25 Great Horse Farm Tips to Help You Survive 2010 | Equine Barn
January 11th, 2010
- Equip stalls with a grain feeder and water receptacle; hay feeder is optional.
- Rotate gate use in your pastures to help reduce occurrence of “sand spots.”
- Electric fence produces a “bite” that horses understand from the pecking order in herds!
- If your horse is “throwing” his grain, it is time to contact an equine dentist.
- Top latches on stall doors can help horses become “escape artists.”
- Be able to i.d. your horse by keeping current pictures and health records on hand.
- Most of a foal’s growth occurs in the final third of the mare’s pregnancy!
- A horse’s normal temperature is between 99.5 and 101.5 degrees.
- Horses pick up on your attitude. Avoid riding if you are in a bad mood.
- Horses have good memories. Treat them well!
- Horses are grazing animals. A horse in pasture may graze 12 to 16 hours per day.
- Keep your pastures free of harmful debris and old equipment.
- Keep your feed room secured. A loose horse will overindulge himself, resulting in colic.
- Don’t use the wood of fruit or nut bearing trees to make bedding for your horse. It is toxic!
- Store a cloth saturated in fly spray in a re-sealable plastic bag. It can be used for the sensitive areas on your horse’s face.
- Grilled partitions between stalls ventilate and allow socialization.
- Protect your horse from sun, wind, rain and snow. Provide outdoor sheds or stalls.
- Feel your horse’s chest to gauge his temperature when you are “cooling down” after a workout.
- Colic can result if a horse is not properly cooled down.
- Try to think as your horse thinks, not as humans do!
- A three-post “people pass” provides easy, hands-free access to fenced areas.
- Stall mats stop stalls from “bottoming out” due to circling horses.
- “Wash-down” mats (with holes) resist sliding and allow drainage on dirt or concrete.
- Use a stall mat for outdoor feeds to keep dirt out of the food.
- 12 feet is the best width for barn aisles.
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