Horse Health

Horse Health 411: Not All West Nile Vaccines Are the Same

April 23, 2015

Learn more about different types of vaccines and which kind might best protect your horse.

Do you know about the different types of vaccinations that can help protect your horse from mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus? Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

Do you know about the different types of vaccinations that can help protect your horse from mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus? Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

As mosquito season sets in, so does the threat of West Nile virus to horses. Last year, the United States reported 373 West Nile virus cases in horses.1 Texas and Oklahoma topped the charts with 60 and 41 cases, respectively.1 What can you do to help protect your horse during mosquito season this year? It seems like a combination vaccine would be the most convenient and effective way to help protect your horse. After all, a single injection helps provide a wide range of protection.

Even if your horse already received a combination vaccine this spring, the option of giving a monovalent West Nile vaccine with a combination of other boosters in the fall may help provide the added protection your horse needs to stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Selecting Hoof-Care Products

April 16, 2015

Your horse’s environment — wet or dry — influences what he needs on his hooves.

Spending time in hot, sandy soil can leave a horse with hard, dry feet. Journal photo

Living in hot, sandy soil can leave a horse with hard, dry feet. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Without four good feet to stand on, your horse is in trouble. No matter how well bred, athletic or personable he may be, he’ll never reach his full potential if his feet can’t hold up.

While genetics do arguably play a role in equine soundness and foot quality, conscientious owners will also do everything they can to give their horses the best hoof care. Read the rest of this entry »

Feel Comfortable About Using a Mild Sedative

April 9, 2015

DORMOSEDAN GEL® is a simple and easy tool to help with horse-health or horse-care procedures.

Oral sedatives offer horse owners another solution to their horses anxious behavior in common horse care procedures Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Oral sedatives offer horse owners another way to calm a horse during common horse-care procedures. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Horses can perform flawless flying lead changes and work whole herds of cattle. But routine activities such as clipping, mane pulling or shoeing some horses can be difficult to accomplish.

Zoetis helps make all of this safer for you and less stressful for your horse with DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride) for mild equine sedation. Think of it as a humane “twitch in a tube.” Horse owners must obtain it with a veterinary prescription but can administer it themselves.

“I needed a sedative to body clip my horse but didn’t want to give him a shot or haul him 11 miles to my veterinarian for something so simple,” says Vangie Crago, a horse owner from Ephrata, Washington. “My veterinarian told me about DORMOSEDAN GEL. I was able to swing by the clinic, pick a tube and administer it myself.” Read the rest of this entry »

Position Your Horse for Success This Year

April 2, 2015

Schedule a spring wellness exam to optimize horse health.

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If you’re planning to board, show, train or travel with your horse in the next six months, you should schedule a spring wellness exam to ensure your horse is healthy. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

With spring just around the corner, now is the ideal time to make your American Quarter Horse’s health a priority. Start by calling your veterinarian to schedule a spring wellness exam today.

A spring wellness exam is a proactive way to help protect your horse’s health, comfort and performance. Prepare for the exam by answering these simple questions, and review the information with your veterinarian:

• Was your horse vaccinated last year?

• Are you planning to board, show, train or travel with your horse in the next six months?

• Has it been more than six to 12 months since your horse’s teeth have been examined? Read the rest of this entry »

Does Your Equine Ulcer Product Add Up?

March 26, 2015

You want a product that gives 100 percent to your horse’s health.

Consult with a veterinarian before putting your horse on any new health care products. Journal photo

Consult with a veterinarian before putting your horse on any new health care products. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Competing with your horse is a team effort. You give 100 percent. You want your horse to give 100 percent. That’s what it takes to win. But what if the equine health care product you choose is only giving 27 percent?1

Unfortunately, studies show that might be the case. Especially when it comes to products claiming to treat and/or prevent equine stomach ulcers, a condition affecting two out of three nonracing competitive horses.2 Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Dewormers

March 12, 2015

Taking this approach to horse health can prevent a parasite infestation.

two horses looking over fence

Know the facts about purge deworming and how it can help your horse. Journal photo.

By Cynthia McFarland for AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If you’re like most horse owners, you’re under the impression that deworming is something that takes place a few times a year. But did you know there’s a different way to protect your horse from certain parasites?

Daily dewormers are intended as a barrier against parasites and therefore used every day, as compared to “purge dewormers,” which are administered weeks or months apart. Read the rest of this entry »

Core and Risk-Based Vaccinations Needed for Optimal Horse Health

February 19, 2015

Help evaluate and understand your horse’s risk for disease.

Combination vaccinations can help protect your horse from mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

Understanding diseases and different vaccine combinations can help you make educated decisions about the health of your horses. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Horse owners know how important it is to help protect our American Quarter Horses against disease with annual vaccinations. However, it’s also important to understand what specific diseases you need to protect your horses against and when.

To learn more about those diseases, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has published guidelines that serve as discussion points with your veterinarian. They break these Read the rest of this entry »

Help Maintain Horse Health This Spring

February 5, 2015

Team up with your veterinarian for proper vaccination, deworming and dental care.

Prepare your horse for spring riding by taking care of vaccinations, deworming and dental care. Photo by zoetis

Prepare your horse for spring riding by taking care of vaccinations, deworming and dental care. Photo by Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

This time of year, many of us are indoors more than we like. We long for warmer days to prepare for the spring riding season.

But now is a great time to do something important to help your horse: Schedule basic veterinary-care services now so that when spring arrives, you can hit the ground running.

Heading into spring is an important time for vaccination, deworming and routine Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Horse Health

January 29, 2015

Keep your horse happy and healthy this winter so he’s ready to go when better horseback-riding weather hits.

A 1200 pound horse requires 12 to 15 gallons of water per day in cold weather Journal photo

Hay quality may be diminished in the winter, so feeding a concentrate is often necessary. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena

Winter conditions, particularly in locations farther north, can definitely take a toll on horses. Bitter cold temperatures and biting winds, combined with the dampness of snow, sleet and rain, can all cause a horse to require more energy than normal to maintain his body condition.

Unfortunately, it’s also a time when horse owners miss the early signs that the cold is causing problems. A horse’s body condition can be disguised by a fluffy winter coat, and perhaps a warm blanket, not Read the rest of this entry »

Sweating the Small Stuff

January 22, 2015

This vet keeps horse athletes —  such as the U.S. reining team — sound and healthy by addressing minor horse-health problems before they become major.

The Games are September 25 through October 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Adequan

As the United States Equestrian Federation Reining Team veterinarian since the 2002 World Equestrian Games, it is the responsibility of Dr. John Newcomb to keep these equine athletes at the top of their game. And for all the horses under his care, Dr. Newcomb, of Equine Veterinary Services in San Diego, California, works to catch issues Read the rest of this entry »

Stay Current With Your Defense Against Equine Influenza

January 15, 2015

Don’t let new strains make you doubt your horse’s disease protection.

Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Equine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, coughing and nasal discharge.1 Treating it can cost you money. Recovery can cost you time away from training and competition.

The best method for helping to protect your horse against equine influenza virus is to vaccinate before exposure. But over time, new EIV strains can appear in circulation. So how can you trust that your horse is protected against the current EIV strains?

To support current protection, the World Organisation for Animal Health encourages vaccine manufacturers to work with laboratories that can test for reactivity against the current circulating strains.2 Read the rest of this entry »

The Horse-Health Highway

December 4, 2014

Tour the equine digestive tract and learn how your horse’s feed goes from Point A to Point B.

Where does your horses food go after it leaves his bucket

Where does your horse’s food go after it leaves his bucket? Illustration courtesy of Nutrena

From AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena

Ever wonder how your horse’s digestive system works? What goes on in there? Why is it so sensitive? And why should I divide the feed ration into two or three feedings per day? Let’s take a closer look to better understand the equine digestive tract:

Mouth & Teeth

Teeth are the beginning of the entire process. Designed to grind foodstuffs into smaller pieces, the act of chewing also stimulates three glands in the mouth to produce saliva. These glands can produce up to 10 gallons per day of saliva. The saliva contains bicarbonate (a natural acid buffer) and amylase (assists with carbohydrate digestion). Read the rest of this entry »