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.
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.
Riding with your cinch too loose can be a big problem for you, causing your saddle to slip; while fastening the cinch too tightly can cause a big problem for your horse by making him sore or giving him girth galls or even a hemotoma. Here are a few tips t
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.
Even if you have a portable corral, there will be times when you?ll need to tie your horse on your camping adventure, such as at the trailer. So, he should be completely trustworthy standing tied before you go camping.