n April showers bring May flowers, and they can also
bring skin conditions and hoof ailments. Keep up good
grooming practices to identify and treat any issues early,
such as rain rot, ringworm and thrush.
n If rain is forecast for days on end, consider outfitting
your horse with a rain sheet. This is especially important
for pastured horses without access to shelter, as a wet coat
can’t keep your horse warm and he’ll use lots of calories to
maintain his core temperature.
n When the ice and snow finally melt, it’s time for major
paddock cleaning. Break out the shovels, manure forks and
n Fire up the tractor to begin this year’s composting pile.
n Try on show and event-specific clothing. Repair or
replace if needed.
n Spring rains mean mud. Tall rubber muck boots are
n When the grass begins growing again, keep a watchful
eye on your horse for laminitis caused by new spring grass.
Talk with your veterinarian about building up time slowly,
limiting pasture access, or fitting your horse with a grazing
muzzle, especially if he’s prone to metabolic issues.
n Schedule spring vaccinations with your veterinarian.
n During the farm visit, ask your vet to check your
horse’s dental health and do any needed floating.
n While the calendar says spring, the weather can turn
wintry in a flash. Keep up your winter protocols and don’t
be caught off guard by big spring snows or heavy rains.
n Ditch the hair-grabbing fleece jackets for hair-shedding
n Daylight saving time arrives. Celebrate with a long ride.
n Shedding season officially begins! If you’re prone to
allergies, wear a dust mask while grooming. Your eyes and
nose will thank you.
soft shell and flat-weave fabrics.