Spring is in the air! With the arrival of this new season, you’ll want to get out your horse care checklist and start marking off some to-dos. You’re probably busy doing spring cleaning in the house, but don’t forget you have some horse business to attend to.
- Submit a fecal sample to your veterinarian or use a mail-in kit. You can create a deworming program around the results.
- Schedule an appointment with your equine dentist. They can give your horse an annual float and look for problem areas.
- Have your farrier pull off snow pads if you used them this winter. You’ll also want to keep your horse on a regular trimming schedule. Expect lots of growth this new season!
- Use a weight tape and rate your horse’s body condition. You may need to make changes with hay, grain, and supplements.
- Discuss with your veterinarian which vaccines they recommend for your area.
- Update their Coggins, especially if you plan to show or travel.
- Develop a plan to steadily bring your horse back into working condition.
- Check your tack for proper fit. Your horse’s body could have experienced changes over winter.
- Slowly adjust your horse to spring pasture, and be aware of their risk for laminitis.
- Examine your fencing and gates. Makes sure they’re safe and secure!
Who’s ready for warmer weather and more riding?!?