Melanie Luark

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  1. Getting a Second horse?

    Getting a second horse can be an adventure. You will always have unique relationships with all your horses. So when you get horse #2, it won’t diminish your love for your first horse in any way. Like in parenting, the new horse always benefits from the experiences you have had with the older one. The new horse benefits from the lessons you’ve learned Having two horses has obvious benefits. Unless there is some serious infection going around, both the horses will fall ill at different times. So you will always have one horse to ride when the other one lies low. If you love to ride, and you think you give a little too much exercise to your horse, having two saves you from this anxiety. You won’t tire your horses. You can ride them both during the day without fearing that you will tire them out. And you get your fill of happy rides. You do need to consider that your expenses will double and you will need the right team to care for them. You must also have ample space for them. And yes. Once you get the two horses together, the kind of relationship they will share is difficult to predict. They could hate each other or end up being pals - doing everything together. A lonely horse generally is not a happy horse. Horses are social animals so there are pretty good chances things will turn out well. So go ahead, keep your fingers crossed, and get your second horse.
  2. Feed/buying material for health

    It is not advisable to rely only on high supplement-based feed for horses unless the horse is not growing well, or if it is unhealthy. The horse feed should be of the best quality of grass or hay, along with a good mineral supplement. Alfalfa is high in protein, and most horses don’t need that much protein in their diet. If given in high quantities, it could cause problems. Horses need hay for the fiber. It keeps their digestive tract healthy. Ensure the hay is dry, clean. and stored indoors; not wet, damp, or dusty. Giving a properly balanced diet is the most important part of owning a horse. Because of its complexity, it is often misunderstood, or at times even neglected. Horses have different and specific dietary requirements, as they are plant-eating mammals. They also have a different type of digestive tract. Horse feed should be fiber-based, as they have long digestive systems, and the food is consumed in small quantities for an extended period. Hence, it is suggested to give many small meals.