There is a lot of obvious things you see and do, but never realized the reason for it and how it might affect your horse. Makes sense no? Haha, let me just get into it. Just a disclaimer, this info was found after thorough research on the Internet.
So I used to think that people would dry their horse quickly because it was annoying to get the water everywhere when you walked back to the stable and you wanted it to dry quicker. However it’s actually really important that you dry your horse in the summer with a sweat scrape if you shower it after working. If you don’t the water will lay on the horses coat and become extremely warm as the heat from the horse will heat it up and the horse itself is generally not equipped to deal with such heat.
*Everyone else has put a rug on so must I.
You might think that it’s not a problem that your horse is sweating a bit under its rug, but nothing is further from the truth. A too warm horse left over a certain amount of time can get colic and even an heart attack. So make sure your horse is not too hot under its winter rug.
Let’s say you have a black horse, and you’ve had fetlock boots on and you’ve started noticing that there is white patches starting to appear on the area of the boots. This is because when you put too much pressure on a horses coat for too long it kills the pigmentation in the hair and in return you get white hair. You’ll see this a lot around illfitting saddles and boots that are put on too tight.
*I’ll just quickly put saddlegrease on my boots.
Eek, do you want too soft boots that start slouching? No? Then start using bootcleaner and care instead.
Hope you learned something new. Hoho