Managing your horse's health can sometimes be a complicated process, but here are seven easy ways that you can make your horse healthier.
We all love our horses and want them to have long, happy lives. One way to fulfill that goal is to make sure that your horse is as healthy as possible.
Check out these seven easy ways to make your horse healthier, and consider how you can make these changes in your horse's life.
Turn Your Horse Out More
Maximizing the amount of time that your horse spends outside is one of the easiest ways to improve his health. In nature, horses traveled great distances and grazed for most of the day.
When your horse can move about, he can become more fit, will be less bored, experience improved circulation, and can even maintain a healthier digestive system than he would have if he were in his stall for long hours.
Keep Your Barn Open
When your horse does have to be in his stall, it's so important to make sure that air constantly circulates throughout the barn.
Horses have highly sensitive respiratory systems, and the dust from hay and bedding can create health issues. Make sure to keep windows and doors open, even in the wintertime, so that air circulates.
Monitor Your Horse's Weight
Keep a close eye on your horse to make sure that he stays at an ideal weight. Being either overweight or underweight can put your horse at risk of other health issues.
Watch your horse and adjust your feeding program accordingly to keep his weight in check.
Buy the Best Quality Feed You Can
Invest in the best quality feed that you can afford. Buying a feed with quality ingredients helps to promote good health in your horse, reducing his chances of getting sick.
Establish a Parasite Management Program
Internal parasites can negatively effect a horse's health. It's important to establish a parasite management program for your entire barn, whether it's fecal egg testing, rotational deworming, or another method.
Don't Skimp on Vaccinations
You keep your horse at home, you rarely travel to shows, and you don't often have new horses come into your property. Are vaccinations really necessary? The answer is yes.
Remember, diseases aren't just carried by horses - they can be transferred by mosquitoes, possums, raccoons, and other wildlife. By keeping your horse up to date on vaccines, you're helping to keep him healthy.
Always Warm Up and Cool Down
Many people underestimate the importance of a proper warm up and cool down for horses. Whether you're lunging your horse or riding him, it's important to spend plenty of time warming him up and cooling him down. The warm up and cool down help to reduce the chance of your horse being injured during or becoming sore after a workout.
With a bit of effort, you can help to keep your horse healthier by putting these seven tips to work. How many of these tips are you already using in your barn?