Our equine services are run out of the Strichen office from which we offer all aspects of routine and emergency care.
All horses and ponies must now be micro chipped and have a passport by 6 months of age or by December 31st of the year of the foals birth.
We advocate the routine vaccination of all horses and ponies for influenza and tetanus as per the The Jockey Club guidelines set out below. However, depending on your particular circumstances different vaccination protocols may apply, for example in brood mares or those competing in F.E.I. events. Please speak to one of our vets who can tailor a vaccine schedule to suit your specific needs.
JOCKEY CLUB RULES FOR FLU VACCINATION
1. 1st vaccination from 6 months of age
2. 2nd vaccination MUST BE between 21 days to 92 days after 1st vaccination
3. 3rd vaccination MUST BE between 150 - 215 days after 2nd vaccination
4. Boosters at intervals of not more than 1 year (within 365 days)
5. No vaccinations 7 days before entry to the competition
Horses and ponies are subject to a number of different gut worms. Historically these have been treated / prevented with routine worming doses at set intervals with rotation of the drug type on a yearly basis. This may still be appropriate in some circumstances, however faecal testing for the presence of worms before treatment is now advocated to reduce the unnecessary use of wormers (and so the development of resistance). If your horse or pony is stabled at a shared yard then this testing can be coordinated. Please speak to one of our vets for advice.
Common Emergency Conditions
The most common acute conditions of horses and ponies are laminitis (causing lameness) and colic (gut pain). Both of these conditions can vary from mild to severe when first seen. Even if only mild signs are evident these should be taken seriously as they can escalate to become life threatening conditions. If you are in any doubt please contact us for advice.