Healthy at Shows
Whether you travel to shows, trail rides or races, it's important to keep your horse healthy on the road.
August 8, 2017
When I travel to shows with my horse, he is usually stabled for a few days on the show premises. How much should I worry about the stalls being infected with a communicable disease? What can I do to prevent him from getting sick?
The key points to remember to keep your horse healthy while at horse shows are the same points you would perform at home:
- Provide a clean stall with ample bedding
- Provide a clean water bucket with plenty of fresh potable (fit for human consumption) water
- Continue your horse's regular diet of high-quality hay and whatever portion of a complete feed your horse is on
- Ensure that you've been given a safe stall with no exposed nails, wires or boards
- Immunize annually for strangles, influenza and equine herpes virus-4, two to four times a year depending on how often you travel
Consult with your local veterinarian to set up a program of immunity you both are comfortable with.
-- Dr. John Poe, Midway, Kentucky, member of AAEP
*AQHA and the provider of this information are not liable for the inherent risks of equine activities. We always recommend consulting a qualified veterinarian and/or an AQHA Professional Horseman.