Board

Horses on stall board:

The barn has room for approximately 30 horses. It is well designed for horse health with good lighting and ventilation as well as specilized horse care areas such as a shoeing and wash stall. At Léttleiki Icelandics we believe that it is important that the horses in our care have time outside. Surrounding the main barn are a series of easily accessible paddocks and pastures for regular turn out. The turn out schedule depends on the body condition of each horse, weather conditions, and herd grouping. The body condition is evaluated in terms of guidlines developed by Icelandic horse nutritionists in Iceland.

Important notice! Two horses (geldings or mares) may share stalls at Léttleiki Icelandics. Our stalls are large (12ft/12ft) so they have plenty of room. Many horses really appreciate having a stall buddy that they can interact with and perform behaviors such as mutual grooming with.

This natural forage based diet is supplemented by grass hay, with alfalfa added as needed. Horses with more demanding jobs (competition, breeding, mothering) may get grain and possibly beat pulp feed if they are having trouble maintaining weight or need more energy. Horses have constant access to clean fresh water and to salt blocks.

Pasture board horses:

At Léttleiki Icelandics we also offer pasture board services for horse on break, young horses, and brood mares. We have a series of pastures and paddocks that allow us to rotate the horses regularly and control the horses diet with the use of dry lots. Incorporated into these facilities is a separate paddock and run in barn for pregnant mares during the last 60-90 days of pregnancy to prevent fescue toxicosis. In addition we have pastures and run-ins specifically designed for stallions on pasture board.

All horses coming to Léttleiki Icelandics must have a current coggins and health certificate as well as all immunization records!

Owners sending their horses in training or to board must fill out the Boarding Contract and Release and Waiver.

Horse health

Carrie Lyons Brandt and Terral Hill manage the barn at Léttleiki Icelandics. Carrie has a B.S. from Hólar University and has studied Icelandic equine health and nutrition. Terral Hill has extensive experience in barn managment in Kentucky and will contribute his experience with local resources and conditions.

Vaccinations and Coggins Test

We follow the recommendations of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (www.aaep.org, www.thehorse.com)

Any previously unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated horse must complete the primary series of vaccines before arrival and/or arrange for the updating of the vaccinations upon arrival for training or boarding. Four times a year we update boosters (see Table I) and assess new risks, such as local outbreaks or occurrence of diseases in an area to which our horses are traveling.

Please note that we recommend the botulism vaccine (a three-shot series followed by a yearly booster), as this disease is endemic in Kentucky.

Coggins test for EIA is done yearly in Jan. or updated as needed for travel.

Vaccine Jan Apr July October
Diseases that are passed between horses
Strangles Intranasal
Equine Influenza X X
*Rhinopneumonitis X X X X
Rabies**
Diseases transmitted by insects
Eastern Encephalitis X
Western Encephalitis X
West Nile Virus X
Equine Infectious Anemia Coggins
Diseases caused by bacterial toxins
Botulism X
Tetanus X

*Equine Herpesvirus
**rabies can be transmitted to humans and is almost 100% fatal

If an owner does not wish for his/her horse to be vaccinated in accordance with our schedule or does not wish his/her horse to receive a certain vaccine this can be negotiated in certain cases but the owner much sign a release form and holds all liability.

Deworming

We deworm all the horses at Swallowland Farm twice yearly. Underweight horses may be treated more often. When possible we will monitor fecal egg counts and deworm accordingly if necessary.

A fecal-examination based program, whereby treatment is tailored to our local prevalence of parasites, is the gold standard. This results in less empiric treatment and lower costs, as well as helping to slow the progression of resistance to drugs, which is a huge threat to all humans and their horses.

Owner will be charged $18/deworming.

Summer eczema and other allergies

We also work hard to identify early and treat aggressively those horses that are prone to summer itch, by keeping them in at night, and applying repellant and flysheets and masks when they go out. The barn has an automatic spraying system that dispenses insecticide on a regular basis. Eyes drain more during the summer months so we also apply ointment for those horses as well as fly masks.

If any horse seems sick or hurt the vet will be contacted immediately.

All horses coming to Léttleiki Icelandics must have a current coggins and health certificate as well as all immunization records!

Owners sending there horses in training or to board must fill out the Boarding Contract and Release and Waiver.