Equine Wellness Exams

When checking your horse’s exterior appearance to determine their healthiness, you should consider the following:

  • Body shape: filled out with a good quantity of form muscle, but not overweight
  • Legs: free from swelling, bumps, or hot spots
  • Stance: even on all four legs with all feet pointing forward
    • It is normal to occasionally rest a leg, though typically not the same leg each time
  • Walk: even walk with strides of equal length and evenly distributed weight
  • Ears: upright to indicate a positive mood; drooping ears generally indicate tiredness, weakness, or unhappiness
  • Coat: even, flat, and shiny.
  • Skin: loose and supple, moving easily over horse’s frame
  • Sweating: sweating should not be present except for cases of rigorous exercise or hot weather
  • Gums: pink, shiny, and moist
  • General mood: alert and interested

Visit our Equine FAQ page for more detailed information about characteristics to be aware of when determining your horse’s health.

Equine Vaccinations

Eastern, Western Sleeping Sickness & Tetanus

Encephalomyelitis vaccine and tetanus toxoid. Your horse will need one initially, then a booster in 30 days. After that, they are good for one year, and will need this vaccine yearly. This vaccine aides in the prevention of equine encephalomyelitis due to Eastern and Western Viruses, and tetanus.

West Nile

Your horse will need one initially, then a booster in 30 days. After that, they are good for one year, and will need this vaccine yearly. This vaccine aids in the prevention of the West Nile virus, carried by mosquitos.

Stangles

Streptococcus Equi Bacterial extract. Your horse will need one initially, then a booster in 30 days. After that, they are good for one year, and will need this vaccine yearly. This vaccine is highly recommended in younger horses aged12 years or younger, or horses being hauled frequently. It aids in the reduction of disease (strangles) due to Streptococcus equi infection.

Flu/Rhino (Rhinopneuonitis and influenza)

Your horse will need one initially, then a booster in 30 days. After that, they are good for one year, and will need this vaccine yearly. This vaccination aids in the prevention of equine influenza due to type A2 viruses and equine rhinopneumonitis due to equine herpes virus (EHV) types 1 and 4.

Rattlesnake

Crotalus artox toxoid. If it is your horse’s first time being vaccinated, they should be administered 3 injections 30 days apart, then 1 every 6 months. If this is a booster, your horse will need the injection every 6 months. The Rattlesnake Vaccine for Horses is intended to help create an immunity that will protect your horse against rattlesnake venom. Even though the horse has been vaccinated, you should still contact us as soon as possible to determine if further treatment is necessary if your horse has an encounter with a rattlesnake.

Rabies

Your horse will need one each year.

Pre-Purchase Exams

Veterinarians play a very important role in pre-purchase examinations of horses. To best assess a horse’s current and future soundness, we recommend a pre-purchase exam for every horse. A veterinarian’s role in the process is to explain and record any medical abnormalities that have been observed, while detailing any concerns that they have. It is important to remember that the veterinarian will be neutral, not guaranteeing the horse’s soundness and not choosing to side with either the buyer or the seller in the case.

During assessment of the horse, the veterinarian will examine:

  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Teeth
  • Heart
  • Abdomen
  • Lungs
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • And perform a flexion test of all the joints of the front and back limbs

For more information about our pre-purchase examinations, please visit our FAQ page.

Coggins Test

A Coggins test is a simple blood test that identifies the presence of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contagious condition that causes your horse to become very anemic. This test is mandatory if you wish to travel with your horse. While most locations require a current negative Coggins test within the past 12 months, some places require them within the past 6 months. Ask the Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital team to check for the requirements at your specific location in Dublin, De Leon, and the surrounding areas. Because we are a federally certified Coggins laboratory, we can offer fast results in as little as 45 minutes.