Getting your horse ready for summer!

 

For most folks, summer means beach vacations, no school, and longer days. For horse folks, it means bugs, horse shows, and longer days. Now is the time to start preparing your horse for the summer, so that everyone is comfortable and your show weekends can go smoothly!

 

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Here’s a list of things I like to do to get the horses ready for summer:

 

 

  • Clip! I don’t mean body clip, but it’s a good idea to get into the habit of clipping ears, bridle paths, legs, etc. This makes getting ready for a show easy, and if you keep your horse clipped up, the better he will tolerate the clippers. Or skip the clipping if you like.

 

  • Now is also a great time to shorten that mane, bang that tail, and start to practice your braiding!

 

pulling-mane
Mane pulling is optional.

 

  • Check your fly sheet and fly mask fit. I also use fly boots to reduce the amount of stomping that goes on. I have two sets, just in case of an accidental tear or when one set is in the laundry. Fly sheet fit is critical to be safe and stay protected from the bugs.

 

  • What’s your bug control plan for the summer? Now is the time to start fighting flies and critters.

 

  • What are you doing for sunscreen for your horse? A fly mask with nose is a good idea, so is some zinc oxide cream on his nose. The baby versions of sunscreen seem to have tons more zinc oxide and I find they last longer.

 

  • Are you taking steps to prevent your horse from getting sun bleached? Sun bleaching can be helped with diet and some horse management ideas and even specialized shampoos.

 

  • You may want to do a diet analysis with the help of a Veterinarian or Equine Nutritionist. Pasture conditions change, metabolic changes can flare during seasonal changes, and you want to make sure he has the proper nutrition to get you through the show season!

 

horse-in-fly-mask

Fly season is upon us!

 

  • Adjust slowly to the heat and humidity. Exercise your horse early if the day is going to be unseasonably hot and/or humid, so he can slowly acclimate to the summertime temperature extremes.

 

 

 

What else is on your summer-ready list?

 

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Thank you!