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60-day Back-to-Work Schedule
The following are general guidelines for the Back to Work schedule: Do not skip days! This program depends on consistent work to help injured tendons, ligaments and bones adapt to the gradually increasing stresses of work. If you notice that your horse seems unsound, place your horse in a stall and call your us. Do not continue!
Print this list of common colic causes and symptoms for quick reference.
your horse has been treated for colic it is important to monitor signs
carefully. Note attitude, water intake,
passage of manure (consistency and amount) and gas, urination, gut sounds, gum
color (pink is normal), hydration (check gum moisture and skin pinch on side of
neck), and temperature (<101.0F).
Look for any signs of discomfort such as pawing at ground, looking or
kicking at belly, a distended or tucked-up abdomen, rolling, swishing tail
frequently, or holding tail higher than normal.
If your horse is exhibiting signs of discomfort, call your veterinarian.
There are many different methods of keeping gastrointestinal
parasites in check. In the past, we relied on daily dewormer or
rotational deworming every two to three months. Today, current
research is indicating these methods are not optimal.
According to Dr. James Flowers, a parasitologist at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, daily deworming increases the likelihood of creating parasites that are resistant to conventional dewormers. Rotational deworming can create a similar problem. Specifically, it can create parasites that are resistant to all types of dewormers - a so called “Super Worm.”
The current protocol we strongly recommend is to determine your horse’s parasite load with a fecal exam. We can use the fecal to determine whether or not your horse needs deworming. For those animals that require deworming, another egg count should be performed 30 days after administration to test the efficacy of the dewormer.
Dr. Flowers recommends that horses that have been identified as “high shedders” (horses with frequently high fecal egg counts) should have fecals more often. Deworming based on fecal exam findings may be less expensive than rotational deworming.
The only parasites that will not show up on fecal eggs counts are encysted small strongyles. Because we can’t get an accurate measure of the load of this parasite, we recommend deworming with Zimecterin Gold in the Spring, and Quest Plus in the fall to eliminate these parasites.
At Triangle Equine we are committed to staying abreast of current research in equine medicine. We may modify our protocol in the future as new research enhances our knowledge of equine parasitology.
Esophageal Obstruction (Choke)
obstruction has many causes. Most often it is caused by impaction of feed material
or foreign objects in the esophagus. Eating too quickly can predispose a horse
to choke, especially if the horse is exhausted, dehydrated or debilitated.
Dental abnormalities can predispose a horse to choke as the horse cannot
effectively grind his feed. Prior trauma to the esophagus, masses in the lumen
or outside the lumen of the esophagus, or congenital abnormalities are other
possible causes for esophageal obstruction.
Horses that are housed in
stalls or small pens should have their feet picked out daily. This will
aid in examination for rocks, sticks or other foreign objects. This
article touches on trimming and shoeing, bruises, abscesses, thrush,
navicular syndrome and laminitis.
Preventative Health Care for the Horse
Control of disease in your horse requires a combination of good management, proper vaccination schemes and a good working relationship with your veterinarian. There are three factors that impact the development of a preventive health care program: horse factors, location factors and owner factors.
Weight Loss in Horses
Find out how we will examine and treat your horse if they have weight-loss issues.
"Drs. Vivrette and Moding worked together as a very effective team in
trying to diagnose my horse's lameness. The digital podiatry
radiographs were the nicest I have for my horse! Given that my horse is
a podiatry case (like a basket case only different), I am very glad
these Drs had experience in this field."