Horse ownership carries a lot of responsibility since equines require a variety of products and services. First of all, they need to be fed a diet that supplies all the nutrients needed for optimum health and performance. Dependant upon the particular horse and what he is used for, the services of a farrier may be needed to regularly trim the hooves and reset shoes. These are the basic needs of a horse that does not require the owner to make a trip to the local tack store.
Whether the horse is boarded at a stable or kept at the home of the owner, certain riding equipment and apparel will be needed. A saddle is probably the largest and most expensive piece of riding equipment a horse owner will need to buy. The specific type and size of a saddle is very important since it must fit both the horse and the rider correctly. Horses come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, so the saddle that fits one horse perfectly may cause considerable discomfort to another due to a poor fit.
When a horseman acquires a new mount, the first order of business is to make sure the saddle and other tack fits properly. A trip to the local tack store is often sufficient to find what is needed, but hard to fit horses sometimes require the services of a saddle fitter. This is a person who has the knowledge to make sure the measurements of the saddle place it properly on the back of the horse. A saddle that is too tight through the shoulders can pinch and cause discomfort, while one that is too wide may create pressure on the wither area.
Most horse owners would prefer to have their own stable in their backyard, and some have sufficient property to do that. In addition to a stable with a stall and storage area, a secure paddock and pasture area are also required. The rule of thumb for horses is that there is at least one acre of pasture available per horse. Many townships also have ordinances that restrict whether horses are allowed and how much acreage is needed.
Some property owners will be able to construct a stable on their own, but most prefer to hire a contractor to erect a pole building of sufficient size. The owner may hire the stalls built or take on the task himself. The best pasture and turnout areas usually consist of a paddock area large enough for horses to exercise. From the paddock area, a gate opens into a grassy pasture of an acre or more.
Most horse related items can be found at the local tack store, and they may also carry fencing materials. The owner may want to visit System Fencing to find items not available locally, and some tack stores do carry products from this company.
Horse ownership can be a wonderful experience, and even more so with a properly appointed stable in the backyard.