What's the best management for my horse?
So, whenever I can actually get the deal squared away, my new boy will be coming home soon. This will be my first horse, and I'd like to make sure that he has the absolute best care I can afford to give him.
He's a great boy boy overall, but he is known to stall weave when left in for a few days with little exercise. My first thought is to just pasture board him, that way we avoid the stable vice, and it's one of the most common (and effective) "treatment plans" I see recommended...
However, he also apparently has an insect sensitivity, he welts up when he's bitten by flies. So in that case we would rather give him night turnout with a stall and fan in the day, except for that he stall weaves.
I'm thinking that the insects may be the lesser of two evils in this case, and just try him on pasture board, and we can change him to night only turnout if he really needs it.
Good fly spray, mask and a garlic supplement are what I'm hoping will help him with the bugs, do you all know of anything else that I can do for him? What would you do in this scenario? Stall him or turn him out? If I do have to stall him, I've heard that trying to keep him busy with toys, slow feeders, or a (safe) mirror might help, what works best in your experience?
I do plan to start him on Smartpaks, I'm thinking of MSM to help prevent joint issues (and it may help with itchy skin caused by bugs), garlic for bugs, and B1 to try and help reduce any nerves that might be causing or affecting the stall weaving. Smartpak should be calling me to discuss his supplements this week, and I'll see what they have to say about it, but feel free to suggest other options. I do need to keep my supplement budget under $30 each week, so I can't afford the fancy stuff, but if you've got a recommendation for something you know works well by all means share it!