- Provide fresh drinking water. Make sure your horse has plenty of fresh drinking water available. A horse drinks an average of 35 liters of water a day, on hot days this can go up to 60 liters of water a day.
- Replenish salts and minerals. When horses sweat a lot, for example due to exertion with warm temperatures, horses lose a lot of salts and minerals. These salts and minerals are very important for a horse and therefore it is important to supplement them. Suitable supplements for this are the Isotonic, the Summer mash and the Elektrolyte plus.
- If possible, take precautions against itching in your horse. In the summer it is more common for horses to suffer from itching or other discomforts around the skin and coat. Try to take precautions for this that work for your horse. For example, putting on a fly blanket. We also have a skin lotion from Höveler that you can apply to dry areas (for example at the top of the tail) when the horse experiences itching.
- Create shadow. If your horse goes outside in the summer, make sure there is enough shade available for your horse on hot, sunny days. Trees or, for example, a shelter can be used for this. You can also put your horse(s) in the stable during the hottest part of the day and put them out in the meadow in the morning and evening (or even at night).
- Adjust your training rhythm. Be mindful of the heat while exercising. Give your horse plenty of rest between riding and only resume training when your horse has caught his breath. In addition, try to train as much as possible at times when the temperature is pleasant and that the horse does not train in the scorching sun.
- Provide cooling. Rinse your horse one extra time with water. This allows your horse to lose its heat.
Tips and hacks from Höveler to get through the winter more easily!
- Movement outside of driving to:
Whenever possible, try to give your horse as much free movement as possible. Put him in the meadow or in a paddock, are you afraid that your horse will run crazy? Then put down hay or give him breakfast in the meadow/paddock so he eats right away and doesn't start running. Would you rather not be in a meadow or paddock? Then put your horse in the walker or go for a walk with him and let him graze.
- Sufficient roughage:
Make sure your horse has enough roughage available all day and night. It takes a lot of energy for the horse to keep warm. Your horse can only provide himself with energy when he gets enough food to get energy from. Höveler roughage tips: Western Alfalfa, Alfalfa mix , hey cobs, senior cobs.
Make sure that there is enough fresh air in the barn, even in winter. This prevents the smell of ammonia from becoming sweltering in your horse's stable. Are you afraid he will get cold? Put on a thicker blanket or extra blanket.
- Wet blankets:
Allow wet rain blankets (only if they are wet on the outside) to dry on your horse, then they will dry sooner than when you hang them and your horse will not be hindered by this.
During the colder periods with temperature fluctuations, a horse's resistance can go down. To support the resistance of your horse during this time, it is important to continue to supplement the vitamins and minerals. Höveler vitamin and mineral tips: reformin plus, reformin muesli, Reformin liquid, Heamoferan, vitalysan.
- Sufficient water:
The water drinking of horses is often underestimated in winter, yet it is very important. An adult horse drinks about 40-50 liters of water per day. When a horse does not get enough water, the horse will eat less and the overall condition and resistance of the horse will deteriorate. So make sure your horse has access to fresh drinking water all day long!
An ice cold bit in the horse's mouth is very annoying, because the bit then has a much lower temperature than the horse's body temperature and then has to be warmed up by the horse and it simply feels unpleasant for the horse. It is therefore best to keep your armor in a heated room, if this is not possible? Then warm up your bit by hand before putting the bridle on your horse.
- Warm up muscles:
When it's colder outside, a horse's muscles are colder at rest. When you start training with your horse, make sure you take a little longer for the warm-up. This gives the muscles time to warm up and prevents injuries.
Many horses are on the meadow during the summer period, the grass already contains a lot of nutrients, so it can sometimes be better to adjust the ration around it. Then you prevent your horse from getting too many nutrients and thus becoming too fat. An ideal product for this is the summer muesli. This is an oat-free muesli and does not contain vitamins A and D3 (this is already in the grass). The summer muesli is also molasses free and contains linseed oil to provide the fatty acids the horse needs.
Not all horses are on grass in the summer, for these horses it is important to feed sufficient vitamins and minerals. How can you tell that your horse is deficient in vitamins and minerals? When a horse is deficient in vitamins and minerals, they can show lifeless or, for example, start licking sand. To supplement the vitamins and minerals in your horse, you can use the Vitalysan supplement. This is a supplement from Equinova not only contains the necessary vitamins and minerals, but also forms the basis for healthy hooves, relaxed muscles and a strong nervous system.
Another problem that occurs in horses in the summer is summer eczema. If your horse suffers from summer eczema, it can help to Pur.Itan to feed. The Pur.Itan is a grain and molasses free muesli. The Pur.Itan contains, among other things, carob and other components that are good for the skin and coat of the horse. These components reduce the itching and eczema in the horse.
In winter, many horses are kept indoors longer and hardly any grass grows in the meadow. As a result, many horses are in the stable for longer and will have to receive regular and good roughage. But why is this regularity so important?
Horses are naturally used to taking in small portions of feed throughout the day, our advice is not to leave a horse without roughage for more than 4 hours. Unlike humans, a horse's stomach produces gastric acid continuously, no matter what and how much they eat. If a horse does not eat anything for a long time, too much stomach acid enters the stomach, which can affect the stomach wall and cause gastric mucosa inflammation. By regularly giving smaller portions of roughage, saliva is produced which counteracts stomach acid and thus protects the stomach wall. For example, by using a hay net or hay rack, the hay can easily be fed in a dosed manner.
When there is limited availability of good hay or haylage, the ration can be supplemented with a disc of the Western Alfalfa. This hay is free from additives, grain, molasses and provides essential amino acids as well as vitamins and minerals in natural form. In addition, the Senior Cobs being added. These cobs consist of hay with some linseed oil and can be fed for 20 minutes soaking in water. By the All in One muesli, your horse will receive concentrates with a very high fiber content, which stimulates chewing activity. At the same time, the All in One provides the full needs of important nutrients. The fruity and oat-free muesli is often used by sport horses for more structure in the feed and is also suitable for recreational and robust horses due to the low energy and sugar content. Another very suitable addition are the Western Puxx. The square shape allows for more chewing activity and a longer eating time. The Western Puxx do not need to be soaked in water, but can be fed directly.
The horse's immune system often weakens during the coat change. Cold nights, rain and wind stimulate the emergence of coughing. In addition, horses stay indoors more often from autumn. Not all horses are kept in well-ventilated stables and windows and doors often remain closed, so that the horses will suffer from the ammonia smell more quickly. These dust particles end up in the respiratory tract and cause irritations so that the immune and immune systems become weaker. Good ventilation is therefore important! Make sure that your horse does not end up in draft, that causes the same consequences.
To create a good basis, a good choice of feed is also essential. The KräuterMusli can be fed at this time of year for prevention and to support the respiratory system. This muesli is a good addition for horses with respiratory problems and for horses that rarely or never go out to pasture. The KräuterMüsli consists of 16 natural herbs that strengthen the immune system and support the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract.
When your horse is already coughing, you can cure the herbs Broncho-Fit to give. These herbs contain anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve respiratory tract irritation.
In case of persistent mucus and persistent cough, we recommend the Broncosecrin from Equinova. The Broncosecrin also contains anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it contains extra vitamins that strengthen the immune system.