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For the safety and health of all the horses we REQUIRE every horse entering our property to be current on all the following vaccinations with approximate cost:
2) Rabies ( yes rabies are in our area)
3) West Nile
5) Dental $375 (dentals are done annually. If you are not sure please contact us)
6) Fecal test $45 (must be performed by veterinarian within the last 30 days)
Twice per year (spring and fall) there will be a vet day for vaccines through Slate Creek Animal Hospital as Tony Basile who is an equine dental specialist.
CLICK HERE for more information on what these vaccines are for.
Horses must be current on all vaccines listed above upon arrival and remain current while at the facility. Proof of vaccines must be turned in to stable representatives along with the boarding agreement and fecal test.
****THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS WITHOUT A DOCUMENTED REASON FROM THE VET***
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We all know we would never let our finger nails or toe nails grow so long that it would impair our ability to walk with ease or to hold something in our hands with ease. That same responsibility and courtesy applies to our horses as well. For this reason we require all horses on the property to be kept well "manicured" all horses hooves grow at different speeds, faster during the summer, slower during the winter etc.
We have an amazing, skilled and very experienced farrier that is here every month. She works with many vets for prescription shoeing as well if that is a need for your horse. You are welcome to get on the schedule if she is accepting new clients.
Marijke's Farrier Service
Holding fee if owner is not present $30
Please understand Marijke is a farrier and here to trim your horses feet. It's not a farriers job to train your horse to being trimmed. For everyone's safety (horse and human) please make sure your horse is able to be safely trimmed. If you need help feel free to let us know so we can come up with a plan prior to appointments.
*Please contact Marijke for rates and availability in other areas as she books up fast but ALWAYS shows up on time. Rates are approximate and subject to change
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Dentals are so important for the health of our horses but often times are looked over. If you don't stay up on your horses teeth they WILL develop "hooks" which are very sharp points on their teeth which cut and dig into their cheeks and gums making very painful sores. Along with the sores those points will stop the horses jaw from moving all the way back and forth side to side grinding their food to a pulp which is what the horse needs for their body to turn that expensive over priced hay into flesh keeping our horses at a good weight year round. Without proper dental care from a licensed dental specialist (think about it, are you going to go to you general practitioner for a dental check up and root canals? I think not) bad teeth with waves, hooks and long incisors will affect everything from weight, attitude, being hungry constantly because the food is not being completely chewed up to fill them and it just goes out the other end serving no purpose.
Signs you may have a dental problem:
1) Not holding weight
2) Dropping excessive food from mouth while trying to eat
3) if you find balls of food on the ground these are called "Quid Balls" those form because food is stuck between the teeth and cheek unable to get out so it just rolls around in there until it finally falls out
4) Head tossing and raising when you get contact on their mouth. if there are sharp points that means every time you pull on that bit you are pushing their cheek into that sharp point causing pain.
5) When horses turn their heads to the side (eyeball facing the ground and sky) this could and has been an indication they are having pain on that side
6) Long incisors are a big problem. here's an exercise for you, put your front teeth even with each other touching....do your back teeth touch? answer is likely no but for us its fine because we chew differently but if you were a horse and went side to side how are you going to chew your food if your back teeth aren't touching? ding ding your right, you cant. wonder why your older horse is getting half a bale of hay plus supplements and a little grain but not gaining much weight....because they cant grind the forage properly for their bodies to digest it and turn it into lbs. of flesh. this problem can also cause impaction colic.
I think that's enough examples and explanations to get you to think about getting your horses teeth done by a professional who specializes in dentistry and can trim those incisors. I know I know the next excuse is "I don't have the money right now". first of all you are probably spending a boat load of extra money on supplements, bigger blankets, vet exams, or sadly vet bills from colic all which cost way more than a dental would. It never hurts to ask if you can make a few payments. Most will say yes, not all but if you have a good relationship with them I bet they will.
Lastly I want to emphasize if you have someone "float" your horses teeth by hand with a file and its not a power float you might as well throw your money in the manure pile because there is no way to do a proper dental without a power float. I know some will disagree and that's ok but I don't believe anyone can get the pressure needed to level out ramps and get all the hooks smooth and rounded out by hand. I have had a hand float done once and it was a complete mess and done in 5 minutes. A few points were off in the front but when I had the vet out for continued weight loss there was a huge wave and large hooks in the very back making a hole in the gums. and that hand float only "saved" me $50 at the time but cost me over $600 after paying for vet care, antibiotics for infected gums and a second dental fee. Within 2 months my horses weight was back to normal and no more chomping on the bit and tossing her head.
Perfect example a friend of mine had her horses teeth floated by her vet and 2 weeks later I was riding the horse who kept chomping on the bit and tossing her head which was not normal for her. I asked her to let my dentist check her out. sure enough she had hooks in the very back, a slight wave and A BROKEN TOOTH THAT WAS INFECTED! So again, be careful who gets in your horses mouth
my point do your horse a favor and have an equine dental specialist do your horses teeth. Educate yourself and ask to see whats going on in their mouth and ask questions. Some vets know what they are doing but more don't than do. Don't make the mistake I made just to save a few dollars up front. It costs much more in the long run.
Performance Dentals (incisors are also trimmed. If they are to long the back teeth don't touch to grind the food) by Tony Basile are around $375.00 depending on location & includes sedation by Slate Creek Veterinarian Dr Chris Vos.
CLICK HERE for more information on Dentals from UC Davis
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All horses on the property are required to have fecal checks annually in the spring.
You can figure out your worming schedule 1 of 2 ways.
1) follow the worming guide posted below
2) pay your vet $35-$40 to run a fecal test and find out exactly what parasites are in your horse and they can give you a worming schedule specifically for your horse which is typically only in spring and fall based on the results of your horses testing.
For more details on internal parasites, check out the October 2007 issue of the UC Davis Horse Report: CLICK HERE
*taken from Slate Creek Animal Hospital
Listed below are 4 strategies for deworming horses depending on your situation. If you are ever in doubt that your worming protocol is not working or if you have many horses living together, the first step is to consult with Slate Creek Animal Hospital (530) 622-9195 or another equine veterinarian to perform a fecal examination. Upon moving into the facility every horse is required to have a current fecal test. This test is approx $50 and must be done through a certified veterinarian.
1. Adult Horse Paste Deworming 8 week protocol: This schedule is recommended for horses living in the Sierra Foothills and grazing irrigated pasture.
March-Fenbendazole (Panacur Power Pac)
May-Ivermectin/Praziquantel Combination (Equimax or Zimectrin Gold)
2. Adult Horse Paste Deworming 12 week Protocol: This schedule is designed for Sierra Foothills horses that have minimal access to grazing.
April- Fenbendazole (Panacur Power Pac)
July- Pyrantel Pamoate
3. Foals less than one year of age- 8 week protocol: This schedule focuses on the large Ascarid roundworms that may cause intestinal obstructions in young horses.
2 months of age- Pyrantel Pamoate
6 months-Pyrantel Pamoate
8 months- Fenbendazole (Panacur Power Pac)
12 months-Pyrantel Pamoate
4. Daily Deworming Protocol: This is the Pfizer Preventicare program, which, if properly registered, may help defray the costs of a colic surgery.
Deworm December and June with Ivermectin/praziquantel combination(Equimax) and keep horse on a daily dewormer, pyrantel pamoate (Strongid 2 x). If you choose this protocol, we recommend enrolling in the Preventicare Program offered by Pfizer.
Note* Before starting the daily deworming program, deworm with Equimax, Quest or a Panacur Power Pac.