Care of Horses
The Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Event Center is a self-care facility. The responsibility for cleaning, feeding, vetting, shoeing, exercising an animal, and all other care is the sole responsibility of the owner.
Owners and trainers are expected to feed each morning and evening. Horses must have continuous access to water and stalls must to be cleaned at least once each day. A maximum of four bales of hay may be stored in front of a stall. Additional hay must be stored in hay storage area or tack rooms. The Operations Manager may permit the storage of half-ton bales. Grain or other feed is acceptable provided it is kept in a bucket with a closeable lid.
Stalls must be cleaned daily and at least two inches of clean shavings must cover the floor. Straw is only permitted for foaling purposes and boarders must secure written permission from Park Management to use straw. The area in front of a stall or tack room must also be kept clean and free of clutter. Some items are allowed to be stored within three feet of your amenity.
The Equestrian Park checks stalls weekly to ensure the wellbeing of horses. If stalls are unclean, horse stalls are without upkeep or if the horse looks unhealthy, a boarder could be evicted from the Park. Any patron who notices another horse lacking care is encouraged to contact South Jordan City Animal Control at 801-254-4708.
HORSESHOEING IN THE PARK
Horseshoeing at the Equestrian Park is allowed when following these guidelines:
- After the work is complete, please remove all old shoes and nails. The area must be completely clean.
- Only crossties with break-aways, installed by the Park, are allowed in the Park.
- Be thoughtful about where shoeing is located; please don’t inconvenience others.
- The show barns – including the wash pads, both inside and outside – can never be used for shoeing horses.
If a horse is sick, keep it in its stall. Violation of this policy will result in eviction from the Park. Notify our Operations Manager or Director immediately if you suspect you have a sick/contagious horse. Please follow this protocol:
- Make contact with a veterinarian as soon as possible to verify the health of the horse.
- Until a veterinarian confirms that a horse is not sick, the horse will be confined to its stall. It cannot leave its stall for any reason.
- If the veterinarian determines a horse is sick/contagious, the horse will be quarantined. The Park office will provide “quarantined” signs that must be displayed on the outside of the stall (and door of an indoor barn) until the horse is deemed well by a veterinarian.
- Limit the horse’s movement around the barn, and keep the horse in the stall as much as possible. Your horse will be quarantined to its particular barn area and stall, usually for 30 days.
- Once a horse is quarantined, it cannot be moved between barns, even if a patron has access to multiple stalls.
- Sick horses are not allowed in any public areas including arenas, round pens, walkers, race track, polo field or any other public area of the Park until they are healthy.
- If a horse is in a paddock or run and is suspected of being sick, bring the horse into a stall immediately, and then follow the above-listed quarantine rules (contact office, contact vet, don’t move horse, etc.).
- A foot bath of water and chlorhexidine located outside the infected stall(s) is required. Anyone who goes in the stall or near the stall must wash their shoes and kill the germs. We do not want to spread the disease. The foot bath needs to be outside the stall for the full 30 days of the quarantine.
- After an abscess stops draining fluid, you will be required to clean your stall, tack and water buckets with chlorhexidine and water.
- The Operations Manager will spray the stalls of any horses that are quarantined with an agricultural wash to assure that all bacteria and germs are eliminated.
Failure to follow these rules will result in eviction from the Park.
BREEDING ANIMALS AT THE EQUESTRIAN PARK
- Live covered breeding is not allowed anywhere in the Park.
- Semen collection is not allowed.
- Artificial insemination breeding will be allowed under the following rules:
- Permission must be sought and granted in writing from the Operations Manager, prior to artificial insemination breeding.
- Only a licensed veterinarian can perform artificial insemination breeding within the Park.
- Artificial insemination breeding cannot occur in a common area, such as a round pen, breezeway or shed row of a barn.
- Artificial insemination breeding must happen in stalls or areas that are rented by the owner of the horse being bred.
- Animals must be boarded here at the Park to be bred at the Park. No outside animals can be brought in for artificial insemination breeding in the Park.
- Animal owner must have a current rental agreement in order to artificially inseminate at the Park.
- The preceding rules also apply for palpations exams, pregnancy exams and any other veterinarian action, unless an exception is granted. Permission from the Director must be sought only when artificial insemination breeding will occur and not for palpations or exams.