Caring for Horses
Although not everyone thinks of horses the same way as they do dogs or cats, when someone has a horse for any reason, they should really start to think of them as a pet and take care of them as such. Unlike a lot of pets, horses do require some special care to keep them healthy and happy, but for the most part, taking care of a horse is quite easy as long as the owner keeps tabs on what’s going on.
Not long ago, the National Equine Forum, run out of the United Kingdom by the British Equestrian Federation, put together a simple and easy to use checklist for those who own pet horses in order to keep them on top of their horses’ health.
This checklist details pretty much everything anyone needs to know about caring for their horses and lists it in a way that’s very easy to read and understand. It goes into detail about vaccinations, nutrition, disease preventions, and horse safety to make it easier for horse owners to understand what they should be doing to keep their horses healthy at all times. Other aspects of caring for horses involves picking the right supplements in order to “develop greater muscle strength, reduce fat, increase stamina, improve attitudes and increase energy.” Supplement from AllVet Horse Supply can help out a lot on this front and more information can be downloaded online.
One of the biggest things that it seems horse owners seem to forget about is that horses require de-worming regularly. Horses have a tendency to accumulate quite a few parasites in their stomachs and intestines, which needs to be monitored at all times to ensure that they aren’t getting sick. Once it’s been determined that they need to have the worms removed from their systems, owners should pick up some de-worming medicine.
The exact type of de-wormer will depend largely on how many parasites and eggs were found in the horse and if there are any other symptoms of parasites to be found. Checking with an organization like the National Equine Forum or doing some research online can help horse owners determine the type of medicine they should be giving their horses.
Horses tend to have their dental needs neglected simply because people don’t always understand how the mouths of horses work. Horses have jaws that are slightly different than most other animals in that the jaw is much slimmer because they’re meant to chew from left to right rather than up and down like other pets. Additionally, the teeth in horses don’t stay stationary their entire lives and they will burst over time. Because of this, it’s important that they have their teeth filed down every so often.
If horse owners forget to have their horses’ teeth filed, the animals could end up cutting their mouths with the sharp edges, which could lead to a lot of problems including needing stitches. Unlike the de-worming procedure, filing a horse’s teeth cannot be done at home.
When it’s time to file a horse’s teeth, they have to be taken to a vet that specializes in large mammals so the horse can be sedated while the procedure is done.
In addition to the two aforementioned large horse care practices, it’s always important to have horses vaccinated at least once a year. Making sure that all of these steps have been taken will greatly increase the health and livelihood of a pet horse.
Anna is a freelance writer who often writes about personal finance and education. Anna loves to write about health and pets in her free time, two things she is passionate about! Anna’s pet of choice is the dog and her favorite breed, the Giant Schnauzer! You can read more finance writing by Anna at paidtwice.com