We currently have five rescues that are stalled and one that is on full turnout. What does a day look like for them? Read more to find out!
Since we are short on paddock space, our stalled rescues go out at night. It isn't ideal during the winter, but we don't have enough paddocks for turnout during the day. They come into their stalls by 7:00AM. They are fed their breakfast which consists of Tribute Kalm Ultra and various supplements supplied by FarmVet. They are given a flake of grass hay to munch on and their water buckets are filled.
After their food has been digested, we take them out and groom them. We curry and brush their bodies, comb their manes, and apply turpentine to the bottoms of their hooves, Keretex Hoof Hardener to the outside of their hooves, and a hoof conditioner to the coronary band. We then ride them based on their needs. We ride our horses 4 to 6 days a week. We try to put as much training on them as possible before they are adopted out. After they are ridden, we groom them again. Finally, we put them on the vibrating floor. They love this. They stand on it for upwards of 30 minutes. It really helps their muscles relax after work. If they jump, we will put ice on their front legs while they sit on the Vitafloor.
By 12:00PM, they are back in their stalls. They each get a large flake of alfalfa for lunch. We clean their stalls and make sure their waters are full. By 3:00PM, it is time for their afternoon feeding. We give the same amount of grain but a different set of supplements based on their needs. We blanket them according to the temperature it is going to be at night before they head back outside.
By 4:00PM they are turned out. At night check, we throw them 3 flakes of grass hay and one flake of alfalfa each outside. Since there is not much grass, you really have to supplement with hay. We want to make sure our horses are staying fat throughout the winter because fat means energy and warmth.
For the outdoor horses, we feed them grain only once per day. We give them hay and alfalfa in the morning and also at night check. We typically bring them in once or twice a week. We check their hooves and make sure their legs look good and they are maintaining weight.
This is what winter looks like at The Horse Rescue. Comment below on how your winter looks!