Like many other private boarding schools, Wasatch Academy is home to a thriving equestrian program. Students who spend time in Utah with our herd of eight horses learn the value of hard work as they care for these amazing animals. If students keep the basics of horse care in mind, they will help their equine partners be healthy and happy.
Feed and Water
Horses are grazing animals, so they are used to eating large amounts of food. Horses at private boarding schools like Wasatch Academy need to be fed at least twice a day. A horse’s water bucket should be emptied and refilled at least twice a day and whenever it is empty.
Clean bedding in a horse’s stall is a must, especially in places like Utah where horses spend a good deal of time indoors during the winter. Bedding should be soft, like hay or wood shavings, so that a horse can lie down as well as stand. A stabled horse needs to have the stall mucked out at least once a day, removing the dirty bedding and replacing it with fresh material.
If your horse is stabled, it should be groomed daily to keep its coat healthy. Use a currycomb to remove any dirt or mud on the horse’s coat, and then a soft brush on your horse’s head and legs. A detangling spray can help on the mane and tail as you untangle knots by hand. When your horse needs a bath, use a specialized horse shampoo and conditioner. If the weather is cooler when you bathe your horse, as it often is here in Utah, be sure to place a wool cooler on your horse afterward. Students at private boarding schools are normally responsible for keeping their horses well groomed.
Farrier and Vet Visits
Check your horse’s hooves daily to make sure nothing is stuck in the grooves of each hoof. Have a farrier trim hooves regularly, every three to four weeks for unshod horses and every six to eight weeks for shod horses. Schedule twice yearly veterinarian exams to keep your horse’s dental care and vaccines up to date.