Horses thrive on routine and a healthy stress free environment. Keeping their environment and living habits as close to that of their predecessors throughout evolution will help with this.

Turnout

There is a general rule that horses should have about an acre to themselves of field. So if there are 5 horses in a field, the field should be roughly 5 acres. This can not always be the case but it is important not to overcrowd. Many of us do not like to turn out if the ground is wet, worrying the grazing will be ruined so it would be of benefit for an area to be created where horses can be turned out even when wet. Dedicating an area to this, you can put flooring down e.g. bark, enabling turnout whatever the weather.

Exercise

Depending on our own lives sometimes it is not always possible to exercise to the level, or for the amount of time we would like. Particularly when the nights draw in, we can be hindered in our desires to exercise our horses fully. Horse walkers provide safe and effective ways of stretching the horse’s legs while you quickly get on with the other tasks of the day. This is not advised as an alternative to ridden exercise but will help you get the horse out of the stable.

Feed

Natural diets with plenty of forage, providing this makes available all energies needed for your horse’s performance level, can be the simplest and most efficient way of feeding your horse. There is no doubting that when your horse sis lacking in a certain area, that vitamins, supplements etc. can provide just what is needed, but a well thought out natural diet can also do the same. Keeping the fibre intake high, can also help to prevent gastric ulcers and enable optimum digestion, utilising the functionality of the horse’s digestive system.

Saddlery

Well fitted saddles, possibly with the option for interchangeable saddle flaps dependent on the exercise being done are one of the most valuable ways of investing in your riding experience. The horse will move more comfortably beneath you allowing concentration to be on the job at hand rather than controlling a horse evading pain from beneath the saddle. This is the same with all tack, ensure they are fitted correctly and not rubbing in any way. The quality of the equipment used can contribute to this.

Not all gadgets are bad, there is always the potential to over complicate things, but a well-used piece of training equipment can help teach your horse what you require, build up muscle mass and enable quicker development. The Equi-Ami is perfect for building up top line, much more quickly than other lunge aids.

Protective boots are always of benefit when working. There are a range of boots and leg protection for all eventualities, depending on the work you require from your horse.