For equestrians, spring is like New Year’s Day and back to school all at once; the horse world reawakens and comes to life. While the groundhog may be considered the traditional prognosticator of the season, here are the five signs of spring horse people can count on.
1Hair Everywhere Forget the birds singing and flowers blooming. Spring means hair. Lots of it,
everywhere. Any time after the winter solstice, the shedding is on as horses
start to let go of the long winter fuzz and begin to grow what will eventually emerge as their sleek spring coat.
2Much Mudness Whether you had a wet winter or a frozen one, it all leads to one thing: the
primordial ooze that is spring mud. And the host of hoof problems and skin
funk that accompany it.
3Going Viral and Not in a Good Way Spring brings the risky business of viral disease and infection as insects get
ready to emerge and horses mingle at shows and events. Stay one (or nine!)
steps ahead with our vet’s spring health checklist on page 26. Schedule
your horse’s annual wellness exam, vaccinations, dental check-up and other
important care now so he stays healthy and ready to ride.
4Counting Our Eggs The spring grazing season brings increased concern about parasite transmission. Now is the time to work with your vet, get on board with fecal
testing, and make sure your deworming plan is up to date and effective. If
you’re still confused about the new deworming recommendations, read the
latest installment of our Myth Masters series on page 38.
5Signs of Life: Coming Out of Hibernation The temptation to overdo it is hard to resist, but if you gave your horse a
winter break, restart your training program slowly so that he has a chance
to get fit and ready to enjoy the best of spring riding.
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Add a cheery pop of color to your muck
boots this spring. You won’t mind
playing in the mud wearing wellies
in this happy bright pink hue.
HUN TER ORIGINAL TALL RAIN BOOTS