The Horse

OCT 2017

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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25 October 2017 THE HORSE equine diet and testing it to understand its nutrient composition. This can then guide the veterinarian or equine nutritionist to the right concentrate, if needed. If the horse has a body condition score of 3 or higher, Eller likes to add a balanced vitamin-mineral pellet and will con- tinue feeding it depending on what a hay analysis indicates. Horses that can't chew well might need a senior feed, beet pulp, chopped hay, or other easy-to-digest feed. Fresh pasture is also important. But Eller warns owners not to introduce horses that haven't had grass access to fields too quickly due to the risk of colic or laminitis. Rehabbing a Horse Sometimes people take on a horse that was rescued from a neglectful or abusive situation. Wilson warns owners that these horses might have been underfed and need to be brought back to a normal weight carefully. "You can't just pick up the skinny horse and throw the food in front of it," she says. "You'll in all likelihood get a meta- bolic crisis going if you do that." Feeding these animals improperly (whether incorrect nutrients, at an incor- rect rate, or both) can cause "refeeding syndrome," which results in insulin, glucose, and electrolyte imbalances and, in worst cases, death. While some refeeding guidelines recommend offering high-quality alfalfa, Wilson recognizes that not all horse owners have access to this forage in their regions. Because grass hay is usu- ally more readily available, she suggests initially feeding very small amounts of quality grass hay 10 to 12 times per day to help prevent digestive upset. She reminds owners to watch how the horse's body condition changes with the reintro- duction of feed. Gradually decrease the number of feedings, but still withhold free-choice hay for several weeks. Wilson says she might add an easy-to-chew, nutritionally complete concentrate to the mix, but this choice and its timing is individual to each horse. Again, one feeding model does not fit all horses. "It can be challenging to rehab a nursing mare or a pregnant mare because they've got different needs," says Williams, noting that mares usually lose body condition as their bodies prioritize taking care of the foal. Wilson also cautions that if a nursing mare is too thin due to neglect or health Does your horse like the taste of apples? FOR ORAL USE IN HORSES 4 WEEKS OF AGE AND OLDER. EQUIMAX® (ivermectin/praziquantel) Paste should not be used in other animal species as severe adverse reactions, including fatalities in dogs, may result. Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Swelling and itching reactions after treatment with ivermectin paste have occurred in horses carrying heavy infections of neck threadworm (Onchocerca sp. microfilariae), most likely due to microfilariae dying in large numbers. Not for use in humans. Ivermectin and ivermectin residues may adversely affect aquatic organisms, therefore dispose of product appropriately to avoid environmental contamination. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. Who knew an apple flavor can be a game changer in the deworming fight? Equimax ® is palatable and makes it easy to administer the full dose. So you are sure to treat your horse effectively each time. His instinct tells him he is an Equimax ® Horse! For more information, visit our websites and . Consult your Veterinarian to determine the best deworming program for your horse.

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