Action Point: Over a period of a couple of weeks, complete a daily health check on every equine to establish a Horse Health Record and become aware of what is normal for each animal.
Rationale: Establishing a habit of performing a health check at least 3 to 4 times a week, and creating a digital or paper file that can be regularly updated and easily accessed for reference are important tools in monitoring your horse’s health and noticing any changes in a timely manner.
Action Point: Create a binder containing the series of Equine Guelph Information Sheets, including the Horse Health Check info sheet. Purchase a Horse Health Checkposter to display in a prominent place for quick reference.
Rationale: In striving to do what is always in the best interest of the horses, it is helpful to have accurate and current information available on a range of topics related to equine health, welfare, and management.
Having the Horse Health Check poster placed in the tack room or feed room will remind everyone a) to perform a health check on every animal regularly, and b) of the steps involved to accurately monitor and detect any changes in health.