What Every Horse Needs Every Day…

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Daily Needs

Horses, like all domestic animals, depend on people to provide food, water, shelter and care. They need the same things that all domestic animals need:

  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind (if it’s a social species).
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

In the next few pages, we will look at some of those daily needs in a little more detail…

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