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Natural and Basic Horse Care

Natural and Basic Horse Care:

Turning the horse out all day and bringing them into a stall at night is frequently the most practical habit for horse owners today, especially if they board their horses at a stable. For riding sessions, the horse might be turned out late or brought in early. It is also appropriate if your horse needs extra feedings as part of their care. The horse has a lot of flexibility under this setup. To be able to roam around freely and engage in some "self exercise," horses need to spend some time outside of their stables.

The majority of a horse's day should be spent grazing. If they are turned out with other horses, a herd scenario can be somewhat duplicated. 

Horses like to graze naturally. This should not be forgotten while we care for our horses.

Consideration should be made to the topography while selecting a pasture for our horses to graze. Although a modest inclination can provide improved drainage, a flat area is ideal. Your horse will get a more challenging workout while grazing if you choose a field with a steep slope.

Even if your horses are stabled at night, a professionally constructed field shelter should ideally be present in the grazing pasture. However, a good, sturdy hedge can also provide the horses' shelter needs. The horses will benefit from this protection against unforeseen storms and strong winds.

To handle rainy areas in the horse pasture, land drains can be required. If the soil is clay drainage will be considerably more critical. Land drains are gravel or pipe channels that are buried close below the surface. The extra water will be absorbed by these drains until it can drain on its own.

A water trough should be situated where it is conveniently accessible for the horses. It needs to be kept tidy and stocked with fresh water. In cold weather, it will also need to be kept free of ice. To meet the horses' water needs, it is best to choose a location that is as dry as possible for the water trough. 

To offer the horses a dry place to stand while they drink, layer the area around the trough with bark chips or another material that is safe for horses if it is not already dry.  

Basic Horse Care: When possible, avoid bute:

You definitely have this standard horse care item lying around your barn if you have an equestrian athlete or even just a horse that is periodically ridden for pleasure. But, also known as phenylbutazone, is a widely used and affordable non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). For longer than twenty-four hours, it can provide alleviation for horses. Both the horseman and the animal may find it to be a blessing. However, there is a drawback to utilizing Bute.

Dorsal colitis and mouth ulcers are frequent side effects of bute poisoning. A dangerous ulcerative inflammatory condition of the horse's colon is known as dorsal colitis. For the horse, it may be a life-threatening situation. In the horse's mouth, oral ulcers appear as lesions or open sores. 

There are even more negative consequences connected to using this treatment, which we frequently discover in the basic medicine cabinets for horse care. Low white blood cell counts, anemia, and diarrhea can all result from bute poisoning. The esophagus and digestive system may both experience hemorrhages as a result. Additionally, but can harm the kidneys, liver, and intestines. If the kidney is affected, it could go unnoticed. Dehydration can cause renal failure in horses. To determine whether the kidney has been affected, an ultrasound is required.

It is important to establish a horse's regular heart rate, temperature, and breathing rate before giving it, Bute. 

To reduce the likelihood of an adverse reaction, a veterinarian should check the horse before administering Phenylbutazone. Keep a tight eye on the horse's appetite, feces output, demeanor, and general appearance. If there are any changes consult a veterinarian.

When a horse experiences negative side effects after a course of Bute, cease administering it and call a veterinarian right away. The horse should be examined by a veterinarian. A blood test should be performed to rule out any potential toxicity. Although the frequency of Bute toxicity is unknown, it might be rather prevalent. Horses who take Bute excessively or for an extended period of time may develop a number of health issues. Longest dosing intervals at low doses are likely to be without issue. 

An elderly horse with arthritis who receives a gram of Bute a few times per week generally won't develop toxicity. When used as instructed, this staple of our basic horse care medication cabinet is safe for the majority of horses. Aged horses, dehydrated horses, ponies, foals, and horses with low protein blood levels, renal or liver disease, or rhabdomyolysis are the horses most at risk of Bute sensitivity (tying-up). 

If you decide to provide Bute to your horse, make sure you do so in accordance with a veterinarian's advice. Consult your veterinarian to lessen the effects of bute use over the long term. They can assist you in identifying any potential toxicity issues. This fundamental medication for the management of sick horses should remain in the medical cabinet unless it is prescribed by a veterinarian.

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