Tips & Tricks


De-worming the Safe(r) Way
Daily Thrush Treatment
Easyboot Glove Application And Removal

De-worming the Safe(r) Way


When deworming sensitive horses, i recommend first doing a fecal egg count to determine if deworming is necessary. Next, provide probiotics (digestive enzymes) for five days prior to administering the dewormer. Then continue with probiotics 10 days afterward.

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Consider using a natural alternative such as garlic. Combine 250ml cold-pressed linseed oil, 200gm fresh garlic and 50gm pumpkin seeds in a mixer. Blend into a paste and store in a cool, dark place. Feed 50gm per day for five days in a row.

Natural remedies may be used daily in small amounts. Consider adding a small amount of garlic or pumpkin seed and linseed oil to the horse's daily feed. Daily worm control avoids massive build up of worm population without harming the intestine.




Daily Thrush Treatment


For quick and easy prevention of frog infection, fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and apple cider vinegar then spray the frogs each time you clean the hooves. The acidic solution will help control fungus and bacteria when applied regularly. Do this in addition to regular soakings.




Easyboot Glove Application And Removal




Applying The Easyboot Glove


1. After cleaning the hoof thoroughly, pick up the horse's leg and support the cannon bone between your knees so that you can use two hands when applying the boot.

2. Fold the gaiter back to get it out of the way.



3. Using technique rather than strength, place the boot over the horse's toe and, using a slight back and forth twisting motion, slide the boot on the rest of the way. You can also put the foot down on the ground and allow the horse to put weight into it. Don't use the gaiter to pull the boot on.



4. Check for proper fit. Make sure all portions of the boot (with the exception of the gaiter) are below the hairline. The boot should be very snug and not twist on the hoof. Do not use the boot if it is loose or if the main part of the boot touches the coronary band.

5. Fasten the Easyboot Glove Gaiter.
i. Pull the top of the gaiter tight around the pastern.
ii. Fasten the hook and loop straps.



6. The tighter the fit, the better the boot will perform. Overlap the hook and loop straps as much as needed to insure a tight fit and avoid rubbing issues. (See illustration below) Easyboot Fitting.



7. This overlapping does not compromise the integrity of the gaiter. When properly tightened, it should be difficult to fit a finger between the pastern and the top of the gaiter.

8. Due to their great deal of elasticity, gaiter straps cannot be over tightened.

Removing The Easyboot Glove


1. Unfasten the gaiter straps.
2. Slip the boot off the hoof.

For more information, visit the manufacturer's website: http://www.easycareinc.com