Bristles And Brunch
Variety is the spice of life and it is also the best thing for the health of your horse! Today I am talking about grooming tools and feeding tips for your four legged friend.
Note: Every horse is different and has different needs but, it’s always better to be as organic as possible!
Rubber Curry vs Metal: I am not the biggest fan of metal curry combs. Here is why: rubber curry combs allow you to massage your horse and almost mimic the natural grooming motions that other horses use. No pulling, just working those muscles and hair follicles.
Teddy’s Tack Trunk: All natural is the only way to go. Forget artificial bristled brushes! They can irritate your horse’s skin and surely aren’t as effective. These brushes are 100% infallible; thick, strong, and natural. Made from either goat or horse hair, these brushes are gentle, effective, and beautiful. Take a tip for Teddy, natural is the only way to go! Stay tuned for a detailed review of these brushes next week!
Hoofpick and Brush: Use two separate tools for deeper digs and stronger bristles. Take a look at what you currently use and the two tools I have paired for extra cleanliness.
Cactus Cloth vs Rubber Mit: From personal experience with cleaning dirt of of horse hair, rubber mitts are prone to getting caught and pulling. Cactus cloth is easy on your horse’s skin and tough on grime! Best used on body, this tool breaks in more and more over time, becoming a more effective tool with every use.
Clipping and Blankets: Autumn hates the rain, runs super hot so, obviously, beautiful clipping was the last thing on my mind hours before a big storm. Sometimes you have to think about the happiness of your horse and not a haircut style, unfortunately. Luckily, my splendid Horseware zero fill turn out, wad just the stylish tool she needed in order to stay warm and dry in the rain, while being cool and static free in the mild heat! Review here.
Herbal Horse: Use everything they make! Perfect, organic batches of bliss and essential for maintaining a healthy horse. Use for preventing static, healing scrapes, regrowing hair, and getting a beautiful, nourished coat. Though your horse’s natural oils are preferred, this brand is more than safe for daily use and is wonderful for horses the especially need the extra boost. Warning: If applied to your horse’s face, he or she may try to itch while it’s healing, causing rubs. Other than that, enjoy your very own Herbal Horse!
- Test your hay! To know the quality and assess the gaps in feeding appropriately, you can send away your hay for testing. Just ask your vet who can do that for you locally!
- Bio Mane fills gaps that my horse needs! A, C, B12, and K are often lacking in a domesticated horse’s diet. Well balanced and not too high in anything, this supplement has leveled out the nutrients Autumn needs from being malnourished for so long.
- Add in Coconut Oil! A healthy fat that improves endurance, is easily digested, helps with allergies, is an antioxidant, AND can be fabulous for your horse’s skin, hair, and hooves? Nothing gets better than that! Slowly build up to one cup a day and watch the results shine.
- Remember not to accidentally over do your Vitamin E and not balance out your horse’s Vitamin A. Over doing your Vitamin E can make your horse night blind, drop his or her immune defense, and cause reproductive issues.
- Don’t make the mistake! Selenium? Or Psyllium? Selenium is restricted for a reason in your horse’s diet; there is a fine line between not enough and toxic amount of this mineral. However, Psyllium is actually a great aid for helping to prevent impactions! For pasture horses and horses that eat off the dirt floor, give a scoop once a day for one week out of the month to keep things moving! Make sure that YOU are in charge of your supplementing and that you do your own research. My last barn had me buy Selenium instead of Psyllium…See the danger? Do your reading and talk with your vet!
- Natural eating position is absolutely key. See Autumn eating her dinner below. Horses graze and need all of the extra time for their food to digest. Head down means less chance of colic!
- Horses also produce acid all day long and naturally graze all day long. Typically, each meal for a horse lasts for an hour to an hour and a half. Humans love to control but, the best thing you can do for your horse is to allow them to eat continuously. If their intake amount is of concern due to activity level, consider a non-hay-net slow feeder. If that is not an option, try giving your horse smaller meals more frequently or go on grazing breaks in the day– little brunch will never hurt!
- If you’re going to treat your horse, treat them well! Forget frosted sugar bombs and go all natural. SmartPak SmartCookies are your go to for guilt-free spoiling! Perfectly balanced and healthy, simply add them to your feed or share by the hand fulls. Review to come next week.
- Heavier work load means more food. Make sure your horse is eating enough hay and that you aren’t having to supplement for lack of grasses.
- Clean water is an absolute must. I prefer buckets to track water intake and to make cleaning more manageable. Autumn drinks between eight and ten gallons of water a day. Salt licks and mineral blocks help her to subconsciously maintain her water levels and I get to see the proof in the empty buckets. Stay tuned for a talk through of my daily chores with the little one to get a few more tips on small things you could do to help your stead’s physical and mental health!