Top 3 Equine Advice Tips



Lameness is the most common cause of equine claims accounting for 1 in 4 of all equine claims. While there are many ways a horse can go lame there are some simple things you can do to help keep your horse sound.Most lameness can be related to hoof problems. Regular appointments with a farrier will ensure hooves are trimmed and balanced. A balanced foot will reduce strain on tendons and ligaments and prevent injury. Experts also recommend picking your horses hooves daily. Allow time for the horse to warm up and cool down before and after exercise. This allows the muscles to get ready for exercise. As a method of cooling the horse down, you can hose it with cool running water.

If you have any concerns about lameness, have your horse checked out by your farrier or vet as continued exercise can aggravate it. Use the NZ Farriers Association to find a farrier near you.


Keep Your Paddocks and Stables Safe

At least 5% of claims involve horses being cut on sharp objects. Ensure the stable is safe and well cleaned. It should be free of holes in the flooring, wires, nails, broken fence panels, or any objects that the horse might run into. Keeping your paddocks free from debris and with adequate fencing will minimise the risk of injuries and of the horses getting out.


Supplement Rich Feed Especially in Spring

Ensure your horse has a nutritious diet and maintains a healthy weight. Diseases such as laminitis/founder could result in lameness. This can be caused by a rich pasture diet or new feed they may not be used to. In spring consider using grazing muzzles to slow consumption and yarding with hay during daylight when the grass is richest.

Equine Advice Guide

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