Your Responsibilities As A Horse Owner

Your Responsibilities As A Horse Owner

Having a horse can be an amazing and extremely rewarding experience. However, horses have very specific and complicated needs. Prospective horse owners should research the responsibilities involved with owning a horse. It takes a lot of time and dedication to look after a horse properly, it's certainly no easy task. You need to be prepared to do everything it takes to keep your horse happy and healthy. are also required but law to look after their horse adequately. Here is some information about some of basic responsibilities for horse owners.

The Five Freedoms

All animals should have 5 basic rights, these rights are called 'The Five Freedoms'. You should ensure your horse has:

  • Freedom from thirst and hunger
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from fear and distress

Secure Living Environment

Horses should have access to a secure, enclosed living environment. You need to make sure your horses cannot escape and the area that they live in presents no danger to them.


Your horse should have access to a paddock. Horses need to exercise every day in their paddock. They should also be allowed the opportunity to graze throughout the day.


Horses should have access to appropriate shelter which will keep them comfortable and dry.

Your horse will need to be provided with bedding that is free from dust that they can lie on. Their bedding needs to be cleared out regularly and their living area kept clean.

Keep Your Horse Under Control

You must be able to keep your horse under control in public places.

Safe Transport

If your horses needs to be moved you should arranged for safe and appropriate transported.


Horses should be able to be sociable with other horses. They should be housed with other horses to get the social interaction they need.

Food And Water

You need to regularly check that your horse has access to food and fresh, clean water.

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