Horses are truly majestic animals. They are symbols of power and grace all over the world, and are revered as a pet by many. Horses have a very interesting connection with human beings that cannot be contended by many other animals. They can understand human beings, and are even being used to help with human therapy.
All that majesty, however, doesn’t mean that horses don’t need to be cared for. They are animals after all, and rely on their owners to take care of them. There are many diseases and pests that can affect your beloved horse. It is important to know about these pests to ensure your horse’s safety.
Here are some ways you can make sure your horse is safe from diseases:
Vaccinate Against Disease
This is the most basic step you need to take in order to keep your horse safe from some of the most common diseases that horses contract. Diseases like the West Nile virus and tetanus can easily be vaccinated against, so there is nothing that should hold you back from doing so.
Another disease, which most people don’t think of, that should be vaccinated against is rabies. While it is not that common in horses, it can prove to be fatal if your horse does get it by chance.
Keep Water and Feed Clean
We all know that mosquitoes thrive in standing water, and that they are carriers of various diseases. One of these is the West Nile virus. Therefore, to ensure your horse’s safety, it is vital that you keep the water fresh and change it regularly. You should also protect your horse’s feed because contaminated feed encourages the growth of pests.
Don’t Let Insects and Scavengers Near
To keep insects away from your horse, you can use sprays designed to deter them. The type of spray you use will depend on your location and the common insects found there that could be harmful to your horse.
The best way to keep scavengers like skunks and raccoons away from a horse is to make sure that you clean up after any dropped feed. You should also be careful to not leave behind any extra food while feeding other barn animals. The extra feed tends to attract scavengers, which can cause diseases like rabies.
Avoid Grazing Near Water
Having a natural water source might be something you’d like to have, but it has the potential of putting your horse at risk. There are diseases like the Potomac Horse Fever that horses can catch by ingesting infected aquatic insects. While these insects can also be found in buckets of water, they most likely live near natural ponds and other water bodies.
These are just some basic things you need to be careful of in order to keep your horse safe from pests and diseases. Your horse’s safety falls on your shoulders, and it is your job as the owner of your horse to be aware of all the ways in which you can do to keep it safe.
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