Horse and pony care by day, week, month and year

Caring for a horse takes time and you should have a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly task to properly care for your horse. The best way to keep track of tasks and schedules that must be done is to keep a calendar. You will find that you will develop your own.

For example, not all horses must be trimmed every six weeks. You may need to prune every five or two weeks. Some horses need their teeth checked more than once a year, and some vaccines may require multiple doses.

daily care

Visual inspections are performed at least once a day, and more frequent inspections are essential. You’ll want to check for any signs of injury, illness, and check the fences and other structures in your horse’s home for damage that could cause problems. Access to adequate food and water cannot be ignored.

  • Provide your horse with fresh, clean water. Clean, readily available water is essential to good horse care.
  • Provide your horse with adequate feed and concentrate. If fed hay, your horse will eat about 2 to 3 percent of its body weight each day.
  • Provide adequate shelter and blankets depending on the weather. The design of your shelter, whether it is a running shed or a stable, is very important for proper care. Horses need a shelter from wind and rain.
  • Visually inspect the horse’s legs, head, and body for abrasions, cuts, bruises, and stab wounds. Deal with any injuries promptly. You should have a horse first aid kit on hand.
  • Visually inspect for signs of illness, such as watery eyes or a runny nose, or a coughing or wheezing sound.
  • Clean the hooves and check for bruises, cracks, or loose shoes.
  • If your horse is stable, soil the stable.Ammonia in urine and feces is bad for horses’ lungs and hooves, which can lead to problems such as thrush.

weekly care

You should check a few things every week. Having enough supplies on hand is as important as taking care of the little things before they become big things no one wants to deal with.

  • Check the amount of concentrate, feed and litter on hand. Try to have at least two weeks’ supply on hand, so you won’t run short if there’s an emergency.
  • If you are caring for your horse on a small plot of land, remove the manure from the paddock. This reduces flies, keeps the grounds clean, just like you clean a stable, and creates a good environment for you and your horses.
  • Check the fence for damaged rails, loose wires, protruding nails, loose doors, and other conditions that could lead to injury.
  • Scrub sinks and feed buckets. Concentrates that build up inside the buckets can go bad, and the troughs can become soiled with chaff, dirt and algae.

monthly care

If you are riding in the stable, make sure to pay your boarding fees on time.

Every 6 to 8 weeks

Have your farrier trim hooves or reset horseshoes. Making the hoof too long is difficult for the horse’s legs and not healthy for the hoof.

every 2 to 3 months

There are many differences in deworming schedules. Some people take their medication every day, while others have a six- or nine-week schedule. After the first hard frost, or once fly season is over, you may also want to deworm the fly maggot larvae.

Take deworming medicine. It is important to develop a deworming schedule to keep your horse healthy.

annual care

The type and frequency of vaccinations you give your horse will depend on the diseases prevalent in your area. Your veterinarian is the best resource to help you decide on a schedule.

  • Have teeth examined and floated by an equine dentist or veterinarian. Some horses may need to be checked and floated every six months.
  • Immunization by a veterinarian.
Horse and pony care by day, week, month and year
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