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Although our horses don't live in stalls, we do have a special stall called the "Sick Bay" where we temporarily house sick or injured horses to allow us to more closely monitor their condition. To help make their "stay" a little nicer, we try to make this stall as lush and comfy as possible by adding lots of pine shavings for them to rest in.
Who here uses dandruff shampoo?! Just like us, sometime's our horses get itchy scalps... and backs, and legs, and bellys. Fortunately, a medicated shampoo helps to offer them relief all over their skin!
This bag might save a horse's life. As the #1 killer in horses, the term "colic" indicates a painful problem in the horse's abdomen (belly). Although not technically a disease, colic can be caused by dozens of different conditions, most of which involve the digestive system. One of the best preventative measures we can take to prevent colic is to ensure our horses have high-fiber diets. One easy way to do this is to offer them a dish of wheat bran mixed with water, often termed "mash."
There is fungus among us! While there are over 70,000 species of fungi in our environment, only 50 of those can cause disease in animals and/or humans. Sometimes horses can develop fungal infections on their skin, requiring daily application of an anti-fungal cream to remedy the problem and offer the horse some relief of symptoms, most often itching and hair loss. Although rare, when you care for 19 horses, it's always a good idea to keep some anti-fungal cream on-hand.
Cutting back on carbs lately? Although carbohydrates are an important energy sources for horses, and are required for digestive health, some horses (such as our Iggy) are more sensitive to the carbohydrates found in certain hays and can develop insulin resistance as a result. One way to prevent this is to make the primary source of a horse's diet a low carbohydrate feed such as LMF Low Carb pelleted feed.
For all those items that you "don't need it until ya need it!" Inevitably, unexpected things happen, especially when caring for a herd of 19 older horses. Whatever the situation that arises, we're committed to providing them with the best care that they need and deserve.
Bugs of all kinds LOVE to bite horses (since they're all so sweet!), sometimes leading to raw, itchy patches of skin, often times in places the horses cannot reach to alleviate the itch. Thankfully, our veterinarian provides us with a special blend of medicated creams that offer the horses some relief.
Horses are like kids - they run, they play, and although it's rare, sometimes they come home with a few scrapes and cuts! Typically, a little soap and water, and the application of antibacterial ointment goes a long way towards helping the horses heal.
The digestive system is at the heart of most major problems in a horse such as colic, diarrhea, compaction, founder, poor appetite and weight loss. FORCO Feed Supplement Digestive Fortifier is a source of nutrients. This source feeds and nurtures the entire scope of bacterial and microbial populations in the full spectrum of the digestive system.
If we were to replace the saying "a moth to a flame" with "a fly to a horse", the meaning (much to the dismay of our horses) would remain the same. Flies come with the territory, making fly masks a staple for our herd as they endure the warmer months.
"Shoo fly, don't bother me!" One of the most common pests at a horse facility are the flies, and while their annoyance to both horses and humans is enough to want to squish them, the fact that they can spread disease between animals requires that we take action to prevent them. Although there is no known method that offers 100% eradication of pest flies, Fly Predators serve as a major check of pest fly populations by destroying the next generation of flies in their immature pupa (cocoon) stage. Although Fly Predators do not totally eliminate the fly problem, they minimize it dramatically, so it's especially important that we continue to use them throughout the summer months.
Horses require Vitamin E to maintain normal neuromuscular function. They naturally obtain the necessary amounts of vitamin E through grazing in lush green pastures, however, for half of the year our pastures aren't green. It is during these months that we provide it in their diet as a supplement.
This supplement helps to prevent horse belly aches - the serious kind! As much as we try to prevent it, horses typically end up eating much of their hay off the ground, which can lead to the ingestion of sand. When used as a monthly preventative, natural psyllium fiber supports the removal of sand from the horses gut and reduces the possibility of digestive colic (upset belly) that can become deadly.
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" could be the theme song for many of our casually-paced trail rides here at HCR. Indeed, our horses sure do walk! Every seven weeks our herd is seen by our farrier (the techincal term for a horse shoer) and will receive a hoof trimming and/or a new pair of shoes to ensure they're set up as best as they can to continue carrying our riders from week to week.
Did you know that horses' teeth grow continuously throughout their lifetime? The reason for this is because they wear their teeth down overtime while chewing fiberous feeds. Some horses have softer, more fragile teeth which grow slower and wear down quicker as they age, making it difficult for them to chew their feed properly. Not only can this potentially cause a horse to choke on their feed, but it can also lead impaction colic, a blockage in their digestive tract. Colic is the #1 killer in horses, so it's imperative that we do all we can to prevent it in our older horses who don't chew as well by providing them with a wet mash of a pelleted, nutritionally balanced feed as part of their diet.
Recently we've all had a lesson on the integral role vaaccines play in communities. Well, domesticated animals are no different. We keep our horses up to date on the recommended vaccines for our area, as it applies to our specific herd. Specifically, that currently includes: Flu rhino, west nile virus, rabies, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (WEE), and Tetanus
Annual check-ups are the best way to not only ensure our horses maintain the highest quality of care from year to year, but that we can catch early-signs of anything concerning and move forward with continued preventative care from the get-go.
You know the adage: With age comes wisdom. Unfortunately, it also tends to come with arthritis. Many members of our wise herd of equines suffer from acute arthritis, and require a daily oral anti-inflammatory to help keep the aches and pains of older age away. Currently, more than 60% of our herd is 20 years old or older, and as such, we go through roughly 30 bottles of Equioxx each year to help keep them comfortable.
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