Horses are beautiful, hard-working and intelligent animals and horse-owners are a special breed. Our doctors will help you maintain and improve their health. We visit you and your horse to observe, diagnose and provide treatment. 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.
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.
In addition to basic herd wellness and care, we offer extensive equine reproductive services, including reproductive evaluation, artificial insemination, dystocia services, and neonatal care.
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.
Nutrition is critical to maintaining the health of your horse and nowhere is a balanced diet more important than with livestock animals like horses. Most of their nutrition is from pasture or hay. They need a balance of protein, vitamins and minerals to repair tissue, make red blood cells, manufacture amino acids and strengthen ligaments, muscles and tendons. We offer an assessment of your horse’s diet based on forage analysis and blood septic to determine the best nutritional solution for your animal. Proper feeding doesn’t have to be expensive and it more than pays for itself. 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.
Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services
Our goal is to relieve your horse’s pain. We use Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services as complementary treatment to traditional medicine. Acupuncture has been in use for over 3,000 years. It relieves pain and restores the body’s ability to heal itself. You can be assured acupuncture is safe when performed by our qualified veterinarians. The AVMA and AAEP recognize acupuncture as an appropriate medical treatment. The goal of our equine chiropractic care correct and restore normal joint motion of your horse. Chiropractic care focuses on the proper function of the horse’s spinal column and the connecting pelvis, legs and head. Controlled force induces change in joint structures and soft tissue to correct and restore normal motion.
We do provide castration and laceration repair for your horse. We will recommend equine surgeons should your horse require more complex surgery.
Wet spring conditions are the biggest cause of hoof issues. Thrush and abscesses can be quite common. 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. 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.
Water and Nutrition
Spring pasture provides higher nutrients than any other time of year. Gradually acclimate your horse a few hours at a time, providing a turnout where your horse can be out of the stall without being tempted to eat. This a good idea. Should your horse have weight issues or other chronic conditions a discussion on how best to manage their consumption of green pasture is in order. Hay needs your attention too. Keep an eye out for mold as you get to the bottom of your hay bales. If hay dust makes you cough, it will likely do the same for your horse. You can agitate and soak it in freshwater or choose not to feed it to your horse. When new hay is delivered clean out the storage area of any mold or debris. Finally, fresh water is always important. As temperatures rise, fresh water will replenish the losses from increased sweat activity. Electrolytes and mineral replacement may be necessary but let’s talk first.
Spring brings longer days and more sunshine, which leads to the shedding of your horse’s protective winter hair coat. Help it along with full body grooming sessions over the course of a few weeks. 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.
Emergency Farm Calls
Of course, we are always available for any emergency that may present itself. Count on us to be there as soon as possible. Emergency service is for current clients. See more at yourhometownvet.com/emergency.