Learn to accurately observe and judge your horse"s vital signs. When you know what's normal for him (called a baseline), you?ll then know when something?s wrong--and whether it?s time to call your veterinarian.
An effect of riding at high altitudes is dehydration, a major cause of the syndrome known as Acute Mountain Sickness. Both you and your horse need to stay hydrated to prevent dehydration, and one simple indicator of dehydration is urine color. Relatively clear urine tends to go with hydration, while dark yellow tends to indicate dehydration. Worse, urine that appears tinged with red or pink suggests serious dehydration, which can be a cause of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is important to prevent
You need to wrap your horse?s legs to protect and cover an injured area; provide warmth to stiff/old tendons, ligaments, or fetlocks; control acute-injury swelling and movement; and to protect his legs while trailering hauling.
If your trail horse pulls up lame, call your veterinarian immediately, and ask for a lameness exam. Here, I?ll go through each step of the lameness exam. Plus, I?ll give you the lameness scoring system from the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The more you know, the better you can fully participate in your horse?s recovery.
When you go for a trail ride, you?ll likely encounter a number of things your horse will perceive as a threat to his safety. As a prey animal, his flight instinct tells him to flee such threats. Your challenge is to keep him under control calmly and confidently. As he begins to trust you as his leader, he?ll learn to stay calm when encountering new object.