Spring is here and it’s time to schedule your horse’s Wellness Exam and Vaccinations.
Spring is an important time to evaluate the health of your horse and our Spring Equine Health Clinic provides you with the perfect opportunity to do that and save some money! We’ll check your horse’s overall health and will vaccinate your horse for the five core equine diseases:
- Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis
- Western Equine Encephalomyelitis
- West Nile Virus
We’ll also talk with you about your horse’s lifestyle to determine if there are any other vaccinations needed. For example, if your horse travels it may be time to update a Coggins test or health certificate. Or, maybe your horse is around other horses which makes them susceptible to contagious diseases.
In addition, we will:
- Perform a Fecal Egg Count to determine you horse’s parasite burden and identify the frequency of treatment needed
- Examine your horses teeth to maintain optimum grind surfaces
- Deworm your horse as parasite levels can be very high in the spring.
We’ll also talk with you about best practices to transition your horse from Winter to Spring.
Water and Nutrition
It’s a good idea to introduce your horse to spring grass slowly. A gradual approach reduces the digestive tracts issues that come with adapting to the higher non structural carbohydrates of spring grass. Fresh water is always important as it replenishes losses from increased sweat activity of spring’s higher temperatures. Electrolytes and mineral replacement may be necessary but let’s talk first.
Most of your horse’s nutrition is from pasture or hay. We can review your horse’s diet based on forage analysis and blood septic to determine the best nutritional solution for your animal. We’re looking for a balance of protein, vitamins and minerals to repair tissue, make red blood cells, manufacture amino acids and strengthen ligaments, muscles and tendons. You won’t need supplements to patch an inadequate diet or buy medication for issues that are due to a lack of balance in your horse’s diet.
Spring is a good time to call your farrier to shoe and trim hooves for the coming outdoor season. We can recommend from a list of trusted farriers in the area to assist you. Thrush and abscesses can be quite common in wet spring conditions. Daily cleaning and an anti-thrush topical treatment will work until everything dries out.
Your horse’s protective winter coat will shed as spring brings longer days and more sunshine. Full body grooming sessions over the course of a few weeks will help it along. Lack of nutrients can negatively affect the shedding process and the quality of your horse’s coat. We can help you assess your horse’s nutritional status on our farm visit.
Make an informed decision with a thorough examination of the prospective mare. The best time to evaluate is mid-April before the start of the breeding season. This allows us to prevent or manage potential complications. If you are considering artificial insemination, we can help. You will need to provide viable semen and we will breed the mare accordingly.
Other Available Services
Acupuncture. This is a complementary treatment to traditional medicine. It can relieve pain and help the body heal itself. The AVMA and AAEP recognize acupuncture as an appropriate medical treatment. Chiropractic. The focus is on your horse’s spinal column and the connecting pelvis, legs, and head. Normal motion is restored with induced changes to joint structures and soft tissue. Surgery. We can provide castration and laceration repair for your horse. For more complex surgeries, we can recommend equine surgeons. Emergencies. Services available for existing customers. Spring brings an opportunity to check in on your horse’s wellness and update their vaccinations. Our equine specialists—Dr. McGee, Dr. Bartlett, and Dr. Smith—are looking forward to meeting you!