This just happens to horses most often when they lay down on rough ground or roll in the mud. As horse owner you probably had already to deal with it. I’m speaking about the hock injury or hock sores of horses. They are difficult to heal if you don’t have a hock shield protector.
What is a horse hock shield protector and why and when do horses need it? I have some tips and information here for you.
If you watch wild horses or horses that stay 24 hours on the pasture – oh, boy, how much I love to do that! – you see them grazing all the time. They actually graze about 15 hours daily. This is their natural behavior: consuming many forage-based meals throughout the day.
How can you mimic that normal feeding pattern for your horse that is housed in boxstalls, being fed twice a day and having only limited opportunity to forage?
For a horse frightening situations can occur when you even wouldn’t think of it being so scary. You might need to lead your horse through a noisy place. Also guiding your horse into a horse box trailer and out of it can be intimidating. Working in a horse clinic I encountered numerous situations like that. Sometimes just parading in front of the veterinarian was enough for some horses to be frightened and to try to flee.
First of all you need to be aware that horses have specific instincts. They are prey animals. That means they most likely try to flee as first reaction in dangerous or unfamiliar situations. There are of course situations where a horse will fight, most often when flight is not tenable or when they want to protect their offspring. But these situations are probably more rare when handling your horse. Well, how do you handle your horse to keep him calm and trustful?
I still commemorate one horse that I met in a horse clinic back in Switzerland. This horse stayed there for recovery after a surgery. He was a very gentle patient gelding. The only moment of self-consciousness came over him when we let him out in the paddock covered with a horse blanket that was made of a lightweight golden shimmering rain-proof material. Wow! Wearing that golden blanket transformed him into a fiery proud stallion swaggering about in the paddock.