26April2019

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report April: Farm Animal Service

Wola Zamkowa. A happy farmer and a happy horse in brand new stable.

The previous stable was miserable.

Wola Zamkowa. Finally, we found the reason for the lameness.

An abscess was located almost one centimetre underneath the hoof sole.

Porudzie. A new separation is installed in the stable.

The previous separation was not safe for horses.

Our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team visits the farm in Wola Zamkowa again to check on the lame mare. So far, we do not see any progress. This is our fourth visit in total. Because our latest treatment does not work, we decide to look deeper into the hoof. Finally, we find an abscess located almost one centimetre underneath the hoof sole. We clean the wound and apply a dressing.

Next, we go to Krajno Zagorze to check on another lame mare. We have been fighting with founder in her hooves over the last year. The hooves look much better since the owner changed the bedding to wood shavings. Since our last visit, he also painted walls in the stable, but the dog kennel needs cleaning. At this farm, we trim the hooves of two mares. Then, we go to Bronkowice to control the hooves of a young foal that suffers from thrush. Here, the treatment also works, but we need to apply the medication one more time. Next, we go to see the finished stable at another farm in Wola Zamkowa. Finally, the owner laid a concrete floor there and the horse can move back to the stable from a temporary barn. The stallion looks as happy as his keeper.

In Porudzie we also see progress in the stable. The owner removed old metal and rusty separations and is building wooden walls. They do not look very professional or pretty, but at least they are safer for the horses. In Sniadka, we are asked to see a dog that suffers from a skin infection. We wash his back with proper medication and leave the owner the rest of the bottle to apply. He needs to repeat the treatment after 10 days. Next, our team goes to Grabkow. Here, a foal has problems with eating. It is caused by occlusion defects and sharp teeth edges. We trim them and this allows the horse to eat properly without pain.

In total, this month our farriers visit 20 farms, some of them several times. They trim the hooves of 21 horses and float the teeth of one foal.