Posts Tagged ‘Paddock size’

How to Keep Your Grey Horse Gleaming

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Keeping a horse clean is a huge task on its own. Getting into a daily routine of basic cleanliness combined with a weekly bath and grooming session can go a long way towards your horse not only looking his best, but preventing permanent staining on grey coats and fending off minor health issues. Even if you already know how to clean your grey horse, the following steps will also help you to examine your horse on a regular basis for signs of injury.

If your horse suffers from skin conditions, using medicated shampoos is also a good way of caring for the problem in a gentle way. Think of this time with your horse as more of a bonding experience than a job that needs to be done.

Step 1: The Pre-Bath Brushing

Get rid of all loose dirt and surface dandruff with a thorough pre-bath brush. A good tip is to use a new or clean headcollar during bathing to prevent grease and dirt transfer from their regular headcollar onto your horse’s face.

Step 2: Wash Your Horse From Head to Hoof

If your stable isn’t equipped with a horse shower, boil water and mix it with cold water for a nice, warm bucketful. Using a large sponge, start at the neck and work your way through the mane, across the body and down the tail last, as it may require several cleansing strokes. Don’t be stingy; a thorough soaking does the coat good.

Step 3: A Detailed Facial

Consider switching to a smaller sponge when cleansing your horse’s face to really get into the crevices. Get behind the ears, under the jaw, around the nostrils, and even under the forelock! Dandruff and browband stains like to hide out under the forelock plait, so this is especially crucial.

Step 4: Build a Lather

Lather up your horse. Massage the shampoo deep into the roots of your horse’s coat and mane. Putting the shampoo on the sponge first can increase the amount of lather you get for a deeper clean.

Step 5: It’s All in the Rinse

Use warm water to rinse ALL of the soapy residue off and comb through excess water to reduce drying time. Scraping the water off will also alert you if there’s any shampoo left to rinse out.

Finish off with a wool horse rug to prevent your horse from catching a chill after his nice, warm bath. These need to be swapped out as well to avoid moisture build-up if used regularly enough.

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Five Ways To Keep Your Stabled Horse Happy

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Horses are wild creatures at heart. The confines of an enclosed space such as a stall or paddock goes against their instinct to move, graze and be free. Keeping your horse confined for long periods of time can even have dangerous effects such as negative reactive behaviour. We’ve rounded up five ways to help keep your stabled horse happy and loving his home no matter what your situation is: options are key to keeping him healthy and happy.

Take a Walk About

Like any domesticated animal, the importance of daily walks is foremost for whole horse wellbeing. And we do mean walking on a lunge-line, even if you don’t have time for a full-blown exercise routine! Of course, whenever you can pre-plan a good workout for the both of you is even better.

Regular Turnout

Merely being turned out in the arena with some hay and a companion can do your horse a world of good. If you have the space, consider creating a fenced area attached to your horse’s stable that gives them free reign to wander in and out.

Change of Scenery

When choosing a stable or building one of your own, consider the option of swapping stalls with another horse, or simply having an “extra” your horse can be stabled in for part of the time. If you tie up your horse, change up the location in the yard; but only if it’s safe and someone is guaranteed to be around.

Socialization

Friendly neighbours can go a long way for a stabled horse. The horses should have the ability to touch and mutually groom each other for maximum positive effect. Set up playdates! If your horse’s best buddy is stabled elsewhere, go for a visit. This is also the perfect opportunity to get that exercise in.

Entertainment Value

Horses love to play. Like dogs, they appreciate toys that make them think. Ask at your local tack shop, or make some with household items like towels and staple-free, treat-filled cardboard boxes. Play time should always be supervised, and change up the items when possible to prevent boredom.

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Size Matters: How To Determine Your Horse’s Paddock

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

In colloquial terms, the paddock, corral, or pen is often referred to as the “sacrifice area” because you’re giving up valuable land for greener pastures. As a horse lover, this is hardly a “sacrifice”, as your horse’s outdoor living quarters are an important part of their whole horse well-being. A paddock will prevent them from overgrazing, as well as give them a safe zone. The best way to determine what size to build your paddock will depend on a number of factors.

 

Criteria Checklist To Keep in Mind for Building a Paddock

– First and foremost, consider how many horses you have and their age, breed, and temperaments. Will they thrive grouped together or are there retired or youngsters that would do best on their own? Horses that aren’t ridden regularly will require a larger paddock to exercise themselves.

– How much land do you have access to? Work with what you’ve got. There are no hard and fast rules to shape, so fit a paddock around a building or make it track-shaped. Get creative!

– Does your horse receive regular exercise? If so, a smaller paddock will do just fine. However, if it’s a youngster or senior that isn’t ridden as much, a larger paddock where they can run greater distances to work off extra energy would be preferable.

 

The Bottom Line in Paddock Sizing


The bottom line is, the bigger your paddock, the more it’ll cost to build and maintain; both in time and money. Fencing, footing, picking up manure and putting down footing all require your effort and cash.

However, the confinement of a paddock also means confinement of manure which gives you better control of the situation. Regular maintenance will reduce parasite, contaminated run-offs and mud build-up. If maintaining a decent-sized paddock isn’t in the books, consider using an arena or pen for turnout.

 

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