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NOV 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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68 November 2018 The Horse | TheHorse.com your veterinarian and/or an equine nutritionist. "Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water and salt, as these are always important to good horse health in all environments," Turner adds. Designing Turnout and Confinement Areas Giving horses time and space to exercise and play can help minimize the boredom behaviors confined horses often exhibit. "While exercise and muscle ton- ing may be accomplished on a longe line, treadmill, or hot walker, it is important to provide a horse with a minimum of an hour or two of free turnout time, ideally in at least a half-acre area where he can run and play," says Turner. Even though green grass isn't available for grazing, the ability to self-exercise is good for both mental and physical health. Regular turnout time also helps keep joints moving and, therefore, healthy, especially in young, growing horses, says Potts. "Bone density of the growing horse in- creases with turnout with proven benefits of systemic fitness and joint metabolism," he says. With regard to paddock size for pro- viding horses a place to move around, "the bigger, the better," says Turner. He suggests connecting a run to a stall at least as wide as the horse's stall. In some situations, you might have to reduce this width so there can be space between adjacent runs so horses can't tussle or have nose-to-nose contact. Turner prefers runs to be at least 24 feet long, so caretak- ers have room to feed, water, groom, and perform other chores safely. "A good, spacious run normally means that the horse spends more time out of the stall; this makes it easier for daily ma- nure removal," he says. In addition, the fresh air is better for the horse's respira- tory health. Controlling Parasites Most equine internal parasites spend part of their life cycle developing on forage plants, where they get ingested by grazing horses. "Horses kept in stalls and drylots experience less exposure to these infective stages and, therefore, likely require less frequent deworming," says Turner. "Based on regular fecal egg counts, your veterinarian can recommend deworming protocols for your specific drylot environment." On top of at least twice weekly ma- nure pickup and a tailored deworming schedule, Turner recommends manure management to kill insect and internal parasite larvae. "A good composting program is the best method to deal with manure and shaving waste and to cut down on insect proliferation," he says. FARM&BARN ALAYNE BLICKLE Pick manure from runs at least twice weekly to reduce internal parasite and insect proliferation. W W W. O M E G A F I E L D S . C O M • 10 mg Biotin per ½ cup serving • Improved chelated minerals • Additional Lysine Finest Quality, Award-Winning Nutrition Now with:

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