Horse Farm Management Workbook (E2175)
While preparing this informative booklet, the author has attempted to touch on many phases of horse activity. Some parts are quite detailed while others are quite simply stated
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During the 1987 Governor’s Conference on Horses, the equine industry was described as the “invisible industry.” It is a many-faceted industry. This booklet can help you begin to analyze some parts of it. The sections chosen appiy in some ways to pleasure and racing.
How useful the financial analysis will be depends on the information you supply. Accurate and complete enterprise records are necessary today to keep an operation competitive tomorrow.
The appendix section contains all the tables referred to throughout the book. Completing the workbook will help you evaluate your current situation and help you set goals for coming years.
Safety is an important part of the whole industry. For information on safety, you can refer to “Horse Sense,” a series of manuals for 4 -H leaders and members written by Nicholie Ashcraft, MSU agricultural and extension education specialist.
Evaluation of the Horse Operation
This section has a dual purpose. It can provide guidelines for an existing horse enterprise or one being planned. It can also be used to evaluate a boarding and/or training facility.
It is divided into several sections for convenience. You may need only one or two parts.
Remember, every situation is unique and these are only guidelines to help you organize your information. Personal references and recommendations of persons who are using a facility are very important.
General Equine Herd Health
Regardless of whether you have one mare or a herd, information on reproduction is very important. Because many of the statements here refer to the health of your animals, be aware that your local veterinarian should be your source for specific recommendations.
This section was designed to help horse owners pull together financial information on their farms to analyze business performance and work with credit institutions and government agencies such as the Cooperative Extension Service. Such information is critical if you are trying to develop a number of alternative farm plans for the future. If you need additional assistance or have questions, please call your local CES office.
Vaccination Schedules - Appendix Al
Horses 1 year and older will be considered adults for scheduling vaccinations. Information on mares, foals and stallions is covered in Appendix A2 of this workbook.
Special situations, such as erratic outbreaks of a given disease, heavy exposure to a variety of horses at shows or racetracks, or increased traffic into the farm or stable, will require a different vaccination schedule from the average program.
Consult your veterinarian about special situations. Clear combination vaccines (3- and 4-way products) that vaccinate against several diseases simultaneously with your veterinarian before use.
Never vaccinate a sick horse until you check with your veterinarian-severe complications can result.
This schedule is based on proper use of vaccinations (foals given the initial injections in a vaccination series) up to 1 year of age.
Parasite Control Appendix B
Dental Program Appendix C
Foot Problems Appendix D