Spring is finally here, and it's time to start thinking about getting our horses ready for the warmer months ahead. But let's face it – horse care can be serious business. That's why we've put together this list of spring horse care tips with a humorous twist.
Give your horse a spring cleaning. Just like we need to freshen up our living spaces after a long winter, your horse could probably use a good scrub down too. Invest in a good horse shampoo and give your horse a spa day. Just be prepared for some serious side-eye when you start lathering up their mane and tail.
Get your horse in shape. After a long winter of eating hay and snoozing in the barn, your horse is probably feeling a little bit out of shape. Time to get them back in the saddle (literally). Start with short rides and gradually increase the length and intensity to get your horse back in tip-top shape. Just don't be surprised if they try to convince you to stop for a snack break every few minutes.
Check for ticks. As the weather warms up, ticks will start to become more active. Make sure to check your horse for ticks regularly and remove any that you find. Pro tip: use a tick removal tool to make the process a little less gross.
Protect your horse from the sun. As the weather gets warmer, it's important to make sure your horse is protected from the sun. Use a fly mask with ears to protect their face and consider using sunscreen on their nose and other areas that are prone to getting sunburned. Just try not to laugh too hard when they give you the side-eye for rubbing goop on their face.
Get your horse's hooves trimmed. After a winter of muddy paddocks and wet conditions, your horse's hooves might be in need of a little extra TLC. Make sure to schedule a visit with your farrier to have their hooves trimmed and balanced. And for the love of all that is holy, don't forget to tip your farrier. Trust us, they'll appreciate it.
So there you have it – a few spring horse care tips to help get your horse ready for the warmer weather. Just remember to have a sense of humor and enjoy the process. After all, taking care of horses is supposed to be fun!