Does your horse pasture meet the criteria on our checklist?

Safety:

  • Have you checked the state of your fence?
    • Fence posts
      • Are they in good condition?
      • Are they adjusted to your horse's height ?
    • Wire/tape
      • Is it in good condition and is it tightened enough?
      • Is it interrupted anywhere or is it all connected well?
      • It is easily visible for your horse?
    • Since barbed wire can cause serious injuries, it is best to replace it by rubber bands, electric tape or wood.
    • Does the fence charger work?
  • Is the pasture free of poisonous herbs, plants or trees, like ragwort, meadow buttercups, taxus, maple trees...?
  • Is the pasture free of stones and branches or other uncommon objects, by which a horse can get injuries?

Shelter possibilities:

  • Does your horse have the possibility to get shelter from the rain, wind and sun? Is there a good shelter or are there enough trees?

Drinking water:

  • Does your horse get fresh drinking water daily?
  • Check the function of the automatic water trough daily:
  • Does the drinking trough still work?
  • There aren't any droppings in it?
  • All troughs:
    • Is the water in the drinking trough clean?

Birds, too, can drink from your horse's trough. If bird droppings get in the water, it could cause salmonella poisoning. Birds or other small animals on the pasture could also drown in the water, which could lead to botulism. So, clean the drinking trough with a hard brush every two days.

When it is very hot outside, yeast and blue algae develop. Blue algae create a green-blue-ish to sometimes a red-yellow-ish veil over the water surface.

  • Some horses like to play with their trough and knock it over. Check this daily.
  • Be careful with water in ditches and stagnant water. Rotting processes could be taking place, which could be incredibly harmful for horses. Get this water tested first.
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