Natural Horse Care

Cleaning of HoofsNowadays, everybody is going natural. People were able to appreciate once again the beauty of natural materials and foods in keeping one healthy and prolonging life. Yet, this trend is not only evident in human lifestyle as pet owners also utilize natural practices in providing care to their pet. This practice had proven to be effective which resulted to the growing population of pet owners who engage themselves in this way of caring for their pets. Providing natural care entails that all activities done to the animal or pet should primarily involve utilization of raw natural products and resources. Natural products are being used in feeding and grooming. Nonetheless, it doesn’t entail that all forms of medical intervention will be eliminated. Natural care of animals can be considered as a supplement to the existing means of providing care. Veterinary care and check – ups are still to be done including giving of vaccinations and medicines. However, in giving natural care, chemical use must be reduced to minimal.

Natural horse care is one of the approaches being promoted by most horse owners. In natural horse care, horses are given the chance to be as free as possible. Instead of the conventional horse care that includes stables and ranches, in natural horse care, horses are left on the open space. Through this way, horses are allowed to run and do whatever they want to do as if they were in the wild and not kept as a domesticated animal. With this, it was proven that horses become healthier and active compared to when they were in stables. In utilizing natural horse care, horses are said to live longer than expected.

There are numerous ways to practice natural horse care. But it is most evident in providing natural diet when it comes to feeding horses. In terms of providing food for the horse, it is recommended that grass hays are to be given instead of alfalfa grass. It is even better if the grass hay is organic and pesticide free. Grass hays contain more sugar and starch making it an ideal source of energy for horses. On the other hand, alfalfa grass should be given in minimal if not be avoided. It contains less sugar and starch. At the same time, it is high in calories and protein but low in minerals, making it contraindicated for overweight. Also, grains must be taken less by horses as it contains high starch contents that can cause health problems. If they are to be given grains, it should be organic and pesticide free as much as possible. Substitute for grains can be provided such as herbs that contains a lot of beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Herbs like sage, chamomile, and yarrow, are best to be given to horses.   

If unsure if one is giving the best grass grown on a good soil, one can give vitamin and mineral supplements to assure the optimal growth and development of the horses. When it comes to choosing the appropriate mineral supplement, it is best to choose chelated minerals. Chelated minerals are said to be absorbed better by the body of the horse. At the same time, it prevents unwanted interaction of minerals that usually results to health problems in horses. Most importantly, avoid over supplementation and using of various vitamin brands. This is done to prevent adverse chemical reaction that may happen if various vitamins are to be mixed together without any consultation to a veterinarian.  

Basically, providing natural care to horses is an effort to keep things simple and natural as how it was when horses and animals are in their true habitat.

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