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Horse Health – How to Properly Care For Your Horse

Horses are sensitive and gentle animals that need your constant attention and care to stay happy and healthy. Taking proper care of your stallion is extremely important to ensure its health and well being for many years to come. A daily regime of care, grooming, and exercise will not only keep your horse healthy, but it will also keep any harmful diseases and ailments at bay. Read on to find out what you can do to give your horse the care and love it deserves.

Regular Grooming

Daily grooming is an absolute must to keep your horse healthy, and it will also help you forge a deep bond of friendship with your horse in no time! It takes approximately 30 minutes to groom your horse, and the practice includes brushing and combing the coat, checking the body for any cuts or bruises, and inspection of the teeth, hooves, and eyes. Give them a bath at least every week, and after riding or training, make sure that you brush and tend to them.



Lack of exercise can not only make your horse lazy and lethargic, but it can also make it’s hooves dried and flaky. If you can, take your horse for rides daily. However, don’t over train your horse, as it may result in soreness. Horses like to roam around in an open space; therefore, don’t keep them confined in the stable all the time. Let them roam around the pasture as they please in order to keep them refreshed and healthy.

Checking the Hooves

Foot and hoof care is an essential part of grooming your horse and taking care of its health. Inspect the hooves regularly, and take your horse to a farrier every now and then for a professional opinion on shoes, etc. The hooves also need trimming every six weeks or so, but make sure you get professional help to do so!

Keeping the Stall Clean

The stalls need to be clean and comfortable at all times to avoid breeding of pests and mosquitoes. Regularly check the shavings and straws and clean up any wet areas immediately to keep the area odor free and fresh. Also, make sure that the feed and water bucket is clean and full at all times.

Vaccination and Pest Control

After every few months, book an appointment with the veterinarian to ensure that your horse is healthy and in top shape. Get your horse vaccinated for common diseases, and in order to prevent any ailments and contagious diseases by checking for symptoms regularly. Runny eyes, discharge from the nose or coughing and weakness are common symptoms that indicate that your horse is not feeling well. In case you notice any unusual pattern in their behavior, take them to the vet for a proper and detailed check up. Contagious diseases can spread from one horse to another, therefore, in case there is a sick horse in the stable, keep it separated from the rest of the herd.



Fire Safety for Custom Wood Barns

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­Custom wood barn by DC Building

Prior to the early 1900s it wasn’t uncommon to find animals running free in the backyard or even inside their owner’s home. But as years went on, families have done their best to provide more sustainable shelter for animals.

While it is nice to give your equine animals quality shelter, it’s also nice to make sure their new shelter is safer than the backyard. Each year hundreds of thousands of animals die in wood barn fires. Based on research, in almost every incident, the fires were preventable. Fire prevention is actually a low-cost measure, especially when compared to the loss of your custom wood barn and animals.

There are two simple rules that will drastically help keep your wood barn and animals from meeting a fiery demise.

Rule #1: Good Housekeeping

As a barn owner, the rake and push broom are probably the best fire prevention tools you have. Simply keeping things picked up can seriously prevent tragedies. For example, the afternoon sun shining on an old piece of glass, on a dusty window ledge could cause a fire. If the glass was in the garbage and the window ledge had been dusted – there would have been no fire, property loss, emotional distress of losing your animals, etc.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness:

  • Keep walkways and aisles un-obstructed.
  • Use metal garbage cans with tight fitting lids.
  • Tidy up loose hay, wood shavings and debris.
  • Don’t let dust or cob-webs pile up.

Rule #2: No Open Flames

This is probably the most obvious, yet most ignored rule to fire safety in wood barns. The most common source of this are matches – especially with smokers. Implementing a no smoking rule is the best idea for any wood barn owner. Posting “No Smoking” signs around the barn and verbally warning visitors that smoking is not allowed would be wise.

Smokers aren’t the only cause for open flames in a barn. Wood barns with singular water pipes to individual stalls can sometime freeze up. I know many barn owners that admit to using a lighter to heat up the spigot in such cases. If you’re horse came by to check things out, with a mouthful of hay – you might have a serious fire and burn issue on your hands. Try pouring hot water over the spigot instead.

For wood barns in cold locations, where you just gotta have a wood stove burning. Consider building a barn with stables that allow open or canvas-curtained rear exits for your horses or livestock. It’d be a miserable experience to know your animals were trapped in the stall while your wood barn burned to the ground.

Along these lines, be sure to post a sign outside your wood barn that says how many horses or other animals in stalls and pens (including your barn cats and dogs.) Give a copy of this info the local fire department too!