Comprehensive Health Management Plan for 4-H Horse and Pony Events
The objectives of this plan include:
- Protect the horse and pony population by preventing the spread of contagious diseases at 4-H Horse and Pony events
- Develop 4-H Horse and Pony members into responsible horse owners by educating them about contagious diseases and how a comprehensive health management plan in consultation with a veterinarian can lead to a healthier, more productive animal
- Position the institutions involved to protect themselves and their clientele from risk
To accomplish these objectives, the following items will be included.
- Body Condition Score (BCS): All Horse and Pony animals participating in 4-H events must exhibit a minimum BCS of 3 (1-9 scale). To bring this to the attention of 4-H members, they will be asked for the current BCS of the horse at the time of 4-H animal enrollment and on the 4-H Horse and Pony Vaccination Form. This will provide an opportunity to bring this to their attention and to supply educational material on how to calculate BCS and why it is important. This also allows time to correct any low or high BCS problems prior to exhibition.
- Require the following vaccinations
- Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis
- Rhinopneumonitis/EHV type 1 and 4
- Equine Influenza
- Recommend the following vaccinations and procedures:
- West Nile Virus
- Potomac Horse Fever
- Negative Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) Test within 12-months of exhibition
- Fecal Egg Count to determine level of parasite infection. This should be used to determine appropriate de-worming protocols.
The vaccination form (4-H-1031-W) must be completed and hand-carried to all 4-H Horse and Pony Events. It will also be available at The Education Store and on the 4-H Website.
- Aaron E. Fisher