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Seasonal Horse Care Checklist

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A checklist to consider for the upcoming Fall months of Sept,October and November -

- from the Horse Channel


Fall Horse Care Checklist

HEALTH

Schedule your fall vaccinations. Depending on your horse's age, lifestyle and

region, your annual spring shots may need to be supplemented by a six-month

visit. Talk to your vet to determine your horse's individual needs.

Call the dentist. Have your vet or equine dental technician out to check your

horse's teeth to make sure they're in good working order as you head into winter.

This is especially important for youngsters and senior horses.

Use caution with fall grass. Spring grass is most commonly associated with

laminitis, but cool, fall nights lead to increased accumulation of sugars in grass.

Consider restricting grass intake in easy-keepers and other founder-prone horses.

HORSEKEEPING

If you blanket your horse in cooler weather, check the fit of all your blankets now

and make sure they are in good repair before cold weather arrives.

Clean your fly masks and fly sheets and store them for the season. Bring your fly

sprays, shampoos and other liquids into a climate-controlled location to prevent

freezing and thawing that may render them less effective.

Winterize your barn. Make sure your fence posts are secure as you won't be able

to sink new ones after the ground has frozen. Insulate your pipes and always

unhook hoses when not in use, especially overnight when the temperature may

drop below freezing.

RIDING

If your horse works up a sweat on a chilly fall day, throw a wool or fleece cooler

over him while he's cooling out to prevent him from becoming chilled.

Be aware of the hunting laws in your area, especially if you trail ride. Avoid

known hunting areas and peak hunting times. Outfit yourself and your horse in

bright orange gear. Tie bells to your saddle or enjoy chatter with your trail buddies to make

sure you aren't mistaken for a deer quietlymoving through the woods.


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