Keep your horse in good hands while away on
It’s summertime! It’s the time of year when many of us take vacations with family and friends and leave our horses in someone else’s care while away.
It is important to keep your horse’s routine as normal as possible during this time and making sure (s)he is well taken care of. How do you go about it?
First, supply the caretaker with your horse’s basic information such as:
– Age & breed
– Color and markings
– What does (s)he eat, how much and when?
– How much water does (s)he usually drink?
– Does (s)he get supplements? If so, which ones, how much and when?
– Is (s)he on any medications? If so, which one, how much and when?
– Which pasture does (s)he get turned out in, how long and when? Does (s)he wear anything while out?
– Does the halter remain on him(her) while being turned out or when inside?
Make note of your horse’s daily routine, normal behavior and habits for the caretaker. Also, make note of your horse’s health statistics such as his vitals, allergies, health problems, etc.
It is important to leave a list of names and phone numbers in case of an emergency, such as your veterinarian, farrier, equine insurance company, feed & hay supplier, and anyone that services your barn. Remember to include the number that you can be reached at, either your hotel, cell phone, friend or relative, etc. Inform the caretaker when and under what circumstances you expect to be contacted. Explain the type of report you would like on what happens while you are away.