As a horse owner, the most important thing to me is my horses’ overall health. I want them to live a long, happy, and fulfilling life. Over the years, I’ve become more and more focused on ways to support a healthy lifestyle for my horses. From making simple adjustments to their daily diet, to developing a line of natural horse care products, I have spent hours researching and speaking with other horse owners. Along the way, I have learned a lot and I wanted to take some time to share what I’ve learned with you. Here are my key tips for helping you boost your horse’s overall health and wellbeing.
Take A Holistic Approach To Horse Health
Horses are very complex creatures with unique personalities and quirks. I have found over the years that when it comes to horse health, it’s important to take a holistic approach. A holistic approach considers not only the physical health of your horse but their mental and emotional health as well. When thinking about ways to boost your horse’s health, I recommend looking at all aspects of their life and think about how you can make things happier. A happy horse is a healthy horse and vice versa.
Minimize Stress In Their Daily Lives
Horses are prey and herd animals, so by nature, they tend to be more prone to stress than other animals. Stress taxes the immune system and is a contributing factor to a number of illnesses. So it’s critical to be mindful of any stressors in their life. The best thing you can do is to always stay calm and be patient around your horses. Take the time to introduce them to new stimuli and experiences gradually whenever possible. Make time for them to relax and unwind in the pasture. I’ve found aromatherapy with the essential oils in Show-Thyme Calming Oil can really help support a stress-free environment and help them stay calm in high-stress situations.
Feed Your Horse A Diverse And Healthy Diet
Health starts from the inside out. I have written a free guide to share some of the foods that I feed my horses to help maintain a healthy diet, but the best way to determine what to feed your horse is by speaking with your veterinarian or an equine nutritionist. They will evaluate your horse’s lifestyle, breed, and unique needs. Then they will help guide you in choosing a feed, pasture, supplement, and even special treats. Regardless of what that diet looks like, it’s important that if you make any changes to their diet, make them gradually. Introduce new foods slowly over a few weeks, as a rapid change in diet can have negative health effects. Also, I recommend if your horse has any changes in lifestyle, for example pregnancy, increased workload, or aging, you speak to your veterinarian or equine nutritionist see if any changes are necessary.
Support An Active Lifestyle
Exercise can also keep your horse on the path to health. Exercise will help them maintain a healthy weight, support cardiovascular health, and strengthen their musculoskeletal system. Exercise isn’t just important for their physical health, but their mental health too. Horses are by nature active creatures and are meant to spend time running and playing. That isn’t to say, they can’t become overworked or tired like humans. In those cases, a good spray of Cool Muscle Wash can be a big help. It’s formulated to help reduce strain and fatigue especially in the horse’s legs, hocks, and back. By helping relieve the stress and cool these active muscle groups, your horse will have less downtime and will be able to get back to their healthy lifestyle faster.
Grooming Is Essential To Horse Health
- Helps prevent infections
- Wards off pests and parasites
- Increases blood flow
- Reduces muscle tension
- Supports emotional bonding and comfort
Grooming also allows you to inspect your horse up close to see if there are any injuries or illnesses. Top to tail grooming is a crucial part of boosting your horse’s health.
Always Keep It Natural!
Daily grooming is very important. Finding the best products to groom your horse, is just as important. There are many products on the market for horse grooming, but many contain ingredients that can actually cause health issues for your horse. Many artificial fragrances and dyes can trigger allergic responses, irritation or inflammation to their skin. Your horse’s skin is their most important barrier against disease. When the health of their skin is compromised, it leaves them vulnerable to infections and illnesses. At Equi-Spa we have a variety of natural horse care products that contain ingredients your horse would encounter in the wild. They are extremely safe while supporting and improving your horse’s skin health.
Don’t Forget The Hooves
Horse hooves are especially vulnerable to diseases and many unnatural products can degrade the hoof. Other products contain mineral oil that clogs the pores and blocks the natural flow of oxygen. Without oxygen, your horse’s hooves won’t grow correctly. This can lead to a variety of illnesses and diseases. It’s better to use a hoof care product like Kiss A Frog Foot Wash. Applied underneath the hoof, it creates a breathable barrier that can protect against disease while also supporting healthy regeneration of the hoof.
Work With Equine Experts
Horse care and maintenance is tough if you are just starting out. The best thing I can recommend if you are new to owning horses is to find equine experts. Whether you are picking out a saddle, deciding whether or not to shod or let them run barefoot, or determining a vaccination schedule, having a team of experts goes a long way. A knowledgeable equine veterinarian, a farrier, and even a seasoned horse owner have endless wisdom that can help you manage and support your horses’ health.
Helping give your horse the healthiest and happiest life is a constant learning process. At Equi-Spa we can help. Whether you are looking for great natural grooming products or advice on wound treatment, stress management, or hoof care, we’re here to help. Post in the comments below or contact us anytime and I’ll happily answer any questions and help you find natural options for your horse health needs.