Monday, May 19, 2008
Speaking Of Great Horse Tips...........
I thought I'd share a few of my own, well, those that I've learned from others and from experience...............
1) I scrub my water troughs with plain bleach and rinse well. When I refill, I pour a 1/2 cup to one cup of bleach into the water. It makes it only slightly chlorinated and retards the growth of algae and the horses drink it.
2) Now I know to use Walmart generic Metamucil (unflavored) instead of the expensive Sandclear to help prevent colick. Two tablespoons mixed with grain and a little corn oil twice a week.
3) Corn Oil, another good thing. Great for disguising powdery substances in grain, such as meds or Metamucil. Also great for horses that tend to spill grain as it helps to glue it together. I've done this with Misty until I can get her an appointment to have her teeth floated.
4) I keep a halter and lead rope handy in the feed shed close to where the horses are kept, just in case we have an escapee and need to capture them quickly, also nothing like a scoop of grain to get the attention of an escaped horse.
5) Speaking of escapees, I have learned in this area, to keep an extra lead rope in the car, because I've come across some one else's escaped horse and have helped to catch it.
6) I have a horse who likes to stomp in the water troughs, just after I clean them, which then craps them all up so that no one has fresh water, so I have lifted them up on cement blocks. It brings them up high enough as to not allow legs in it. I also have a small 35 gallon rubber trough that I fill for her own personal puddling pool.
7) I have dedicated one vegetable crisper in the refrigerator for just animal care, which includes a handy tube of Banamine and Bute.
8) Electrical tape and heavy chains. I keep those handy for fence repair. Electrical tape for repair of the electric fence and it also works good for broken clips. Chains and metal clips for binding fence panels together.
9) T-post caps and Duct tape. Wonderful for covering bolts or other things that may poke out and cause injury. I cover it with the cap and wrap it with layers of duct tape.
10) For obvious reasons and we all should know this and I'm sure we do, but limiting the pasture to only a couple of hours in the day, saves the pasture and saves the horse from foundering.
11) I also keep a first aid bucket in the feed shed handy, which includes a clean small rubber tub, poultice, cotton wrap, leg wrap, betadine, scissors, gauze, aloe cream and a whole host of other things that may be needed for an injury. I also keep the hoof pick handy, one in truck, feeding shed and in house.
If anyone can think of any more handy tips to add, please let me know what you do.
Posted by Callie at 6:26 AM