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Resources

USEF

Here is a link to USEF’s latest rules and medications. We strive to publish information from USEF with each medication, but this is a great place to visit if you want to view the entire handbook. This link will take you to the 2018 handbook.

https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/2Zp2C_YKs4s/drugs-medications-guidelines

 

The Horse.com

Another great resource is http://thehorse.com This site is partnered with many prestigious organizations including the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) . Almost every horse vet in America is a member of AAEP.

 

A hot topic this spring is Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Horses that have excessive fat pads, have a known or suspected history of laminitis, and are Insulin Resistant are classified as having Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Certain breeds such as Morgans, Quarter Horses, Paso Fino’s and most ponies are predisposed to developing insulin resistance. If you know your horse may be predisposed based on breed or your veterinarian’s or friends comments that he is an “easy-keeper”, it is important to watch his weight carefully.  Overweight horses put more strain on their joints, cardiac and respiratory systems, and, if insulin resistant, are more likely to suffer a bout of laminitis. The easiest way to prevent weight gain is to closely monitor your horse’s weight and to cut back on grain and hay or grass as soon as you notice. We often see weight gain in the winter as the extra pounds are hidden under your horse’s blanket.  Weight gain is also common in the spring as horses start to enjoy the lush spring grass. If you are unsure how much to feed your horse, consult your veterinarian. As a rule of thumb, horses need 1.5-2% of their body weight in roughage (hay/grass) to maintain body weight. Obviously the amount of exercise and any other medical conditions can affect how much your particular horse needs to eat to maintain his or her weight. Exercise is another important way to maintain your horse’s metabolism and to help him or her burn excess calories. If your horse has been out of work for a long time due to an injury or other reasons, start with light exercise and build up a routine. Sometimes, diet restriction and exercise are not enough to achieve ideal weight loss. In this case supplementation with  Thyro-L Powder, 1lbs. can be helpful to get your horse slimmer.

 

Vaccination Guidelines

All horses should receive annual vaccinations to prevent diseases to which they may be exposed. Core vaccinations should be given to all horses. These include Rabies Rabvac-3, rabies vaccine, 10 doses , Eastern and Western Encephalitis Encevac – T (EWT) with Havlogen, Single Dose , Tetanus Tetanus Toxoid Vaccine, Single Dose and West Nile Virus Innovator West Nile Virus Vaccine, Single Dose. Show horses should receive an annual Strangles vaccine Strepvax II (Strangles) Vaccine, Single Dose and a Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis vaccine Calvenza Flu + Rhino (EIV + EHV) Vaccine, Single Dose every six months. Horses in areas where Potomac Horse Fever Potomac Horse Fever Vaccine (Potomavax), Single Dose , is found should be vaccinated annually just before it is commonly seen.