Home' Smart Farmer : Dec 2012 - Jan 2013 Contents December 2012 / January 2013
turn to Adelaide 3DE
Image Blue Ice
in the two-star
capped off the
compete in the
IT is often said that the buying cost of a
horse is the cheap part of the equation -
it is what comes afterwards that can
make them an expensive proposition.
Vet bills can work up from hundreds of
dollars to the thousands if a horse is
It is important to consider these extra
expenses when planning a budget as it
will help you decide if you can afford to
keep your own equine.
A healthy horse will dramatically cut
down costs. But what is the best way to
First up, when looking to buy a horse,
consider a vet check. It may cost about
$100 to $200, or more if you decide on
getting the x-rays, but it gives you a
chance to determine whether your
mount is up to the task at hand, whether
that is dressage, eventing, showjumping,
or simply trailriding.
A yearly check is recommended, partic-
ularly for those ponies and horses get-
ting on in years. By getting a vet out to
examine your horse thoroughly, take
bloods, and perform lameness checks,
you can skip potentially expensive, or
A dental check is equally important.
It's always a good idea to book-in for a
regular, annual check-up on older horses.
Those with younger horses, generally
under five years, should try and get the
dentist to come out every six months.
When younger, a horse's teeth are
growing and replacing baby teeth, and
may be in need for closer examination in
I am lucky enough to have a horse
with a lovely temperament, who will
stand quietly and let the dentist rasp her
But for those who own one with
slightly less patience, it may be worth
scheduling the visit to the vet and den-
tist on the same day, so if tranquilisers
are needed, they can be administered
quickly and professionally to ensure the
job is done.
The saying 'no foot, no horse' rings
true when it comes to horsekeeping.
Ensure you employ a quality, educated
farrier, as they can make a huge differ-
ence on whether your horse remains
sound or not.
Ask others who they use, and who
they would recommend.
Depending on how quickly your
horse's hooves grow, book the farrier in
for a visit every six to eight weeks.
Whether you get your horse shod or
trimmed depends on the condition of its
hooves, the type of riding you are doing,
and the season.
In winter, it can often be easy to get
away with a trim, but in summer, when
hot weather can dry out the hooves.
Worming is another important element
to ensure a horse's welfare is tip-top.
How often you do this will depend on
the density of horses on your property.
Generally, in high-density situations,
horses will need to be wormed every six
to eight weeks.
Ensure you have accurately estimated
how much your horse weighs, as under-
dosing can lead to worm resistance.
• Need to know more?
08 8372 5286
with MIRANDA KENNY
Keep horses healthy to minimise vet expenses
Winner of the
competition, the only
one held in the Southern
Hemisphere, was Craig
Barrett riding Sandhills
373 Glen Osmond Road
Adelaide, SA 5064
phone (08) 8379 1601 fax: (08) 8379 0117
overlooks the city.
Just 10 minutes from the CBD.
When travelling to Adelaide, do what hundreds of others do and
stay at Jacksons Motor Inn.
• Just 10 minutes from CBD and less than 10 minutes from Adelaide
• Easy access to public transport
• Extensive grounds to relax in & enjoy
• Great range of rooms from $65 for a budget double to $180 for a
family room with ensuite spa
• Rooms recently upgraded HD LCD TV & quiet inverter air conditioning
• Off street parking
• Outside swimming pool - Not heated
Jacksons Motor Inn
IT S HARD TO BELIEVE THESE ARE
TRANSPORTABLE HOMES ... NOW ON DISPLAY
WWW.ASTH.COM.AU 1800 219 278 DISPLAY VILLAGE OPEN 7 DAYS - CORNER PT WAKEFIELD & RYANS ROAD PARAFIELD GARDENS
Links Archive November 2012 February 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page