Whilst reading my most recent magazine from the British Horse Society I came across an article about the work their welfare officers do. Surprisingly, to me at least, they still find that people DON'T check on their horses every day! Although, I doubt very much that anyone reading this comes into that category I thought a reminder of the simple basics might be useful to pass on ...
· Water supply - is it available, clean, not frozen (in the winter) ?
· Food availability - is there grass, if not is there hay (or an equivalent) ?
· Check for wounds, swellings and any sign of lameness - treat it!
· Check feet and pick them out to remove any stones.
· Remove, check over and reposition rugs.
· Weekly check for poisonous plants or any hazards in the field eg: cans, balloons, broken fence
· Farrier visits for a trim by a qualified farrier (every 6-8 weeks)
· Worm counts and worming if necessary (every 8-10 weeks)
· Teeth checked and rasped by a vet or trained technician (at least annually)
· Vaccinations - at a minimum for flu and tetanus (annually)
There are obviously a lot more things to be done ideally and especially if the horse is stabled but these are really the minimum that is needed to care for them when at grass.
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