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To keep your horse healthy, it is important to vaccinate it against certain disease, deworm it regularly, and properly care for the teeth and feet. Horses are also susceptible to conditions such as Colic and Laminitis, which can greatly diminish the horse`s usefulness, or even end in death. This message can give you an over view of health issues facing horse owners. The best advice is to establish a regular health care program with your private veterinarian who has interest and expertise with horses. Let the veterinarian help you make health care decisions. It is also important to find a farrier who you are comfortable working with and who can help you make decisions regarding the care and maintenance of your horses  hooves. All horses should be vaccinated annually against Tetanus and viral disease prevail on your location. If your horse wounds himself, especially a puncture wound, it is suggested that the horse receives Tetanus antitoxin, even if it was vaccinated for Tetanus earlier in the year. If you are planning to transport the horse from location to the another location you should be aware of the cogging`s test performed. Control of flies, mosquitos, small rodents and birds is a big part of minimizing disease. They are the carriers of the disease causing organisms. Proper manure disposal, proper compositing removal of standing water and keeping the area sanitized helps reduce infestation and spread of disease. Horse is susceptible to internal parasite infestation. Parasites can be controlled through regular deworming programs. Some indications of parasite infestation are weight loss, rough hair coat, loss of appetite, listlessness, tail rubbing and colic. The most prevalent parasites are:
- Strongylos (Bloodworms)
- Ascarids (Roundworm)
- Bots
- Pinworms
It is recommended that your horses be dewormed four to six times per year. The frequency of deworming needed varies based on stocking rate (number of animals/acre), as well as the age of the animals. For example a large number of horses in small space need to be dewormed more frequently than a small number of horses in a large area. It is also recommended that young horses be dewormed on more frequent schedule.