Why do we groom horses? Well the main reasons are for the horse's health, his ongoing training and, very importantly, the bonding it creates between the horse and his handler.
What we call the hoof is really the tip of a toe! Made up of a sole (the underside) and a hard wall formed into a thick nail rolled around the tip of the toe. Just like our nails the hoof wall grows continuously and is constantly being worn down by use.
Why should we look after horses’s teeth? Many people would argue that horses have evolved over millions of years and that they are perfectly adapted to eat grass without any interference from us.
In theory it should be really easy to feed a horse. They eat grass so all you have to do is throw them out in a paddock and problem solved, right? Unfortunately it’s not that simple…
Whether you are buying a horse for competition, recreation or as a working horse you should ensure that the horse is suitable for the purpose you have in mind. The biggest trap that people fall into is that they allow their heart to take over from their head, and the end result may be a broken heart and an empty bank account.
As we move into autumn and the days shorten, you will notice that your horse will start to loose the short, soft, summer coat, which will be replaced by a coarser, longer, winter coat. if you intend to work and/or compete through these cold months, you may wish to consider clipping your horse.