Horse Health Care Program - Sanitation

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy - Part 2
 As appeared in 1998 Horses magazine  

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Mary keeps her two horses at the same boarding stable where you’ve just moved Jones, your new gelding.  Mary’s gelding Blaze has heaves, requires specialized shoeing that costs twice the normal fee, gets special feed for his dry skin, and each day has a 50/50 chance of being sound to ride.  Her mare Dolly is gorgeous but she’s constantly on a diet, is a chronic wood chewer and tail rubber and frequently colics.  The problems that Mary has with her horses have you in a panic every time Jones lies down or stumbles.

    The bad news is that Blaze and Dolly might always have these problems and Mary will always have higher than normal feed, veterinary, and farrier bills.

    The good news is that all of these problems are preventable with good health management.  If you are a keen observer and follow good horse management, Jones will stay in tiptop shape and your budget won’t bust!

    Our horses depend on us to take good care of them.  We need to pay specific attention to feeding, sanitation, grooming, hoof care, veterinary care, and facilities management.

  1998 Cherry Hill   

    Keeping your horse and his living quarters clean will minimize parasite reinfestation, cut down on grooming time, and help him look great.  This includes cleaning up manure, keeping the area around the barn and pens dry and keeping flies and other pests to a minimum.

    A horse produces up to 50 pounds of manure every day!  When manure and urine-soaked bedding decomposes it releases ammonia that can sting eyes and burn lungs.  Horses that stand in wet manure and urine have a higher incidence of thrush and other hoof problems.  Remove wet bedding from stalls daily and allow stall floors to dry before rebedding.

    Stable flies bite a horse's skin until it bleeds and then feed on the blood.  Favorite sites are lower legs, flanks, belly, under the jaw, and at the junction of the neck and the chest.  Stable flies lay their eggs in manure, wet hay, unclipped grassy areas, and other places where there is moist plant material.  Repair leaking faucets, hoses, and waterers.  Keep stalls and pens dry. Clear away wet bedding, sprinkle lime or a stall deodorizer on the wet spot, and let the ground dry before adding new bedding.

    Mice and rats carry disease and can destroy expensive tack and feed.  All feed should be stored in mouse-proof containers like big garbage cans or bins.  Keep grass around the barn trimmed to minimize mouse-nesting sites.  Poison and bait are dangerous if you have cats, dogs, or children.  Cats, natural predators of mice, are wonderful to have around the barn.

Part 1 - Feeding

Part 2 - Sanitation

Part 3 - Grooming

Part 4 - Hoof Care

Part 5 - Veterinary Care

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