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    Checklist for Fall

    By Daniel H. Grove, DVM - November 2nd, 2018 - Ask the Vet

    Fall is here, and it is a great time to visit on items to take care of on our horses. It is a great time as show season is slowing down and the temperatures are more pleasant. So, let’s go over some items to consider for the fall.

    vet_1811aFirst is vaccines—If you need Flu/Rhino boosters due to your situation, now is the most common time to get them.

    Fecal Egg Count—Twice a year, you should be testing your horse’s parasite load and deworming appropriately

    Dentistry—This is a great time of year to have those points removed and any abnormalities resolved. Going into winter, you want your horse getting the most from its feed.

    Lights—If you are planning on breeding in the late winter or early spring, you want your horses ready to go and cycling properly. Day length plays a role in both the mare’s and stallion’s reproductive cycle.

    Elective surgeries—Things like castrations can be done most any time, but if possible, I like to do them this time of year. The weather is cooler and there are less flies. The horses usually heal a little more quickly and with less complications

    Blanketing—If you do blanket, it is time to make sure they are in good order and depending upon wehre you live, time to start using them!

    As the year is winding down and we are getting into holiday season, do not forget some of the extra needs your horse may need this time of year.

    It is also important to make sure your horse’s housing in is good order. With wind, rain, and cold on the way, it is good to make sure any repairs have been taken care of and for those of us in areas that freeze, that our water heaters are functioning properly.

    Also, do not neglect the hay storage areas. Water getting on hay is destructive. Pests are looking for somewhere to set up shop. You need to protect your hay from water, rats, mice and rabbits.

    Hopefully this list stokes some ideas on things to get taken care of. Happy Thanksgiving!

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