Our "Shots and Floats" party went well this morning. A non-horse friend overheard me talking about this the other day and thought we might somehow be combining shots of rum and root-beer floats. The "shots" refer to spring vaccinations and the "floats" refer to taking the points off of the horse's teeth with large files. Today's beverages, as the wind blew and the snow fell sideways on this, one of the last days in April, included steaming coffee and hot chocolate.
Our stable veterinarians, Dr. Allan Landes and Dr. Jay Altman of Equine Medical Services showed us a sample of the new Coggins test, which has gone digital with photos of the horse instead of sketches. Now a person can actually tell which horse the piece of paper belongs to. Digital-photo Coggins tests are optional for vets, but watch -- I bet they soon become best practice.
Rabies shots for horses? It's true. Some owners are choosing to vaccinate horses for rabies. Check the American Association of Equine Practitioners rabies page for more details.