Whether you and your horse are traveling to different continents, attending an out-of-state event, or perhaps traveling a mile to the park, good health will always start at home. Here are tips on how to travel with memorable trips, without having your horse act up badly along the way due to his health.
- Ensure that your horse has updated core vaccinations. The best way to protect your horse from different equine disease as he travels is to have him vaccinated several weeks before leaving your home. All horses are recommended to be vaccinated against West Nile virus (WNV), tetanus, rabies, and Eastern/Western Equine Encephalitis (EEE/WEE). Horse owners should work with their veterinarian to protect their horse’s health. An annual vaccination program should be established. It can save owners medical bills when prevention is initiated.
Random Tip: Traveling can be stressful for horses. Keep them protected from digestive ulcers with equine omeprazole. PHOTO: Henrik Löwenhamn
- Get help from your veterinarian in assessing the risks found in desired travel destinations for that particular time of the year and have your veterinarian develop a vaccination schedule accordingly. Determine, with the help of your veterinarian, whether your horse is at high risk for contracting diseases that are rampant on your travel period and area.
- Protect your horse from the development of equine digestive ulcers. Ulcers in horses are highly prevalent. Stress is one among the leading causes of gastric ulcers and traveling can be stressful. Therefore, horse owners should be cautious when traveling. To help protect your horse from this kind of health issues and to make sure the horse performs well, horse owners should consider giving omeprazole (i.e. AbGard, AbPrazole), a formulation designed to prevent ulcers in horses.
- Keep yourself informed about various potential diseases that are present in your travel route. While owners usually have control over the environment provided to their horses, the same thing cannot be said when traveling. Search the internet for news on disease outbreaks that specifically affect the horse in a significant way.
- Horse owners should make good decisions when traveling, taking into account relevant information on the travel routes and period that could have an effect on the horse’s health. Because several people are willing to travel with their horses, it is important to find the information needed when traveling to different countries, or even continents.
The best way to protect your horse from different equine health problems, whether at home or far away during the travel, is to come up with a defensive strategy and vaccination is always a good defense tool.