Horse Health

Is Your Horse Ready for Peak Mosquito Season?

August 14, 2014

Learn how you can help protect your horses’ health from the threat of West Nile virus.

Vaccination is the most effective way to help protect horses against West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases, such as eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Vaccination is the most effective way to help protect horses against West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases, such as eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

In the United States, July through October coincides with peak mosquito activity, which places your horse at the highest risk of contracting West Nile virus during this time of year.1 However, with the right vaccine and preventive measures, it’s not too late for horse owners to help protect their horses against this life-threatening disease. Zoetis offers the WEST NILE INNOVATOR® vaccine.

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes – which feed on infected birds – then infect horses, humans and other mammals. Last year, the United States reported 395 West Nile virus cases in horses.2 Texas and Oklahoma topped the charts with 69 and 41 cases, respectively.2 Read the rest of this entry »

Boosting Horse Health

August 7, 2014

A “one and done” spring approach might not be enough. Learn more about fall booster vaccinations.

Consult your veterinarian to learn more about which fall booster vaccinations are right for your horse. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

Consult your veterinarian to learn more about which fall booster vaccinations are right for your horse. Photo courtesy of Zoetis

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

A one-time sliding or backing lesson can help your horse in the short term, but it won’t make much of a difference in the long term. The same can be said for vaccinations. A once-a-year spring vaccination will help offer protection and can activate an immune response, but it might not be enough to combat the viral challenges of fall trips.

If your horse travels on and off the farm or boards with other horses who do, a second vaccination might be necessary to help boost immunity to acceptable levels. Protection against some diseases such as tetanus and rabies can be accomplished by boostering once a year. Others may require more frequent intervals to help provide adequate protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Tick-Borne Diseases Are on the Rise

July 31, 2014

Learn how to combat this horse health threat.

There are no vaccines for use in horses for tick-borne diseases so protecting your horse from ticks is the best way to prevent infection. Journal photo

There are no vaccines for use in horses for tick-borne diseases so protecting your horse from ticks is the best way to prevent infection. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

If a film maker wanted to find a suitable villain for a horror movie, ticks would perfectly fit that description. Well-camouflaged and opportunistic, many ticks like to lurk in dark, wooded areas and climb up tall grass to find their victims. Although tiny in size, these highly adaptable creatures are capable of transmitting bacteria, viruses and blood parasites, some of which can be life-threatening, even deadly.

There are nearly 900 tick species in the world, and unfortunately, tick-borne disease is becoming more common. At least three of those diseases can affect horses. But before you lock your horse in the barn and swear off riding in the woods forever, take heart in the fact that you can take practical steps to protect your horse – and yourself – from ticks. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch to Win

July 24, 2014

Learning about equine stomach ulcers and horse health can have some big dividends.

Because two out of three competitive horses suffer from ulcers it is important to learn all you can about equine ulcers. Journal photo

Because two out of three competitive horses suffer from ulcers it is important to learn all you can about equine ulcers. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

Horse owners, trainers and veterinarians have a chance to win prizes while educating themselves on equine stomach ulcers. And with prizes that help address everyday challenges like safe travel, monitoring stalls and measuring heart rates, learning has never been more rewarding.

Check out the educational videos about equine stomach ulcers at http://watchtowin.ulcergard.com including: Read the rest of this entry »

Safety Tips for Trailering a Horse

July 17, 2014

It’s not just horse health you have to keep tabs on while hauling; also check the health of your trailer and tow vehicle.

Transport your horses safely  Before you pull out of the driveway  double check that your lights and trailer brakes are working correctly Journal photo

Transport your horses safely. Before you pull out of the driveway, double-check that your lights and trailer brakes are working correctly. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Summer brings increased opportunity for travel with your equine partner, so make sure you’re doing everything possible to be safe when you hit the road together.

Many horse owners think of the trailer first, but safety starts with the tow vehicle itself, which should be regularly serviced and well maintained. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Routine Horse Health Care Easier

July 10, 2014

Prescribed by your veterinarian, given by you, this oral gel sedative is both safe and effective.

This oral gel sedative will make shoeing and grooming uncooperative horses easy. Journal photo

This oral gel sedative will make shoeing and grooming uncooperative horses easy. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Good horse husbandry is important to keep your horse healthy and productive. However, a stressed horse can make the most routine care procedures dangerous, difficult and inconvenient – even with horses that typically are calm.

If your horse is prone to nervousness or unruliness, consider administering DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride) to help you accomplish procedures such as hoof trimming/shoeing, sheath cleaning, first-time turnout, body clipping, mane pulling and bridle-path trimming. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing Ideas

June 26, 2014

Merial hosts the second annual Champions Summit so AQHA Professional Horsemen can learn more about horse health, best business practices and more.

During the second annual Champions Summit AQHA Professional Horsemen teamed up with AQHA Corporate Partners for a couple of days of networking and education. Photo courtesy of Merial.

During the second annual Champions Summit AQHA Professional Horsemen teamed up with AQHA Corporate Partners for a couple of days of networking and education. Photo courtesy of Merial.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

A group of AQHA Professional Horsemen and their guests recently gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, to network with AQHA partners and one another. During the multi-day Champions Summit, sponsored by Merial, representatives from Bank of America/Merrill Edge, Markel Insurance Company, Farris Law Firm, AQHA, SmartPak and Merial provided insights on topics such as farm and horse mortality insurance, equine law, investing and retirement planning, profitability and expense management, the future of the Professional Horsemen’s group and equine health care. Read the rest of this entry »

Fly Control as Disease Preventive

June 19, 2014

Fight off pests that can carry threats to horse health.

Protect your horse with fly repellents and insecticides during fly season. Journal photo.

Protect your horse with fly repellents and insecticides during fly season. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

Horse owners tend to think of flies and mosquitoes as annoying nuisances. That’s certainly true, but they can also be downright dangerous, as both can spread serious and even life-threatening diseases.

Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis. Flies are responsible for spreading pigeon fever, equine infectious anemia and play a role in summer sores.

Let’s take a brief look at these diseases and what you can do to protect your horse. Read the rest of this entry »

Before Traveling, Take Horse-Health Precautions

June 5, 2014

Biosecurity measures and immunomodulators can help limit the risk of upper respiratory disease.

photo courtesy of Zoetis

Before you and your horse go into high-risk settings, consider using an immunomodulator to help boost your horse’s innate immune system. Photo courtesy of Zoetis.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Events are prime places for horses to spread infectious diseases. It’s common to hear reports of disease outbreaks at horse shows. If you go on the road, taking simple measures to help protect your horse could mean the difference between coming home with a blue ribbon or coming home with a sick horse.

Contagious diseases endanger the well-being of horses, posing financial risk and creating anxiety for the horse owner. Horses that travel are sometimes exposed to less-than-ideal conditions, such as enclosed spaces, poor ventilation, fluctuating temperature and co-mingling with other horses. That’s on top of the stress of travel, which can weaken a horse’s immune system and can increase the risk of equine herpesvirus infection. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Grooming Basics

May 29, 2014

A regular routine is part of good horse health care.

Horse grooming is an important factor in keeping your horse in prime condition

Horse grooming is an important aspect of keeping your horse in prime condition. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

There’s a lot more to grooming than just getting your horse clean.

Even if you aren’t riding that day, a thorough grooming session provides quality time for both you and your horse. It’s an excellent way to strengthen your bond with horses you can’t ride, such as those that are too young, recuperating from an injury, retired or infirm.

While grooming makes your horse look and feel better, it’s also an ideal opportunity to evaluate his health and attitude.

“You want your horse healthy from the inside out, and I value grooming as a time to look at overall condition,” says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lynn Palm. Based in Ocala, Florida, Lynn is a popular clinician with an accomplished show ring record, having won nearly three dozen world and reserve world championships and four AQHA Superhorse titles. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse Health Videos From Merial

May 22, 2014

These new educational videos provide information on equine stomach ulcers.

Turnout and diet are two factors that can contribute to stomach ulcers in horses. Journal photo.

Turnout and diet are two factors that can contribute to stomach ulcers in horses. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

With two out of three competitive horses suffering from equine stomach ulcers,1 horse owners need access to important information about:

  •  How ulcers occur
  • The clinical signs of ulcers
  •  How to prevent and treat ulcers
  •  Which products are effective

Now, this information is available in a new series of three easy-to-understand videos: Read the rest of this entry »

Is There Liniment in Your Grooming Box?

May 15, 2014

Liniments can play a helpful role in horse health, keeping muscles relaxed.

Liniments can soothe your horses muscles after strenuous exercise Journal photo

Liniments can soothe your horse’s muscles after strenuous exercise. Journal photo

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

A comfy recliner and a good rubdown are just the ticket when your back is aching. Your horse can’t take advantage of the recliner, but he can definitely appreciate the soothing benefits of liniment when his muscles are tired or sore.

Many an “old school” horseman has used liniment to offer relief and relaxation after a workout. The new generation of horse owners may not be as familiar with this versatile, economical product, but it definitely deserves a place in your tack room to provide temporary relief for weary muscles and minor aches and pains. Read the rest of this entry »