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        08-05-2012, 07:01 AM
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    Weanling
    What Aspects do you know of the horses daily care

    FOR A PADDOCKED HORSE
    I need All aspects OF THE HORSES CARE its for an assignment:
    Off course I know what grooming, feeding, worming and farrier is, give me some thing
    That wouldn't come to mind straight away.
    This is apart of my research for Profile and care of a Paddocked horse over a year.
         
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        08-05-2012, 07:13 AM
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    Green Broke
    Vaccinations, dental, sheath/udder cleaning.

    Also paddock maintenance in order to keep the horse safe and healthy. So fencing, cleaning water troughs, dealing with manure and rotating grazing.
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        08-05-2012, 03:32 PM
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    Yearling
    Here are a few more that come to mind.

    Shelter maintenance and bedding, blanketing, pest (fly) control, regular hoof cleaning, dental work, daily body check, regular weight and health assessment, regular exercise.

    As already mentioned, maintaining the paddock itself for weeds, grass, manure management, fencing, etc is a huge job. The size of the paddock is also important. Smaller paddocks will be dry lots that require maintenance of the ground such as grading, managing water flow and drainage, etc. Larger paddocks are more likely to have some grass and require harrowing, fertilizing, reseeding,mowing, weeding, etc.

    Also, paddock care may vary depending upon the climate. Here we have very long harsh winters so snow and ice management becomes an additional chore that impacts the horses.
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        08-05-2012, 07:07 PM
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    Started
    I would add in addition to the paddock maintenance and dragging wet areas. There is also social order maintenance. You have to monitor each horses weight and social rank. Sometimes higher ranked horses will start to push lower ranked horses off the grain or hay stations. Which means you have to adjust where they are getting fed and how much. This is an area that is often not focused on in my opinion. This can be true for any valued resource in a herd be it food, water or shelter. So, you can spend a portion of your time adjusting social groups.

    Fence and pasture maintenance is huge!
         

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