As warmer weather approaches, it’s time to begin thinking about your springtime horse care needs. By thinking of which services your horse may need this spring, you’ll be ahead of the curve and ready to go come April and May.
Explore some of the beneficial services we suggest for our animal clients below.
Wet spring conditions tend to cause lots of hoof issues. Thrush and abscesses can be quite common in our horse clients. We recommend daily cleaning and an anti-thrush topical treatment until mud season ends and soggy pastures dry out.
Shoeing and Trimming
Horse hooves require trimming about every six weeks. This is an important aspect of proper horse care. The need for shoes depends on the types of surfaces your horse will be on and the health of their hoof. 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.
Your horse’s protective winter hair coat will begin to shed as springtime approaches. Consider full body grooming sessions over the course of a few weeks to help with shedding. Regular removal of loose hair and mud from the coat and limbs will help prevent bacterial skin infections such as rain rot and scratches. Keep in mind that a 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.
Do you plan on buying a mare with the intent of breeding? We can help you make an informed decision with a thorough examination of the prospective mare to determine reproductive capabilities.
The best time to evaluate your mare is before the start of the breeding season, which is typically mid-April. This allows us to prevent or manage potential complications. We can also facilitate Artificial Insemination. We ask you to obtain viable semen and we will breed the mare accordingly. Learn more »
Come See Hometown Vet for Your Equine Care
At Hometown Vet, we’re delighted to add horses to our large animal practice. We’re looking forward to helping you maintain and improve the health of these beautiful, hard-working and intelligent animals.
Horses are beautiful, hard-working and intelligent animals who deserve excellent horse care. At Hometown Vet, we visit you and your horse to observe, diagnose and provide treatment, when you need it. We also provide consultation and rehabilitation services. Our ambulatory care includes procedures and advanced medical technology you’d expect from an equine hospital but we provide this care right in your stable.
Here are just a couple of the services we provide for our equine clients:
Wellness Program and Dental Care
An examination of your horse in both spring and fall ensures early identification of health issues before they become more serious. We also recommend bi-annual dental exams for geriatric and young horses, and annual dental exams for adult horses. Learn more »
Geriatric Equine Medicine
Due to improvements in nutrition and health care, horses are living longer, more productive lives. As your horse ages, minor issues can quickly turn into severe problems, so regular care is imperative. With the help of your veterinarian, your horse can remain comfortable and happy well into its golden years. Learn more »