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Thursday, 8 March 2018

4 Equestrian Things You Need to Stop Doing Now - Part 2

When you have had horse's for as long as I have, you start to have some pet peeves.  Here are some of mine.  

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1.  Stop Feeding your horse right before or after riding

This is something that some people still do not know about or understand how dangerous it can be.  I understand you may be in a rush, need to put the horse back outside or other reasons.

Feeding your horse before or after you ride can cause extreme colic that can and usually will be deadly.  I have personally seen this happen to multiple horses over the years and it can be completely avoided!

Feeding any sort of grains close to the horse being ridden can cause the horse to have abdominal pain (colic).  This then can cause implications such as impaction or the horse starts to roll violently which damages in organs.

All you need to do to avoid colic in horses is to wait for at least 1 hour after feeding to ride and do not feed your horse for at least an hour after you ride.  

Read More About Colic Here!

2.  Stop Leaving Your Horse in His Stable All Day

A controversial subject and lots of people had their own opinions on this.  In my opinion, stabling a horse is completely fine which I do myself.  What I personally don't think is fine is for a horse to be stabled 24 7.

Horses are built to walk long distances to find food, water and shelter.  When a horse stands in a stable all the time causes the horse's legs to build up with fluid.  Along with this, the amount of horses I see every day that is bored, angry and depressed is extremely sad.  I have seen a very angry young stallion turn into a sweet, calm boy just from turning him out for at least 12 hours a day.  

A stabled horse can become stiff, develop incorrect muscles from overusing a haynet and become badly behaved while being ridden as they have so much energy.  

IF your horse does need to stay inside there are a few products you should use.  Firstly, you need to have some stable boots to keep your horse's legs from filling.  A stable toy will also help your horse from becoming bored.  

3.  Stop limiting your horses forage

Horses are known for eating almost constantly.  Which is fine unless there is not enough grass, they are not given enough hay/haylage or are put on an incorrect diet and are limited forage.

If your horse is overweight you can do things to put them on a diet without limited forage AND the nutrients that are in forage.  Contact an equine nutritionist if you would like to find out more.

One HUGE health concern that is caused by limiting forage is equine gastric ulcers.  This is a very painful illness for the horse and effects his mood, performance and health.  

A good product for trickle feeding are small holed haynets.  This will make the hay last for much longer and make sure the horse doesn't run out.  

4.  Stop Leaving a horses rug on for too long

A horse's rug can rub your horse very quickly!  I would recommend having two rugs and changing them every day.  Different rugs will rub in different areas so changing them out every day can help to stop the rubbing too bad.

Also, leaving them without a rug on for some time every day can be good for the horse as they can itch and roll.

It is also a good idea to have some anti-rub ware ready like an anti-rub bib or a neck and face hood.  

Another main reason that leaving your horse's rug on for too long is that the horse's hair is being moved about constantly, causing itchy skin.  When your horse is casting his coat the rug can trap the loose hair which can be very irritating. 



  1. I feel like this article was going in a good direction, however it lacks development and should have gone through proper editing before publishing. Sentence structure, grammar and spelling needs to be checked.

  2. My horse who is an Arabian Saddle bred is notorious for being mouthy. He has taken off his blanket before I can get to the ranch. I don't know what I should do!

    1. I work with a young stallion that is very mouthy. I have found that he needs LOTS of turn out, things to do and play with and a good ride every day. Hope this helps!

    2. I have found as soon as your horse gets mouthy and biting pull on his whiskers or pull them out he will soon learn not to be biting as this hurts them, and you don't get a headship horse either. Hope this helps as it has me.

  3. Thank you for being the horse's advocate! Very good ideas that can be easily further researched -- and put into practice for the benefit of the horses we love

    1. Thank you! I have seen people putting their horse's through pain and scary situations too many times. I just want to see people being kind to their horses!

  4. This is a horse site and a very good one -- stop worrying about grammar and sentence structure, as long as it is readable, who cares?