University of Vermont AAHS

Am I A Responsible Horse-Keeper?

Bill Day, Ph.D.
Equine Reproductive Specialist, Logan, Utah
AAHS Vice-President

[reproduced from Winter 2002 Caution:Horses]

Following are a few comments that may help you self-assess your horse keeping skills.  Simply grade yourself on how well each of the following ideals compare to your situation.

  1. I am a responsible horse keeper.          
  2. I use quality feedstuffs.
  3. I always maintain a quiet, attentive and confident demeanor when handling or training my horse.
  4. I am familiar with potential toxic effects of each component when I supplement.
  5. I have precautions against colic and founder and I am prepared for both.
  6. My facility is designed with consideration for escapes.
  7. I consider fire prevention a priority in my barn’s design, arrangement and maintenance.
  8. My horse’s vaccinations and deworming are up to date.
  9. My stalls, fences, isle-ways and turnout areas are safe and well kept.
  10. My insect control measures are effective.
  11. I have an effective plan for quarantine when needed.
  12. My neighbors are familiar with my horses, their daily needs, as well as their normal and their abnormal behaviors.
  13. My and my family’s enjoyment of the horses is consistent with our investment.
  14.  Each of my horses are observed daily.
  15. I am familiar with state and local codes with regard to my facility.
  16. My family and visitors to our home are safe from my horses.
  17. My neighbors, their visitors and my neighbors horses are safe from my horses.
  18. The horse industry benefits from my activities, memberships, etc …
  19. I am certain that the knowledge I share with others is factual, not mythical.
  20. I am a responsible horse keeper.

If your grade for to the first question is the same as the last, congratulations!  If your score was different, then you can consider yourself to be in good and honest company.  Good horse keeping is certainly a more complicated endeavor than many realize.

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