BHS Scotland: The yard ‘village’ will help reduce breeding costs

With prices soaring and the cost of living in crisis, BHS has produced a fascinating document on how horse owners can reduce costs without having a negative impact on their horses’ health and welfare.

The first thing to do is point out that the wrong economics can do the most damage; Warn owners not to remove the cost of routine health care such as a spay, dentist or vaccination because prevention is far better than repairing expensive damage with long-term or emergency veterinary treatment.

The BHS also advises that every owner needs to consider their horse’s conditions and make gradual changes.

You can save on the cost of veterinary work by taking your horse to the vet for routine care, or by joining an annual health care plan to spread the cost, by never diagnosing problems yourself and definitely never asking your friends on social media which can really be the road to ruin .

On the BHS website, horse owners can download a free Care and Emergency Plan – everything a yard manager or authorized person needs to know if they are required to care for your horse in your absence or in an emergency.

Who and how to call Normal resting rates of pulse, respiration and temperature What are the three words Usual place of residence. His moods, companions, likes and dislikes, as well as feeding regimen can all be recorded.

This along with preferred procedures in case of a veterinary emergency including critical colic or catastrophic injury – all very expensive, so you either have veterinary fee insurance coverage or savings.

Also on the topic of care, you might consider getting tested dewormed, checking out various shoe options with your registered farrier, and of course investing in a BHS Gold Membership to cover your general liability insurance.

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The way you feed your horses can also help with a diet high in forage and low in sugar and starch. Consider a forage balancer rather than a supplement and monitor your horses body weight by recording fat.

On the BHS website, you can again find a great link to enrichment to improve your horses’ well-being and make them eat more slowly – great advice like low-sugar licks treat balls that can be pre-packed with sap and small woven hay nets all encourage natural foraging behaviour. Ideally, horses and ponies will have access to grazing companions allowing them to be massaged, played and socialized as well as moving around while grazing.

Freedom of movement is important to gut health – a scratching mat can keep them occupied, free choice of feed in different locations, and fruits and vegetables all help keep your horse healthy in a natural way.

Fix equipment and make use of it by taking good care of it, cleaning it, repairing carpets, and consider that there is nothing wrong with reusing other people’s equipment in the event of a weather emergency, this is almost mandatory.

There are great exchange opportunities in Scotland that allow you to pass, sell as well as acquire. Befriend others in your yard Share travel and responsible environmental duties Bulk buy and share calls We all know a livery yard is the sweetest village Great way to get support and raise a horse.

Talk to your yard owner about sharing duties and what facilities you really need to use, and perhaps finding time per week in place of costs will help in a meaningful and profitable way?

A supportive yard culture is worth its weight in gold, good communication is key, sharing information about shows and finding a way to get through the muck this winter together.

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