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post #1 of 26 Old 09-22-2010, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Smile My Summer Horse Care Schedule..... :D

Ok. Don't think I am a freak or anything, but I am SO excited about getting a horse...so I made care schedules by season I am the person to have EVERYTHING prepared way ahead of time (except my school work) Do you guys like the Summer Schedule???




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Summer Horse Care Schedule

When I wake up- Check on

3:00 pm- Feed ( lbs of hay), ( of grain), ( Of supplements),
Check water levels

8:30 pm- Feed ( lbs of hay), ( of grain), ( Of supplements),
Check water levels








Normally gets lbs of hay every day. If losing or gaining weight change gradually.




-In pasture 24/7 weather permitting-



*Riding Times:? AM- 2:00 PM / 4:00 PM- 7:30 PM / 9:30 PM- ? PM


Summer Chores


*Muck out stall when needed

Weekly
1. Clean and refill feed/water buckets and tanks
2. Drag Pasture or pick it out (Only Drag if it’s hot out) + pick up manure around pasture shed (If in that pasture)
3. Vacuum/clean and organize barn
4. Check feed/bedding supply
5. Clean grooming supplies
6. Check fencing
7. Apply hoof oil – Two times a week
8. Check pasture for ditches/poisonous plants and check fencing for repairs
9. Do a thorough health check on horse
10.
11.
12.


Monthly
13. Scrub stall mats
14. Check if appointments need to be scheduled
15. Alternate Pasture
16.
17.
18.


Every 2 months

19. Clean Tack
20. Wash manure forks, pitchforks and shovels
21. Administer dewormer
22. Clean pasture shed (If warm enough out)
23.
24.
25.



Appointments
Vet - Once a year (Unless more are needed)
Farrier - Every 8 weeks (2 months)
Dentist - Once a year


* Clean out Trailer after every use. This includes the buckets, Hay bags, floor ect.





Summer Tips


v Heat stroke signs include weakness, not eating, rapid breathing and pulse and even collapse. Do the pinch test to check for dehydration. To rapidly cool an overheated horse, move him into shade and continually sponge all over with cold water, which will evaporate, cool him down and lower his body temperature. To help this, you can also use fans. Give your horse small, regular drinks of water until he's cooled down and showing signs of recovery. If in doubt, call a vet to give intravenous fluid and generally monitor things.

v When your horse has a lovely roll in the dust, resist the urge to brush it off as it can act as a natural sun block and help prevent the coat fading.

v Sponge cold water over your horse, especially down the large blood vessels under the belly and neck and inside the legs. In extreme heat, spray a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and cold water over his body to aid sweating.


v Keep grass and weeds controlled by mowing

v Applying petroleum jelly around the eyes, nostrils and inside the ears will help prevent flies from landing and biting.

v Allow 7-10 days for changes in diet

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post #2 of 26 Old 09-22-2010, 10:09 PM
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I would spread the feed times out more - going from 8:30 pm - 3 pm the next day is awfully long, and 8:30 is too close to the 3 pm feeding, IMO. I would do a feeding when you wake up and do a "check" then pick either 3 or 8:30 for the second feeding.

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LOVE IT. Mind if I print the list for myself?
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post #4 of 26 Old 09-23-2010, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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^^^

Of course I don't mind :) haha. And for My Beau. I just don't think I will have time to feed in the morning. I get home from school at around 2:45....suggestion?

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Wanna, you should be spacing your feedings out with no more than 12 hours between them. If you're only doing 2 feedings a day, 12 hours apart is optimal.

Waiting 18.5 hours from your evening feeding to the next, and then having only 5.5 hours from the first feeding to the last, is going to result in a very sick or dead horse.

You'll just have to make time in the morning to feed. If you have to get up an extra half hour or even an hour early, then so be it. There's no such thing as 'no time' when it comes to the proper care and feeding of horses. Your own comfort has to be set aside. If you're not willing to do that, then you're not ready to have a horse at home in a self care situation.

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My suggestion is to make time to feed in the morning.

Get up earlier.



You have to be flexible on things like farrier scheduling and such. 8 weeks would be a scary long time for almost any horse I know. Some require 6 weeks, some can go 7 weeks, etc.

Do not remember where you are located, but in my neck of the woods we do shots 2x per year. That would increase your schedule vet appointments from one time per year to two times per year.
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Is the horse at your house? I feed before I shower in the AM, so around 5:45am Mon-Fri (closer to 7:30 on weekends) and then I usually ride when I get home (around 6pm) and then feed around 7:30ish pm.

I also do my vet visits twice per year but that's personal preference (I get some boosters) and some of my horses get teeth done two times a year as well.....

Good list though.

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That was my question. I board my horse. I have a set up with another person I can trust.... she feeds mornings on her way to work (early in the AM) and I feed evenings. It's easier and more convenient for the both of us.
Good list! I don't have a list, though, I could probably use one. I need to work on time management
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You not being willing/able to feed in the morning is a good reason for you to think about boarding your horse.
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Don't get me wrong...It wouldn't be a big problem if I had to wake up earlier. I wake up at 5:25 now, so I can handle it. How much time do you think it takes to feed? And on weekends do you need to feed at that exact time?

I will be keeping the horse at my house. I will be able to see it right when I wake up, because the pasture is like 20 ft. Away from my window :)

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