10 Tips on Getting Horses Ready for Spring

Spring is in the air! Oh, to be sure, we aren’t finished with cold weather in many parts of the country, but it won’t be long before we will be ready to head out trail riding or be off on the spring horse show circuit. Here are some tips to help prepare your horse for the spring riding season.
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10 Tips for Getting Horses Ready for Spring
When your veterinarian comes out to administer spring vaccinations, have him or her also perform a wellness exam and discuss anything that might affect your upcoming riding plans. | Photo: Kevin Thompson/The Horse

You can feel it. You can smell it. Spring is in the air. Oh, to be sure, we aren’t finished with cold weather in many parts of the country, but it won’t be long before we will be ready to head out trail riding or be off on the spring horse show circuit.

It’s time to take a good look at our equine companion or companions and find out if they are as ready as we are for another riding season. If they are show horses, they probably are ready. Today’s level of competition demands that these horses be kept show-ready 12 months a year.

But what about that casual riding horse? Has he gotten that much attention all winter? Or have we been guilty of benign neglect? You know the kind. It isn’t that we don’t feed and water the horses, it’s just that when one leaves for work in the dark and gets home in the dark, it’s sometimes hard to do the little extras, like checking the hair coat, taking a look at hooves, and remembering to deworm on schedule

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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