When it comes to deworming horses, the message has been confusing. After all, for more than four decades, horse owners heard the same one: rotate. But now, rotating is old news. What’s the new message? Be strategic about your deworming.
Horses are great animals for many reasons, but if you think about it, they are excellent teaching tools for people. Now I have as much appreciation for horses as anyone, but I am convinced they are not the smartest animals on the planet. They do, however, have great memories. This is one of the main reasons they are such teachable/trainable animals.
As a veterinarian, I really have to work so I don't develop tunnel vision when it comes to the horses I get to work with. My examinations are not that different from any other vet. They revolve around whatever problem the horse is presented for – lameness, colic, a wound, eye injury, you name it. The owner or hauler brings them in, or I take a look at them wherever they may be. Haltered and on the end of a lead rope, we go through the formalities of an exam.
Summer takes a toll on us all. With temperatures circling the century mark almost anywhere in the U.S., we should all be mindful of how this affects our horses. Most trainers in the Southwest will start working horses about 3 a.m. these days just to avoid the worst of the heat.
Have you ever seen a horse so lame you just don't know where to start trying to figure it out? Well, it seems like here lately I have had more than my share of them. Hopefully, this has not happened to one of your horses, personally, but I bet you have a friend that has. Since it is the curse of any animal owned by a veterinarian, I will exclude myself from the conversation, and stay with client horses.
In Texas, May marks the high point for breeding season, and I hope yours has gone well so far. Equine reproduction is one of the aspects of veterinary medicine where technology has played a major role in helping Mother Nature along, but even so, there can still be some ups and downs when getting mares in foal. If you are in the predicament of being more than halfway through the season with nothing more to show than an empty uterus and a stack of bills, this may be of some use.
I'm sure you've all heard the old saying, "If you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it'll change." Well, over the last few weeks that saying has never been truer. From a horseman's standpoint, the dramatic shifts in temperature, wind speed, pollen count and humidity have been showing up in a variety of different ailments. Horses tend to have times of the year when respiratory infections are more common, other times runny eyes and noses flare up because of allergens.
Technology touches every part of our lives.It cools our houses, helps us run faster, gets us better fuel mileage, and ensures there is always a song we like on the radio. When technology is applied to horses, the best application in a long time has been the use of MRI in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness.
I would be interested to know, from a horse owner standpoint, how many people choose to insure their horses for loss of use and/or major medical coverage versus straight mortality coverage?
I have insured my own personal horses for just mortality in the past, since as a veterinarian I can get my work done at a little better deal than the average horse owner. But, what horse insurance comes down to, in my opinion, is how much money are you willing to walk away from and not have a problem with it.