Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter Network

Responsible 
Horse Ownership

Owning a horse is a big responsibility and if you're the owner of that horse, it is solely your responsibility! 
Below you'll find a few key points to help you be a responsible horse owner.

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Responsible Horse Ownership

As a horse owner, it is your responsibility to take good care of your horse, especially if you have a senior horse that needs more attention. It's important to surround yourself with knowledgeable horse people who can guide you through any challenges you may face.

Regular veterinary and dental check-ups are crucial to ensure your horse is healthy. Schedule annual appointments with your veterinarian to keep your horse in good health. Your veterinarian can also advise you on any health issues that may arise and recommend necessary vaccinations and tests. Regular visits with your farrier are also important. They should work on your horse's hooves every eight weeks to keep them in excellent condition. 

Taking care of older or medically challenged horses until the end of their lives is crucial. Sadly, many horses end up in the slaughter pipeline due to irresponsible owners. 

As a responsible horse owner, it's important to consider humane euthanasia as the Last Act of Kindness that can spare your horse from pain and suffering. By making this difficult decision, you can give your horse a gift that shows your love and responsibility towards them. Remember, being a responsible horse owner involves being proactive about your horse's health and well-being. 

Seek guidance from knowledgeable horse people, schedule regular veterinary, dental check-ups, and farrier visits to help your horse have a happy and healthy life. 

If you're unable to keep your horse, reach out to your closest Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter for help and resources.

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Responsible ownership  of the Young Horse  | 0-5 years

As a responsible horse owner, it is essential to provide your young horse with the proper education it needs to live a happy and safe life. This includes getting it gelded if it is a colt, so it can safely socialize with other horses. It is also crucial to train your horse on basic skills such as standing tied, picking up its feet for the farrier, standing for a veterinarian exam, loading into a trailer, and eventually being trained under saddle when it is old enough. Unfortunately, many horse owners neglect this responsibility, leaving their horses with little to no education beyond basic leading skills. This can lead to serious issues down the road, such as the inability to load into a trailer, pick up its feet for a farrier or behaving for a veterinarian exam. When owners can no longer care for their untrained horse, the horse may end up in a slaughterhouse. Investing in your horse's education is not only responsible horse ownership but also saves horses' lives. By providing your horse with proper training, you are ensuring its safety and well-being throughout its life.  
It's always important to have a end of life plan, regardless of how old your horse is, accidents do happen.

When it comes to old horses, @devinoutwest says it best.

By Devin

To be a responsible horse owner, you must have a good relationship with your horse's veterinarian and farrier.

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It is crucial to have a good veterinarian for your horse.

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Find a Farrier

Your horse needs to see your farrier regularly.

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This is what can happen to horses when they fall through the cracks.
Be responsible, don't let this happen to your horse!

The Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter Network is a division of Horse Plus Humane Society.