I have owned horses since I was 11. We had no horse experience before that and we jumped in with three coming four year old, PMU, bred, 'wild', QH/Belgian, mares. Right from the start Dad had us making our own halters (hand tying rope halters) and leads. Dad is of the mentality that if you can make it you DON'T buy it. Not always the best mentality, sometimes it works, but...
Anyways, I am wondering what you guys (symbolically speaking) would list as the most important horse care. (i.e. hoof care, worming, etc)
We have four horses right now and I'll explain what care they get or don't get (and some things I do for my horse that the others don't get).
Here is what they all get:
A round bale of grass/alfalfa hay, replaced when ever it runs out.
Snow for water in the winter, sloughs/dugout (pond) in the summer
Around 20 acres of pasture (with lots more to move them to if the grass were to ever get short)
A bit of bush to stand in if it gets nasty out
An occasional hoof trim from my brother.
What my horse gets that the others don't:
What they don't get (that from reading it seems fairly normal for them to get these things):
Regular hoof work
And anything else that you can think of that wasn't listed on the what they get list.
Now, I live 3 1/2 hours from home. I don't have much say in what the horses get or don't get. But when I get my new mare I am going to ask that she is kept separate from the others for a bit at least. I might even keep her separate from them for all summer. If I do that I might just have her and Coyote (my gelding) put in a different pen from the rest of the herd so they can receive different care.
In June (end of May/beginning of June), I am going up for a week or so and hope to take both my horses into the vet (or have him out to the farm) for a over all check up and a preg check for my mare (she was exposed to two stallions [her half brother and full brother]).
I did have my sister deworm my gelding last November and plan on deworming him in June again. Ruby (my new mare) was dewormed about a month ago when she was first rescued.
Also, if she is preggo, she would be due in October. What would I need for the foal? Blanket, barn (I can figure something out), etc, are my ideas, what else?
Anyways, our horses aren't starving but herd is wormy. Just have to convince the rest that horses DO need to be dewormed.
Here are a couple pictures I took this last weekend while at home.
Coyote my gelding
Kid, 3/4 Arabian 1/4 QH my sister's horse. He is our hardest keeper. Sorry it's into the sun
Red, the easiest keeper on the place. Reg QH, my brother, Jesse's horse
The sorrel in the back is Golda, a 4 year old QH crossed with a bit of Saddlebred. My brother, Zeke's horse.
Best picture that I have right now