Horses are such beautiful and majestic creatures. It’s a lot of fun taking care of them and having their company in our lives. But horses are not easy animals, they ask for trouble! Once you adopt a horse you have the major responsibility to take care of the horses and maintain their health.
The owners have to be very particular about the horse’s environment, diet and schedule. There is a lot of stuff one has to consider to help your horse like a pro.
Here are 7 ideas to help your horse health like a pro:
1) Being Careful at Horse Shows:
It is necessary that you make sure that your horse is safe from the other horses at a horse show. The horse shows are breeding grounds for illnesses to spread.
Every year right after these horse shows there is a major outbreak of illnesses. This is a major reason why EHV-1 spread so much each year. These shows prove to be the best places for horses to make each other sick and take it home.
Completely avoid nose to nose touching. You also have to make sure that you wash up whenever handling horses. In simple terms, do not touch other horses and also don’t let others touch your horse.
2) Prevention of Rodent Infestation:
Rats and Mice are very sneaky. It is quite possible that your barn may get infested by them. This is a very important reason the hygiene of barns should be taken care of.
They can end up making chaos in the barn and feed room. You have to make sure that you keep the food in airtight containers in a secure place if possible use metal or sturdy plastic bins which can not be eaten away by rodents.
You can also adopt a cat or a dog to ensure the safety of your horse. They will also be a companion animal to your horse. You can train the dog or cat to keep rodents away from your property.
3) Check Your Horse’s Temperature:
Normally, you do not do random temperature checks for your horses. If the horse is sick there a lot of other ways to determine it like fever symptoms, uneasy and restlessness, weakness, not eating properly, etc.
There are so many other symptoms to determine if your horse is sick. However, horses are very disciplined animals. There have been cases of extreme fevers where the horse acts very normally.
In such cases, it is nearly impossible to determine if your horse is sick without a temperature check. Regular temperature checks will avoid sickness at an early stage and it may even prevent the spread of viruses and laminitis.
4) Proper Diet and Hay:
In reality, you are the source of nutrition for your horse, because you will be providing food to them. Majorly, the hay you provide the horse with will be his or her main source of nutrition.
This is a reason why the hay has to be of good quality otherwise you are just depriving the horse off of a lot of nutrition. Read up on how to check the horse hay and ensure its quality.
Understand how to determine mold, botulism or blister beetles in the hay that can kill your horse.
5) Prevent Bugs and Mosquitoes Around the Horse:
Vaccination is the first and most important role of a horse or any animal owner. Bugs and mosquitoes can easily spread a lot of diseases.
Using various methods to kill mosquitoes or keep them away is very important, however do not go for very heavily chemical-induced options.
Keep a hygienic and clean environment without any standing water and let there be birds and bats around the barn.
If you do have a pond or water body on the farm you can add gambusia fish to eat the larvae. You can install bat boxes around the farm and let the bats take care do the bugs for you.
For further safety, you can add Bti or tablets or pellets or bs bacteria wherever necessary on your farm. You can also install the electric mosquito shocker machines or install fly or net sheets and screens in your barns if you can afford it.
If nothing works out, a simple mosquito repellent spray will always be at your rescue.
6) Spend a Bit to Take Care of Your Horse:
You can invest a great barn or get one built like an American barn. You can spend on good quality food so that they get the necessary tools.
Mainly buy some good grooming tools so that your horse looks prim and nice. This will also keep your horse’s skin healthy and help them avoid diseases.
It will also help you keep more organized in terms of grooming your horse regularly so the hair doesn’t get too long to catch dirt and bugs.
7) Make Sure Your Barn is Your Horse’s Safe Space:
Investigate whether your horse’s paddock and stall have any rough or pointy areas that might injure or harm your horse. The screws and in the barn and stall should be countersunk or into the wall.
They should not poke out, you can even round away the screws towards the wall. Give the horse enough space to move around so that he or she is not cramped up against the wall.
Make sure the edges are rounded, it is the best possible way to ensure their safety. Ventilation is another major requirement of the stall without which it will develop a really bad and stinky smell which furthermore will invite nasty bugs and rodents and also deadly diseases.
Also check the wiring of the barn, whether there is any threat or wires poking out. The water lines in the stall should not be leaking and rusted.
These are the little but very important things you have to look out for. In the beginning, it might seem like these things don’t matter, but they could cost your horse’s life which is why you should ensure their good health and safety through tips like these.