Competent Horse Care

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.

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Paying attention to details–and keeping a log of those details–will help you manage your horse better.

Proper care of a horse is a multi-faceted endeavor. In fact, when one looks at the big picture, it is almost overwhelming because there are so many aspects with which to be concerned. However, there is a relatively straightforward approach that will simplify horse care on a 12-month basis.

Unfortunately for some who abhor any form of paperwork, this approach involves recordkeeping. This can be as simple as hanging a clipboard–with important dates noted–on the tack room wall, or it can be as complicated as maintaining detailed charts for deworming, immunizations, farrier work … the list goes on. Whatever the approach, it is important that you schedule the various procedures and make note when they are carried out.

With minimal effort, you can create an efficient system that you and your veterinarian will come to appreciate. You will know exactly when shots are due, for example, and you will be able to schedule them well in advance. The same is true for farrier work. Making appointments in advance with these two professionals can eliminate frustration for all of you. Guaranteed to create a source of friction is phoning your farrier and demanding that your horse be shod the day before heading out on a weekend trail ride

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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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