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Horse Health Tips

 

Dr. Linda Mittel, MSPH DVM, senior extension associate at the AHDC, offers tips and good practices for equine biosecurity at home, boarding facilities, show grounds, and the track.

  1. Vaccinate. Common available vaccines can protect against rabies, strangles, influenza, tetanus, and more.
  2. Don’t submerge the ends of water hoses in water buckets. The outside of hoses often harbor disease causing bacteria or viruses. Keep them out of the water. Clean water troughs routinely.
  3. Don’t share or swap buckets of water or food or hay nets. Other horses that use it may harbor pathogens.
  4. Don’t share tack or other equipment in the barn with different horses. Clean bits after use.
  5. Use separate grooming tools for each horse.
  6. Use specifically designed pitch forks and wheelbarrows for animals that are sick in the barn. Colored duct tape can be used to color code items.
  7. Use foot baths and ask visitors to do the same.
  8. Isolate/quarantine sick horses. Have a stall or area designated as a quarantine stall prior to needing it.
  9. Decrease traffic (people, horses, and other animals) from other barns.