Time to Turn Out
What a long, hard winter it has been. Even over Easter it was miserable and, although every one of our horses here at Remus gets the very best individual care and attention, you can tell even they were starting to wonder who had stolen the sunshine! Wet, muddy paddocks have been an issue for all and such testing conditions can throw up all sorts of unwanted ailments from mud fever to respiratory problems if turnout has been limited.
Here at Remus we’re lucky enough to have large shavings paddocks for our horses to enjoy. They’re perfect for the wetter weather and essential to keep our older residents moving to prevent stiffness. Whatever your facilities, the decision to leave horses out or bring them in is rarely without compromise. This recent article from Horse & Hound sums up nicely the pros and cons from veterinary and welfare professionals, as well as owners.
Rain, rain go away…keeping horses safe in wet weather
Disappointingly, August was a bit of a washout weather-wise, so lets hope we see an improvement for September! Whatever the Autumn brings, while we may be tucked away indoors in the dry, horses are out in all weathers. Remus Horse Sanctuary is committed to rescuing horses that are neglected and left out in the elements with no protection or care.
Of course caring horse owners will ensure their animals are protected from the weather as much as possible, but while the heavens continue to open, it’s a good time to remind yourself of some of the steps you can take to look after your horse, yourself and your riding gear during periods of wet weather.
The Blue Cross has some great suggestions, including using pig oil to stop mud sticking to horses’ legs, and giving them boredom busters if they have to stay in their stables.
Click here to read the full article.