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post #1 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Do YOU keep records on your horse?

Out of my own curiosity -- do any of you on 'HoFo' keep a record book on your horse/s? What does it include?

I'm grateful for my record book -- it allows me to go back almost a year on Bammy Boy's care, wellness, and even training. So if he "suddenly turns up lame," I would be able to go back and see if the area of lameness could actually be caused by an old injury. All of the records are in-depth.

My book is both digital and traditional -- I have a file, but also his very own folder on my desktop. Each book includes:

The first page is basic information -- the horse's name, breed, age, color/markings. Followed by my information and at the bottom, highlighted & made "important" with colored text -- Emergency vet/farrier contacts (both my main ones and my "back-ups"), as well as my "approved handler" in the case of where I can't get there (such as if I'm out of town at a show).
  • Injuries- If it gets treated, it goes into the book. Twice Bamber had done something (we still don't know what) that scuffled up his hind leg. The first time was just minor scrapes. The second time there was a lot of swelling.
  • Veterinary Care- Emergency visit? Teeth float? Shots? General exam? If the vet was with him, it's there, too. It also covers "follow-up" care -- such as if he gets a medication; what it is, how often he gets it (and how to administer it), and how long it should be used.
  • Farrier Care- Helps me keep track of when and what was done.
  • Coggins Testing - Yup, has its very own section with a copy of the test paper.
  • Bathing - Stud muffins need regular baths........ Right?
  • Training- What I did, how he did, what I think needs changed/tinkered to work for him. What bit he had, which saddle he was in, how he reacted to different stimuli.
  • De-Worming- I also put down what it was (ivermectin, pyrantel pamoate, etc.).
By writing the date and details, I have elaborate records on my horse. Not only is this good for forgetful ole me, but also in the event if I ever had to sell, I can show the potential new owner records of "the making of Bamber," as well as when his last vet/farrier/etc. visits were. (If they're not in a hurry, I have my official -- vet or farrier -- sign their name next to the paper entry to 'confirm' the visit.)
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 01:21 PM
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Yes, but nowhere near as detailed. I keep record of farrier/vet/deworming (detailed accounts) and anything else I deem necessary to make note of. I don't keep track of his baths.. Haha.
I will be starting up a training journal soon as I need to get more serious about our goals for next year.
Right now I track things on "MyPetED" app on my phone. I just got a journal to track training on; it will be paper-based.
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 01:31 PM
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I used too. I just keep all the receipts from vets, farriers, feed stores, etc.

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This is a very good idea! I keep some records in my calendar, but they get mixed up with irrelevant information soon. But now I think I will make my own record book for Snickers - thanks for the inspiration! :)

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post #5 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 01:54 PM
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I just started. I found an app for iPhone called ES Records and have started entering all Acey's data in it. I find it very helpful. :)
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post #6 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 02:03 PM
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Yes, I do. I have a file with all the receipts from vets, farriers, etc. I have a spread sheet with the vaccination schedule. And then I have my book where I write down dates of worming, vet visits, injuries, cuts, anything unusal. I can't remember it all so its nice to go back and verify when things happen.

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I keep an excel spreadsheet with date/provider/service provided/notes for vet, farrier, chiro, etc. I also take photos of his hooves after each farrier visit, since I have a hard time seeing changes over time without something to look back on.
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 02:15 PM
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I put everything on my calendar, but it would be a good idea to make a record book as well.
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 02:21 PM
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Hmm excel sheet... *starts thinking*

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post #10 of 22 Old 09-14-2012, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by HorseMom1025 View Post
I just started. I found an app for iPhone called ES Records and have started entering all Acey's data in it. I find it very helpful. :)
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Can you please link me to this app? I'm not too fond of the app I have but when I was looking, there was no specific health tracker app for horses..?
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