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Preventative Care: What's Covered?

Apart from the physical examination and assessment of your horse, the other key components of a preventative care program include:

Vaccination – Horses are at risk of serious (sometimes fatal) infectious diseases. So regular vaccinations are important to help keep your horse safe. The vaccinations your horse should receive may vary depending on factors such as what he or she is used for, geographic location, contact with other horses, and any travel. As part of the preventative care program, you can use our vaccination guidelines calculator to develop a tailored vaccination protocol for your horse.

Worming – Your vet can not only worm your horse, but can also perform testing of your horse's manure to make sure that the worming agent used is killing the parasites and that there is no resistance. Your vet can also tailor a targeted worming protocol that may allow you to worm less frequently (thus saving you time and money).

Dental care – Regular dental care is vital to ensure a healthy mouth and good alignment of teeth. Your vet will look for common problems, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay or irregular wear. Your vet may also file back any uneven surfaces or sharp points (“floating”).

Hoof care – Good hoof care is extremely important so that horses can support their weight and perform the tasks we ask of them. Your vet will examine and assess your horse's hooves, assess your horse for lameness, and perform any treatments that are necessary.

Feed and nutrition – Depending on your horse's body condition score, your vet may recommend changes to what you feed your horse and how much. Your vet may wish to inspect the feed you give your horse and where it is kept. Similarly, an inspection of your horse's water source might also be useful.

Environmental inspection – Your vet may inspect the environment where you keep your horse, including stalls, paddocks, pastures and exercise areas. This can help to identify potential risks to your horse (e.g. parasites or environmental hazards).