Basic Equine Health Management

Caring for New Arrivals

Every horse, mustang, burro, donkey entering OSWBMR's facility will receive a complete physical examination upon its arrival. A health record will be established for each horse/mustang, burro/donkey, clearly identifying the equine by name and/or number, age, gender and description. All treatments and medication given will also be recorded in the equine's health record. When the animal require medication, it must will be administered as directed by our veterinarian. Horses/Burros may be susceptible to transportation stress and disease following transport to our facility. On arrival, new arricals will be isolated to prevent the possible spread of disease. Our handlers will carefully monitor recently transported horses for several days after long-distance transport. The temperature of these equine will be recorded daily for several days, and if not normal, the temperature will  be recorded at least twice daily, i.e. morning and evening. If a equine's temperature exceeds the normal range, a veterinarian will be consulted. 


Preventive Health Care

In consultation with our veterinarian, our facility has  developed a sound health care program, appropriate for our rescues  facilities and environment. We provide great  attention to disease prevention. 

Parasite Control 

We have established a parasite control program that is in consultation of our veterinarian. We have established an effective parasite control program by supplying the horses with clean, plentiful water and high quality feed. And lastly, our parasite control effective program will include the administration of dewormers as well as manure and pasture management.


Administering the appropriate vaccinations is the best weapon against common infectious diseases of equine. The specific immunizations needed by a particular group of equine  depends upon several factors, including environment, age, breed, sex, use, exposure risk, geographic location and general management. Our veterinarian will be consulted to determine the most effective vaccination program for our rescues equine.

Dental Care 

Our veterinarian will examine our rescued equines teeth at least annually or depending on the equines needs upon arrival. We want to prevent uneven wear and abnormalities which interfere with normal eating habits. Dental care will depend on age, nutrition and environment. Dental care will be performed by our established veterinarian or under veterinary supervision.


Being Prepared for an Emergency 

Our caregivers/handlers at the rescue know how to recognize serious problems, respond promptly and know when to take appropriate action while awaiting the arrival of our veterinarian. Our veterinarian’s number is on hand by our caretaker, including how the practitioner can be reached after hours. We always make sure to consult with our veterinarian regarding a back-up or referring veterinarian’s number in case we cannot reach our regular veterinarian quickly enough. Our rescue has prepared a first aid kit which is stored in a clean, dry and readily accessible place. 


Special Considerations 

The AAEP encourages the castration of all stallions entering any rescue. Castration and other surgical procedures must be conducted by licensed veterinarians using accepted surgical techniques in accordance with state and federal veterinary acts and regulations. Distressed horses will dealt with humanely, effectively and promptly to prevent suffering. Sick or injured equine will receive veterinary attention as indicated. Equine unable to rise need veterinary attention. Veterinary consultation will be sought prior to any attempt to move a downed horse. Evidence of a reportable disease in our area, such as West Nile virus, vesicular stomatitis or rabies, will be immediately be brought to the attention of our veterinarian. Any disease that appears to spread from a horse to a human WILL be reported right away. Equine illnesses signs will be discussed with our veterinarian will include but are not limited to: severe, unexplained, persistent or recurrent fevers; unexplained weight loss or progressive weakness; thick vaginal discharge; abortion of unknown cause; neurological signs, e.g. un-coordination, erratic behavior, abnormal postures or hypersensitivity; severe difficulty breathing, spasmodic coughing or frothy nasal discharge; soft swelling of the face or neck; and blisters or open sores on the lips, mouth, genitalia or above the hooves. Deceased horses will be removed and disposed of in an appropriate manner, as required by municipal, state or federal regulations.