Sleep Over Safely

Tips for before, during, and after your trip to help your horses be safe, comfortable, and healthy.

When traveling with horses, it’s important to make sure they stay safe and healthy during their trip, and they don’t bring

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Tips for before, during, and after your trip to help your horses be safe, comfortable, and healthy.

When traveling with horses, it’s important to make sure they stay safe and healthy during their trip, and they don’t bring home diseases when the trip is done. Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM (preventive medicine), a professor at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, says there are several things the horse owner can do to ensure safety for horses on a trip.

Before Leaving Home

First make sure each horse is up-to-date on vaccinations and deworming. Midge Leitch, VMD, formerly of Londonderry Equine Clinic and now the clinician in radiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, has done extensive traveling as a team veterinarian with the U.S. Equestrian Team. She recommends that horse owners plan deworming and vaccination schedules around their travel schedule for the year, so any health care or medical procedures are not performed just before a trip.

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Heather Smith Thomas ranches with her husband near Salmon, Idaho, raising cattle and a few horses. She has a B.A. in English and history from University of Puget Sound (1966). She has raised and trained horses for 50 years, and has been writing freelance articles and books nearly that long, publishing 20 books and more than 9,000 articles for horse and livestock publications. Some of her books include Understanding Equine Hoof Care, The Horse Conformation Handbook, Care and Management of Horses, Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses and Storey’s Guide to Training Horses. Besides having her own blog, www.heathersmiththomas.blogspot.com, she writes a biweekly blog at https://insidestorey.blogspot.com that comes out on Tuesdays.

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