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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Picking the Right Field For a Turned Out Horse


Your turned out horse will need a safe field.  When choosing one, walk around the outside to check the fencing for sharp pieces, barbwire or broken posts.  Next, you will want to walk around the whole field to check the ground.  You don't want any holes in the ground or big muddy areas.  Pay attent8ion to any weeds or trees as you walk.  If you find any, check online what type of weed or tree it is to check if it is poisonous like ragwort.

Two horses grazing on a path with huge mountains in the background


When you have a horse who is turned out 247 you should provide some type of shelter.  This could either be a field shelter, trees or a building that they can stand beside.  In a field shelter check that the roof is safe and it is secure.  Trees are a really good shelter for horses as long as they are not toxic and not of them will fall down.

White horse jumping through bushs in a field

Food & Water

It is really important to have good grass when your horse is turned out.  As he will be getting all of his nutrients from the grass, I recommend getting the grass tested.  This will let you know what the grass is lacking so you can add supplements to the horse's diet.  The next thing you should be thinking about is a water supply.   I always like to use automatic water drinkers or a clean stream.  This is because horses tend to limit the amount of water they drink if it is just a normal bucket.  This is because their instinct tells them to save water, so giving them a never-ending supply of clean water is the best option.

A chestnut horse grazing in a field with a line of trees behind him.


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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