Dr. Smith

INTRODUCING DR. SMITH Dr. Smith is a horse veterinarian operating in the areas of Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties in California. Dr. Smith is respected and loved throughout the horse community for his devotion to both horses and owners. He became a vet because of his interest in science and his passion for animals.


Anatomy of a Horse

First Aid Kit

Floating the Teeth


Horse Alerts: Colic

Signs of Colic:

1. Lying down more than usual
2. Getting up and lying down repeatedly
3. Standing stretched out
4. Standing frequently as if to urinate
5. Turning the head towards the flank
6. Repeatedly curling the upper lip
7. Pawing at the ground
8. Kicking at the abdomen
9. Rolling

Prevention of Colic:

1. Allow as much turnout as possible
2. Maintain a regular feeding schedule
3. Ensure constant access to clean water
4. Provide at least 60% of digestible energy from forage
5. Do not feed excessive digestible energy
6. Do not feed mouldy hay or grain
7. Feed hay and water before grain
8. Provide access to forage for as much of the day as possible
9. Do not over graze pastures
10. Do not feed or water horses before they have cooled out
11. Maintain a consistent exercise regime
12. Make all changes in diet, exercise level and management slowly
13. Control intestinal parasites and assess efficiency periodically

Helpful Hints

To remember minimum de-worming dates here is a useful strategy: Winter, Spring Summer, Fall. Every horse owner should have a calendar in the barn with information on shots, vaccines and farrier visits in addition to de-worming. All horse owners should have all emergency contact numbers posted on the stall. These should include 1) emergency vet phone number; 2) equine hostpital phone number; 3) your phone number; 4) an additional contact number (i.e., a friend or family member)