Horse Care – How to Take Care of Stabled Horses
Taking Care of Horses Twice Daily
Horses kept in a stabled environment will need attending to at least twice a day. This is because they are confined to a small area, with no access to grazing and no opportunities to self exercise.
The horse’s digestive system is designed to take in small quantities of food at regular intervals therefore a stabled horse will need more feed, in particular roughage, to maintain weight because it will have no access to pasture. Another essential part of equine care is providing hay in morning and afternoon (and if possible some horses may require extra at lunch) helps to maintain a healthier digestive pattern and reduce boredom.
How To Care for a Horses Bedding
Some horses will be messier than others when kept in a stable. Some are easy to clean up after and will leave droppings all in one spot in the stable while others will walk it through the bedding, requiring manure to be sifted out. A dirty stable can lead to health problems, especially in the hooves.
A stabled horse should still have its hooves cleaned out daily to remove manure and bedding from building up and trapping moisture and bacteria from building up in the hoof which can lead to thrush. Thrush infections result in a black substance on the sole and frog of the hoof, strong odour and crumbly hoof horn. Some horses may become lame when thrush is present.
Regardless of what type of bedding is used, the process will be very similar. Stalls/stables should be cleaned out at least twice a day for a horse which is not turned out.
It is safer for both you and the horse, to clean the stable whilst the horse is out of the stall but if doing so isn’t practical then tie the horse up to one side of the stall.
Method of Mucking out Your Horse’s Stable:- หาคนดูแล
1. Using your fork, remove manure and wet or soiled bedding. You may find it easier when working with straw, to pile up clean bedding on one side of the stall. If you are going to do so, pile it away from the horse
2. If your cleaning out sawdust or shavings, scoop the manure up with the fork and shake to release excess sawdust so that all that will be left on the fork is the waste
3. You will also need to remove any stray bits of hay
4. With sawdust/shavings, use the shovel to remove wet patches
5. Once the stall is clean you need to replace the bedding which has been removed with fresh material
6. Rake the bedding so that it slopes up the walls. This will help to prevent the horse getting cast (rolling and getting stuck against the wall)
7. Take the dirty bedding and manure to the manure pile/muck heap
8. Sweep up outside the stall
9. Sprinkling lime or detergent onto the floor will assist in keeping odours and bacteria to a minimum.