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The benefits of cold hosing your horse's legs are amazing and yet so many people don't do it.  Whether your horse has an injury or ...

Friday, 9 February 2018

How to Keep Your Horse Safe to Cut Down on Vet Bills



1.  Feeding

I have a few tips on feeding your horse properly to keep them healthy.  Firstly, keep your horse eating at all times.  Add hay to fields that don't have a lot of grass and add an unlimited amount of hay into the corner of the stable instead of a haynet.  This tip helps with ensuring that you don't cause your horse to have ulcers.  You can read all about gastric ulcers in horses here.



Secondly, wait at least an hour after feeding a horse hard feed before riding and wait an hour after riding to feed hard food to your horse.  This helps to stop your horse from getting some types of colic.  You want to read about colic in horses and what to do if your horse has colic click here.

2.  Riding

While riding, warm up for at least 15 minutes with most of that time being walking and trotting.  After warming up fully, jump off your horse and stretch your horse.  After riding stretch your horse again then cool down for another 15 mins.



Next tip is to progress slowly.  You never want to push your horse (or yourself) before they are ready.  This is because it will either cause the horse to go 'backwards' in training or more importantly to this post, will cause sore muscles, strains and other injuries.

3.  In the Field and Stable

The field

Walk around a new field before putting your horse into it to make sure there are no holes in the ground, things to get stuck on or anything dangerous things.  Try not to keep your horse in a field with lots of mud.  Also, you can put turnout boots on your horse to help with injuries.



The Stables

Keep your stable extremely clean (Follow this link to see how to do this properly).  It is also important to check there isn't anything in the stable to harm the horse, for example, rubber matting that has moved.

Don't leave your horse inside for more than 12 hours at a time.  If you have to due to bad weather or box rest, muck out twice a day and replace hay and water twice a day.

Lastly, to keep your horse from getting leg injuries in the stable or fluid build up in the legs from standing for too long it is great to use stable bandages.



TheRider'sReins 

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