Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:41 AM
Also, when you hose down your horse after a ride to get all the sweaty off -- should you start at the hooves and work your way up? I've heard this and this is what I do, but not sure if it is correct or if it matters.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:59 AM
Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:59 AM
And about the hosing down thing.. its good to start at their feet because you are getting them used to the water instead of spraying their whole body with cold water.
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 02:03 PM
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 04:27 PM
So, I would start out by cutting back on the protein and then, if the horse is still turning a lot of the extra protein into amonia, I would look for an additive like PDZ and add more bedding.
By the way, horses also drink much more water and produce a LOT more urine if they are over-fed protein.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 04:43 PM
Work your way up the legs and then the body just like you would do going into a cold lake or stream.
If you use lime on the bottom of your stall DO NOT use it unless you have bedding over it.
Lime goes ONLY ON THE FLOOR IN A THIN LAYER.
Then you cover it fully and thickly enough so the horse's hooves do not touch the lime.
Lime will dry out the horse's hooves and enough of it can give your horse a crack right up the foot to the point of bleeding.
I saw this^ happen when someone MIXED lime with the bedding
NEVER DO THAT. Put the lime on bottom thinly and only on the wet spot, then cover with bedding.
I give my horses Apple cider vinegar everyday and have for the last 4 years.
It DOES NOT thin their blood and make them bleed out.
Vinegar thinning your blood is an "Old Wives tale".
The vinegar acidifies the body slightly and makes the animal's smell a bit less sweet to the insects wanting to draw blood from them.
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 07:01 PM
I was told to always hose legs first to avoid shock to the circulatory system.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 07:17 PM
If you share a little more about the situation such as if this is a stall, the type of bedding you are using, how often it's cleaned, etc. that would likely help with the suggestions you get!
Posted 28 June 2009 - 02:19 PM
Hose start at the feet so they don't get scared by the water hitting the body. Legs are all ways worse on my horses anyway.
Posted 28 June 2009 - 08:24 PM
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