As with people, equine health care changes with age. TEVA’s team understands that treatment and routine care is not the same for every equine, at every stage of its life. We take age into account when suggesting any treatment or preventative care options.
The Young Equine:
We have many youngsters in our TEVA client family, and we feel its important to get them started on a preventitive health program early. As in the financial world, early investments pay long term dividends. With your horse, it doesn’t matter if your long-term strategy is performance and resale, or a long life of love, good care pays off in high dividends.
The 4-12 year Old:
The Emerging Stars… we need to help these horses develop properly so that they can reach their full potential.
Staying fit and healthy is the key to maintaining this group. Young athletes will need close veterinary guidance to monitor development and preserve soundness. Let TEVA guide you in a manner that will not injury your horse and assist in keeping your horse pain-free as reasonable as possible.
The Older Equine
Older equines’ health can really vary. We know some that are really slowing down in their late teens and others that are going strong in their late 20s. This is the fastest growing segment of the horse population. Better dentistry, advances in vaccine technology, targeted deworming, improved diets, and an evolving understanding of older horse health care are coming together to keep your beloved friends comfortable longer.
Each day we see more and more horses celebrating their 30th birthday, and a growing group celebrating their 40th birthday. And just like in human medicine, it is the older segment of a population that needs more intensive health care and a prevention of illness.
Even if your older athlete is no longer in work, he still has as many needs, and arguably more needs, than any other age of horse.
We are often asked:
My older horse never goes anywhere, why should I vaccinate?
Yes, there are threats like rabies and tetanus that never go away.
My horse has been getting the same vaccine for 20 years, he must have immunity by now?
Horses do not maintain strong antibody titers (or concentrations). So they must be vaccinated annually to remain protected.
The farrier says we can skip trims, maybe get 8-12 weeks out of a trim?
Almost never can a horse go for prolonged periods without farrier attention without cause slow, subtle damage. Although this determination will vary horse to horse, it is rare for a horse to not grow a damagingly long toe at 8 week intervals. Add in increased potential for chipped feet,
The dentist says my horse has no more teeth. Can I skip floats?
Never. There probably aren’t horses without teeth and all horses need dental attention. Your veterinarian should work with you and your horse to determine the most appropriate plan. It may involve more check-ups than floats but your older horse needs the help.