Horse health care in Virginia includes knowledge about ticks. While primarily a concern on cattle, Asian longhorned tick feeds on a variety of hosts, including horses. Asian longhorned tick reproduces without mating so tick densities can build quickly. Daily inspection while grooming and tick removal is important. Chemical control and herd management are other ways to prevent infestation and tick borne diseases from occurring. Contact your Cooperative Extension office for more information.
Is a retirement plan for your equine a part your horse health care in Virginia? Caring for retired horses is not much different than caring for performance or pleasure horses. Whether you choose an outside retirement home or your own ranch, please keep their health in mind.Your horse might not be working anymore, but they still need regular veterinary exams and care. They will also need ‘core’ vaccinations. It is an incorrect belief that older horses develop immunity to disease over time and don’t need continued vaccination.