Caring For Your Horse
Updated: Oct 26, 2021
Leggett Town and Country offers all of the supplies you need to care for your horse, give us a call at 434-797-9300.
Horses love a nice pasture to graze on, but make sure your horse has proper fencing to keep them in the designated area. Plus, be sure to offer shelter from natural hazards.
YOUR FIRST HORSE
Getting your first horse can be scary, but also very exciting! Here are some things you should ask yourself before getting your new friend:
What supplies do I need to keep them at their best?
How do I keep them clean and what do I need?
What do I feed them?
How do I keep them cool?
Horses can be a lot of work, but keeping them in good health and maintained is top priority. Here are a few products that we recommend:
FlyRID: This spray protects horses from Horn Flies, Face Flies, House Flies, Mosquitoes, and Gnats. All you need to do is apply a light mist sufficient to wet the surface of the hair.
Absorbine Hooflex: Horses are always on their feet, so their hooves need to be in top shape. Hooflex is designed to condition the hoof. It helps keep the right amount of moisture in the hoof.
Vetericyn Plus: Vetericyn Plus is a wound and skin care spray formulated to clean wounds, cuts, sores, rashes, and skin irritations that your horse may have. It is safe to use around the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.
Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel: Safely and gently soothe your sore horse's muscles and joints with liniment gel. This gel delivers targeted, warm, soothing treatment for temporary muscular soreness.
Vet Wraps for Horses: Making sure you have emergency care equipment like vet wraps is very important. The purpose of the vet wrap is to hold gauze pads and medication in place on the horse's legs and hooves.
All of these supplies can be found in Leggett Town and Country's pet department. If you have questions about the supplies, be sure to give us a call at 434-797-9300.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Keeping your horse groomed is a very important task. Grooming is an activity where you can build an ever-lasting, loving bond with your horse, but is also a time you can check for injuries or irregularities. Here are some things and products to keep in mind:
Remember to Clean Your Horse's Hooves: Your horse is on their feet all day, so keeping the hooves clean is very important. Daily cleaning can keep your horse's hooves in optimal condition.
ShowSheen Shampoo and Conditioner: Do not forget to keep your horse's mane and tail clean as well. ShowSheen helps keep your horse's hair in top shape.
Use a Body Brush and Comb Out Tangles: Using a body brush will help get rid of the mud and dirt in their hair. When horses are brushed, blood flow rushes to the skin's surface which helps it to become healthier.
FEEDING YOUR FRIEND
There are so many different types of feed out there for horses, but if this is your first horse, here are some things we recommend when feeding them:
Forage: When you first get your horse, start off with just forage. Forage is pasture and/or hay. Horses need forage for calories and other nutrients, as well as fiber. They need at least 1-1.5 pounds of hay or pasture per 100 pounds of body weight everyday.
Storage for Feed and Hay: When storing your horse feed, you will need to have a bin to put it in. This will help keep rodents from getting in your horse's feed. When storing your hay, you will need to keep it in an area where it will be dry 24/7.
Commercial Horse Feeds: Commercial horse feeds are usually sweet or "textured". These feeds include a mixture of grains, some molasses, and pellets containing vitamins and minerals.
Purina Strategy GX
Purina Equine Senior
Purina Impact Textured 10:10
Purina Omolene 100 Active Pleasure
Since your horse will be outside most of the time, keeping them cool in the heat is a priority. Here are some things you will need to do to make sure they stay cool:
Supply fresh, cool water
Exercise in early mornings or late evenings
Provide adequate shelter or shade
Provide supplemental salt and add electrolytes if they're sweating heavily
Apply cool baths or provide fans to move air