Our experts have gotten together and put together some interesting information and tips on how to keep your horse healthy and comfortable in the ever changing seasons. When Spring and Summer arrive, so do hot temperatures, new plants and allergies, as well as insects and pests.
We have compiled some tips to help you avoid some complications that arrive as soon as the warmer temperatures do:
- In the Spring and early Summer, make the transition from hay to pasture feeding slowly. While Spring sprouts are lower in sugar and starch, horses crave fresh and will overeat which is especially dangerous to overweight horses, or those that have experienced insulin-resistant laminitis.
- It is very important to maintain regular vaccinations, deworming, and dental exams. Check with your veterinarian about seasonal vaccinations. Keep a detailed calendar of when your horse needs to be wormed. Also checking with your vet or equine dentist to establish a regular float schedule is very important to your horse’s health.
- Always make sure there is fresh, clean, ample supply of water. Different things will affect the amount of water your horse needs including outside temperature, work load, feed, size, and health.