Flipping the calendar to a new page each month is a great reminder to change up our horse care routines to meet seasonal needs. Here’s a month-by-month look at what to keep in mind.
■ Is your horse close to getting his “senior discount” this year?
While senior status depends more on needed adjustments to feed
or care than just age, a horse in his mid-teens can be considered
approaching his senior years. Begin reading up on what to look for,
nutritional changes and maintenance needs that will help your horse
■ Work with your veterinarian to determine the best schedule for your
horse’s annual vaccinations and set a reminder in your calendar to make
the appointments a few weeks ahead of time.
■ Ask your veterinarian about recommended intervals for fecal testing
and a deworming plan based on your area and stabling needs.
■ If you compete or travel with your horse, review your upcoming
schedule and request required tests (such as Coggins or health certifi-
cates) in plenty of time to be gathered and processed.
■ Some personal trainers and career
coaches believe that what we do on
the first day of the year reflects what
we’ll do in the 364 days that follow. If
that’s true, spend time with your horse
on New Year’s Day and ensure the rest
of the year will be horse-filled.
■ Reflect on your riding and
training goals for the coming year and
write them down. Review them every
month to evaluate progress.
■ Complete any equine member-
ship renewals or registrations needed
for the coming year.
BY KARA L. STEWART
PHOTOS BY SHELLEY PAULSON