Equine health care concerns for all owners in Louisiana includes intestinal parasites.Overuse of equine deworming products has led to the development of parasite resistance. Veterinarians now recommend a personalized deworming schedule based on the individual horse’s needs. 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 Louisiana may involve treating a case of choke.The biggest cause of choke, however, isn’t the feed ingredient, but how well the horse chews and salivates prior to swallowing and rapid consumption. Here are some ways to help prevent a choke prone horse- have a dental exam, soak the grain, feed hay prior to grain,alter the feed bucket to slow consumption, small hole hay nets or a grazing muzzle.