TRAINING & BREEDING ROCKY MOUNTAIN GAITED HORSES
Foal management starts with the stallion and broodmare...
Our adult horses and broodmares get dewormed 4 times/year on a 3 drug rotating schedule to reduce the risk of drug resistance. We use fendbendazole (Safeguard) in late winter, ivermectin in the spring/early summer, pyrantal pamoate (Exodus) mid-late summer, and ivermectin + praziquantel (EquiMax) for tapeworms late fall/early winter after several hard frosts.
Our adult horses/broodmares are vaccinated yearly in the spring with Rabies and Prestige V for Tetanus, Influenza, Rhino (EHV 1/4), Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis.
Our pregnant mares get treated slightly differently; as per our vet's direction they are vaccinated 4-5 weeks prior to foaling to maximize passive immunity in the colostrum. They also receive a Peumabort vaccine (protection against a EHV strain known to abort fetuses) at 5/7/9 months gestation. Pregnant mares are dewormed 1 week prior to foaling to reduce the risk of parasites as much as possible.
Our foals are dewormed monthly starting at 1mo old. They are first vaccinated starting between 5-6mo to make sure all of mom's antibodies (via passive transfer in the colostrum) are gone, otherwise the vaccine will not work and they will not be protected. They are boostered at 4 - 8 weeks after their first vaccination.
Our foals are hoof trimmed every 4-5 weeks, starting at 1mo old (unless needed earlier). They are given small trims, but more often, to promote the best possible hoof shape and leg conformation. They learn to stand quietly and as balanced as possible for a baby.
Our adult horses are trimmed every 6-7 weeks and kept barefoot with a natural balance trim of low heels and short toes with sculpted quarters and a mustang roll. Slope to match confirmation!
Foals are always imprinted and handled. They wear a halter within their first days and always load up in the trailer with their dams a few times for a short ride.