Today is the day to give your horse a health check over
A thorough all-over check – cross-matched with your horse’s health paperwork too e.g. vaccinations, teeth
Give internal parasites your own ‘wake up’ call
A faecal sample sent off for an egg count will help to identify which horses are ‘shedders’. Developing individual de-worming programs for each horse
helps to reduce the incidence of chemical resistance. Talk to your veterinarian about your horse’s needs.
Want to know more about horse parasites? Jude from Evidence Based Worming
introduces herself in this 50 sec video, prior to talking at an upcoming free Horse SA event on 14 Sept, and also for those interested in doing their own
horse’s egg counts, Jude is giving a full day ‘how to’ workshop on Oct. 7 2017.
3. Plan to avoid the ‘Spring flush’ getting out of control
The ‘spring flush’ is not only the hassle of fast growing pasture plants, there are the associated horse health issues including metabolic disorders.
Plan to manage with slashing, cross-grazing or crash-grazing with other livestock, if grass is left long (and not planned to be cut for hay) could become
a bushfire risk. The ‘spring flush’ could also just be one or two plants with a lot of coverage on what is otherwise bare ground most of the year.
Join Jane Myers of Equiculture who will provide a holistic approach to horse management, property design and consider the welfare
of the horse in a two-night talk ‘Horses on Small Properties’ 9th/10th June at Woodside, or Andy Cole for ‘The Spring Flush‘
4. Getting to know your [paddock weed] neighbours
Not all green plants in this photo are useful grazing for horses. Do you have any plants that could be toxic for
horses- even if you supply ad lib hay? e.g. soursob? Not sure what you have got growing, or how
to control your paddock weeds? Land management advisor Andy Cole (pictured) is giving a free talk
on Sept 14 at Woodside The Spring Flush and Plants Toxic for Horses.
5. It’s never too late to start to plan for emergencies
My Horse Disaster Plan has lots of useful pointers, including a reminder to register for a Property Identification Code (PIC) number with PIRSA.
-which not only helps to manage biosecurity but is very useful to aid in bushfires and other emergencies.
Get together with other horse owners for free sessions on how to be ‘Bushfire Ready’ on 2 November at Birdwood or 21 November at Echunga (2017)