5 Easiest Ways to Keep Your Horse Healthy

5 Easiest Ways to Keep Your Horse Healthy

People, in my experience, spend a great deal of time fretting about how they can keep their horse(s) in the greatest possible health. In this article, I am going to share with you the 5 easiest wasy to keep your horse healthy. Let’s go for it!

It is understandable; people devote a great deal of time, effort, and money to these unique animals. However, after all these years of horseback riding, two things continue to perplex me.

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First, people waste money on a variety of unnecessary and costly items.People don’t perform certain really simple and inexpensive activities that are quite vital but don’t cost much.

It appears to be an unlimited amount of goods that fit into Category 1, many of which are widely advertised and some even prescribed. So today is Category 2’s turn.

Let’s look at five easy things that anyone can and should do to keep their horses healthy. After all, “a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention,” right? (If you’re curious, Benjamin Franklin said it first.)

Contacting Other Horses

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Most individuals, at some point, maintain their horses close to other horses in different horse gatherings. So, even if your horse has spent most of his time alone, which is unusual considering that horses are herd animals who thrive when they are around other horses, he will almost certainly contact other horses.

Interacts Are Exciting; If Not Being Confounded

Being in the company of other horses is similar to sending your child to school for the first time. Sure, it’s exciting and entertaining and a new experience, but it won’t be long until your child has a runny nose and the entire family has a cold.

The truth is that there are a lot of germs out there, mostly bacteria and viruses. Also, we don’t care about too much, such as fungal skin infections. So that is eagerly outstretching from one person to the next. In horses, it operates in the same way.

However, you can and should do the following five easy things to keep your horse healthy. Veterinary visits are also reduced!

Avoid Direct Horse-to-Horse Contact

Sure, there are plenty of potentially hazardous situations in your horse’s surroundings—fencing made of wire Potholes. Cones block traffic—20,000-foot-deep puddles (you never know). However, when it comes to your horse’s health, another horse is one of the most dangerous threats.

All kinds of microorganisms happily live on and in each horse, which acts as its germ station. So you get the picture with muzzling, sniffing, pressing, blowing, and well. It is the same as the first day of school for children, and it’s pretty much the same for horses.

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The first piece of advice is to keep your horse away from other horses. That doesn’t simply apply to your horse; it also applies to the other horse. Like the other horse, your horse is equally likely to carry something. Of course, this is especially crucial if a horse is sick. Still, even seemingly healthy horses can be carriers (which is why “strangles” are difficult to eradicate from the horse herd, for example).

ASIDE: In a stable population of horses, such as one kept in the pasture with several other horses, they’ve very well shared their germs, just like kids at school. Things get a little more dangerous when new horses arrive, or pastured horses go.

Check Your Horse Daily and Take Temperature Measures

When something is badly wrong with a horse, people usually have a decent idea. But, on the other hand, infectious diseases don’t usually start as a significant condition; that refers to why it is so important to try to prevent them. So it would be best if you kept a close eye on him.

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Ascertain that he is consuming food. Verify that he is consuming alcohol. Check for any evident flaws. And don’t forget to check his temperature. It’s not difficult. I’m continuously surprised that 99 percent of the horses don’t mind having a thermometer placed in an area where the sun doesn’t shine.

There’s no need to detail how to take your horse’s temperature because there are plenty of tutorials available online. Make it happen (and your veterinarian will be impressed when you all with that information, too).

Avoid Horse-to-Human-to-Horse Contact

You, too, can contribute to the issue. You can be a fomite. Germs don’t care who or what transports them from one horse to the next. Consider cleaning off your shoes between stalls or paddocks if you’re traveling from horse to horse. Before switching horses, make sure your hands are clean. If you’re handling something unpleasant, put on disposable gloves and throw them away before moving on to the next horse.

Your sleeves, jacket, shirt, pants, or anything can spread infectious material from one horse to the next. So if you’re working with sick horses, be cautious and clean; it’ll assist keep the healthy ones healthy.

Never Share Equipment and Thoroughly Clean and Disinfect it If Used.

I, for one, am not a fan of folks spending money on custom equipment for each of their horses. It quickly adds up, and keeping track of everything can be difficult.

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If you use brushes or curry combs on multiple horses, clean them in between. You want to remove visible debris, but bacteria aren’t as visible. Between horses, clean your grooming equipment by dipping it in a disinfectant solution such as weak bleach. The last thing that may spread is organisms that can cause skin illnesses.

Also good for spreading skin problems are saddle pads. When it comes to common sense, a little goes a long way.

Avoid the Use of Communal Water Sources

At dinnertime, does your family share a plate? Is there a single, large glass available for use at the table? Do you have a habit of passing napkins around? You get the idea.

We don’t do it because we don’t want to spread germs. Who wants their beverage to be contaminated by backwash? Horses are the same way.

Although nothing is more convenient for a large group of horses than a single large water trough, it is also one of the most prevalent areas where disease spreads. A sick horse dragging its runny nose around and into a watering trough can rapidly make the whole herd sick; nothing helps bacteria survive in the environment like dampness.

Of course, if you have total control over your horses and no new ones are on the way, there’s no reason to forego having a shared water supply. Bring a pail if you’re going off the property. In the long run, it is beneficial to your horse’s health.

None of these should be contentious, and it’s all rather simple to implement. It will be a best hygiene practice to keep your horse healthy. Check to see whether you’re contributing to the issue. 

The Final Words

So, instead of spending alot of money on your horse, this is very important to take preventive measures to keep your horse healthy.

  • It would be best to avoid your horse coming in direct contact with other horses. Although horses are herd animals, you must know those horses present in that herd before your horse approaches other horses.
  • You must check the temperature of your horse daily and keep all the equipment and tools clean that you use on your horse for different purposes, either cleaning types of equipment or utensils for eating purposes.
  • Keep a sick horse separate from the herd. Try to use a separate source for drinking water, as bacteria and other germs spread easily from one horse to another.
  • It would be best to adopt some preventive measures for yourself.

All of these prophylactic measures are for the good health of your horse.