Extension: advantages and disadvantages at a glance

Like all animals, horses have individual needs. It is precisely when it comes to attitude that there is a lot to consider. Different attitudes are increasingly and sometimes less close to the natural needs of unicorns. The pasture is used among horse owners as one of the most species-appropriate forms the. Here you can find out what the advantages and disadvantages of grazing are.

Needs of a horse in terms of posture

A horse has special needs, when it comes to attitude. A sufficient supply of food and water is only the tip of the iceberg. Horses also need:


  • Lots of movement
  • sufficient space
  • social contacts
  • Light
  • clean air

Horses are fugitives. They need a lot of exercise and enough space to escape in stressful situations. Beyond that, her body is not built to stand on the narrowest space for a long time. Because it damages the tendons, ligaments, joints and bones.

The unicorns also like to share their habitat in different areas one. They are looking for a place to sleep, a place to eat, and they also need enough space to play and play with their peers.

Horses are herds. A herd attitude is therefore to be preferred. However, care must be taken here to ensure that the hoofed animals can get out of the way and that each horse has enough room for itself. More senior horses must be able to eat, drink and sleep in peace.

If horses have no or too little contact with their counterparts, this leads in the worst case severe behavioural disordersYeah. For this reason you should always at least two animals keep together.

Lots of light and fresh, clean air Closed stinky stables, on the other hand, have a negative effect on the respiratory tract of the animals.

What do you mean by pasture?

The grazing is closest to the natural way of life of the horses. In this form of posture the animals spend all year round on a meadow with their spouses A large green area. A pasture allows the animals to move freely and take food in the form of grass at any time.

Animal husbandry also includes a shelter for animals Protection against wind and weather Europe. This is available either as a stable or as a mobile solution. An uncomplicated and quickly built protection for this Weatherproof pastures for horses.

Advantages of extensification

Widening is one of the best ways to keep your horse in line. It offers various advantages for you as a horse keeper as well as for the animal. First of all, the extension saves you a Most feed costsbecause the animals feed mainly on grass.

In principle, grazing supports the natural eating behaviour best, because horses are permanent eaters. That means they eat approx. 16 hours a day under constant motion. Only sufficient drainage ensures this eating behaviour. In addition, the grass provides the animals with all necessary vitamins.

An extension satisfies natural needs the hoof. It provides comprehensive social contacts in the herd. In addition, they have sufficient opportunity to move freely and to follow their movements in an adequate way.

The advantages of widening at a glance:

  • lower feed costs
  • species-specific dietary intake
  • good vitamin supply
  • comprehensive social contacts
  • Freedom

Advantages of extensification

Although grazing sounds very good, it does present some challenges. The basic requirement that the project does not end in a total disaster is that the Characters of horses together.

If the herd does not understand, there will be a lot of fighting and sometimes serious injuries. For lower ranking animals, this often means great suffering.

In addition, grazing makes herd observation more difficult. Diseases are often first later recognized and it will be partly difficult to contain and treat them.

In addition, it is not possible to individual needs of horses Enter.

Needs an animal e.g. a special feed, the feeding is associated with a very high effort. The eating behaviour is generally only very difficult to controlwhich is why there is often under- or over-feeding.

If you decide to expand, you need to be aware that this not all year round works. In winter the grass often no longer covers the nutritional needs of the horses and it is necessary to feed with a different feed.

The disadvantages of grazing at a glance:

  • Herds
  • difficult herd observation
  • Eating behaviour not controllable
  • seasonal difficulties


For you to choose the right attitude, it is always important to individual needs of your horse move. Older or sick animals, for example, are quickly overtaken with a grazing and often better stored in larger stables. If you decide to expand, it is important that you always have the disadvantages in mind. Try to avoid them as much as possible. to balance and ensure your horse a happy life.

Many thanks to Zelthandel.de for this great guest contribution on the topic of grazing.