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

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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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