Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Deworming Tips

Here are some tips before using equine wormers:
  1. As a rule of thumb, all horses need to be dewormed every 6 to 8 weeks.
  2. It’s always important that you ask your vet to tell you which dewormers you should for this time of the year.
  3. Cleaning up the piles of manure in your horse’s barn and dumping them somewhere else can eliminate worms.
  4. Always check the dewormer’s instructions on how to administer your horse. If there’s a ring on the syringe, turn it so your horse gets the correct amount for his weight.
  5. If your horse detests being dewormed, grab a used syringe, rinse and clean it out and fill it with something your horse likes, like applesauce or molasses. Shoot this in his mouth every once in a while. 
  6. This would make him not scared of syringes and wouldn’t mind getting dewormed.
  7. After shooting the equine wormers paste into his mouth, clutch his head up for a couple of seconds to make certain that he does not spit the medicine!
  8. Always check the expiration date of the dewormer. If it’s been on a shelf too long it won’t work appropriately.
  9. Make sure that the horse’s mouth is empty before deworming him.
  10. Worms can acquire a resistance to a dewormer if it is administered all of the time. It is appropriate to rotate your dewormers. Ask your vet for a horse wormer rotation schedule.
  11. If your horse looks skinny and his coat isn’t shiny, he might have worms. 
  12. Worms thrive in moist and warm environments so it’s important to get your horses checked for worms in the spring and summer.
  13. A dog digesting horse dewormers can make it very ill, so make sure you clean any spit paste and throw the syringes after use.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Benifits of Horse Riding

By nature, horse riding inspires the person mentally and the effect of the most body's systems can be great. Whether it’s jumping, dressage, cross-country or hacking the combination of the horse and its movement with the rider generates an exceptional effort on all the parts of the rider’s body.
As the horse walks the rider is continuously thrown off balance demanding the rider's muscles to tighten and rest in an effort to be balanced.

Horse riding can reach the postural muscles of the hips and pelvis and the adductor muscles of the thighs. Also, varying on the pace of the horse, other sets of muscles are operating intensely such as the quadriceps, hamstrings and Gluteus Maximus during trotting.

Horse riding, can affect the respiratory and circulatory systems and is considered to be cardiovascular exercise. In one research article obtained they described that the total calories used per hour by a 150 pound person throughout horse riding were comparable to those used during jogging (6mph) at 315 to 480 calories per hour.

Riding a horse involves a lot of dexterity in order to get the preferred response from the horse. Replication of the patterned movements is needed in managing the horse which aids to hasten the impulses.

As well as heightened co-ordination and leisure, riding arouses the vesibular system by the drive of the horse and it's changes in focus and pace. Proprioception has also revealed to rise due to initiation of the proprioceptors in the muscles, ligaments and joints.

Horse riding is a very delightful form of exercise, which arouses the cardiovascular system as well as all the body. Riding can also benifit the horse with reduced horse colic and horse ulcers.

Although riding is an energetic exercise, it is observed as delightful one and therefore the rider has better leniency and inspiration to increase the amount of exercise.