The Basics

Normal Temp – 98-101.5

Normal Heartbeat – 28-44

Normal Repeating Rate – 9-12

Number of teeth – 40-44

Foot Care: A horses feet should be trimmed every 5 to 8 weeks.  If you are not set up to trim feet, call you local vet and have him/her to recommend a good farrier.

Worming – Every 8 weeks

Vaccination – Vaccinating can be a complicated program depending on your horses. I highly recommend that you contact your vet and have him/her set you up on a 9 month vaccination plan.

Emergency Plan: We go into this in more detail under the emergency plan heading on the main page.

Veterinarian: Interview your local vets to see which one fits your personality. I have seven vets in my town! I have visited with all of them! I take my horses out of town to be treated. There is only one local I had a relationship with. He is good guy but for the more serious situations. In serious situations, I take my horses out of of town. I did not not appreciate the majority of my local vets. Does this mean they are not qualified? Absolutely not!! It just means that I did not click with any of them. So find a vet you like!!

The vet you pick out may not be able to perform everything that you need done but they will be able to recommend someone that they trust to help you.

Proper Facilities – If you are going to own a race horse, please have access to good facilities. You want to have clean pastures. They don’t have to be thick with grass (it would be great if it did) but it needs to be free of any obstacles that a horse may hurt themselves on. When horses are concerned, it is not whether they will get hurt, it is a matter of when and how bad. Have a stall area in case you have an injured horse. You may have to keep them up until they are healthy enough to turn back out. You will need a small turn out or exercise pen. In a lot of injuries after a horse has been in a stall, they may need a longer area than a stall for a few weeks before being turned out. You will need a clean and plentiful water source. Adult horses will drink up to 40 gallons of water during hot months.

Feeding: Our feeding program at the farm consist of a morning feeding (around 7 o’clock) and an evening feeding (around 5 0’clock). We feed twice per day seven days per week. Some operations will feed three times per day. I have found that feeding three times per day is a great program for a working horse. I think that a feeding program that consist of two feeding per day will be sufficient for all farm horses. I would not recommend any program for any horses that only consist of one feeding per day!

Equipment: Depending on the use of your farm will depend on the equipment you will need. Basic Equipment for any farm will be:

-Halters – make sure you get the proper size

-Bridle

-Saddle

-Brushes

-Combs

-Blankets

-Buckets

-Shampoo

-Leg Wraps

-Lead Ropes