Equine health care concerns for horse owners in North Dakota includes intestinal parasites. Veterinarians recommend a personalized deworming schedule based on the individual horse’s needs through an annual egg count. Is your horse a low, medium or high egg shedder? Since 20% of horses carry 80% of parasites, contact your equine vet for recommendations on how to get herd fecal egg counts and information on additional preventative measures.
Horse health care in North Dakota, at some point, may include treatment for Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Equine metabolic syndrome and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or Cushings disease) often go hand-in-hand. If not recognized can lead to damaging hoof ailment called laminitis or founder. Look for subtle changes in hooves, body condition, a cresty neck or a thickened hair coat that doesn’t shed normally. Your farrier or vet can help you with what to look for.