Basic Horse Care 101

Interview with Corinne Raut

Q: How long have you been caring for horses?

A: It's been about 30 years now.

Q: Who or what got you interested in horses?

A: My first experience was trail-riding in the woods in the mountains of Canada, where I'm from. Once I had children they kept me interested because they all rode and now are also successful horse trainers too.

Q: How many horses do you currently care for? How many hours per day do you spend doing so?

A: Right now I have six. I spend 2-3 hours doing so but we always have extra hands on the property.

Q: What makes caring for horses different than caring for any other animal?

A: Their personality by far. Also, they can't take care of themselves unless you do so. They are totally helpless and rely on human interaction. It's rewarding though because they love human interaction and make you feel special.

Q: What is the most important thing a beginner should know about horse care?

A: Don't tie them up in knots they can't escape, in case they panic. Never walk behind them because they kick if they spook. Learn to read body language and signals your horse gives you. If his ears are perked towards you, his attention is on you. If they are pinned flat back, he is upset.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part about horse care? The easiest?

A: The hardest part is delivery of foals (baby horses) and the mare (adult female horse) care afterwards. Rescue horses are also very difficult to bring back to health and break my heart. The easiest part is that if you really love horses, you will think it is all easy and worth it!