Keeping your horse healthy will help keep you and your family members healthy and balanced. To learn how to stay healthy around horses, visit the Healthy People section.
Before choosing a horse
Learn about the different types of horses and also personalities before bringing a home.
Discover which types of horses are suitable for your household. Some steeds, such as young or untrained horses, may not be suitable for children or those with extremely little riding experience.
Study how to effectively groom your horse. Ask a veterinarian about the right feed, care and also stall or field setup for the horse you are picking.
Recognize your horse’s potential to transmit germs to people and other animals.
How to choose a horse.
Customize the mindset, character, dimension, and exercise or activity level of the
horse on with:
The time of your family members and also the ability to raise and care for them
The purpose for which you are acquiring the horse (e.g. showing, trail riding, mentoring).
Consider having the horse fully examined by a veterinarian prior to purchase to ensure the pet is healthy, well-adjusted and free of any diseases that could be passed on to humans.
If you put the horse straight into a herd, you may need to rear the horse differently for a short period of time to prevent spreading disease to your various other horses.
Some general standards for deciding to part with a recently purchased horse are when:.
It has an unidentified case history.
It comes from an unknown source, a sales stable or a horse reveal where it has been in contact with unidentified steeds.
It has come a long way and is concerned or showing signs of illness such as coughing, runny nose, swollen lymph nodes, fever or diarrhea.
Consult a veterinarian for more details on separating newly acquired horses.
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How to accommodate your horse.
Standing horses in a stable, in the field, or a mix of both. If they are out in the pasture, they should have some sort of shelter in case of inclement weather.
Make sure your horse always has access to clean water, whether it’s in the stable or out in the pasture.
Clean horse lags daily to prevent a buildup of feces (poop) that can spread disease to your horse or you and your household.
Dispose of faeces, dirty bedding and leftover food properly.
Check your horse’s health.
Have your vet see your steed’s lag frequently to take care of it and also check on your steed’s health.
Talk to your vet about vaccinations for rabies, West Nile, and several other viruses that cause equine encephalitis.
Ideally, keep steeds in an enclosed area at night to reduce exposure to wild animals that could carry rabies as well as various other diseases.
Use feeders that are off the ground to keep wild animals away from your horse and your horse’s feed.