Mother Nature Can Be Cruel
I don’t know about you, but this winter has been rough here in Maryland. We have gone from having frozen ground, to muddy ground, to icy ground and back over and over again.
It gets disappointing when we can’t ride, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do with your horse.
Hard Core Grooming
A lot of us even though we love to groom our horses are usually in a bit of a hurry and maybe don’t groom them quite as well as we should. Maybe skip some of the little details.
Give your horse a serious grooming. Aside from grooming his body, make sure to really get their legs clean. If your horse stands in a lot of mud in the winter, and it stays on there and dries for a long time, it can irritate your horse’s skin.
Here is a product that can help with the mud on your horse’s legs.
Pull Your Horses Mane
If you keep your horse’s mane pulled. Over the winter sometimes their manes and tails can get a little wild and wooly. Pull your horse’s mane if that’s how you like it.
If you like your horse’s mane pulled but your horse isn’t cooperative about it try this product
If you prefer to leave it long make sure you get all the tangles out!
Work On Your Horses Ground Manners
Make sure that your horse is keeping up with good ground manners. Practice putting the halter on and off. Ask your horse to back out of your space and stay there until you invite them in. When leading make sure that your horse stays right next to you. Remember you are the leader and your horse is a follower so you horse should never be pulling ahead of you. Especially in doorways. It is worth practicing leading through doorways because making sure your horse being mannerly coming in and out can make the difference in you and anyone else who handles your horse staying safe.
Practice Checking Your Horses Vitals
If your horse ever gets sick or injured your vet may ask you what his vitals are. You should learn to do this and practice it so that you can do it if ever necessary.
Practice so you have a normal baseline for your horses temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate.
Also, notice what your horse’s normal gum color is. A vet treating a colicky horse will often check it’s gums to make sure they are not paler than normal. So if you know what they look like normally that can be helpful.
Practice Wrapping Legs
Practice properly putting on polo wraps. Getting them smooth with the velcro on the top and outside takes practice. The more you do it the better you get at it!
Standing Bandages Also
If your horse has an injury and is stall bound the vet might suggest standing bandages. So, this is an important skill to have. Practicing it when it isn’t an emergency or your horse isn’t hurt is much better than having to learn on the spot when something happens.
Another reason to be good at standing bandages is because they can be used as leg protection for trailering your horse.
There Are Tons Of Other Ideas!
I will share them another day, don’t want to bore you!
Instead, I will share my usual random facts.
What National Day Is It?
Well,obviously it is President’s Day,you probably already know that.
It is also-
Natural Gum Drop Day!
National Wisconsin Day!
Singles Awareness Day!