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Video: Equine Health Secrets
Beauty and health are two concepts that cannot be separated from each other. In all living things, they are so inextricably linked that one cannot say what we care more about. Horses are no exception. You look at a beautiful, well-groomed horse, and it seems that every cell of it exudes health.
What determines the health and beauty of horses?
First of all, from nutrition and care. Cleaning horses plays an important role in maintaining their health. Contaminated skin serves as a favorable environment for pyogenic, pathogenic and saprophytic microorganisms, as well as for cutaneous parasites. Studies show that there are tens or even hundreds of millions of microorganisms on one square centimeter of contaminated skin, which, if the integrity of the skin is broken and cracks form on it, can enter the bloodstream and cause a variety of diseases. In addition, lack of proper care causes blockage of sweat and sebaceous glands, skin irritation and metabolic disorders in the body. Animals that breathe with the body are especially affected. This primarily applies to horses!
It is very important to systematically and thoroughly take care of the horse's skin and hair to keep them clean, as the skin gradually naturally becomes contaminated with dead epidermal cells, skin secretions, dust and microorganisms. All this dirt can linger on the skin for a long time, accumulating in its folds and wrinkles. A simple conclusion follows from the above: it is necessary to regularly and thoroughly clean and wash the horse. It is especially important to correctly approach this problem, to choose the right grooming products if you are in close contact with the horse. Remember: horse diseases are your diseases.
Clean hair grows better, combes better and, unlike dirty hair, does not tangle, which is why washing is an essential component of horse grooming. It is very important to choose the right shampoo for washing. All living things have a natural protective barrier in the form of an acidic reaction of the skin surface. Using shampoos that are not pH balanced, we break this barrier and create a favorable environment for the development of microorganisms. Well-known professional pet cosmetics companies control the pH balance in their shampoos.
Pure healthy hair, like a light guide, better transmits visible light, as well as infrared and ultraviolet light, providing the penetration of radiant energy deep into the skin and synthesizing vitamins of group D. The use of special shampoos gives a beautiful healthy shine to the hair, increases the brightness of any color and removes stains in light horses … The mane and tail after applying these shampoos are well combed and become soft to the touch. It should be noted that all of these shampoos are non-irritating to the eyes.
If you need to brush your horse's dirty, matted hair, we recommend using a special spray. The ingredients of the best sprays are only natural, do not contain substances that injure the skin and hair, and help fight static electricity. First, spray one of the preparations on the hair until lightly moisturizing, moisturize the matted areas especially liberally, wait a while, and then start combing from the ends of the hair, gradually moving towards the roots. You will see matted areas comb out with ease and your hair will look vibrant and healthy.
To help caring owners, professional firms produce special products that greatly facilitate horse care. In the cold season or in conditions where there is not enough water to wash the horse, use special shampoos that do not require rinsing. You will see that the skin and hair (even very long hair) are completely cleared. With the help of conditioners, you can protect your horse's coat and skin from the scorching sun and sultry wind, moisturize and restore dry and brittle hair.
Horse Hygiene Article
More recently, another remarkable function of the skin has been discovered: it has proven to be an integral and active component of the immune system. Therefore, washing, combing, massages and walks are needed all the time, and not just before starts and exhibitions.
Horses evolved as "leisurely, choosy eaters", grazing for many hours in meadows with many different plants. The overall nutritional value from this pasture was low as the feed was high in fiber. Thus, the intake of nutrients per unit of time was also low. However, in general, this time per day was sufficient for the animal. In addition, wild relatives did not know the stressful situations that horses experience today, performing this or that job. Currently, we significantly restrict our animals in pastures, stalls, depriving them of the choice of feed. It is very important to realize that in modern pastures containing only a few species of plants, the likelihood that the animal will meet all of its needs is reduced.If the horse is fed a lot of concentrate on a regular basis, it can worsen his condition.