It is spring and for many stables it is the beginning of one new season in terms of competitive and amateur activities and things to do, both to take care of the horses and the structure.
The good weather entices you to be outside, to resume doing sports, but also to experience moments of sharing with those who have the same passion as us or even just with our horse that gives us lightheartedness.
Check-up at primavera
With the arrival of mid-season it is good practice to subject our animal to one veterinary visit to verify it health state general. The doctor will be able to check the mouth, the feet, the coat, the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-respiratory system, do blood tests and make sure that the horse is up to date with any vaccinations.
We can also ask him for advice onsupply, which can undergo modifications to allow the horse to receive all the substances necessary to face higher temperatures.
The coat: watch out for insects!
In spring our horses have to deal with the moult of the hair, losing the winter one to regrow less dense, ready to brave the heat. This is also the ideal season for the development of dermatological problems including dermatitis, fungi and mycosis. For this reason we recommend paying attention to the condition of the coat.
Linked to this there is also the question concerning the insects: by stinging the horse they cause irritation and become vectors of even serious dermatological diseases. Among these, the most widespread is certainly the DER (Recurrent summer dermatitis), which appears in the spring and intensifies during the summer. Itching, hair loss and skin lesions are symptoms caused by the bite of culicoids. It is called "relapsing" because it tends to reappear every year, so the best way to deal with it is represented by careful prevention: strengthen the horse's defenses and create an unfavorable environment for insects.
Use natural products to keep them away will make the relationship with our horse safer. Let us remember that if some insects can represent a threat to the health of our animal, the use of chemicals is no exception!
Another insect that you need to pay close attention to is the processionary. By burning the grass in green areas, horses can in fact come into contact with this hairy caterpillar which causes dangerous and annoying skin reactions. In these cases, a timely intervention by the veterinarian is necessary.
The weather is fine and it's time for one more thorough cleaning garages, walls, floors, corridors, upholstery, warehouses, etc. The hygiene of the environments where horses live also serves to avoid their breech and respiratory problems as well as to keep insects and unwanted guests away.
Also in this case, for the safety of animals and those who frequent the stables, we can opt for the use of natural products, safe, non-aggressive and that do not leave residues.
Dedicating ourselves to cleaning is also an opportunity to check the integrity of the entire structure. Defective paddocks, fences, doors and gates can pose a danger to our horses.
With simple tricks we can better face the arrival of spring and facilitate the change of season for our animals. Cleaning, medical checks and the use of appropriate products will help the well-being of the horses and consequently ours as well.
Ready to enjoy the beautiful days in their company?