What Vaccinations Should I Give My Horse?

Before I can answer this question I must have information about you and your horse. How old is your horse? How healthy is your horse? What diseases are present in your area? Where and how is your horse stabled? What activities do you and your horse participate in? How fearful are you that your horse […]

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Vaccinations

My experience has been I see more chronic disease in heavily vaccinated horses. I would like to explain why I think this occurs. First, one must understand how vaccinations work. The 1 to 2 cc of vaccine injected into the horse does not provide protection from disease. This is very important to understand. It is […]

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The Equine Hoof

 We have all heard the expression "no hoof, no horse," but how seriously do we believe this. It is tempting to take the hoof for granted until problems develop. It takes a horse 8 months to 1 year to regrow a healthy hoof so you want to catch problems before lameness develops or you may […]

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Symptoms of Parasite Infestation

General unthriftiness is the most common symptom. A dull haircoat which doesn’t shed well and weight loss are typical. Poor hoof condition is another indicator. It is a good idea to evaluate the deworming program on any horse which has colic. Coughs and nasal discharge in young horses could indicate roundworm migration. ControlAlthough we have […]

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Problems With Vaccinations

I was taught in Veterinary school that vaccinations could do no harm and were very effective in preventing disease. For the first ten years of my practice, I encouraged owners to vaccinate for encephalomyelitis, tetanus and rabies once a year and influenza and rhinopneumonitis twice a year. Pregnant mares were vaccinated for rhino at 5, […]

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Parasite Control

Here in Austin we had a very mild winter which has resulted in a heavy concentration of parasites in the pastures. These circumstances can overpower the immune systems of otherwise healthy horses. The best way to monitor your horses for parasites is to have routine fecal exams done by a veterinarian. This will allow you […]

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Common Hoof Ailments

Stone BruiseIf your horse does not have adequate sole thickness, he will be prone to bruising. Flat footed horses are also more prone to bruising. Hoof testers can be used to localize the area of soreness and very gentle paring with a hoof knife should uncover the extent of the bruised area. If the bruising […]

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