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...
Age: Any age, but more common in older horses (chronic laminitis)
Breed/Sex Predilection: Ponies are at a greater risk.
What is it? Inflammation of the laminae, which are the connections that suspend the coffin bone within the hoof. As the disease progresses, the coffin bone may begin to rotate or sink within the hoof and can even protrude through the sole. Laminitis can be acute or chronic and clinical or subclinical. Subclinical episodes are not evident to the owner, although laminitis is occurring on the cellular level. These episodes can be recognized in abnormal "laminitic lines" in the hoof several months after the episode.
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...