Action Point: Ensure that there is helmet awareness around the farm, and that everyone is using it.
Rationale: It is important that not only our horses are safe on the property, but also our riders. Demonstrating proper helmet wear, safety and necessity will decrease the chances of riders getting hurt on our property. There are a number of reasons for why riders should be wearing helmets, and Ill make sure that there is a sign put up where we keep the helmets so that everyone can see why.
Action Point: Understanding the causes, signs, and symptoms of colic is extremely important especially in the spring, and fall.
Rationale: We have a mare on the farm who colics a lot for small reasons, and sometimes it comes out of nowhere. When there are boarders or workers here, it is important that they know the tips and tricks of how to handle the situation, be calm about it and know who to call.
Action Point: Have an updated Emergency contact that everyone knows about.
Rationalle: Having an updated Emergency contact list will make sure that no matter the situation, boarders and riders will have someone to contact who knows that is going on, or how to help. The list will include up to date farriers, vets, emergency vets, and those who live on the property, the emergency contact sheet will be posted in multiple places so you have access no matter what. We will want to make sure that horse halters have the horses names on them incase of an emergency.
Action Point: Bring in an Equine Nutritionist to take a look at all the horses in the spring, every year to ensure health, disease prevention, and high quality lives for the horses.
Rationalle: I would like to be able to get a professionals opinion on my horses every spring to ensure that they are being fed the proper nutrition to keep them healthy. Sometimes the winter months leave the horses thinner then we would like, and we want to provide them with the proper feed to get them on the right track for the summer.
Action Point: Create a vaccination schedule for all horses on the property, and ensure that we keep very up to date files of what everyone has been vaccinated with.
Rationale: The number one priority is the health and wellbeing of the horses on the property. Keeping files on an app such as Horse Health Tracker will ensure that the vaccinations and vet visits are up to date. Horses that are coming onto the property will also need to either have their own app with updated information – or they need to be added to ours. These files will need to be updated constantly, and needs to be kept in a couple of places so that there is access to anyone.
Action Point: Create a Human and Equine First Aid kit Inventory sheet. Separate bins and place the first aid sheet in a plastic sleeve, and provide monthly checks.
Rationale: Often items are removed from First Aid Kits, or items expire. Having an inventory check list which is checked and updated monthly will ensure that all items are available and up to date in case of emergency. A human first aid kit will be kept in multiple places such as the feed room, main office and the house. The horse first aid kit will be kept in the feed room so there is access to everyone.
Action Point: Keep Ideal Job Description close by.
Example Rationale: Keeping the ideal description accessible will ensure that I constantly refer back to the perfect manager. Having it right in front of me, will allow me to reflect on what skills I have accomplished and which ones I need to continue to work on.