If you’re a horse lover, you will agree with me if I say that, horses are one of the beloved creatures as well as good and loyal companions in the animal world. The special bond between a horse and their owner is often visibly noticeable to outsiders because owners are known to dedicate so much of their energy and resources to take good care of them. We have pointed out some important facts which are worth reading as a person, who love to keep your horse glorious & healthy.
1. Annual vaccination:
If you want to keep your horse healthy, vaccination is the essential key component of that process. Vaccinations stimulate the immune system against infection before its exposure to disease. Your veterinarian will advise what your horse needs to be vaccinated for and how often to examine it.
2. Daily Exercise is a must:
To maintain a horse’s physical & mental well-being, exercise 3 to 5 times weekly routine is a must, this will also help your horse’s circulation and stimulating his digestive system.
The exercising time depends on the horse’s health situation:
- An overweight horse needs a lot of exercise to lose weight and reduce calories.
- An older horse or not much healthy horse needs to maintain light exercise and they need to improve their level of fitness during cold weather.
3. A feed with quality food:
To keep horses in good body condition, you need to provide the right amount of grass and quality roughage because, their digestive system was designed to process large amounts of fibrous foods daily. Therefore, you must provide high-quality hay, even if that costs you more.
To the horses who are being worked regularly or who are not enough pasture and losing body condition, may need extra supplementary feed. You can give salt lick or mineral block in a paddock.
4. Reduce their stress:
Among other animals, horses are more prone to stress. Too much pressure can result in a compromised immune system, diarrhea, ulcers, bad behavior & depression. You can reduce stress by doing several things such as :
- Introduce them into new activities
- Allow them to unwind by grazing freely
- Let the company of other horses
5. Check their teeth regularly:
As they chew the same type of feed over and over, their teeth wear unevenly. This will cause problems to include quidding which means dropping balls of food, foul odor, and the contact when ridden. So, you should take your horse to an equine dentist, and check their teeth at least 6 to 12 months.
6. Protect their hoofs:
You should always keep horses’ hooves (foot care) in good condition because, they are built to stand all day. If you don’t take care of hooves, you may not be able to ride your horse in rough paths & mountains.
Do you know what you can do for this?
- Scrub out horse’s feet regular, which will remove stuck-on mud
- Use quality hoof products, which will help to waterproof your horse’s feet
- Use hoof oil daily.