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Keeping Your Stalls Clean and Your Horses Healthy

It’s finally fall and a perfect time to step up your cleaning regimen in the stable. As your horses begin to spend more time indoors their health is dependent on their stall’s cleanliness. We’ve targeted 3 key areas to minimize health risks for your horses and stable.

clean horse stalls

  • Housekeeping
    Muck twice a day. Staying on top of waste in your stalls, reduces chances of bacteria growth in the air your horse breaths and reduces the risk of infection. Clean bedding by removing soiled pieces and replacing with new. Scan for safety hazards regularly, including any open nails, bucket handles or other items near the floor that your horse could step on or get tangled in, and anything up high that could easily fall and injure your horse.  Sweep and disinfect mats weekly to minimize bacteria growth.
  • Barn Ventilation and Stall Deodorizers
    Ventilation and stall deodorizers not only make a stall’s smell less invasive, they also reduce the risk of respiratory issues in your horses. Ammonia levels found in a horse’s urine spreads bacteria and potent gases into the air you and your horse breathes. Neutralize the smell and bacteria, by sprinking odor absorbers like Stall DRY onto wet areas and remove wet spots daily. There are a number of deodorizes and home remedies available, doing your research will provide you with a solution that fits your horse’s environment and your budget. Proper ventilation is also key to reducing pathogens in the air. Replace stale air with fresh whenever possible.
  • Water and Feed
    Keep food and water off the ground and away from bacteria. When your horse’s feed is low to the ground it’s closer to their waste, mud and germs brought in from outdoors and can easily become laden with contaminants. By keeping food and water up higher, you reduce the risk of other materials mixing in and affecting their nutrition. If your horse has a tendancy to spill buckets or splash water, try installing wall-mounted feeders and waterers to stabilze your horse’s food source and reduce loss. Providing fresh food and water while maintaining clean containers should also be done often.

Seems like fairly common practice, right? Here are a few reasons why it’s important to stay on top of this:

  • Laying in soiled bedding can increase chances of thrush, fungal diseases, respiratory issues and skin infections among others.
  • Amonia levels over time from your horse’s urine cause respiratory problems that can lead to pneumonia, heaves and a higher susceptibility to pathogens. Young foals are even more susceptible to these issues as they are closer to the fumes and do not have fully developed respiratory systems.
  • Poor food and water preservation can introduce parasites, intestinal bacteria, and materials that are difficult for your horse to digest into their systems and can lead to issues like colic.

These three key areas will greatly help in maintaining your horse’s health. So remember, a healthy horse is a happy horse — keep your stalls clean and your horses healthy.

Are Electric-Heated Automatic Waterers Safe?

Automatic Horse WatererAutomatic waterers with electric heaters have been widely used throughout the livestock industry for many decades. They are considered much more reliable in freezing temperatures than waterers that utilize a paddle and function like a hydrant or waterers that use only geothermal heat (energy-free). It is important to follow manufacturer’s installation instructions and to use a licensed electrician to install and maintain the waterer so that you can be assured that you have complied with all national and local electrical codes.

There are waterers with electric heaters that are tested by product safety agencies. The two main product safety agencies are UL and the CSA. These agencies test finished products and components according to specific standards. Agency personnel regularly visit manufacturer locations unannounced to verify compliance. Automatic waterers that comply with the agency’s standards have the agency’s mark on the product. If there are compliance problems, manufacturers are forced to remove the agency’s mark on the product until compliance is met. The only automatic waterers with electric heaters currently on the market that are both UL Listed and CSA Approved are Nelson’s 700 Series waterers for stall and pasture.

Electric Powered Waterers vs. Solar Powered Waterers

Nelson Heated Automatic Horse WatererFor those of you who are trying to figure out whether an electric or non-electric powered waterer is the better option, one of the primary things you need to consider is reliability.

Solar powered waterers are simply not reliable.  The major problem is that they must be exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.   Extended cloud cover or darkness does not provide the solar energy to adequately operate the heater, resulting in freeze-up.   Solar powered waterers are typically used in climates that have lots of sunlight and when it is impossible to run electricity to remote location.

Nelson automatic waterers have thermostatically controlled heating elements that heat a small amount of water at any one time making them very energy efficient.  In addition urethane foam insulation lines the entire waterer housing.   Nelson waterers are reliable.  They work in extremely cold temperatures at night or when there’s cloud cover and energy costs are minimal.

Learn more about Nelson’s automatic horse waterers.

 

Are you prepared for WINTER?

Winter Is Coming ...and for many of us, it’s already here. Are you ready?

Nelson 700 Series Automatic Waterer

Here at Nelson Manufacturing, we want to make sure you have a safe and healthy winter season.

Here’s a few tips to help get you on your way:

  • A Hazard-Free Environment – Look over the grounds thoroughly and remove any hazardous objects that could become either a danger to you or your horse. Snow can cover objects, making them impossible to see. Removing, tagging or otherwise exposing these hazards could prevent serious accidents or injuries.
  • A Path To Follow – Lay down ground cover, such as sand, rock (gravel) or wood chips in high traffic areas to help provide a safe path.
  • Light The Way – With days getting shorter and nights getting longer,  it is important to have adequate lighting. Provide lighted pathways and work areas, and always have a flashlight handy for emergencies. You can never have too much light.
  • A Safe Haven – We all need shelter out of the wind and rain and so does your horse.  Shelter doesn’t have to be fancy. All you need is three sides and a roof, with a space large enough to hold all of the horses in the pasture. If you have the luxury of providing a barn with a stall for your horse, it should be at least 12 Ft. by 12 Ft., and at least 9 Ft. or more in height. Bedding provided should be dry and clean every night. Also, you may need to supply your horse with a blanket. We recommend assessing each horses needs individually.
  • A Bite To Eat – Hay and grain are two staples for horses. Horses burn a lot of energy to keep warm in the winter months, so you may need to increase your horse’s portion.  As a general rule, a horse needs 2 to 2.2 pounds of feed for every 100 pounds of body weight. The amount of food your horse needs varies according to activity, age, breed, weather, quality of feed, quality of shelter, condition of teeth, etc. http://www.acreageequines.com/horsecare/horsecare1.htm
  • In The Spirit of Good Health – Salt and mineral blocks should be made available with free will access.  Always consult your veterinarian when dealing with vitamins and minerals.
  • A Tall Drink Of Water – Water is extremely important to the welfare of your horse.  Horses drink anywhere from 5 to 10 gallons of water a day. Clean water should always be made available, as it can be very difficult if not impossible, for a horse to survive on snow alone in the winter. A horse prefers water to be between 40 and 60 degrees. Our heated automatic waterers cost pennies a day to run.  Horses that do not get enough water are more susceptible to developing colic.

Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return.

Can You Recognize the Signs of Dehydration in Your Animals?

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"

“There is no more terrible sight than ignorance in action.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you think your animal is suffering from dehydration experts say the signs to look for are:

Lethargy (Lack of energy), irritability, listlessness, loss of appetite, decrease in the production of urine, the urine becomes darker and stronger smelling.  The animals eyes may appear sunken in and lusterless (dull or lack of pigmentation).

To test for dehydration:

Try the “Pinch test”, grab with your thumb and forefinger and pull the animals skin away from their body, a well hydrated animal’s skin will return to a normal position within 1 second and an animal suffering from dehydration will have skin that will lack elasticity and stay in that peak position longer.

Check the animal’s gums by applying pressure to the gums, the color will fade and return quickly in a well hydrated animal and in an animal suffering from dehydration the color may take more than 2-3 seconds to return to normal and the gums may appear dry and lack mucous.

Things you can do to prevent dehydration:

Provide proper shelter out of the sun and heat, provide water at a temperature that is relative to the environment some animals prefer warmer water in the winter and cooler water in the summer, provide fresh water regularly and electrolytes as needed.   One of the most important things you can do is monitor your animal’s water intake daily (WCI – Water Consumption Indicator).

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In layman’s terms; ”Something that you say which means, it’s better to stop something bad from  happening than it is to deal with it after it has happened”.