You just bought your first horse and everyone is so excited. But what do you do now? Previously, you just went to the barn and took lessons, but now you own your own horse, and there are a lot of new things that you are going to have to be responsible for that previously you were not concerned about.
It does not matter if the horse is kept in your back yard or at a boarding stable; you still need to take care of your new friend.
First off, get some good grooming supplies. You will need to get a collection of brushes and combs to keep your horse healthy and looking good. Most horses enjoy being fussed over, so grooming them is a great way for the two of you to bond. It is not unusual for your horse to relax so much when you groom him that he falls asleep.
When you groom your horse, spend time checking him for any nicks and scrapes that he may have acquired. Treat the small injuries seriously. Quick and frequent treatment will keep a small injury from becoming a major injury.
When you groom your horse, spend time looking at his feet. He is a big animal with relatively small feet. It is vitally important that you keep his feet clean treated to prevent thrush and other hoof diseases from festering.
You also need to have his feet taken care of every six weeks. If your horse spends a lot time on asphalt, concrete or rock soil, you probably need to have shoes. If your horse is kept on softer ground you may not need the shoes, discuss this with your farrier.
You need to keep you horse stall clean. You need to muck out the manure and wet bedding at least daily and add fresh clean bedding at least once a week. Depending on the weather and other conditions, you may find that you need to clean the stalls more often.
You should keep sharp objects and split boards away from your horse to keep him from being injured. Horses are naturally curious animals, and if there is a way for him to get hurt, he will. It sometimes feels as if some horses just find ways to hurt themselves, even if you put them in a padded stall. You just need to do your best to keep him safe and treat any injuries when they show up.