Caring for horses and ponies

It's estimated that there are between 600,000 and a million horses and ponies in the UK, and there's a lot of variety in their size, body shape and temperament. They can live well into their thirties or longer, although their working lives - the period when they can be ridden or driven - may be much shorter. If you're thinking about welcoming a horse or pony to your life, be sure to read through our horse care advice on everything you need to know about looking after them.

How to keep horses and ponies healthy and happy

Owning and caring for a horse or pony is great fun and immensely rewarding. But it's also a big responsibility and a long-term commitment in terms of care, hard work and finances.

There's no single 'perfect' way to care for all horses and ponies, because every animal and every situation is different. It's up to you how you look after them, but if you take a look through our expert advice, we can help you ensure your horse or pony leads a long, healthy, happy life.

Follow the links below to find out everything you need to know about caring for your horse or pony.

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