Is Your Horse Ready for Autumn?

Yes, the Autumn Equinox has been and gone – the leaves are starting to turn and we’ve been feeling a chill in the air!  So, it got us to thinking about Autumn and what we need to do to get prepped and ready for the downturn in the weather. Here are a few things you can be getting ahead on …

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If you haven’t already done so, dig out those winter rugs and get them waterproofed and mended. You never know when that chilly day will be here and for your pony’s sake..be prepared, he will thank you for it!

Clipping…

If you do your own clipping, make sure those clippers have been serviced and the blades sharpened. We noticed our little monsters are getting hairier by the day  – what’s that buzzing noise we hear?

Pack up the summer kit…

All those fly sheets and sprays lying around the tackroom can be wiped down and stored away making room for all those winter rugs and bits and pieces that come with the cold weather.

Worms away…

This time of year is the ideal time to be treating your horse for tapeworms. These squiggly little intestine invaders can cause havoc with your pony’s digestion so consult your vet and ensure you’ve got them covered.Worming-a-horse

Laminitis…

Autumn brings with it a whole raft of things to think about when it comes to your pony’s health. Believe it or not laminitis, usually associated with Spring grass, can strike right now, with cool nights leading to an increase in the sugars in the grass. So, if you own a horse that’s prone to laminitis take extra care by limiting how much grass he’s eating.

Check your pastures…

Falling fruits and seeds, especially from trees in orchards, where apples and pears create the perfect picnic, not to mention recipe for colic for greedy horses and ponies, as well as sycamore seeds helicoptering their way for a wide radius around the tree can all create some problematic and even lethal health issues for your animals. Be aware and limit access to these areas.

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