You have an important job when handling a horse for a vet or farrier: protect yourself, the professional and the horse from harm.
Most states in the USA have adopted equine activity liability statutes. The intent is to encourage equine-related activities and business while limiting the civil (tort) ability of individuals to sue organizers or sponsors at events if they suffer harm at equine events and activities.
As with any disease, prevention is worth a pound of cure. With equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), this would be the best objective since not only is it difficult to identify that a horse has EPM in the early stages, but also because even with aggressive treatment, lingering neurologic deficits can remain.
Neurologic diseases can often be difficult to identify in their early stages unless you know some things to look for. One disease that presents with a variety of abnormal neurologic signs is caused by one or two protozoan organisms, and is referred to as equine protozoal myelitis (EPM).
When you hire an employee, you are always hopeful that the contractual arrangement will be a perfect fit for both you and the employee. But what happens when things begin to go wrong...
Biological insect control has received great acclaim in recent years as a means of avoiding the use of chemicals in the environment. One such “green” strategy is the use of predator wasps to target stable flies and houseflies, which are the majority of flies pestering your horses.
When people work for you, good communication is essential to establishing a good relationship and to informing the employee about your expectations. To get a measure of how they are living up to the expected job tasks, it is standard practice to inform an employee about his or her performance over a 6-month to year-long period.
Expectations work both ways between employer and employee. Not only does the owner of the business need to convey in clear, understandable language exactly what they expect from an employee’s performance, but the employee also must communicate what they expect as far as a work environment, compensation and recognition for their efforts.
When a new client approaches you and asks you to deliver your service to their horse(s), do you jump right in, provide services and assume you’ll be paid? Or, do you do a little investigative research into the financial stability of the client and his or her ability to pay?
In the spring of 2014 Nancy S. Loving, DVM, wrote a series of articles about the basics of managing a boarding farm, with some good tips for owners and managers no matter their years of experience. We have compiled some of the tips here along with links to the original articles for your convenience.
An easy keeper seems to absorb nutrients from the barest minimum of food; sometimes these horses are affectionately called “air ferns.”
Many horse owners know from first-hand experience that horses are prone to musculoskeletal trauma that can start a cycle of pain and lameness. Colic is sometimes pain-related due to intestinal inflammation. Fortunately, there are many drugs available that target the inflammatory cycle.