How to spring clean your horse – a checklist!

 

Think of this as spring cleaning for your horse buddy. It’s definitely a lot more fun than spring cleaning the barn or house. I really have no idea where the term spring cleaning comes from, but as it relates to horses, spring is a great time to get a few things done for the comfort and health of your horse.

 

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Here’s a handy checklist of spring cleaning items:

 

  • Spring vaccinations. Nothing says “I love you” more than vaccinations against fatal diseases. And also non-fatal (but still horrible) diseases. Learn more about EEE, WEE, and WNV here, although there are others to vaccinate for as well.

 

horse getting a vaccine

 

 

  • Fecal egg count. This gives a snapshot of some of your horse’s parasite load. It’s convenient to do at the time of vaccinations because the Vet is standing right there. Too snarky? And it’s also likely that there’s horse manure in the vicinity. More on fecal egg counts here.

 

  • Your Veterinarian can also do a quick check of your horse’s teeth during the vaccination visit. Lots of info on your horse’s chompers can be found here.

 

hands on grooming glove with gray hair shedding

 

 

  • Have a grazing muzzle handy. Maybe you need to buy one or switch styles, but once that spring grass comes in, the risk of laminitis can go up for some horses. Muzzles are also great for the easy keeper who gets heavier just thinking about food. More on muzzles here.

 

 

greenguard grazing muzzle and black halter

So delicious. This is the Greenguard Grazing muzzle and it’s awesome.

 

 

 

  • Make sure your horse’s diet is appropriate. Perhaps he had extra everything in the winter to stay warm. Or perhaps he’s an easy keeper and he gained weight in the winter anyway. Dietary adjustments should always be done over weeks, and with the help of slow feeders if you can make that happen.

 

  • Speaking of diet – check pastures for dandelions and buttercups. These flowers are generally ignored by horses, but they can cause problems for some horses.

 

 

buttercups are toxic and bad tasting to horses

Pretty, and also pretty bad for horses.

 

  • Make adjustments to the exercise routine. Ramp up his work slowly if he had the winter off.

 

  • Is it time for new fly gear? Fly boots, masks, and sheets are great for battling the bugs. And it’s time to stock up on fly sprays.

 

 

small tick on a horse's leg hair

Gross, Gross, Gross, Gross, Gross….

 

 

  • What about tick prevention? I started using a spray on tick killer from my Vet (Frontline) that I apply about every three weeks. I found lots of dead ticks on my horse last year before they had a chance to feed. Your climate and tendency for ticks will dictate when it’s time to get going on tick control. More on ticks here.

 

 

 

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