Basic care of the horse is the steps you would find in the “quick start-up guide” with something you buy from the appliance store or the car you purchased. Safety is all about common sense. The fundamental problems are 1) many horse owners are new to owning horses, and 2) the person teaching them is also unfamiliar with their care.
Who taught you how to feed your horse? Who taught them? Unfortunately, we all live at least four generations from when we needed horses to survive and cars didn’t exist. Our parents and grandparents knew back then, but these mentors don’t exist today. Instead, we turn to magazines filled with advertisers suggesting their product will fix everything. We turn to vets, farriers and other horse professionals for advice, but most of their knowledge comes from books or limited experience. Worse, their advice is usually agenda-driven. It is rare to find a 3rd generation vet or farrier, and the other professionals (chiropractics, acupuncturists, etc.) are only 1 generation old (or relatively new to the industry).
Here is my attempt to mentor you to help you avoid some of the problems that hurt horses. It is also a “quick start-up guide” for owning and caring for horses. It isn’t complicated, but like a car, there are some things you need to know if you want it (or your horse) to stay healthy and last a long time.