Please keep in mind these are only guidelines. We recommend you consult your equine professional with any questions.
It is best to conduct a visual check at least once a day, and more if possible. Horses are liable to get into anything, even in a "horse-proofed" pasture!
- Ensure your horse has plenty of clean, fresh water. Accessible clean water is vital.
- Make sure your horse has food. It is said they eat approximately 2-3% of their body weight daily, but different hays, breeds, grazing, grains, etc. will result in variation. Grain is NOT a substitute for forage!
- Provide your horse with adequate shelter and/or blanketing depending on the weather. Horses should be able to avoid the wind and rain with their shelter.
- Check your horse's hooves- cracks, odors, loose shoes, etc. can surprise you!
- Clean stalls if your horse is stabled! Ammonia from urine is irritating and you don't want your horse standing in manure, which can lead to other issues such as thrush.
Always make sure you have adequate feed and supplies!
- If in use, check supply of bedding and applicable materials. It's best to have extra in the event of a storm or disruption.
- If you care for your animals are on small lots or small acreage, clean your pasture areas. This will help reduce flies!
- If your water is not dumped daily, clean your water tanks and troughs out weekly. Stall buckets and grain pans should be cleaned at least every few weeks to cut down chaff, dirt, and algae.
- Check your fences for any damage to the rails, loose wires, nails, gates detached, or anything that could possibly hurt your horse or comprise the integrity of the enclosure.
Every Six to Eight Weeks
Six to eight weeks is only a guideline. Every horse varies, so please consult your farrier for the best advice.
- Have hooves trimmed or re-shod. Going over the recommended time can result in cracking, pain, and overly damaged hooves
Every Two to Three Months
De-worming schedules have quite a bit of variation. The most common schedules are every six, nine, or twelve weeks. However, after the first frost it is recommended to de-worm for bot fly larvae depending on your climate/location. You may notice the bot fly eggs on your horse's coat just before this time!
Vaccinations will be best determined by your vet, travelling schedule, and climate. Types and frequency vary.
- Coggins! Your horse will need a negative Coggins to travel off your property. Call your local veterinarian for more information.
- Horses need their teeth examined and floated by a veterinarian or equine dentist. It can be occasional or as often as every six months.
- Immunizations should be administered by your veterinarian.