Category Archives: Paddocks or Fields

Parasite Control

Create a parasite control plan to help your horse stay parasite free and healthy.

A routine parasite control plan should be in place to help you horse to stay parasite free and healthy. Parasites can be prevented and controlled in various ways. Some keys to preventing parasites and treating them:

  • clean paddocks (no build up of manure, stagnant water, moldy/old hay)
  • clean sheds (clean fresh sheds will help diminish insects as well as better air quality for your horses)
  • clean fresh water (tank should be algae free, fresh cold water in summer months)
  • Fecal Egg Count Reduction Test
  • treating only for which parasites your horse has and rotating products to diminish parasite resiliency
  • knowing more prominent parasites in your area/environment

Is my horse lame?

Know signs of lameness before they get to far.

Knowing signs of initial lameness can help you to get a quick diagnosis before the lameness becomes a permanent of debilitating problem for your horse. Some signs of lameness include:

  • stiff movement
  • limping
  • sore muscles
  • head bobbing
  • reluctance to move/lift legs
  • inflammation and heat
  • digital pulses

Quarintine Protocols

New arrivals and sick horses should be quarantined/isolated for a minimum of 14 days, ideally 30 days.

Isolating new arrivals and sick horses allows you to properly monitor said horse while keeping the others in your herd safe. While horse is isolated you should monitor his manure, feed/water intake, for any signs of sickness/disease and make sure to do a daily health check. By keeping new arrivals and sick horses in quarantine you are preventing the spread of sickness and disease to your main herd as well as making sure these new arrivals don’t catch anything for the residing herd as well.

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