The Horse

MAR 2019

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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Page 16 of 75 | The Horse March 2019 17 abrasions, swelling, loss of body condi- tion, or any other visual signs. "Because I've educated my clients, they've learned how important that is," Borders says. "But particularly with new clients, it's not unusual to walk into a pen where the horse hasn't been caught and the owner doesn't have a halter or lead rope in their hand. It's a waste of time (translation: money). "I don't help people catch their horses, ever," he adds. "I'm extremely blessed that I've only gotten significantly hurt a few times, but half of those times were help- ing someone catch a horse. "And as far as cleaning, if a horse has an injury, just running a hose over it is enough so that when I get there, I can do a more detailed cleaning more quickly," he says. 7 If you can't be there, provide contact information. The veterinarian might need to reach you with a question or to get approval for a procedure or treatment that might exceed what you've budgeted. "A veterinarian needs to establish a vet-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to dispense any medications or pursue diagnostics or treatment, so I try to get all their contact information—phone, e-mail, and mailing address—so we have an open line of communication," First says. "Then, if I have any questions or concerns about the patient that the owner might not have thought about, I can get in touch." Borders adds, "I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on radiographs for a horse without running that past the owner." 8 Have horses' health records handy. Particularly if you're a new client, knowing a horse's health and feeding his- tory will help your veterinarian make the best decisions. "It's common for clients to have those records in their barn or in their trailer when they travel, but many don't," First says. "It's good for us to know what a horse has been vaccinated for and when they're potentially due, especially if they've moved in from a different geographical region that may face a dif- ferent set of health threats. We'd also like to know if they've ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccination." Similarly, First encourages clients to keep records of each horse's previous fecal egg count results and deworming treatment to help avoid issues with medi- cation resistance in parasites. "Feed and supplements are subjects that clients usually go to their nutraceu- tical company or their friends or their trainer with, but most vets would be happy to look at a feed bag or supplement container to check the nutritional analy- sis," she adds. Your veterinarian might be able to tell you whether you're oversupplementing or if you need to add any important nutri- ents to your horse's feed regimen. 9 Have payment ready unless you've made other arrangements. Some veterinarians routinely bill their Dandy Products, Inc. Padding & Flooring Specialists "Padding At Its Best" Breeding Sheds, Stocks, Stalls, Trailers, Exercise & Training Areas, Induction & Recovery Rooms Table & Surgical Pads, Neo-Natal Foal Beds Non-Slip Safety Floors for All Areas Pavesafe Bricks & Tiles, Trac-Roll & Vet-Trac Floors, Wash Stall,Grooming, Aisleway and Trailer Mats Toll-Free 888.883.8386 • 513.625.3000 FAX 513.625.2600 3314 State Route 131, Goshen, Ohio 45122 • Available In 6 oz. and 20 oz. Jars

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