Horse Care

Gerbils, tortoises, cats and dogs. Most of us at sometime in our lives have a pet or two.

As a general rule the bigger the pet the greater the expense, commitment and space needed, to say nothing of the mess that needs to be cleaned up.

A horse is as big as most of us are every likely to consider. Any bigger than that and you will probably need a zoo license, a garden half the size of Wiltshire and a muck scooping system with some serious hydraulics on it.

It would be interesting to hear from those of you who have gone down this route and what the real issues are once you've become the proud owner of a 'crash' of Hippopotamuses.

Horses can be great fun, rewarding and they all have different personalities. If you are lucky they might even form a friendly relationship with you where the horse knows who is boss. But don't count on it. Horses are clever and generally learn how to get their own way in things. They may indeed know who is boss and it may not be who you would like it to be.

They do need a lot of looking after and a great deal of space. Horses need indoor space, plenty of grazing and other horses to hang around with. They need friends just like we do. Sticking one in the back garden, watching it trash the lawn and drive your dad to his second nervous breakdown, just won't do.

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Horse Care

They also need cleaning out. Not as much as that 'parade' of African elephants, that your parents won't let you have, of course. A shovel usually does the trick. They also need grooming on a daily basis and working regularly.

So before you start leaning on your dad/mum/great auntie Mildred, tugging on their heart and purse strings with the concession that you will forgo your desperate need for a small 'tower' of giraffes if they will let you have just one, solitary, little, horse. Check out just what this will actually mean and how much of your life it is all going to take up.

Gerbils are a lot less hassle.

Equine World - Horse Care

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Riding Stables around Notts

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