Boost his well-be­ing

Your Horse (UK) - - Horse Care -

When you know your horse in­side out, then changes in his nor­mal be­hav­iour are easy to spot. If his mood’s not quite right, it’s worth look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture. The ear­lier you fifind out what’s up, the ear­lier your vet can help. “Look out for the early warn­ing signs and sub­tle be­hav­iour changes,” says Claire. “If you have an old horse in iso­la­tion, then you’re more likely to see signs of de­pres­sion so any so­cial in­ter­ac­tion will boost his spir­its.” Horses are so­cial an­i­mals, so keep­ing them in groups helps to keep them happy but one-to-one in­ter­ac­tions with you can also keep him chip­per. “Just be­cause you’re not trot­ting off to com­pe­ti­tions ev­ery week doesn’t mean he should stop mov­ing,” adds Claire Go­ing out for a walk on a lead rein can be a mood booster, as well as en­rich­ment tools, such as mir­rors and sta­ble toys, which can im­prove his men­tal well-be­ing.

Keep­ing your horse en­gaged with sta­ble toys can im­prove his men­tal health

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