BACK TO THE STABLES AFTER THE MEADOWS

After a lovely time in the pastures this summer, your horse will need to readjust to life at the stables.

To accomplish this, it's important to gradually bring the horse back to its usual rations in order to ensure a smooth transition. You should also consider deworming your horse. You not only have to do it before the summer, but also afterwards. The fact is, it's easy for a horse to become infested with a variety of parasites while out to pasture.

And don't forget to call your farrier so they can pare out or re-shoe your horse as needed, and check that its hoofs are in good condition.

Your horse will also love a good grooming and shampoo bath (if the weather allows it)! It's also the best way to detect any injuries, ticks or parasites.

The transition from pasture to stable can be difficult for the horse and result in lower morale. So it's important to monitor its attitude, to visit it often, and to take it out of its paddock.

Lastly, if your horse has spent a long time at pasture without being mounted, its muscles will have weakened. In that case, you should resume work very gradually. And in order to take advantage of the remaining days of sunshine and to avoid enclosing your horse in a schooling yard right away, some trotting is recommended. 

Lunging will also help the horse gently get back into shape and to build up its back muscles before getting back in the saddle.


TIPS:

  • IF YOUR HORSE HAS FLY EGGS ON IT, YOU CAN EASILY REMOVE THESE USING A GROOMING STONE AND WARM VINEGAR.
  • IF ITS HOOFS ARE VERY DRY, YOU CAN APPLY AN BAY LEAF BASED OINTMENT TO RESTORE ITS ELASTICITY AND FACILITATE GROWTH OF THE HORN.
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