More books from my personal library are being added to the Buy One, Get TWO FREE page – some vintage, some New Old Stock, some just plain old NEW !
Take a look – here are just a few of the latest additions.
Posted in Bad Habits, Behavior, Books, Management, Miscellaneous, Riding, Safety, Sanitation, Tack, Training, Used and Collectible, Veterinary Care, tagged art, bad habits, health, horsekeeping, management, problem solver, riding, used horse books on November 27, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Books, Dental Care, Deworming, Horse Health Care, Horsekeeping Almanac, Immunizations, Lameness, Skin Ailments, Used and Collectible, Veterinary Care, tagged cherry hill, equine, first aid, first aid kit, health care, horse, horse care, Horse Health Care, horsekeeping, management, veterinary, veterinary care on August 22, 2016| Leave a Comment »
The purpose of a first aid kit is to provide you with the tools and supplies you need to give immediate care to your horse.
I have 3 barn first aid kits. One next to the crossties that holds frequently used items.
The other two are in the tack room.
I keep a commercial human first aid kit right by the door.
And I keep my custom trauma kit ready when I need it and at room temperature. I assembled all of the essential tools and supplies for dealing with a wound in a large plastic container with a snap lid. (Available in the home storage section of your favorite department store).
When an emergency strikes, I know when I open my kit, all the necessary items will be there, ready to use.
FIRST AID KIT CONTENTS
first aid book
veterinarian’s phone number
flashlight and batteries
Betadine ointment (povidone-iodine, 10%)
triple antibiotic ointment furacin ointment (nitrofurazone)
Banamine (flunixin meglumine)
wooden applicator sticks
non-stick gauze pads
conforming gauze padding (leg quilts or disposable diapers)
self-adhering stretch bandage
elastic adhesive tape
watch with second hand
disposable syringes and needles
instant cold compress
TO HAVE ON HAND
Posted in Books, Fly Control, Sanitation, Skin Ailments, Veterinary Care, tagged cherry hill, flies, grooming, health care, horse, horse care, horsekeeping, management, sanitation, veterinary on May 6, 2016| 3 Comments »
Which Itch Is Which?
Biting gnats, lice, ticks, fungus, and allergies can all cause itching. If your horse rubs bald spots in his mane or tail, check him thoroughly for external parasites such as lice or ticks, parasites (such as pinworms), or fungus, and treat according to your veterinarian’s instructions.
Itching can also be caused by ringworm, which is contagious to you and other horses. If a horse has ringworm, you will need not only to treat the horse but also to disinfect grooming tools, halters, blankets, stalls, feeders, and anything else he may have rubbed on.
Some horses (and dogs) seem to be hypersensitive or allergic to insect bites and once they are bitten, they go into a rubbing frenzy, which then invites other complications. In some cases, this is referred to as sweet itch or Queensland itch. A veterinarian should be consulted, but prevention of bites to susceptible animals is paramount. Remedies include soothing witch hazel or vinegar rinses, and possibly a corticosteroid prescription from your veterinarian.
Posted in Books, Fly Control, Grooming, Hoof Care, Management, Moisture Control, Sanitation, Sarcoid, Skin Ailments, Veterinary Care, tagged cherry hill, equine, grooming, horse care, horse skin, management, ringworm, sanitation, Sarcoid, scratches, skin ailments, thrush, ticks, veterinary on May 5, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Ten Skin Ailments to Avoid
Here is a brief primer on some of the most common skin problems that might plague a horse.
Rain rot is caused by Dermatophilus, an infectious microorganism from the soil that eagerly becomes established in skin cracks under a dirty hair coat during rainy weather. The painful, tight scabs that form on the horse’s neck, shoulders, back, and rump make him uncomfortable and unusable and require medication and bathing.
Seborrhea is a skin disease caused by a malfunction in sebum production and function, resulting in flaky skin.
Ringworm is a fungal infection affecting the skin and hair, characterized by round, crusty patches with hair loss. It is easily spread between horses via tack and grooming tools.
Photosensitivity of the skin (usually under white hair) can result from components of certain plants (ingested). The skin becomes red, then sloughs off.
Warts, most commonly on the muzzle of a young horse, are caused by the equine papillomavirus. As a horse matures, he develops immunity to the virus and the warts disappear. The same virus also causes aural plaque, a scaly condition inside the ear, which can become painful if flies are allowed to bite and feed inside the ears.
Sarcoids are common skin tumors with unknown cause. There are several types, mostly occurring around the head or the site of an old injury.
Thrush is a fungal infection of the hoof that thrives in moist, dirty environments.
Scratches (also known as grease heel) is a common term that refers to a general localized skin inflammation found on the lower legs of horses. The thick, chronic sores at the heels and rear of the pastern can be quite painful. Scratches are linked to an opportunistic fungus, but can be complicated by bacterial infection.
Ticks cause crusty scabs and can be disease carriers. Check the mane and tail carefully throughout spring and summer. Use rubber gloves or tweezers to remove ticks, which can carry Lyme disease that can also affect humans (see July Vet Clinic). Be sure to remove the entire tick. If the head is left in, it can cause a painful infection.
Lice are not common in horses unless they are poorly kept and crowded. Then lice can spread rapidly through a group. You’d find the nits (eggs) or the lice themselves along the midline of the horse, such as in the mane and tail head.
Take advantage of our Book Sale. Buy One and Get TWO FREE on this page. New books are being added weekly in both categories.
Here are a few added this week:
Spring or early summer – the traditional time of year to give annual boosters. Depending on where you live, however, you’ll adjust the time to fit the arrival of insects that are the vectors that carry disease. Here, at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the Rockies, we rarely have mosquitoes and our stable-fly season doesn’t start until late summer. But in early spring we have our highest incidence of ticks, and we have a brief but intense horse-fly season. So, to be on the safe side, I usually vaccinate in May or June. Confer with your vet as to which vaccines are necessary for your locale and your horses and when is the best time to immunize them.
We are still continuing the Buy One and Get Two FREE book sale.
Posted in Behavior, Books, DVDs, Facilities, Grooming, Hoof Care, Management, Tack, Training, Veterinary Care, tagged cherry hill, equine, health care, horse, horseback riding, horsekeeping, riding, training on October 8, 2012| 2 Comments »
Posted in Sarcoid, Skin Ailments, tagged equine, equine sarcoid, equine sarcoid treatment, health care, horse care, horsekeeping, Sarcoid, sarcoid treatment, veterinary on December 27, 2011| 1 Comment »