Coggins tests in Wisconsin are
valid for a calendar year only. Every state has its own
requirements for coggins and interstate travel.
All horses traveling across state
lines are required to have a health certificate issued by a
All horses should have a 5-way
vaccination annually. The vaccination protects against Eastern and
Western Equine Encephalitis (EEE, WEE), Tetanus, Rhinopneumonitis
It is also recommended that all
horses receive a Potomac Horse Fever vaccination and West Nile
Walk your fence lines often and
check stalls for any sharp or protruding objects your horse could
cut himself on.
Check your water buckets - one of
the most common causes of eyelid lacerations is a water bucket
where the 'S' opening faces out toward the bucket (and horse)
instead of facing the stall wall.
WINTER & WATER
One of the most effective ways of
preventing colic for your horse this winter is to promote normal
water consumption. Adult horses need 10 -15 gallons of water
per day, even when it's cold!! They must have access to drinkable /
non-frozen water at all times. Research shows that horses prefer to
drink water between 45-60 F.
Bucket and tank heaters only keep
water above freezing. Monitor your horse's water consumption and if
needed, add hot water to their water source to raise the
temperature. Think about when you are cold.... do you prefer hot
cocoa or ice water? Flavoring the water (e.g. kool-aid, etc.) can
also help increase their water consumption.
COLD WEATHER ISSUES
A horse's winter haircoat is
designed to insulate from cold. But, the hair loses its insulating
ability when it gets wet. Thus, freezing rain and 32º F is harder
on your horse than -10º F and dry weather! Make sure all of your
horses have access to a shelter from wet and windy weather at all
Horses should have access to a
salt/ mineral block. This helps them to drink more water even when
it is cold out.
Horse urine on white snow may
appear orangish-red which makes people think it is blood. Don't be
alarmed, this may be normal due to crystals and pigments in the
urine. Snow just makes it easier to see.
If you having difficulty getting
your horse to take his medication, we can make the medication
a liquid and flavor it to make it more tasty! Some
medications, such as Bute, are very bitter tasting and are not
Flavor options include
Spring means lush, green grass...
Make sure to adjust your horses SLOWLY to the new grass. A general
rule of thumb is to double the time they have access every
5-7 days. Example: start with one hour/day for 5 days, then 2
hours/day for 5 days, then 4 hours/day for 5 days, then 8
This helps to prevent colic and
founder (laminitis) problems in Spring. The time and risk will vary
with the type of pasture, amount of pasture and number of horses in