Want your horse to be as healthy as possible? Just as you would have your child vaccinated against deadly diseases, you also need to have your horse vaccinated against dangerous diseases. Your veterinarian will know when and how these vaccinations should be administered. Several diseases, such as Tetanus and Influenza, which can be fatal to horses, are easily avoidable if they are vaccinated properly. The American Association of Equine Practitioners suggests four equine vaccinations that should be required for good horse health. These include vaccinations against Equine Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Equine Rhinopneumonitis, and Equine Influenza.
One of these vaccinations mandatory for good horse health is a vaccination against Equine Encephalomyelitis. This is a contagious disease which is given to horses by mosquitoes. It causes the horse’s spinal cord and brain to become inflamed. This inflammation results in fever, erratic behavior, stupor, and ultimately death. After an initial series of vaccinations is given, usually when the horse is only a few months old, a booster is required each year for optimal horse health.
Tetanus is another disease horses should be vaccinated against. Horses generally risk contracting tetanus after a penetrating injury. Tetanus can affect horse health by causing muscular stiffness which ultimately ends in death. The American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends that after an initial series of vaccinations, horses should be vaccinated each year. If your horse were to suffer a deep injury and had not had tetanus shot in the last 6 months, it would be advisable to have one administered.
Like humans, horses are also extremely susceptible to influenza. To keep your horse’s health at its best, it is ideal to get an influenza vaccine once or twice yearly. Since influenza is highly contagious it is especially important to vaccinate your horses prior to attending a horse show. In fact, horse shows will often be called off if there is an outbreak of equine flu. For optimal horse health, be sure to vaccinate your horses for this dangerous disease. Continue reading Timely Vaccinations Equal Good Horse Health
Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy your first horse. While owning a horse can be an enjoyable pastime and a good source of exercise, especially if you ride regularly, these animals can require a lot of extra stuff. Necessary horse supplies range from riding equipment and grooming products to adequate shelter and grazing room. While they are expensive, horses are loving companions and enjoyable pets.
Even before bringing a horse home, you should make sure you have a place to house the animal. Accommodations don’t have to be fancy, but your horse does need some place to have shelter from the wind, rain and cold weather. You also need adequate grazing space for you horse. An average is 2-4 acres of grazing space per horse. If you don’t have room on your property for a horse, don’t panic. You can often find places that board horses. These places will generally rent you a stall and use of pasture area as well as a place to store supplies. Sometimes more common horse supplies and services such as food and cleaning of stalls are provided in your boarding cost.
Now that you have a place for your horse to stay, you need some things to help take care of it properly. These needed horse supplies include grooming tools. At the minimum you will need a hard bristle brush to break up any dirt or sweat in your horse’s coat. You will also need a soft bristle brush to brush your horse’s legs where the bones lie close to the surface of the skin. You’ll also need a comb for the mane and tail, and a hoof pick to clean your horse’s feet. You may also want to purchase a plastic pail or tote to keep all your grooming supplies in.
If you plan to ride your horse, this adds to your list of needed horse supplies. For starters, you’ll need a saddle and bridle. You’ll also need a saddle pad or blanket to protect your horse’s back from being irritated by the saddle. Now that you have proper riding equipment for your horse, you need riding equipment for yourself. When riding, always wear long pants and boots to protect your feet and legs from injury. A riding helmet is also a must for safe riders. You may want to consider a set of elbow and knee guards as well. Continue reading Horse Supplies You Need for Your Equine
You already pay insurance for your car, your house and your health just in case the unthinkable happens – so why not have insurance on your horse also? Just like your own health insurance, horse insurance can help out if your horse suffers a health problem. In addition, insurance can also be useful if your horse is killed, lost, or if someone else is injured by your horse. Whether your horse is breeding stock, a first class hunter or just a backyard pet, you should look into insurance for your equine.
The way in which you use your horse will determine the type of insurance coverage you need. Because horses are both a living animal and a possession, the insurance policy you choose may be an interesting mix of health, liability and theft insurance. Most horse insurance policies start with a basic mortality policy, and then offer additions to this policy. These mortality policies are generally for the purchase price of the animal and cover cases of death from injury, accident or disease. Sometimes a theft policy is included in the mortality policy at no extra charge. Just as you would insure your home against theft or damage, you can also insure your horse for these same misfortunes.
Another benefit of horse insurance is the financial help if your horse were to get sick. Most horse insurance companies offer a major medical policy to supplement a mortality policy. Like your own medical insurance, you will often pay a certain premium each month that allows you to pay only a set co pay during each visit to your veterinarian’s office. Sometimes you will have to also pay a deductible each year.
Horse insurance can also help out with legal costs in the case you and your horse are involved in a lawsuit. Although there are state laws that can help in the case that your horse injures someone because of their negligence, horse insurance can help in the case that your horse hurts someone, or damages someone else’s property, and you can be deemed at fault. Continue reading Do I Need Horse Insurance?
If your child shows a passion for horses, instead of a traditional summer camp, opt for an equestrian-themed camp. These camps can foster a love of riding and enable your child to develop a new hobby. In addition to learning to ride horses, your child will learn responsibility by taking care of the beautiful animals and their quarters.
These camps vary in method of teaching and the styles of riding taught. Some camps will focus on English style of riding and may involve jumping whereas other camps will be based around trail rides. The latter type of camp may be an excellent choice for children who show interest in horseback riding, but may not be interested in the more rigorous trainings of other camps.
For girls, Lake Placid’s Ranch Camp is a popular summer program that ranges from two to eight weeks. During this time, your child will have the opportunity to form a bond with a single horse and develop horseback riding skills. With instruction ranging from Western to Dressage, young riders will have the opportunity to develop skills in all types of riding.
All children ages nine to 16 are welcome to attend Pali Overnight Adventures’ Horseback Riding Academy. Teaching the basics of English and Western styles of riding, children will enjoy a wide array of horse-related activities, including an overnight trail ride. The Sinclair Equestrian Center is well equipped to educate youngsters on the responsibilities of horse ownership and correct riding skills. Continue reading Horseback Riding Camps
What is “natural horsemanship”? Is it the newest fad in the horse world? Is it some voodoo magic that can only be performed by a chosen few? Or, is it so called “horse whispering” as portrayed by Hollywood?
So, which did you choose? Actually, it’s none of the above. Natural horsemanship, in the most simple terms, is the act of giving your horse complete freedom to do whatever they choose and then giving them a consequence for every action. The consequence can be positive or negative, depending on the action, but there must always be a consequence. Believe it or not you’re already doing this in your everyday interactions with your horse. You may not have realized it but your horse has known it all along. The two consequences that I believe are the most affective are; one: make your horse move and work in response to an undesired action, or two: simply do nothing and leave them alone for a minute when they give you a desired action. The reason this works is because horses are “naturally” lazy, uh huh there’s that word “natural” again. This means that all your horse really wants is to be left alone, turned out, and to eat. All you have to do is have them understand that if they do what you ask when you ask then that’s exactly what they will get to do.
The opposite of this is “micromanaging”, which is what almost every average horse owner does. Micromanaging does not work with horses, or any animal for that matter. Actually, its usually doesn’t work with people either. Micromanaging is what creates everything that you may feel is wrong with your horse. “My horse won’t stand still, won’t stop, bucks, rares, pushes me around, goes too fast, goes too slow, etc.”, all of these are caused by micromanaging your horse. Continue reading Natural Horsemanship