10 Simple Changes Towards a Naturally Healthy Horse

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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10 Responses

  1. Regina says:

    Fabulous list!!

  2. AnneMarie Azijn says:

    Other than feeding from the ground it’s all done.
    This last one I cannot do for hygienic reasons and because we live on the top of a mountain – not very handy having to go 100 metres down to pick up the hay bags every day 🙂

  3. Robynne Catheron says:

    Thank you, Casie, brilliant as always, and exact echoes of my own beliefs. I’m going to forward this to my dear hubby, so could you please add pasture sanitation, i.e. manure removal, to the list? I can’t seem to convince him how important that is when trying to control internal parasites 🙁

  4. Janice says:

    This is simple but interesting. I have recently begun to think how the way I feed has changed in that my horse’s feed has so many supplements! A little bit of this and that oh and a bit of that too. In fact I realised he is only having the high fibre cubes so that I can give him the supplements!!!! It started when a yard I was on had varying haylage quality. Where I am now it is consistently good every time but I still feed the supplements ‘just in case’! I am starting to cut back on the extras. He does eat his haylage off the floor and he is in a massive barn stable that could be split into 4 traditional sized stables, so we are lucky. His stable also opens out into the field but is very wet at the moment so not out that much. I am also amazed at how much feather he has! Also I have noticed a difference in how he walks without shoes. One thing I would like to ask because even when Arthur was trimmed and pulled and looked very neat all the time, I have never cut a bridle path even when put under pressure to do so. What is the reason for this? I always think that it must prickle and feel uncomfortable when the bridle is on?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Janice–glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 As for the bridle path, I’m sure it’s all for looks. I still cut one with scissors sometimes. (maybe out of habit?) I just don’t trim the whiskers or around the feet. Those hairs are there for a reason!

  5. Sophie says:

    Most of this is gold but some of it is not practical like the clipping. If you have your horse in full work over winter they simply get too hot and sweaty. Also the half hour grooming it takes to get them clean enough to ride robs them of their natural oils. However it is important not to over cover and keep them toastie as this is uncomfortable for them. I also have tried really hard to get my flat footed TB barefoot but he is so lame and uncomfortable it is kinder I think to shoe him and stop worrying whether it is “best”. For him I think it is.

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