Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Probably every horse owner has heard the joke “What do horses and potato chips have in common? You can’t have just one!” Non-horse people just don’t understand how addictive horse ownership is, but heed the warning. It happens even to the best of us.
I love horses and love owning a horse, but I admit having just one leads to having another and another and then before you know it, you are officially “horse-poor”. That is the term used when a horse person collects more horses than they have room for or can afford. Although the person’s intentions were probably good, the ones who suffer are the horses.
Taking care of a horse takes time and space and of course money. “I have a couple of acres; I think I’ll buy a couple of horses.” The naïve horse lover might think horses just eat grass and they will be fine, but it doesn’t take long for a horse to completely devour a small pasture down to the dirt. Then what? Hay? Sure that’s an option, but not all types of hay have enough supplements to sustain a horse, so feeding grain will be necessary.
Horses have other needs a lot of folks don’t even think about. A lack of hoof and tooth care can leave a horse in crippling pain. There are vaccinations and digestive tract maintenance (worming) to be considered too. Before you know it, a novice horse owner can literally “love their horse to death”.
If you would like to learn more about horse ownership, learn from folks who rescue horses. This Saturday is “Help a horse Day”. Click Here for more information.
Rusty Walker, Walker Daniels in the Morning