20If your horse doesn’t get to spend much time outside,
give him some extra turnout
time. It’s even better if he can
enjoy it with his best buddies.
21Just be. Spending time with your horse not doing
anything in particular will do
wonders for your partnership.
22 Investigate natural horsemanship or clicker
training and give it a try. Especially
handy when the weather is bad or
your horse is on layup, it’s a great
way to keep his brain engaged and
bond with him while he’s bored.
23 Get a stall toy that dispenses treats to keep him company
when you’re not there.
24 Be a hands-on horsekeeper. Do a daily once-over,
feeling legs for any swelling,
checking under blankets and
picking feet. Even if he is boarded,
clean your horse’s stall every now
and then so you know what’s
normal for your horse’s habits.
Become familiar with your horse’s
25 Keep up with the horse laundry. Wash his saddle
pads and polo wraps regularly
so they’re always clean and soft
against his skin.
26 Clean his halter really well so there’s no dirt trapped
on it to irritate the area behind his
27 Strip his stall and put in flu;y new bedding—he
won’t be able to resist having a roll.
28 Hand-graze your horse on the best grass on the farm
(this is also a great time to take
awesome, artsy Instagram pics of
29 Paint his feet with a protective hoof conditioner
and keep up with those regular
“pedicures” from your favorite
If your horse is fit for it, let him open
up for a gallop as fast as he wants
Let your horse have a good roll for
the ultimate back scratch!