Have you had a challenging Winter, with long dark and muddy evenings at the yard? Don’t worry, Spring is just around the corner!
The days are gradually drawing out, the daffodils are starting to flower and the occasional bit of blue sky can be seen. Here we have come up with our top 6 tips to help you transition your horse into Spring as smoothly as possible.
It is important that you regularly check your horse’s weight using a weight tape, this enables changes in condition to be picked up on far more quickly than by eye alone. This will allow for necessary changes and dietary adjustment to be made.
If your horse has come out of winter lighter than you would have hoped for and needs to gain weight you may need to review their current diet. Pop in-store or call the shop to discuss your horse’s dietary requirements.
2. The Weather
Changing temperatures can throw us and our horses, with differences in temperature, weather and hours of sunlight varying daily. So don’t pack away your Winter rugs too early!! It is important to select the right rug for your horse based on the weather conditions and your horse’s coat and condition.
3. Keep hydrated
It is important during temperature changes that you keep your horse hydrated. Make sure your horse has plenty of clean water available and consider electrolytes to encourage your horse to drink more water if necessary.
Even though the days are getting longer, Spring can bring the dreaded April Showers which may mean your horse will still be confined to his stable more than normal. Movement is important for your horse’s gut movement and taking your horse for a hand walk will help keep his gut a happy one.
5. Shedding Season
As we transition from winter to spring, skin issues may surface. Those that are unclipped will start to shed their winter coats and some good old fashioned elbow grease is required to help them lose it. Grooming your horse daily keeps their coat healthy by removing excess dirt and grime.
The best way to prevent any seasonal related hoof issues is good hoof care. Start by picking out your horse’s feet regularly! Pick before and after every ride, turnout, hand walk, graze session etc.
The most common spring hoof issue is thrush. Thrush happens when there is too much moisture in the hoof. During the rainy seasons you may see thrush forming in one or all your horse’s feet. Thrush is easy to treat and there are many different thrush remedies to choose from.