Checklist: Organization, Safety, Collaboration With Vet Critical To Preventative Care

by | 06.16.2016 | 9:13am

Now that foaling season has come to an end and many Thoroughbred managers can catch their breath, early summer is a great time to reassess horse care routines and record-keeping. Dr. Anna O'Brien compiled a list of “horse health hacks” for Horse Illustrated that can apply to any operation, large or small.

A sampling of O'Brien's suggestions include:

  1. Stay Current – Keep up-to-date on the latest infectious disease outbreaks. You can do this by bookmarking the U. S. Department of Agriculture on your web browser or following them on Twitter. You can also sign up for alerts from the Equine Disease Communication Center.
  2. Maintain Health Records – This is one of the most obvious ways to be sure that routine care like vaccines and dewormings aren't missed. Don't forget to include items like receipts for equipment like blankets to keep track of their age, and any records of vet work done on a horse throughout its life.
  3. Buy Quality, Not Quantity – There's a saying, “buy nice, not twice.” Talk with your veterinarian about your health care budget and check with them before purchasing off-brand medications and cheaper alternatives to products.

Read more at Horse Channel.

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