Care of the Growing Foal

Internal Parasite Control

Deworming on a routine basis, in addition to prevention and control measures, is an important part of a foal’s health program. Medications used to control worms and break life cycles can be administered directly into the stomach with a stomach tube, fed in combination with rations or placed inside the mouth in the form of a paste. The availability and cost effectiveness of paste dewormers make them an excellent choice for controlling worms in horses. In addition, …

Safe Loading Practices for Horses

When loading a horse in a trailer, it is important to recognize and carry out safe loading practices. It is your job to make the loading experience pleasant for the horse and safe for the handler.

Before loading, make sure the horse is wearing a halter that fits properly and will not slip off or break during the loading process. Always lead your horse onto the trailer using a lead rope rather than leading it by the halter. By using …

Blanketing and Wrapping Horses for Transport

The need for a blanket will depend on the weather conditions, type of trailer, and ventilation available. In a well-ventilated trailer on a warm day, you won’t need to blanket your horse. In some cases, having a heavy blanket on the horse in a poorly ventilated trailer can cause horses to sweat and become overheated, even in cold weather. In general, don’t over-blanket, and keep the air moving inside the trailer so your horse can have a comfortable ride.

It …

HorseQuest Learning Lesson: Basic Horse Care and Management

Boy Feeding Pony

This Learning Lesson will teach you about horse welfare, behavior, nutrition, health and other management information.

Learning Objectives

Objectives of this lesson include:

  1. Learning about the daily needs of your horse.
  2. Understanding your horse’s behavior.
  3. Understanding the proper feeding program for your horse.
  4. Learning basic health care of your horse.

This course is displayed using the online course tool known as Moodle. You will need to create an account and register with Moodle to view and participate in this and

Considerations When Hauling a Horse

Driving

If you are going to take the horse yourself, how well you drive will certainly affect how well your horses travel. Many horses are poor travelers because of the way their owners drive. It is necessary to drive differently when traveling down the road pulling a horse trailer. You need to watch how you stop and start, change lanes, turn corners, and back up. Remember, your horses are in the trailer standing up. Before hauling your first horse, take …

Estimating Body Weight from Measurements

The 1,000-pound estimate is good enough for many purposes. For example, for deworming, it’s a safe ballpark figure because modern deworming drugs are designed with huge margins of safety, making overdosing a remote risk. Underdosing, on the other hand, can happen quite easily, and some researchers feel it might contribute to an incomplete worm kill and subsequent increased resistance by the remaining parasitic population in the gut. For other aspects of horse management, such as calculating the amount of feed …