A hack alludes to an innovative approach for a time-saving trick to increase productivity and efficiency that solves a common problem. Many hacks involving horse care may be Googled on the internet. A few hacks are true, some are half-truths, others are completely false and a few horse hacks are environmentally friendly. The following horse hacks have been researched for accuracy.
When balancing horse hoofs for cleaning or trimming, many farriers and horse owners will resort to treats. The treat is quickly eaten and the horse is looking for another treat. Videos are surfacing on the internet utilizing duct tape to distract the horse. This distraction sometimes works for a short time allowing the farrier to lift the leg; however, the horse quickly loses interest in the tape.
When approaching a horse for cleaning or trimming hoofs, aggressive behavior such as pawing or ears back should serve as a red flag to a horse owner. A horse exhibiting negative behaviors does not respect the owner. The owner should quickly deal with the aggression or it will increase. Nobody wishes to be on the receiving end of a bite or kick from a horse. The best advice is to train a horse in the finer points of grooming politeness from an early age to avoid the problem.
Many articles exist on the internet concerning utilizing a baby diaper as an emergency repair for a lost shoe. This hack may be helpful when a farrier is not available right away. Experienced horse owners are aware of the danger of a lost shoe. A premie or newborn baby diaper will add padding to protect the hoof.
File sharp uneven pieces that can cause further damage with a farrier's rasp. Place the diaper over the sole of the hoof. An elastic bandage may be wrapped around the hoof to secure the diaper in place. Then wrap the entire bandage with duct tape in 8" to 10" overlapping strips applied both horizontally and vertically to waterproof the bandage. The horse should be seen by a trained farrier as soon as possible. The diaper bandage also works on wounds. The vet will probably recommend an antibiotic cream or poultice for the wound.
Some internet bloggers recommend WD-40 to prevent dirt from sticking to the top and inside of a horse's hooves. These bloggers claim WD-40 will cause the dirt to slide off of the hoof generating easy clean-up, which is especially helpful for horse shows. WD-40 could irritate the horse's skin, is harmful if swallowed and flammable. Try petroleum jelly or cooking spray instead. Petroleum jelly and cooking spray can also prevent snow and mud from packing into the bottom of the hooves.
Information on the internet states that fabric softener or a leave in conditioner is an excellent hack for a soft tail that is static free and easy to brush. This hack proves helpful and does not harm the horse. Resist the urge to use a metal comb or rake to remove burs. If there is no grooming spray on hand, hair detangler, baby oil or mineral oil are also great for removing burs from a horse's hair without causing hair breakage. Slip on rubberized gardening gloves before performing this chore to protect hands.
An environmentally friendly horse hack found on the internet contains a half-truth. Gallon size juice or milk jugs with a handle may be utilized for grain scoops. Simply remove the bottom of the jug with a pair of scissors. The scoops are handy for cleaning hay out of the water trough.
The internet also recommends utilizing the gallon jugs for storing supplements. While grain scoops crafted from milk jugs are open to the air, storing supplements in a closed milk jug is not recommended by most veterinarians. An improperly cleaned milk jug may become a breeding ground for bacteria, as it is difficult to remove all fat and protein from the milk jug.
This internet hack may prove very useful for preventing horse injuries and is environmentally friendly. Old tennis balls may prevent a horse from being injured on electric fence stakes or gate hinge posts. Slice one end of the tennis ball just large enough to fit over the pointy end of the stake or hinge. Horses often tend to be curious of new items in the pasture. Thread tennis balls with cross ties in a manner to discourage the horse from pulling on the tennis ball or cross tie.
An alternative to white spray for a white show horse, according to a commonly read internet hack, is utilizing baby powder. The white fur will really pop in the arena against the tack impressing the judges. Some people believe the powder to be safe for the horse's face. However, if utilized on the horse's face careful attention should be applied to the eye area.
Several blogs recommend as an alternative hack for horse wound ointment, applying diaper rash ointment on small abrasions. The ointment will protect the wound from debris. Clean the area well with water mixed with a small amount of iodine and then apply the diaper rash ointment. Hydrogen peroxide is not recommended. See a veterinarian if the wound is deep, becomes infected or does not appear to be healing.
SUMMARY: If a hack is in question, a responsible owner should seek the guidance of a trained veterinarian.
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