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A horse is a horse! Part 1

September 2012 by Mariette Van den Berg B(Hons), MSc.(Equine Science)

Domesticated horses are maintained in conditions very different from those that are free-roaming. Domesticated horses are generally kept on restricted pastures (paddocks) all year round and/or confined to yards or stables for short or long periods, depending on the location, climate and management system.

In contrast, horses in their natural environment spend the day actively searching for food and water and trying to evade predators. They eat on a continuous basis various grasses and plant foliages, whereas domesticated horses usually have restricted access to forage.