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Wanlapa Farmstay, Lopburi Breeding and using horses to be friends.

I am sure most of the readers who love agritourism must have heard or had the chance to experience the farm stay “Wanlapa Farm Stay” not far from Lopburi. Because it is an agricultural tourism destination and it opens as a homestay to stay with yourself. One of the highlights of this farm is there are horses for the tourists to ride. It also opened a horse riding course for meditation therapy for people with special needs.

In this farm,  Mr. Saraut Khakhai  or  Khun Tai  is in charge of the business in general, and there is a father,  Lieutenant Somnouk Khakhai,  as another chief supervisor. And besides, Lieutenant Somnock himself is in charge of the ‘horses’ which is one of the highlights of this ranch.

horse care
horse care


When asked about “horses,” 1st Lt. Somnock told me that he originally served as a police officer and there are many opportunities to get up close and personal with horses. Horses are social animals. Soft and delicate yet suspicious, the softness of a horse leads people close to feeling happy and recognizing the real touch from the animal, so if no one has touched a horse before. So you want to try and experiment in order to perceive the softness from the animal as Lt. Somniwick actually felt

I love keeping animals in general, especially horses, because they have a soft touch. It is useful to have a pet. You can use it. You can ride it, and it can make us happy. I started looking for a horse about 20 years ago, going to farms and flea markets in hopes of getting good horses. Come into possession.”

Police Lieutenant Somnuek got his first pair of horses from patrolling to buy horses at a cow and buffalo market . Even if the first time you decide to just buy one, that’s when you realize that horses are social animals. So I decided to buy 1 pair from the same source, male and female not long after the party adding cute new born baby ponies

He gave a newborn horse that had grown up, Lieutenant Somniwick, his full time to tend to him. By studying the habits and behavior of horses to make the horse as happy as possible in the meantime, keep looking for horses that were in good condition and liked by the breeder and breeder. More and more new horses are born on the farm.

For those considering keeping a horse, Lt. Somniwick warns that you really want to keep a horse. Because the life of a horse lasts from 25 to 30 years, depending on its care.

Horses are herbivores. Therefore, supplementation is not necessary. However, for horses with protein deficiency problems, it is necessary to add protein in the form of supplements to help. But even though horses are herbivores, there are pellets made specifically for horses. Which contain all the nutrients a horse needs, so allowing the horse to eat raw food such as grass or hay may not make the horse strong and healthy. Due to the lack of vitamins, it will be good to eat complementary foods with it. A change in diet may cause the horse to not eat. It takes time to accept other food.

For horse feed when compared to coarse, such as grass, horses should eat 15-20 kg per day, and whether it is hay or fresh grass should also be considered. If it is fresh grass, the quantity should be given more. Because fresh grass contains water as an ingredient


Breeding horses at Wanlapa Farmstay Use a method to lead one to get closer to the other. By selecting leading females to find males. Or from male to female, that’s not wrong, you should watch the horse’s estrus cycle. Horses typically have an estrous cycle of 21 to 22 days, and each estrus cycle lasts 4 to 5 days. They can be used for reproduction immediately

Mixing within the farm allows horses to mate naturally unless the broodmares or stallions are very different. It should help support during mating so as not to cause loss if the horse falls during mating

The booth area should have enough space for the carousel to easily turn, lie down, and get up. Normally, one horse is left stable at each stud so that no kicking or pinching occurs. It must have a roof or shed as a place to shelter from the rain and to provide umbrellas

After mating is able to record and determine the date of birth of the horse. by counting from the mating date another 11 months or about 340 days

During pregnancy, calcium for horses should be supplemented with regular food. To feed the foal in its stomach, including the mare after giving birth.

When a horse is about to give birth, note that the horse’s hips are low. The stomach begins to sag, the base of the breast is firm, and both breasts are tight. Before birth at first they look like this in young horses. Or the first pregnant horse You should pick up some of the horse’s milk so that she can get used to it. After the foal is born, she will be able to drink milk as usual.

The horse will give birth naturally. The birthing area is located inside the horse’s stable. It should be cleaned and waited near the day of delivery and there should be some straw to absorb the waste generated during labour. The kiosk must be tightly looked after because it is only an hour after birth. The foal will walk and suck its mother’s milk. If the foal is unable to stand and walk on its own for more than two hours, the chances of death are high. Because the body will start to weaken if you are not sure if the foal is able to drink milk on its own, you should milk the mare so that he can smell or lick the foal. Then it is quite natural for a horse to find mother’s milk for itself.

After giving birth, you have to be careful because the horse will go into a high temperature very quickly, within 7-10 days after giving birth, it will start to deteriorate. If confused, this can be done immediately. But you must make the mother strong first by leaving the mating period for at least 2-3 months

horse hoof trimming

horse care
horse care

Breeding horses Mares should be allowed to raise their young naturally in the same stable. The foal will drink mare’s milk for up to 6 months, after which time it will be separated. If a horse is bred for less than that, disease resistance in foals is low. It affects growth and strength as the horse grows.

Warning about the dangers of horses, First Lieutenant Somnwick said that there are actually 5 dangers of horses:

  1. Biting by biting the upper and lower teeth.
  2. butt
  3. Slash by raising and lowering your front legs.
  4. Kicking with the back pair of legs bent towards the body and out.
  5. Kicking with the leg kicking to the side of the body.

All five types of dangers can only happen when you are shocked and suspicious and prevent the danger that will come your way. Including the need to consider the horse’s breed as well

“If we hurt a horse, horses are animals with a good memory. They will remember, and when the chance arises, they will hurt us again.”

So Lieutenant Somnock suggested approaching the horses properly as there was an important prohibition not to enter the horse’s back. When approaching the horse, he should call his name or make a noise to inform the horse. Whom we walk towards and talk or give orders to horses must use a low tone or draw a long voice because the horse is a slow nervous animal. You won’t respond in time if we talk too quickly


Within the Wanlapa farm residence are about 40 horses in all, almost all of them crossbreeds. The rest are Thai horses. Because taking care of it is very difficult.

However, First Lieutenant Somnock emphasized that bringing new horses to the farm should be blood checked before each run. And after 5-6 months of importing to the farm, the blood should be tested again. Preventing underlying disease in horses The most common and dangerous disease for horses is equine AIDS and sera, or blood parasites. Including anemia in horses because if left, outbreaks occur within the farm and all horses could be lost in no time.

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