Records Books Understanding the HB and HA Requirements
Record Book Sections • General Information • Horse Information • Routine Procedures/Annual Care • Inoculations • De-worming • Dentistry • Shoeing • Feed Schedule • Conditioning Schedule • Activities • Extra Vet Visits • Feed & Board Expenses • Other Expenses • Income
General Information • Rider contact information • Owner contact information • Horse’s home location • Home or stable • Location of corral, stall # or paddock# • Veterinarian & contact information • Farrier & contact information • Insurance Info – if applicable • Carrier, Policy #, Day/Emergency phone
Horse Information • Identifying Factors • Picture, Markings, Tattoo, Brand • Description, name, height, color etc. • Vitals at Rest • Vitals at work & Recovery(C3/HB & up) • Vices, phobias, trailering issues, etc. • Special Medical • Allergies, food sensitivity, chronic conditions (i.e. COPD), lameness (i.e. founder, navicular) • Annual Inoculation Schedule • Registration Information
Routine Procedures andAnnual Care • Immunizations • Date given, Vaccine (Disease), Next Due, Cost • Also include Brand, lot #, Booster required, specifics on disease • De-worming • Date, Type of Wormer (Brand Name), Next Due, Cost • Also include Wormer Formula & Rotation • For HA also include Parasite control program with drug classifications relative to parasite cycles
Routine Procedures andAnnual Care • Shoeing • Date, Type (what was done), Next Due, Cost • Also include Size, Brand Name, Special Description, and Corrective procedures (such as clips, pads, packing material, drilled/tapped, caulks. • Also be able to explain reasons why • Dentistry • Date, procedure, comments, re-check date, cost • Also add name of vet, and reasons for procedures performed
Feed Schedule • A.M., Noon, & P.M. Feedings • Roughage – Type(s) of hay • Concentrate – Grain, Pellets, Beet Pulp • Supplements – Oral Joint supplements, Oil, Rice Bran Hoof supplements etc. • Salt Source • measurements in lbs/oz • Show changes in feed • Be able to relate to Basic Principles of Feeding • HB • Should relate to conditioning schedule, preparation for specific events and feeding principles • Understand reasons for use of chosen feeds/supplements • For HB should include feed labels • HA • Should be able to relate to nutrition characteristics of specific feeds, salts/minerals, and supplements. • Reflect understanding & interpretation of feed label info • Should be able to balance a ration
Conditioning Schedule • Should show exercise/training routine for an average week for Traditional, Dressage and/or Show Jumping. • Activity plus # of days/week and average # of minutes/ride • Reflect average weekly routine • Reflect understanding of conditioning principles with TPRs at rest • HB • Correlate conditioning to feed changes. • TPRs at rest, work and recovery • 8 week conditioning plan for specific event • HA • Should include an “in-use” conditioning schedule showing regularly recorded TPRs at rest, work and recovery • Should reflect practices that relate to aspects of training and running a barn
Activities • Should reflect all horse related activities for minimum period required for the level • Includes Date, Activity, Comments and Cost • Activities include lessons, clinics, competitions, rallies, practices, group trail rides, camps • Comments can include what was worked on, placing in show, progress made, likes, dislikes • Level of detail/comments for each activity should reflect depth of knowledge required for the level
Extra Vet Visits • Includes Date, Description/ Procedure, Diagnosis & Treatment and cost • Examples would be lameness, sickness, x-rays, medications i.e. Legend injections, joint injections, accidental injury i.e. cuts/lacerations • Inoculations, worming, and dentistry are covered in previous sections. • Level of detail should reflect depth of knowledge required for the rating
Feed and Board Expenses • Include Date, Item, Cost • If horse is kept at home, feed expenses for own horse should be broken out from others and estimated per month • Should include any additional feed or supplements purchased for horse • Level of detail should reflect depth of knowledge required for the rating
Other Expenses • Level of detail should be reflective of Horse Management Expectation for the rating. • Expenses might include: • New tack, barn equipment, new rider attire, new blanket or blanket repair, trailer maintenance, show entries, trailering/gas to event, hotel costs for show, extra bedding for show, joint supplement injectables i.e. Adequan (if not administered by vet)
Income • Level of detail should be reflective of Horse Management Expectation for the rating. • Examples might include: • Allowance, payment for home chores, babysitting, money for good grades, Birthday or Christmas money, Horse-sitting/care, grooming, braiding at shows, sale of used tack, camp counselor, clipping horses, cleaning pens, for HAs – income from teaching.
Additional Info for HB/HA • Level of detailed information that will allow a person unfamiliar with horse and stable area to provide continued care and training of horse, in owner’s absence. • Tack and Equipment used for Flat and Jumping. • Where located • Boots and pads used • Tacking routine • Info on horse behavior • How horse behaves when being shod • Does he/she need a turn-out after day off • Is he “girthy” • How is he with blanketing • Is he sensitive to new feeds and or hay • Does he/she have any vices
Length of Records • Minimum for both the HB and the HA record book is one (1) year.
Correlation to HM Expectation • Records should reflect appropriate depth of knowledge for the level • HB • Be competent and must demonstrate sound judgment & maturity in the continuing care of their mount & equipment. Should understand reasons for their decisions and when to seek assistance. • HA • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of horses, their care, equipment and training requirements. They must demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions about all aspects of running a barn, including daily routine and emergency procedures.