Horses have a few basic needs for survival – water, food, companionship and a place to find shelter.
Horses need a regular supply of food and water
In most cases, they need to have hay or pasture throughout the day, with additional grain feedings twice a day. An average-size horse will eat about 20 lbs. of food a day and drink at least eight gallons of water.
When you are starting out, your best option is to buy a horse that you can get on and enjoy right now, even if it is an older horse. When it comes to horses, ‘older’ usually means ten to fifteen years old, but many horses in their twenties are still great riding horses.
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Or, worse, panic and spook during storms? A horse who kicks the walls until he’s damaged a leg is no better off than a wet horse out in the rain. A gentle or even a steady rainfall likely won’t jeopardize a horse’s health. A cold rainfall would probably call for at least a run-in shed.
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Generally, with excellent management, one horse can be kept on as little as 0.4 hectares (one acre). Life will be a lot easier at one horse on 0.8 hectares (two acres). If running horses together, an owner would be doing exceptionally well to maintain a ratio of one horse per 0.4 hectares (one acre).
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Overall, though, these are some of the best horse breeds for beginners:
17 a great age as long as they are healthy and sound. Remember, horses can live into their late 20’s and 30’s, and this mare will probably be ready to retire right about the time your daughter is about to move on. 17 is what I’d consider a perfect age for a horse, especially for a young newbie.
Horses are able to form companionship attachments not only to their own species, but with other animals as well, including humans. In fact, many domesticated horses will become anxious, flighty, and hard to manage if they are isolated.
Itching can be a legitimate reason for a horse wanting to rub on something, but that something shouldn’t be you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t help out your itchy horse, though. If you’ve just come in from a long, hot ride and your horse is sweaty under the bridle, rubbing is just a way to scratch her itchy head.