How to Care for your Horses.
Hi! I’m Sharon Booth with Goldenrod Performance Horses and we are representing Expert Village. Today, we are going to learn how to look for a healthy horse. Every day you need to inspect your horse for good health. So as again you’ve got him out of the stall and standing on the cross ties, we are going to look at the eyes. Are the eyes clear and bright? Is there no mucus around the edges? You are going to go down and look at their nostrils.
Are they nice and dry and no runny nose and mucus running from the nose? Is there anything drooling out of the side of the side of the horse’s mouth that might indicate some bad teeth in there? You are going to go down their legs and make sure there are no lumps on the legs, make sure there is nothing obstructing under the belly that is showing any swelling or where they might have rolled and gotten hurt in the stall. Down their back, you want to make sure their back is clean and smooth and no lumps there that is not showing. Some times a horse can get allergies in which they would be just lumps all over them and you might want to consult your vet at that time to make sure there are no allergies that are in the area, so that they are having a reaction to maybe the hay or some different kind of feed. You also want to look out at their hind legs making sure that everything is good there.
If your horse is having the runs (diarrhea) colicky may be the cause. So you look at the hind legs. Are there any discharge there? All this area should be clean and free of any discharge from either urine or manure to indicate that the horse is healthy on the inside as well. So as you check your horse daily, just give it a good general inspection making all the legs clean from lumps, cuts or any kind of wound and the body itself. That your horse is looking at you saying, okay, good morning, I am ready to go with you. Continue to build a good relationship with your horse because if they are showing any signs of laziness or if their head is down and you can tell they don’t feel good, then consult your physician and vet right away.
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Thank you Sharon Booth for sharing this helpful video.