Help!!! Calling all knowledgeable horse people!!!!
I know I havent properly introduced myself to the forum yet.. so here I go.. My name is Jynnelle, I live in Beautiful BC Canada. I dont currently Own a horse, But have always been really fascinated by them.. I think they are beautiful animals, and I would love to learn more about them.. I currently own Three dogs (Tikeya-Siberian Husky, Ebony-Lab, and Daisy- Pitbull... I also have a 7 month old son-Dominic)
I do have a little perdicament involving a horse right now though.. Thats the real reason I joined this forum... I need horse help!!!
Well, were moving again to a new house, a lease..
And our new place has a horse on the lot.
I went to visit him today, he looks in rough shape.. I didn't see any water in his pen, he looks like hes only eating hay .. No veggies or any other feed anywhere in sight.. I'm not sure what horses are suppost to get in their diet, like vitamine supplements or what types of Fruit and Veggies they are allowed?
The owner of the horse (our future landlord) said we can feed him whenever we want, and take care of him too, *he'll pay for everything tho*. He said we can ride him or walk him when ever we want to as well...He hasn't been riden in over two years, and the last time someone rode him he bucked them off because he got spooked...
The firstt hing I noticed about him is that he looks sooooo sad .. His eyes, somthing about them just made my heart ache... His maine has matts in it, and he has a few weird looking sores forming on his legs... He also looks very overweight.. He also has no where to go for shelter, other then a few pine trees at the bottom end of his pen.. *I dont know if thats ok for a horse to have no shelter?? Shouldn't he be put in a stable at night or somthing??
I have no Idea on what intales with owning a horse, or what I can do to make his life better... Any ideas??
HI there and welcome to the forum!!!, have you asked the landlord if the horse has seen a vet or a farrier.
the over weight "look" can be due to the fact that the horse has not been wormed in a while.
knowing the b.c winters are like, a lean to shed would help out, it's not nesaserly to put a horse in a stall at night, (my stay out side all the time with a run in shed), is there any way that you can get a friend who knows about horses to look at him or try to post a few picks of him here
That was my first thought too...Worms. You can buy over the counter wormer at any feed store that carrys horse stuff. You might pick up a curry comb and a few brushes too, Or see if you can borrow some from the owner. He probably has a pretty good winter coat on still that will need to be brushed off or he will get even more skin problems. Are they keeping his feet trimmed and cleaned? If not ask the owner for his farriers name or find one of your own and get them done. The farrier will show you how to clean the feet. Picking the feet needs to be done at least a couple of times a week.
Now I'm starting to feel sorry for the poor fellow :( He needs to have water available all the time. A horse can live on hay alone. I feed mine a small amount of complete feed once a day. Just for the stuff my hay may not have as far as vitamins and minerals. Does he have a salt block? he needs one of those too.
He probably is sad :( horses are herd animals and prefer to be with other horses or at least some companionship. They do get lonely. Hope you can become a good friend to him and feel free to ask any questions here. :D
Thanks so much for replying!! Maybe he does have worms.. I will ask my landlord if they wormed him since wintertime.. He gets his feet cleaned and shoed every month (I think?), She said thats somthing they keep up on.. I didnt see a salk block anywhere, How much are they usually? the owner said that some summers they will bring up another horse for him to hang out with, but usually he will just roam alone :(. I am going to make sure I visit him every single day to fill up water and brush him out, etc.. What kinda brush do I need? Do horses need baths?? What kinda treats do they like?
I am really not that knowlegdable about them..
Thanks again for the replys :)
Hi. Here are examples of the stuff you would need:
Could you post some pictures of the sores on his legs?
There is much to learn -- really limitless if you get heavy into it, but for now, why don't you see if you can pick up a book about basic horse care. Feed, Water, Feet, Worming and a Vet Check are your main concerns first. General Loving and Attention will give you lots of returning love too. As you go along, ask lots of questions and I'm sure you'll get lots of answers. I would say by first looking after his health, and just hanging out and grooming you could develop a very nice relationship. I wouldn't necessarily just hop up on him and go for a ride given your inexperience and his history. BTW, why does he have shoes if he's not ridden? May be an expense they could loose to put the money elsewhere for his care.
Edited to add: a salt block is only a couple of bucks, but it should be sheltered and off the ground if possible. But, even if you put it on the fence it'll last quite a while despite the weather.
Thanks so much for the exapmle of the basic stuff I will need! Can you possibly tell me in what order to use the brushes?? :oops:
I am definetly NOT going to be riding him anytime soon, once hes used to me I will try walking him around the pen before walking him outside the pen, then, MAYBE I will take a short ride WHILE being Led by my boyfriend.. I wont be taking him out alone EVER.
I will have to stop at my local country supply store and pick up a salt lick. Thansk for letting me know I need that.
what part of b.c are you from?
For brushes I'm sure everyone does it different. Since your just wanting to clean him up and do some bonding, heres what I do.
I start with the mane and tail. You can just use a human hair brush on that I like a pretty stiff vent brush. Granted the good mane and tail brushes last longer but they are expensive. The cheap ones don't work as well as the human vent brush imo.
Then the curry to knock off any stuck on mud. If you get a metal curry don't use it on the bony parts except to do it VERY gently to knock off mud.
Then a pretty stiff bristled brush worked like a broom in a sort of short flicking motion to bring up any deep dirt. This is what I use to get any mud off the bony parts and legs.
I then go to a little less stiff brush and continue brushing with the flicking motion except in longer strokes.
I finish by brushing mane and tail again then use a soft finish brush to lay the hair down. don't flick with this one just long strokes in the direction off the hair growth.
I use an old towel if there is still a lot of dust, just to wipe them down.
I have a black horse so she always looks a little dusty no matter how much I bush unless shes had a bath. Or I spend hours brushing which I don't :lol:
If he's extra dirty and you dont have the means to give him a bath, just take a bucket of water with you and dip the brush in the water.
This is just my procedure. I'm no groom I'm sure I forgot something :wink:
Have fun, this is my favorite part of having horses.
If you want to get fancy they sell small face brushes, again going from stiff to soft. I think some human baby brushes would work just as well. My horse loves having a very soft face brush run over her closed eyes.
Just want to add I'm sure you know this but never work around a horse in open toed shoes. Always wear good foot protection. A horses hoof can do real damage to your feet (speaking from experience) They don't do it on purpose but they stomp for flys or whatever and I have the bruised toe nails to prove it :lol:
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