Equine Health Management

indie tnI keep a binder for each horse with all his health care records including veterinarian, farrier, dentist, etc. Initially it only started with vaccinations and farrier work but I began to expand it to include joint injections, surgeries, injuries and anything that pertained to that horse.  Since most veterinarians will leave a copy of what was done at a particular visit, it is easy to include that paperwork in the binder. The same goes for the dentist and farrier.  This becomes especially important if your horse develops chronic problems, such as a lameness because it will help track when the problem started as well as which treatments proved successful or not so successful.  If a second opinion is needed, all the previous records will be available to refer to. If you decide to sell the horse, being able to give to new owner all information regarding vaccinations, dental work and farrier records is invaluable.

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Rehab Tips for the Horse

rehab tips tnEven with the best plans, sometimes horses find a way to injure themselves. I've found in the aftermath of an emergency, I can't always remember the veterinarians specific instructions.  I keep a clipboard in my medicine cabinet so I can write down exact aftercare instructions.  I also have a white board on my feed room door that shows the days of the week that I use to record what needs to be done that day so I can keep track and not miss a treatment. If you have multiple people caring for the horse, this is an easy way to communicate what has been done and by whom.  The white board also works well when instituting grain changes since they should be done gradually. Here is the white board with the maintenance board underneath. I use the maintenance board for horses that may get weekly injections or treatments. With weekly injections, I record which injection site was used last so I can alternate sites.

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Battling Flies


rsz 018 6Flies are the bane of every horse owner and rider.  There are many options in the battle against flies including fly sprays, fly masks, sheets and leg wraps.  I tend to do a multi-pronged approach that includes fly spraying before riding and using ear bonnets.  For trail riding, I spray the horse very well and coat the ear bonnets with fly spray.  Some of the more aggressive species of flies breed around the borders of marshes and streams, which you are more likely to encounter during a trail ride.

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Cold Weather Tips for the Horse

For the Horse
cold weather tips for horseHow to outfit your horse will depend on if he is body clipped or not, the type of weather and if he gets easily cold or tends to heat up easily.  My winter climate has temps that usually range from 25 degrees to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.  We can get cold spells that drop into the single digits, but not that often.  The following advice is based on this type of climate.

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