Equine Health, Five Tips For A Healthy Horse

by Rebecca on January 21, 2008

in Animal Health

If you own a horse, you are probably aware of the time and money needed to
properly care for this amazing creature. Since horses have a longer life
than do most animals, keeping them healthy can be somewhat of a challenge.
Still, there are several things you can do to help ensure your horse stays
healthy. Below are five tips that will help you get started down the right

Feeding your horse a well-balanced diet is one of the most important aspects
of good equine health. If you are unsure of what this actually entails,
consult with your veterinarian to find out what types of grains and other
feeds may be appropriate for the type of horse you own. Age may also make a
difference, so it is also important to keep this in mind when choosing the
proper diet.

Keep your horse’s digestive tract healthy by de-worming on a regular basis.
Failure to do this can result in your horse having worms that can result in
significant harm, or even sometimes in death. This is important with many
animals, and should be tended to regularly.

Make sure your horse receives vaccinations on a regular schedule so as to
ward off critical diseases and conditions that can prove fatal. This is just
as important for animals as it is for people, so be sure to treat this with
great care. Keep a log of such vaccinations so that you will know when the
various vaccinations are due. This can also help if there is ever a
situation where the vet needs to know of previous vaccinations. While your
vet will probably keep records of this, it is a good idea for you to have
them as well.

It is very important that you keep a close eye on your horse’s feet. Poorly
kept feet can lead to a variety of lameness problems, and can be very
painful for your horse. You should also make sure your horse is shoed
properly, and whenever necessary, as this will help as well.

Finally, make sure your veterinarian gives your horse a check up once a
year. This is just as important for animals as it is for humans, and will
alert you to any health problems so that they may be treated early on. It
will also insure that your horse receives any necessary procedures and
vaccinations on a regular basis, and will lead to overall good equine

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