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To complete the management of our broodmare band, DeGraff Stables recognizes that a comprehensive vaccination, deworming, dental and farrier program must be maintained.  This augments our exercise and nutritional program to maintain reproduction excellence in our mares and superiority in foal health.  Our farm manager, James Skipper, works closely with our practicing veternarian partners to maintain overall herd health.

Mares are vaccinated annually according to the AAEP recommended guidelines apMare Enjoying Their Time Outdoorsproximately 4-5 weeks prior to foaling for their own protection, as well as to maximize concentrations of immunoglobulins in their colostrum to be passively transferred to their foals.  DeGraff Stables adminsters the core vaccines; Tetanus, EEE/WEE, WNV and Rabies.  In addition, other risk-based vaccines such as Botulism, EHV, EVA, Equine Influenza, Potomac Horse Fever, Rotaviral Diarrhea and Strangles are given.  Click Here for complete Vaccination Guidelines, Principles of Vaccination, Infectious Disease Control and other information on the AAEP website.

 Broodmares are trimmed on a 6-8 week schedule to maintain proper care of their feet.  In some instances, as directed by our farrier, mares may be shod to provide comfort.  American Farriers Organization

Mare and Foal Headed Up to the BarnOur attention to deworming is not limited to a rotation of products every 60 days.  While we do subscribe to rotational deworming, in our advanced approach to parasite control, mares and foals are spot checked for fecal counts to determine the efficiency of the deworming products.  Paddocks are picked and pastures are harrowed.  To insure dosing is correct a weight tape is used with each deworming and the weight and dosage is logged into the mare's computer records.  Click Here to link to an article from TheHorse.com "Implementing a Deworming Program Based on Fecal Egg Counts (AAEP 2010).

Quick Links:

    AAEP Vaccination Guidelines

    American Farrier's Association

    Internal Parasites: Strategies For Effective Control (AAEP Website)

    Implementing a Deworming Program Based on Fecal Egg Counts (AAEP 2010)

    Estimating Horse Weight Accurately (Link to "TheHorse")    

    

 

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