Horse Health Care Program - Grooming

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy - Part 3
 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.


    A well-groomed horse is less apt to develop skin problems and is a feast for the eyes.  Daily grooming is required when a horse is worked, is shedding, or rolls frequently.  Bathe your horse once in the spring and once in the fall. Frequent baths strip the skin and coat of beneficial oils and wreak havoc with hooves.

    Keep a separate set of grooming tools for each horse and wash them regularly.  If any of the horses in the barn are having a skin problem, wash all grooming tools with a disinfectant. Keep feed buckets and water pail clean.  At least once a week, scrub eating and drinking receptacles.  Be sure to rinse the soap from them thoroughly.

    Lice and ticks cause itching.  Ticks carry Lyme Disease that is contagious to humans.  If your horse rubs bald spots in his mane or tail, check him thoroughly for parasites or fungus and treat according to your veterinarian.

    Itching can also be caused by ringworm which is contagious to you and other horses. If a horse has ringworm, you will need to treat the horse, disinfect grooming tools, halters, blankets, stalls, feeders, and anything else the horse may have rubbed on.

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