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Wild Horse Medicine

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:The essential guide to tending to everyday health concerns with wild horses: medicine, emergency response, vaccination, diseases, and colic.

Good care is going to stave off most problems, but sooner or later, you will have a sick horse. What do you do when they are wild? Learn about colic, common contagious diseases, parasites, and euthanization among other medical problems common to mustangs. Presented through reading, videos, and online activities. This achievement will be evaluated by a quiz and written essay assessment.

This badge is required for anyone participating at Mustang Camp either as a intern or trainer.

In this module, you will learn to:

  • Describe preventative measures for common health problems.
  • Recognize the symptoms of each of the diseases for which there is a vaccine.
  • Describe a safe protocol to worm horses with a high parasite load.
  • Associate methods of control with various equine parasites and pests.
  • Describe sheath cleaning.
  • Discuss safety aspects of dealing with a cast horse.
  • Describe what to do about a horse quidding.
  • Identify the symptoms of colic.
  • Compare and contrast the major causes and mortality of colic.
  • Discuss the latest research and current understanding of colic.
  • Describe how to euthanize a horse in an emergency.
  • Describe how obesity is related to metabolic syndromes in mustangs and donkeys.
  • List eight contagious diseases to watch for in animals coming from holding facilities.
  • Describe how to quarantine an animal.

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