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Posted on August 27, 2014
A checklist to consider for the upcoming Fall months of Sept,October and November -
- from the Horse Channel
Fall Horse Care Checklist
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.
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.
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.
All prices are in USD.