Action Point: Understanding the causes, signs, and symptoms of colic is extremely important especially in the spring, and fall.
Rationale: We have a mare on the farm who colics a lot for small reasons, and sometimes it comes out of nowhere. When there are boarders or workers here, it is important that they know the tips and tricks of how to handle the situation, be calm about it and know who to call.
Action Point: Ensure that barn staff and boarders are aware of when to call the vet, and when an injury can be handled on their own.
Rationale: Living where I do, It’s important that staff and boarders are aware of what can be handled alone, and what will require an emergency vet visit. The first step is to ensure that everyone knows what is normal for the horses, and when they are feeling off. The next step would be to know how to properly take vitals, assess the injury, lameness and know whether or not it can be treated at home, or if we need a vet.