With all the wet weather we've had over the past couple of months, skin problems have been a big topic of conversation with our clients. The most popular? "Scratches."
What is Scratches?
"Scratches" is a long-term skin irritation/infection located on the lower limb, especially the heel bulb and pastern, although it can extend up higher. It is more common in breeds with "feathers" on their legs - think drafts - but any horse can get this condition.
What causes this?
It is caused by an invasion of bacteria into the skin - so somehow the normal barrier of the skin has become compromised. Although horses standing in constant unsanitary conditions are very likely to have such issues, usually it...
With our recent hurricanes, it has been a good reminder of the importance of microchipping your horses. Microchipping is the best form of permanent identification for animals, yet very few people tend to use it. We thought an FAQ might help address some questions our clients might have!
Q: Why is it the best form of identification?
A: Not only does the microchip list the information for the horse, but it lists the owner's information also. Unlike paperwork, this cannot be lost, stolen, faked, or manipulated. Some states are even requiring microchipping for Coggins. If you show in USEF competitions, as of December 1, 2017, your horse will need to be microchipped. If you think about it more prac...
It's the same deal every year. You're getting ready to leave for an event, then you realize your Coggins test is out of date. Or you've lost it. Or maybe you never got it in the first place.
This test is seemingly pointless, as horses NEVER come back positive, right?
So, it begs the question: Why is Coggins testing in horses so important?
With a positive test in North Carolina this week (click here for info), it brings to the forefront the importance of Coggins testing. This test is required annually in the US for any horses that are travelling, showing, or boarding. It may seem like a waste of money, but the federal screening requirements in the US are so effective that you only rarely hear o...
How do I know this? I don’t even know how you’re deworming your horses, but chances are if you are reading this, it’s true. New deworming recommendations were released in 2013 by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and they contain guidelines that are vastly different from what the equine industry has been doing for the past four decades. During this time, the ideal way to deworm horses was thought to be “Rotational Deworming,” or switching up the drug used each time you deworm, and deworming roughly 6-8 weeks. Odds are, this is most likely what you are doing. We all have for the past 48 years. Unfortunately, this has placed us in a very scary position. The parasites are...
Whether you wanted it or not, sometimes babies happen. Some owners try for years to get their mares pregnant, other mares are accidentally bred by your neighbor’s escaped stallion. There’s a lot to know when you find your mare (and self!) expecting!
My mare accidentally got bred, but I can’t handle a baby….
That’s okay. Just breath, then pick up the phone and call us! This is a pretty common scenario and easily remedied. Just like in people, there are medications comparable to the “morning after pill.” These medications will re-start your mare’s reproductive cycle to keep any possible embryo from implanting in her uterus. Keep in mind that not all mares respond to the first dose, so two dose...
The summer heat can be brutal in the Grand Strand area! Here are some tips to keep your horse cool!
ANY shelter is better than no shelter! Anything from top of the line barns and run-ins to even a tarp strung between trees will help keep your horse out of the sun. If possible, build a structure with good airflow, as many times stagnant air, even in the shade, is really not much better than being outside in the sun! Scroll through the pictures to the left for shelter options in all price ranges!
Water and Electrolytes
Providing your horse with plenty of clean water is a no-brainer, but there is more you can do to keep your horse well hydrated. Scroll through the pictures for some idea...