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Pampering Your Horse

Most horse owners spend a great deal of time making sure that their horses physical needs are met, but many overlook the emotional needs of their pets. The more love and affection you give your horse, the happier they will be. And just like humans, horses can become stressed and overworked, which is why it’s good to learn how to pamper your horse from time to time. This month, we will show you a few things that you do to de-stress your horse, and possibly yourself in the process.

• Give them a Day Off. While it’s important to give your horse plenty of exercise, sometimes they need a day or two off to just roam the pasture and be free.

• Give them a pedicure. New shoes will not only improve your horse’s gait, but will decrease the pressure and pain that they could be experiencing if their shoes are in need of repair.

• Offer them treats. While your horse may appear fine eating the same thing day in and day out, a treat now and again never hurt anyone. Offer them horse biscuits and fruits and vegetables daily to round out their diet, and give them something to look forward to.

• Brush her hair often. Not only does brushing make her coat look better, it is also therapeutic for both of you. It gives you a chance to have one-on-one contact with your horse and bond with them. Try to do it at least once a day to keep your horse stress free and calm. Frequent baths will also help soothe your horse in times of stress.

• Make sure they have the proper diet. Proper nutrition is nothing to mess around with, and making sure that your horse has the right feed is essential for a long and happy life. Different brands taste differently, so try to find one that suits your horse’s pallet the best.

• Let them run. Horses are built for running, so make sure that your horse has the chance to run as often as they want.

• Let them play. While it may not be so obvious, horses enjoy playing just as much as your cat or dog does. Offer then a traffic cone, and see what they do with it.

• Make sure their quarters are comfortable. Fresh hay and water, and plenty of room to walk around is an easy way to pamper your horse.

Over time you will see that the more you pamper your horse, the happier and well-adjusted he will seem. He will behave better towards others, and be more willing to undergo training and trials if he is stress free and feeling good.




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