Pasture for your horse

horse-pasture

To really excel at equine photography, the horse itself needs to be beautiful. To help you make sure that is the case, we have prepared a basic guide to taking care of your horse’s pasture, essential to taking on the responsibility that is another living creature. This is also important because horses are companionable animals, bred to graze in wide open fields with their herd. They can and will adjust to farm life, but you need to make it as easy as possible for them.

To that end, the first tip is to make sure your horse(s) have enough room. The generally accepted rule of thumb is one acre of land per horse. You need to make sure their pasture is safe for the horse, removing any poisonous plants. The most common of these include  yew, deadly nightshade, ragwort, foxglove, buttercups, oak leaves and acorns, bracken, laurel, privet, meadow saffron, castor bean, locoweed, horsetail, star thistle, and sorghum.

In addition to removing natural dangers, you have to make sure there are no man-made ones well. This can include garbage that got into the field, broken glass or metal, and even just holes in the fence.

Finally, as touched on in the last paragraph, you need to make sure that there is a solid fence around the pasture. This prevents the horse not only from escaping, but from dangers that could come from wandering too far, or something that tries to get in. You do have options here; you can install white rail fencing, which does look great, but can get on the pricy side. You can also install plain wire fence, which doesn’t look as nice, but can do the trick if you secure it to steady wooden posts. We do not recommend barbed wire for use on the fence, as this can hurt both the horse and other animals and humans.

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