A Place for Happier Horses
You know that feeling when something is so logical that it simply makes perfect sense – even though you hadn’t thought about it before? When something simply clicks.
My blog covers topics that have clicked with me in the care & keeping of my horses. I also cover products & methods that I use to provide the best life that I can within the restraints of modern life! You’ll also find some clicker training, and plenty of photos I’ve created with the click of a camera. 😉
3 Pillars of Happy Horse-Keeping
Is your horse living their best life? How do you know one way or another? The needs of the horse are vast, but it comes down to a few things. My biggest obsession, because of my special needs boy Trubee, is the hoof. Horses only spend a few hours off their feet in a given day – sometimes less. Their entire lives being spent on those four little hooves means those things are probably pretty important!
Nutrition is another big one. When I think about equine nutrition, I’m not just thinking about what they eat, but how they eat it. The horse’s body is designed to consume small bites over a period of about 17 hours every day. Their actual digestive system is optimized for this type of eating! So providing forage throughout the day is insanely important if you want to stay clear of problems such as ulcers or colic. There is also the consideration of what they are eating – some nutrients are lost in the curing process of hay, and most horses on hay-only diets will have some deficiencies. Over-supplementation is such a common practice, it can be confusing to know what is worth feeding! Generally, I like to keep things simple and seek out wholesome supplements to best provide for my boys.
The final need of the horse is enrichment. Most of our horses live in relatively boring environments, compared to the life of grazing, traveling long distances, exploring miles of land and socializing within their herd. They might get out for an hour or so a day, maybe only a few times a week. But that leaves a majority of their lives being stationary, in an environment that is stagnant. Even those fortunate enough to have large pastures with other horses can suffer from boredom! While 24/7 access to forage can help greatly in this department, the addition of engaging activities with you will benefit the underemployed brain of your equine friends. The brain and the body both need exercise!
I’ve gathered information to create the following resource pages to share with you the things I’ve learned and what I practice to help my horses live their best lives, even though I cannot afford to provide them with the perfect solutions to fulfill all their needs:
Horse-Keeping: As Natural as We Can
I write about my experience giving my horses as natural a lifestyle as I can manage! Can you relate?
Supporting 1000lb+ creatures is expensive due to feed & space alone, and throw in a strange desire for self harm and you’ve got horses!
Built for a life far different than the life society considers normal, horses struggle everywhere, everyday. I’m talking about “well-kept” horses, suffering behind the bars of a too-small stall, in a pen lacking any enrichment, in a boarding facility that feeds only 2 meals a day…
I don’t have all the answers, and I certainly don’t have all the funds. My horses live in boarding facilities, and they don’t live the ideal horse life that I want for them. If you’re like me, and you want to provide the best for your horse with what you have available, then you’re in the right place!
I love to share about the products that I use to improve our lives! I also guarantee 100% honesty when I speak about products.
I’ll never share about a product that I haven’t personally tested or experienced for myself, and you’ll know, because I photograph EVERYTHING with my own animals!