All equines in the UK are legally required to have their own passport. In the wake of the current horse meat scandal please check your horse's passport to ensure that section IX declaring that the horse in not intended for slaughter for human consumption has been signed by you as the owner and verified by the passport agency or a vet. This will prevent your animal from ever entering the human food chain. Please also remember that vets are under a legal obligation to check a horses passport before certain medications are administered and so it is important to always have your passport to hand when the vet is due!
Take extra care in this recent cold weather. It is essential your horse has access to water so make sure any ice on troughs is broken up. You may need to do this more than once a day in this recent cold snap. Horses can survive several days without food but not without water so make sure fresh water is available even when there is snow on the ground!
See our latest published article in the October issue of Island life, available free at outlets through out the island or online at www.visitislandlife.com
Following requests made at our first aid workshops this summer we have produced an "emergency poster" for display in yards and stables, see below. This should help you to be prepared should the worst happen and give simple, clear advice on what to do in an emergency. If you would like a free laminated A4 copy then please call or email and we will send one out, alternatively simply pop into the office and pick one up!
We have advice leaflets available for the following topics:
- • Dentistry
• Worm control
• Pre-purchase examination
Please call or email if you would like to receive any of these and we will have them sent out to you.