Whether you’re about to purchase your first horse or welcoming a new four-legged family member after a break from the industry, owning a horse requires a certain amount of specialized knowledge to keep that animal happy and healthy.

And while you don’t need to know everything—let’s face it, no one knows everything, anyway!—to get started, there’s a few things you should be familiar with before jumping into horse ownership.

To that end, we’ve scoured our archives to find content covering the very basics of horse care available for free on TheHorse.com. And there’s lots more where this information came from. For additional or more specific information, search TheHorse.com for what you’re seeking or consult your equine veterinarian.

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AT A GLANCE: Just the Basics: What Every Horse Needs No doubt about it, horse ownership is a big responsibility. Horses require daily attention and management to keep them healthy. And the horse world has no shortage of opinions and advice for how to best care for horses. Her