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post #1 of 14 Old 10-20-2010, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Basic Horse Care

Sooo I'm in North Carolina and we have to do a graduation project, and its really big. Like we literally won't graduate if we don't have it completed and perfect. So all the help here would be GREATLY appreciated.

My project is on Basic Horse Care. I'd love to hear some suggestions and comments on what I should write in the 6 page paper I have to have.

Thanks so much!

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-20-2010, 09:46 PM
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That is a huge subject!!

You can talk about safe housing, basic feeding, grooming, catching, leading, tying, very basic riding and exercise needs for horses, tack and equipment, normal pulse, respiration, breathing, when to call a vet, and on and on and on!

Do you know what you want to focus on? Cause people have written entire books on this - 6 pages should be a cinch!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Author Unknown
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-20-2010, 09:57 PM
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Some other ideas for basic horse care is feeding, farrier, vaccinations, teeth floating, deworming, first aid for cuts/bugs bits, symptoms for some major problems such as colic, founder, lameness.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-20-2010, 10:02 PM
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The first few things that come to mind could each have their own page (okay, lots more pages)...

First page: Horse Handling (catching, safe leading, tying, tools used, etc)
Second page: Horse Nutrition (basics: type of hay would take half the page, grain, supplements, and ration balancers could be general and take up the rest of the page)
Third Page: Basic Health care/First Aid (respiration/temp/etc, farrier, dentist, etc)
Fourth Page: Basic Grooming (tools used, bathing, etc)
Fifth Page: SAFE Enclosures (no barbed wire, pros/cons of different fence types, no nails/scraggly boards hanging out, etc)
Sixth Page: The FUN part - riding/driving/whatever your pleasure may be! (you'll probably go over the page requirement here)
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Wow thank you so much! I think my problem with it is that there is just so much information out there I don't know what sites to trust good enough that I can cite them in my paper without getting in trouble. Does anyone know of any trustworthy and legit sites?
Thanks again for all your help!

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 09:26 PM
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You probably want to find hard copies of books or industry magazines at your library... teachers/professors generally look down upon citations of random websites. No wikepedia, no "so and so's blog"... heck - run to your local tractor supply and flip through a book until you find a list of necessary grooming supplies and copy them down as well as your citation info ;) that sort of thing! Good luck!
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 09:39 PM
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Here some tips.

1.Shelter, a good shelter the horse can get out of the sun, rain and wind.

2.Food and water. A horse can drink up to 10-15 gallons of water a day.

3.Grooming, keep the horse clean so it won't get infected. By a dirty cut or ect.

4.Love, talk and pat and send time with your horse. So she/he won't feel left out.

5.workout, ride or lunge a horse so he/she can get a good work out.

I do all of that with my horses. I have 3 and they are all healthy too.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 09:47 PM
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I think the most important part of keeping this paper focused and not such a ramble/tidal wave of info is to pick a COUPLE topics that go together and stick to those.

What if you described what needs to be done to ride a horse. Talk about the correct way to catch them from a field and how to groom them. That could easily transition into tacking them up, here you could talk about english vs western riding and finally sum up with how often you should ride or exercise your horse. That's 5 topics plus an intro and conclusion, more then enough to talk about!

Maybe it's just me but I've always been taught a paper should be clearly organized and have a very conscious flow of information.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-27-2010, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much everyone! I took all your information and wrote an AMAZING paper on it! I made a 95!! I couldn't have done it without you guys, thanks!

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that's great! Congrats!
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