Comfort and Safety for Your Horse

Comfort & Safety For Your Horse

Requirements for all horses boarded and trained at Léttleiki Icelandics:

We have extensive experience in barn managment in Kentucky and depend upon experienced local veterinarians and horse professionals to help us develop our protocols for horse care.

All horses coming to Léttleiki Icelandics must have a current coggins and health certificate as well as all immunization records! Please read our immunization guidelines in the table below and have your horses up to date before they arrive.

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

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 with whom they can interact and engage in natural horse behaviors such as mutual grooming.

The 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 supplements as needed if they are having difficulty maintaining a healthy weight or need more energy. Horses have constant access to clean fresh water and to salt blocks.

Pasture Board:

At Léttleiki Icelandics we also offer pasture board services for horses on break, young and retired horses, and broodmares. We have a series of pastures and paddocks that allow us to rotate the horses regularly. Incorporated into our 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.

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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. We regularly 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 and 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 discussed in certain cases; however, the owner must sign a release form and holds all liability.

Deworming

The horses at Swallowland Farm are fecal tested for parasites at least annually, and again if treatment is indicated, to verify its effectiveness. New horses are also tested and dewormed as needed. Young horses (3 years and under) are dewormed thrice yearly, as their growing bodies are more susceptible to parasitic overload. Because our farm has never had a fecal exam indicate a worm problem, we deworm all other horses yearly as a preventative for large strongyles and bots.

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.

Summer eczema and other allergies

We also work hard to identify early and aggressively treat those horses that are prone to summer itch, by keeping them in at night, and applying repellant, 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 shows indications of being ill or injured, the vet will be contacted immediately.