January 10, 2012--This presentation will give a broad overview of the U.S. Horse Industry and the careers that support it. In addition, we will discuss how to choose a career that fits your talents and professional expectations.
A mature horse will eat the equivalent of 2 to 2 ? percent of its body weight a day. For optimum health, nutritionists recommend at least half of that amount to be roughage, such as hay. For a 1,000-pound horse, that means at least 20 pounds of roughage each day.
Ready to mount up and go? Not so fast. Before you choose an instructor you need to ask yourself some questions about your goals, your budget, the style of riding you want to do, and the amount of time you can devote to riding. When you've made those decisions, the American Quarter Horse Association can help you find the right instructor.
Your child's first exposure to horses should come via lessons with a competent instructor, who will make sure she is matched to the right lesson mount. After a year or more of instruction--and perhaps some horse-sharing--your child may be ready to take the next step, into horse ownership. Assuming you're ready as well, your child's instructor can help to make sure that first horse or pony is a safe and appropriate one.