Practical Goodies

These are things I have been exploring and using quite successfully. However I feel it might be different on different horses, so please use your discernment should you want to try it. Please be aware, I am no vet, and I do not have any papers to state that I have a certain knowledge. So you are responsible for your results.

Equine ointment self made

In every horse owners life there is the day when you have to deal with wounds. Horses are really prone to proud flesh. I experienced that myself many times over and have used different ways to control the developing of proud flesh including using copper sulphate.

However the one I loved best, was easiest to use and was not a health hazard to your horse (if they would lick and scratch on wounds which have copper sulphate on them) is the turmeric paste.

I found this tip on Facebook and thought it was worth writing it down:

So how can you check if your horse may have sand in its stomach? The easiest way we discovered is to get a long exam glove (the ones used for rectal examinations in horses - we were able to buy ours from a veterinary clinic).

Horse health indicators

For quick access I have put together a checklist to help determine the vital signs and health of the horse. I decided I will publish this here as it might be helpful for others as well. I intend to update this document as I find it necessary:

We all experience the moment when we have to use bute. If your horse is anything like George, it will smell it in anything. I did not even try to put it into his food anymore. His food should be sacro sanct to him, I will not sneak anything into it. Eating is a very sensual experience to a horse and they do it with great dedication and pleasure.

“Your horse is the best teacher. He will shut himself off from you if you listen to teachings other than his. Learn from the horse.” Rudolf G. Binding


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