mare and foal equine management tips

NextGen series-long distance equine management?

Well, I hope I just got your attention with the video and you enjoyed my journey from Switzerland’s apartment to the stables in the Czech Republic. People tend to ask me if I don´t miss my horses- I certainly do. The second usual question is, however, related more to the management of these animals long distance, as a lot of people in my surroundings have noticed, that as breeding and horses overall are a very complex topic, I probably need to somehow have it under control. How?


  1. Build your team in advance
    Without reliable people on the other side, I wouldn´t be able to plan or watch out for anything. Finding a correct stable was crucial; both mare and me having time to adjust to everything and find out, how things work here. When things click into the place and reliable people, willing to take care of the birth, veterinarian visits, or feed prep are found, you are halfway close to the “win”. Do you have friends or relatives willing to check on your horse from time to time as well? Different perspectives of different people will help you keep a healthy perspective on your horse as yes, you are probably right that you know your horse the best and for one person it would be hard to mention some little things as you would normally do.

  2. Count, measure, and organize all you can before you leave
    Even our groom asks me, how can I manage to be aware of the müsli currently needed. Well, before leaving I used the services of an equine nutritionist and also weighted all the feeds, how much feed is in one bucket/serving. Knowing exactly how much your horse eats in a day is crucial in long-distance management both for organizational and horse health purposes. This way not only do I know when to order what, but I also remain much calmer knowing that even if I would be present, I couldn´t do anything else in terms of nutrition (read as: in terms of being on a way by making the biggest assurance you can towards a healthy horse)

  3. Schedule your stable visits as well as the visits of others
    Even for the stable people, it is probably more comfortable to know when you plan to arrive. Not because they would not fulfill their role in times of your absence, but just because they are not used for your frequent visits anymore. And to add up they will probably even make the time they wouldn´t normally have to chit chat with you specifically, which is always nice.

  4. Communicate with your vet and groom regularly
    It might be tough to have all the vaccinations, deworming, sonographic examinations, and others under control, especially when not being “reminded” daily by your horse or other people from the stable. It is not a bad thing to call your vet, schedule a scheme for these visits and then just simply get a message “Done, all is alright.” Also, schedule approximate dates for the farrier visit and maybe just remind your groom a few days in advance, so nobody forgets.

    PS: Sooner or later I might introduce you to a little helper to keep your breeding management under control! Stay tuned!

Do you have some other tips yourself? Let me know!


If you have missed any of previous articles:
1. You want that foal halter, don’t you? Part 1
2. You want that foal halter, don’t you? Part 2
3. Foal Kit + Instagram!
4. Foal birth+ FOAL REVEAL
5.  First foals turnout

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Hey everyone! My name is Pavlina and I am a master's student of business administration but foremost an equestrian by heart and soul, showjumper and by this year also a horse breeder, as my long-time sports partner is expecting a foal by the end of this April. And even though I have been in the horse world for some time already, I was surprised by the amount of information that was new for me or what I had to do. Lucky for you, I will sum up some of the information on this blog!

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