare Splashed White coat wandering around the game map for those who can find it. In that case, consider the Hungarian Half bred, a strong breed that has good health and stamina.
Although these horses are slow, with low speed and acceleration stats, they have a fearless personality that makes them perfect for any kind of combat. The Mustang is a horse that is good for a variety of tasks, whether it be racing, war, or work.
This versatile breed has great health and stamina, although their speed doesn't put them in a category as fast as a typical racing horse. Arthur can find Mustangs in the western portion of the Red Dead Redemption 2 map.
The Seal Brown, Sooty Buckskin and Chocolate Roan coats are available for purchase in stables. If Arthur needs a dependable work horse, the Dutch Warm blood is the breed he will want to get.
Its compact frame makes it extra sturdy, as well as extremely powerful. These war horses have excellent health and stamina, but they're not made for racing: their speed and acceleration stats are low.
They come in two coats: Dark Bay and Rose Gray, both which are available for purchase at stables. The Andalusian is one tough horse with an aggressive personality, meaning that they're not just good for war, but also for hunting.
They have excellent health and stamina, but like other war horses, they tend to have low speed and acceleration. They are among the heaviest of horse breeds in the game, but they handle well, especially under pressure, something that is important when going into battle.
The Missouri Fox Trotter actually falls under two different categories of horse: race and work. That's right, this breed is fast as well as sturdy, which makes it one of the best horses in Red Dead Redemption 2.
It's a well-rounded breed with a great personality and could provide Arthur with the only horse he'll ever need in the game. They are powerful horses, with great stamina, but they also have good speed and a lively trot that will help Arthur travel further, faster.
The two coats are Amber Champagne and Silver Dapple Pinto, both of which are available for purchase at stables throughout the game map. These horses have excellent health, stamina, and speed, meaning that they can handle long distances efficiently, as well as some work, such as pulling carriages.
However, these horses do come with a warning: they can get impatient, so it's best not to make them wait in one spot for too long. They have good health, stamina, speed and acceleration and are extremely intelligent.
The Black and Rose Gray Bay coats are available at stables, but the absolute best, the rare White Arabian, is only available in the wild. Robin is also the author of a series of speculative fiction novels: Zeus, Inc.; The Curse of Hecate; and Return of The Titans.
In 2014, Indie Reader named the protagonist of that series, Alex Grosbeak, as one of its Top Five Smart, Strong and Relatable Female Characters. The series was also inducted into the 2018 Darrell Awards Cover Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN.
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