Pinworms in horses

Internal parasites are small organisms that live a portion of their life cycle in a host animal, the horse in this case. They live in internal organs, body cavities, and tissues while gaining their nutritive source by feeding on the host animal. The horse is affected by many different species of parasites. The nature and extent of damage varies with the parasite.

Parasite infestation causes loss of nutrients or blood from the host, resulting in serious medical problems. Horses heavily …

Basic first aid kit for horses

First aid kits can be purchased from horse stores, but they can be pricey. A first aid kit can be easily compiled at minimal cost. It is a good idea to keep two first aid kits. One should be kept in the barn or tack room as the primary kit and should be easily accessible in case of emergency. The second kit should contain the bare essentials and be portable so it can be taken on rides.

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Strongyloides (Threadworm) in horses

Internal parasites are small organisms that live a portion of their life cycle in a host animal. They live in internal organs, body cavities, and tissues while gaining their nutritive source by feeding on the host animal. The horse is affected by many different species of parasites. The nature and extent of damage varies with the parasite.

Parasite infestation causes loss of nutrients or blood from the host, resulting in serious medical problems. Horses heavily burdened with parasites will have …

Strongyles in horses

Internal parasites are small organisms that live a portion of their life cycle in a host animal. They live in internal organs, body cavities, and tissues while gaining their nutritive source by feeding on the host animal. The horse is affected by many different species of parasites. The nature and extent of damage varies with the parasite.

Parasite infestation causes loss of nutrients or blood from the host, resulting in serious medical problems. Horses heavily burdened with parasites will have …

Stomach bots in horses

Internal parasites are small organisms that live a portion of their life cycle in a host animal. They live in internal organs, body cavities, and tissues while gaining their nutritive source by feeding on the host animal. The horse is affected by many different species of parasites. The nature and extent of damage varies with the parasite.

Parasite infestation causes loss of nutrients or blood from the host, resulting in serious medical problems. Horses heavily burdened with parasites will have …

Wrap or Bandage the Forearm

Proper Way to Bandage the Forearm

Wounds on a horse’s forearm are difficult to bandage because of the forearm’s shape. The tapering of the forearm will cause the bandage to slip off.

Wrapping a forearm in a horse

Numbers correspond to leg drawings above. Note all hand positions.

  1. Make sure the leg is cleaned, dried, and ready for routine dressing.
  2. Apply two or three long strips of adhesive tape vertically;
  3. Apply medicated gauze pad and wrap with flexible bandage such as Kling Gauze, starting in the

Wrap or Bandage a Knee

Proper Way to Bandage a Knee

It is more difficult to apply bandaging over the knees and hocks. Care must be taken to not place pressure on the bony prominences located just under the skin of these joints. Otherwise the horse will have bandage sores.

wrapping a horse's knee

Numbers correspond to leg drawings above. Note all hand positions.

1) Apply medicated gauze pad, and take two or three wraps with flexible wrap such as Kling Gauze above the knee.
2-5) Wrap a figure …

Wrap or Bandage a Hock

Proper Way to Bandage a Hock 

It is more difficult to apply bandaging over the knees and hocks. Care must be taken to not place pressure on the bony prominences located just under the skin of these joints. Otherwise the horse will have bandage sores.

Wrapping a Horse's Hock

Do not cover the point of the hock and the bony protrusion on the inside of the leg right above the hock.
Numbers correspond to leg drawings above. Note all hand positions.
1) Apply medicated …

Treating cuts and tears in horses

Knowing how to treat horses with minor cuts and tears is important for every horse owner. This article discusses six steps to follow when treating a cut or tear.

 

Wounds require immediate attention and first aid treatment. The seriousness of a wound depends on the location, depth, type of cut or tear, amount of tissue damaged, and type of tissue affected. Serious wounds should be treated by a veterinarian. All cuts and tears should be cleaned thoroughly and all …

Common Ectoparasites in horses

What is an ectoparasite? An ectoparasite is a parasite that lives on the skin surface of an animal–in this case, the horse. The primary ectoparasites of horses are houseflies, stable flies, mosquitoes, and, to a lesser extent, horse and deer flies.

Housefly 

The common housefly (Musca domestica) is by far the most common pest for horses. Houseflies are a nuisance as well as carriers of disease to humans and horses. A housefly in two weeks time may lay more than …