March 10, 2021
Tips for equine infection control
Horses are very sensitive to catching viruses and being infected with bacteria. To avoid your horse from getting sick, we’ve some practical tips for in and around the stable.
In the stable
If your horse is stabled with other horses, it’s best if all the horses are up to date with deworming and vaccinations. If you are all doing this at the same time, you limit the risk of spreading of infections. If a new horse is coming, or if a horse has been traveling, it’s recommended to keep it separated from the other horses for some time. If the horse has been in the paddock or field, you can clean up the manure before putting the other horses there. Minimalize the contact with the horse for both you and your horse. Don’t let the horses stand nose to nose and when you have touched the horse, wash your hands before doing something else. Good ventilation is always recommended in the stables, therefor try to leave a window or a door open to ensure fresh air.
In the tack room
For the best hygiene it’s recommended to have separate tack and brushes for each horse. Clean this regularly for more durability and to avoid spreading infections. All Kentucky products are easy to clean. For more detailed info about how to clean your product, you can consult the product description on our website.
Some products you can use on more horses, for example the Kentucky sheepskin girth. This girth was the first one we developed and still is a best-selling product because of its convenience. The girth can be used on several horses as it is so easy to clean. It can be washed many times without losing its softness. Our other sheepskin girths are also very easy to clean because you can just change the sheepskin cover on the girth for each horse and quickly wipe down the artificial leather with our tack cleaner or wash it at 30 degrees. No need to buy a different girth for each horse. The sheepskin cover, can just like all our artificial sheepskin products, be machine washed when it’s dirty. Since the fabric is absorbing but fast drying, you don’t need to worry about mold if you have humid stables.
For rugs we advise that each horse has its own rugs. Luckily, we designed high-quality rugs that can be machine washed and maintain their quality. For the best results, we advise you to wash your rugs each month, this will also avoid rubbing marks.
Bacteria and mold love humid and sweaty environments, like saddle pads. To avoid your saddle pad from taking too long to dry after an intensive training, we’ve developed a fast-drying lining on the inside of the saddle pads. This lining is very breathable and wicks away the moisture while drying. Because of the breathable fabric, the saddle pad will dry a lot faster and avoids mold, even in very humid stables.