spring tips cowgirl magazine

With Spring right around the corner, your horses will need some extra care to adjust to the new season. Warmer weather, longer days and green grass are a few highlights farm owners have to look forward to. There are some precautions you should take though!

  1. Schedule your horse’s vaccines: Between showing and bug season, your horse may be exposed to some scary diseases. You’ll want to get them protected with the proper vaccines. Talk to your vet about which ones are essential and recommended.
  2. Set a dental appointment: Spring is a great time to schedule your horse a dental exam. Sharp teeth can cause training issues and weight loss, so don’t neglect them.
  3. Start slow with your unfit horse: Does your horse have a winter hay belly? Don’t expect them to jump into long, hard work without properly conditioning them.
  4. Give them walk breaks: Make sure to offer your horse walk breaks throughout your ride. Their winter coat can make them overheat quickly.
  5. Gradually introduce lush pasture: Don’t let your horse overindulge in new pasture! Start them slowly and work your horse up to longer periods of grass.
  6. Groom regularly: Use tools like a rubber curry to help your horse shed their winter coat.
  7. Watch out for fungal conditions: Rain rot, mud fever, and thrush are lurking nearby. Check your horse over regularly!
  8. Don’t put away their blankets just yet: Spring can still have some chilly days, so monitor the weather carefully. A light-to-medium-weight blanket may be needed.
  9. Plan your parasite program: Your horse’s worm load can increase with the arrival of spring. It’s helpful to have a fecal done and target the parasites your horse has.
  10. Adjust your horse’s feed: If necessary, make adjustments to your horse’s hay and grain amounts. Factors like pasture time and your riding schedule can cause your horse to gain or lose weight.

Don’t let Spring catch you by surprise. Be ready for it!