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Equine Veterinary Services

Equine Veterinary Services for Every Horse Owner

Greenhaven Animal Clinic offers comprehensive equine services, customized for the needs of the individual, whether you raise horses for pleasure, work, or show. Consult with our veterinarians for your individual equine or herd wellness care needs, including:

  • Vaccinations
  • Equine reproduction
  • Nutritional needs
  • Equine lameness evaluations and treatment
  • Equine dental care
  • Preventive care for horses

Equine Lameness Evaluation

Foot care is of primary importance in equine care, and our veterinarians will perform lameness evaluations. At our clinic, we are able to offer a complete and thorough evaluation, including X-rays, to assess the source and course of treatment for this serious problem. Lameness can be caused by a variety of issues, including:

Nerve blocks and X-rays help pinpoint the area of lameness and guide us in treatment protocols and prognosis. Treatment may vary depending on diagnosis, but often includes rest, appropriate medication, and other supportive therapies. Consultation with our veterinarian is generally recommended, even for mild lameness, as it may worsen if not properly diagnosed and treated.

If you are planning to buy a horse, please contact us regarding an equine pre-purchase exam. An important component of this exam is a thorough lameness examination to rule out existing unsoundness.

Equine Dental Care

We provide comprehensive dental care for most equine needs, from basic cleaning and floating to corrective dental interventions. All horses, from weanling to senior, benefit from annual dental examinations. This simple routine care can reduce the amount of tooth loss, diagnose other medical conditions such as choke and colic, and may ultimately prolong a horse’s lifespan.

Power equipment is used in our dental work, increasing accuracy, promoting efficiency, and aiding in precise and complete correction of dental problems. These services are offered at either our clinic or your farm for your convenience and the comfort of your animals.

Equine Reproductive Services

Aside from basic herd wellness and care, we offer extensive equine reproductive services, including artificial insemination and reproductive ultrasounds.

Equine Artificial Insemination

We provide equine artificial insemination services with cooled semen. Breeding mares with cooled semen requires that all parties involved—mare owners, stallion managers, and veterinarians—need to coordinate semen shipments with the mare’s ovulation before shipping semen.

Some potential items to consider:

  • Cost of stallion collection
  • Cost of preparing semen for shipment, number of collections provided per breeding, the cost of shipping by air, and how shipping containers must be returned
  • Days of the week stallion is collected
  • Times when stallion is unavailable
  • Days notice stallion manager needs before semen shipment
  • Latest time one can call to obtain semen
  • Longevity of semen
  • First cycle conception rate of the stallion
  • Method of transport used
  • Number of times mare can be bred if she does not conceive, according to the contract

First cycle conception rates tend to be slightly lower with shipped semen than with natural breeding. Cooled semen opens up increased opportunities for available stallions, decreases some risks, and eliminates transport of the mare to the stallion’s breeding facility. Artificial insemination does require more intense breeding management, and veterinary costs are higher. Mares need to be examined regularly and bred within 24 hours of ovulation. Using HCG can influence ovulation, although response can be variable between mares.

Equine Reproductive Ultrasound

The use of reproductive ultrasound for breeding evaluation, as well as insemination timing, can increase the likelihood of pregnancy in your brood mares. Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed at or around 15 days post-insemination, giving sufficient time to reorder semen if needed.

The technology of reproductive ultrasound is safe and relatively low in cost, making it a necessary tool for the equine breeder. Greenhaven Animal Clinic offers skill and experience in the use of reproductive ultrasound.

Greenhaven Animal Clinic produces a regular Equine Newsletter for all of our horse lovers. View a copy of the newsletter and more in the News & Resources section of our website (Coming soon). Contact us for any questions you may have or to schedule your appointment with our equine service specialists.

For the industry’s best information about equine care, visit the website of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

For information about horse vaccines, view the American Association of Equine Practitioners website.

Enjoy the My Horse website for expert equine advice on horse health, trail riding information, rodeo profiles, and much more

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