Help A Horse Day 2021 is on Friday, March 26, 2021: Rocky Mountain Horse for Three Day Eventing?
Friday, March 26, 2021 is Help A Horse Day 2021. National Help A Horse Day Is April 26 Horses Need Your Help
No horsing around-- today is an opportunity for you to be a great 'neeeiiigh-bor' on Help a Horse Day!
Equines continue to be both a popular animal in addition to working as tireless farm animals. Recently, tales of their disregard and abandonment have remained to increase; as owners have discovered the cost of taking care of them as well excessive to handle.
Help a Horse Day is your chance to send out a donation to an equine care charity of your choice! Or share an apple or carrot with a neighborhood equine you understand! Or authorize your name to a request demanding better care for these faithful, four-footed friends that have offered us so over the centuries. All they need is a hand (after all, most of them are at least 10 hands higher!) to take pleasure in a much better life.
if the horse is able to do it then yes.... by able i mean does he have the right build/conformation. . . i couldnt say much more then that, you can train almost any horse to do almost any event, but that doesnt mean they'll be great at it, all you can do is try if you really want to. if it works, then that's great, if it doesnt you've learned alot along the way and still had fun.
edit: most any horse can compete at lower levels with training in each area. if they're sound and trained/riding with a trained rider the horse can finish.... i took a qh/tb that was no dressage horse, and did a 3 day even with him, we finished and had fun. it's not the breed its the horse itself. try it and see is the only way you're going to find out if this horse can do it.
What does a typical day look like, working on a horse ranch?
We are retired and own a small horse ranch with a herd of 14.
Here is our normal day.
Start feeding at 7 a.m. Put on fly masks. All horses are out to pasture anyway.
If it has stormed, they are stalled. When they go back outside (most are hand led because they are in individual stalls and are separated in multiple pastures) it takes about an hour to get them all out after putting on bug spray in the summer.
Next, we drain water tanks every third day and scrub them out. I refill the tanks in every pasture and run.
That takes me about 2 hours.
Every couple of days I go through the herd and put on fresh fly spray. Takes about 2 hours. I also check feet.
We drop hay or set out a roll for the afternoon feeding and next morning. Half hour.
We jointly clean stalls if all horses have been up for severe weather. Takes about four hours to move the tractor, hook up the manure wagon, clean stalls, dump the manure in the compost pile and put the equipment away. That's two of us working together.
Evenings take about an hour to feed and pull off fly masks.
In a rescue, you will have more specific feeding needs to follow than our herd. We just have one senior horse on mash due to dental issues. The rest of ours all are on the same feeding program, just different amounts. We have four rescues in our herd and it took us months to build up their body weights. So in your rescue, you will see that.
In between, we groom, do feet, get some training done, etc.
Coming really soon, we will be moving hay. The two of us being seniors, we try not to kill ourselves with this. We usually only do about 100 bales a day into the loft. I pick cool mornings because he unstacks it from the trailer onto the elevator and I do all of the stacking in the loft. We can do 100 bales in about an hour flat together. This is rigorous work. My biceps don't fit into many blouses due to years of lifting. (But at least they don't sag!) If we do rolled hay, we use a tractor with fork to move them into the barn.
There also is unloading the feed and bedding. There is "doctoring" any horse that needs a wound treated. Then there are the days when you have one down with colic or with some unknown virus where you are taking temps and keeping charts and talking nonstop with the vet on your cellphone. You may be walking one for an hour straight to move a gas bubble. Or you may be setting up fans or bathing with alcohol wash to bring down a temp.
The best part of my day is just hanging with them and learning from them.
Here is my thought for you: You may be overwhelmed at first by the list of things to do and how to do them. That is easy after awhile. Instead of worrying about that, watch the horses in the herd. Watch how they interact. Watch how they move one another. Watch their behavior. Then learn to emulate that to handle them. Read the Dorrance and Hunt books. Personally, I never talk on my phone or listen to music or anything that can distract me when I am in the herd. I am adamant about this. I tell my husband not to talk to me when I am moving horses in a herd. I pay complete attention to where I am, where the nearest horse is, where the dominant horse is and I direct their movements. All of ours take hand signals to move off. But if a dominant horse pushes a lower horse and you are in front, you will get flattened. So I take leadership of any herd I am in. This is something you will learn if you watch them and follow some good horseman. Be an open book and absorb and absorb. It is a lifelong process.
can you insure a horse for one day?
if your friend is worried about the horse getting injured, then she should be paying for monthly insurance, because the horse can injure itself anywhere, at any time. I'm sure that an insurance company would sell you a month's worth of insurance, but I doubt you can get a daily rate for insurance, mostly because people would abuse that by getting a day's worth of insurance and then saying their horse injured itself on that exact day. All you can do is contact companies who sell insurance and see what they have to say. The other option would be having a vet check on the horse, then signing a waiver stating that you will pay vet bills if the horse is injured either in the charity ride, or transport to/from the charity ride. The vet check is to ensure that the horse itself is not in some way injured or sick before you take it off the property so your friend can't try and blame something that's already wrong with the horse on you.