Follow these guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to help you prepare for an equine emergency:
First aid kits can be simple or elaborate. Here is a short list of essential items:
Many accidents can be prevented by taking the time to evaluate your horse’s environment and removing potential hazards. Mentally rehearse your emergency action plan. In an emergency, time is critical. Don’t be concerned with overreacting or annoying your veterinarian.
By acting quickly and promptly, you can minimize the consequences of an injury or illness. For more information about emergency care, contact our office. More information can also be obtained by viewing our Disaster Preparedness page or visiting the AAEP’s website, www.aaep.org/
Reprinted with permission from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Owning a horse can be a big investment in time, money and emotion. Unfortunately, horses seldom come with a money-back guarantee. That’s why it is so important to investigate the horse’s overall health and condition through a pre-purchase exam conducted by an equine veterinarian. Whether you want a horse as a family pet, a pleasure mount, a breeding animal or a high-performance athlete, you stand the best chance of getting one that meets your needs by investing in a pre-purchase exam.
Pre-purchase examinations may vary, depending on the intended use of the horse and the veterinarian who is doing the examination. Deciding exactly what should be included in the purchase examination requires good communication between you and your veterinarian.
The following guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will help ensure a custom-tailored exam
The veterinarian’s job is neither to pass or fail an animal. Rather, it is to provide you with information regarding any existing medical problems and to discuss those problems with you so that you can make an informed purchase decision. Your veterinarian can advise you about the horse’s current physical condition, but he or she cannot predict the future. The decision to buy is yours alone to make. But your equine veterinarian can be a valuable partner in the process of providing you with objective, health-related information.
For more information about pre-purchase exams, contact the Starwood Equine office. Additional information can be found on the AAEP’s website www.aaep.org/.
Reprinted with permission from the American Association of Equine Practitioners