It is essential that all horses are vaccinated against tetanus. It is a fatal disease caused by bacteria in the soil infecting wounds. We also recommend vaccinating horses against equine influenza which is an infectious cause of coughing; It is compulsory for competing horses. Currently there is no vaccine to protect against strangles but it is possible to protect against West Nile disease and herpes-virus.
Horses’ pre-molars and molars grow about 3mm per year. Uneven wear can lead to sharp edges that may ulcerate the tongue or cheeks making eating painful. It is recommended your horse’s mouth is examined at least once a year for sharp edges as well as other problems such as hooks or ‘wavemouths’. The annual booster vaccination is an ideal time to do this and correct any problems by burring.
Unfortunately despite modern drugs, worms are still very common and cause weight loss, diarrhoea and colic. It is important to use worming drugs carefully to prevent resistance building up. We have two worming regimes: (1) A ‘blanket’ programme which uses drugs to prevent a build up of worms; and (2) A ‘targetted’ programme which aims to identify which horses need treating. See opposite for downloadable information. Please contact us to discuss which is most appropriate for your horse.
Good quality and well trimmed hooves are vital for soundness. We have excellent relationships with local farriers and work together to optimise foot health. X-rays are frequently employed to assess the balance of bones within the hoof and are invaluable in guiding the farrier how to trim the feet.
Horse Health Plan
What is an Equine Health Plan?
‘A comprehensive scheme that will provide preventative health care for your horses.’
What are the components of our EHP?
- It is based on veterinary examinations every six months. Frequent visits help detect problems early on and are a forum to discuss issues such as diet, dentistry, worming, general health and shoeing.
- Clinical examinations check the major organ systems, such as the heart, eyes, mouth, lungs, skin and limbs.
- Dental examinations and treatments as required ensure comfortable, efficient eating and proper biting. The use of motorised burring is included in the plan.
- Influenza and tetanus booster vaccinations are administered annually.
- Horses should have had their primary course prior to enrolment.
- Three faecal samples are collected annually and tested for redworm eggs. The results are used to formulate a personalised worming schedule.
- On completion of the examination a written report including a dental chart and a weigh tape record will be made for you to keep with your horse’s passport.
- A 10% discount on all equine veterinary services is applied to your account when you subscribe to the plan.
The cost of the plan is spread evenly by a monthly standing order.
- The charges are; £17 per horse per month,
- £14 for second horse per month and
- £11 per month, for any additional horses.