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Routine Health

Health Papers

Remember if you are taking your horse off your personal property for any reason (shows, lessons, hunting, trail rides, ect) or you board your horse- you need to have a current coggins. 

If you are travelling out of state you need a health certificate as well. 

Vaccines

Below is a generalized vaccine recommendation for horses in this area. Remember this schedule will not fit all horses. Pregnant mares, foals, horses in a closed herd (no movement of horses on or off the farm), or horses with other medical issues may need a different vaccine schedule. Please discuss with your veterinarian the appropriate vaccine schedule for your horse.

General Vaccine Schedule:

Spring (March/April):
-EWT (Eastern and Western Enchephalitis with Tetanus)
-WNV (West Nile Virus)
-EHV (Equine Herpes Virus/ Rhinopneumonitis)
-Flu (Equine Influenza)
-PHF (Potomac Horse Fever)
-Rabies
-Strangles (Strep. equi)

Summer (June/July):
-PHF (Potomac Horse Fever)

Fall (September/October):
-EHV (Equine Herpes Virus/ Rhinopneumonitis)
-Flu (Equine Influenza)
-Botulism

Remember this is generalized- each horse may need more or less vaccinations.  Please discuss your horses needs with your veterinarian.

-There are other vaccines for other diseases available too. Please consult with your veterinarian to see is any other vaccines may be needed.

Dental Health

It is important to have your horses teeth examined and floated as needed.  Some horses need to be floated twice a year, most once a year, and some are okay for longer.  The frequency depends on diet, behavior, and each individual horse.  Most horses should have at least a brief exam once a year to identify the need for floating.  If you are noticing your horse loosing weight, dropping feed from the mouth, dropping balls of hay or grass from the mouth, or twisting their head frequently when ridden or eating your horse may have a tooth issue and needs to be examined.  If you notice a foul smell from the mouth this is a sign of a possible infection of a tooth. 

Don't forget to deworm your horses.

Fecal exams with appropriate deworming treatment as needed is important for your horses health.  It is important to test your horse(s) for parasites and treat them as needed based on their level of parasites as well as the horses enviromental and management situation.

Please consult your veterinarian for appropriate vaccine, dental, and deworming plans for your individual horse.