Managing our horses change of routine
As we head into Autumn and Winter we need to be mindful of the change of routine that this change of season brings.
We would always strongly recommend a targeted worming program, meaning we wouldn’t recommend just to worm your horse/pony without the need to. Those of you already on our plan may still have one more worm egg count and a tapeworm test before the end of the year. We offer worm egg counts, tapeworm saliva tests and blood tests for redworms. Find out more about our Worm Egg Count plans.
Another top topic for this time of year can be mud fever. Those of you with horses who have it know how difficult/frustrating it is to treat and manage. There are many ways to treat it but most importantly we would recommend that you are checking the skin/legs of your animals at least once a day to look for sores/cuts/swelling so that any management or treatment required can begin as soon as possible.
Increased time in the stable
More time stabled can bring its own challenges. Any change in routine needs to be done as gradually as possible to help prevent episodes of colic. However, if your horse does have to stay in longer than usual then we recommend dampening your horse/pony’s feed more then usual and encourage drinking. This may include providing a plain bucket of water and a second bucket of water sweetened with apple juice or orange juice or sugar beet water. Signs of colic include inappetence, flank watching, kicking at the belly, lying down and rolling. If you are concerned that your horse/pony maybe colicing it is advised to ring the practice straight away.
Below is a guideline of how and when to rug horses depending on if they are clipped or unclipped, and the outside overnight temperatures. Over rugging can be quite common, so we recommend using this as a guide.
Equine gastroscopy clinics
As change in routine can cause stress in our horses, particularly at this time of year, you may be interested in finding out more about our equine gastroscopy clinics. We run them all year round, and offer a reduced rate for a clinic.
If you’re concerned about any change in behaviour in your horses as we head into the winter season, don’t hesitate to call and have a chat to our equine team on 01653 618303