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Look for any drainage from the eyes and make sure your horse’s ears don’t have anything in them.

Use a medium-bristled brush for your horse’s body. Start at the neck and work your way down.

Look for any cuts or bumps that need treatment.
Brush entire body, including belly and legs.

Run your hands down the horse’s legs to feel for any swelling.

Spray conditioner or detangler in mane and tail to make brushing easier.

Source: http://www.ehow.com

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During these financially difficult times, keeping a horse can seem like a difficult expense. But The Riding Company has a few tips if you’re struggling, but don’t want to let go of your horse.

Get together with other horse people you know and move your horses in together to share the workload and bills. Create a diary to split up the day to day work and you’ll also be able to share the cost of food and vet fees.

Think about leasing your horse. The lessee pays for all or half of the horse’s expenses such as feed, and farrier. And in exchange, they will be able to use your horse. But if you decide to lease out your horse, make sure you have a contract in place that details payments and how often the lessee can work with your horse.

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As the temperature drops, many of the nutrients such as vitamin A and C in the hay are lost, due to the lack of sunlight.

Therefore it’s important that all of those good nutrients are replaced. One option is trying a vitamin supplement, with flaxseed oil or combining alfalfa with hay. This will raise protein levels; protecting the hair, skin, muscles and hooves, as well as improving the horses immune system.

It’s also really important during those winter months that your horse keeps up its water levels. Trying warm water can encourage your horse to drink more of it.

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Keep flies away from your horses eyes, by applying some lard near to the eye area.

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So, you’d like to form a riding club but not sure how?
Here are some simple top tips on how to form your own riding club.

1. Work out what you think the riding club’s demographic group will be, so you know where and how to find them.

2. Choose a place you can all meet up. Many riding clubs meet somewhere small, like a coffee shop to start with. As the riding group grows, you can always find somewhere bigger to meet.

3. Start networking to find people to come along to the first meeting. You could try advertising, putting leaflets where potential members might be or just using word of mouth.

4. When you hold your first meeting, explain what the club is about and ask attendees what they would like to achieve from the club. Take lots of notes, and with a bit of luck the best suggestions will form your new riding club.

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The Riding Company has put together a list of must-haves for a first aid kit for your horse:

  • Hoof pick
  • Ice packs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Epsom salt
  • Thermometer
  • Antiseptic gel
  • Stable bandages
  • Clean towels

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If you’re planning a break away and want to take your horse with you, The Riding Company have some top tips on how to travel with a horse.

1. Make sure you have the current health papers for your horse. Most horse hotels will expect you to have these, as well as proof of a negative Coggins test within the last 30 days. This test checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) antibodies in your horse’s blood.

2. Ensure the horse trailer is working properly; for example look carefully at the brakes, exterior lights and tyre pressure.

3. Plan your trip before you go, especially looking at where you may stop along the way. Horses need about a 30 minute break every two or three hours. They can be left in the trailer during this time, so long as there is some time for them to stand still.

4. Take with you all the supplies you might need; such as a horse restraint, first-aid kit, water for your horse to drink and hay.

5. Add some wheat bran or beet pulp into your horse’s feed to prevent colic while travelling. You’ll need to start mixing this a week before you travel and increase the amount to about a 50-50 mixture by the time you leave. Carry on feeding the mixture to your horse while you’re away, before starting to decrease this for a week when you get home.

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