General Guidelines for Housing Your Horse

Housing a horse doesn’t have to be complicated as long as his basic needs of food, water and shelter are met.

The general rule is one horse per fenced acre; anything smaller than this will require supplemental hay year round. Fencing is usually a choice between standard post and rail fence, or electrified wire stapled to posts. Wood fencing is more expensive initially, but electric fencing will need constant upkeep and repairs.

A barn with some very simplistic stalls is the best option, but if that is not possible, even if you were the actual housing web, your horse will need a three sided shelter called a lean-to. The opening of the lean-to should be facing away from wind and weather as much as possible and be fully large enough for the horse to move comfortably around when inside.

A small room can be added to the barn, making it convenient to store supplies. You will also need a trough and water source close to the shelter.

Choosing the Right Horse and Carriage for your Wedding

I have heard a fairy-tale in which the prince comes to his wedding on a white horse, and takes his bride on his horse to his kingdom… I am not complaining, or discouraging the groom to use a horse on his wedding day, I only want to express a little warning or concern about the safety of the horse and groom I would like to share my experience with you today.

Your wedding day is all about feeling special and feeling beautiful (and of course about marrying the love of your life). What better way to start the celebrations, than to feel like a lady of luxury, slowly being drawn through the pebbled streets to the clip-clapping of horse’s hooves on the pavement? Stepping in to a luxurious carriage, with a smartly dressed coachman directing the horses, with the passing crowds desperate for a glance at the bride, is what all true fairy tales are made of. 

If you have decided this is the transport to take you to your wedding, that you can really see yourself as part of a horse and carriage wedding then you will have a few things to consider when researching your horse drawn carriage hire. Carriages come in different sizes and styles as well as enclosed or open. 

Depending on how many people you need to transport (usually just the bride and the father of the bride) and your preferred style, will help you decide what to go for. 

The time of year may have an impact on your decision also. If you are having a summer wedding, you will probably decide on an open carriage however if it’s mid winter and the weather is predictably British (overcast with showers), an enclosed carriage may be more sensible.

You will also have the option of choosing the type of horse to draw your carriage. Many hire companies will offer you the chance to use a rescue horse. With no effect on the quality of your service, contributing your funds towards helping the rescue of horses is a great way to spend your wedding transport budget. 

With a choice of different horses, perhaps from a pair of welsh cobs, to Belgium blacks, the coachman will assist every part of your journey, from entering the carriage to ensuring you arrive at the church on time.

About Ridgeway

Hello I am Bella Knorr from Orlando and I have built this website to give people advice on how they should be caring for their horses. Often I see people not caring for their animals correctly, and especially their horses so I built this to give advice on how people should be performing their duties if they are lucky enough to own a horse.

I hope I don’t come across poorly but I am doing this for the greater good. Do contact me if you have any advice of your own on [email protected]

Daily Horse Care

Caring for a horse is a big responsibility, but its daily maintenance can be broken down into a few simple tips and tasks that help to make it easier. There are five main tasks that must be performed every day in order to properly care for a horse. However, before undertaking the care of a horse, you need to make sure the following are provided: -A fenced-in area in which the horse can run and roam safely. 

This area, known as a pasture, should be checked thoroughly for any poisonous plants or trash before allowing the horse to run in it, The pasture should also be checked every week to make sure no hazardous plants have appeared. One acre of pasturage for each horse is generally considered a sufficient enough space in which to exercise. -Some kind of shelter to protect the horse from the elements. 

Most of the time, this is a stable: a three-sided wooden enclosure in which the horse can stand safely away from the rain, wind or snow. 

The following are the five tasks that must be performed daily for proper horse care: 

1) Feeding. It is best for a horse to eat a diet that consists primarily of fresh grass and hay. Make sure this food is available to the horse at all times, so it can graze at its own pace. 

Horses usually eat two or more small meals per day. 

2) Watering: Make sure the horse has access to a supply of clean, fresh water at all times. This can be from a bucket or trough. If you do water your horse using a bucket, it needs to be refilled at least twice a day. 

3) Cleaning the horse’s stall. This includes removing any soiled or wet bedding and replacing it with fresh bedding. Sweep the floor and clean it with a mild, non-toxic disinfectant. Horse must be provided with soft bedding at all times because it is not good for them to stand on a hard surface all day. 

4) Observing your horse for any signs of illness, as well as picking their hooves, in case anything sharp or bothersome has become lodged in them. Daily grooming and inspection of your horse such as this can help to avoid major issues both physically and health-wise. 

5) Exercise (also known as “turn out”) the horse for at least 30 minutes. Horse are large, powerful animals that need a lot of exercise every day. Making sure your horse has a proper area in which to live and roam and performing these five daily care tasks will ensure your horse is happy and healthy.

 In addition, make sure to interact with your horse and show it signs of affection throughout the day, such as petting it or giving it a treat. This helps to promote a good relationship between owner and horse, and helps the horse to trust you so it is easier to wrangle for riding or pulling a carriage for a wedding.