Herd Health + Wellness


At Kentucky Equine Hospital, we recommend strategic deworming strategies that combine fecal egg counts and strategic deworming practices to help minimize parasitic resistance. Our veterinarians will discuss a proper deworming protocol for your horse depending on its lifestyle and fecal egg count results. Fecal egg counts are preformed in house at our laboratory. We encourage our clients to drop off fresh fecal samples for accurate results then recommendations by our veterinarians.

Wellness Exam

An annual physical examination is important to help screen your horse for any potential health issues and is a great time to bring up any concerns. The veterinarians at Kentucky Equine Hospital encourage our clients to provide their horses with routine wellness care to keep them healthy.


Kentucky Equine Hospital offers digital Coggins that are performed at our in-house laboratory. We encourage our clients to plan ahead and have a yearly Coggins test performed at their annual wellness/vaccine appointment.

Health Certificates

Health certificates are issued for horses for travel to horse shows and events out of state; the horse must have a current Coggins test for a health certificate.


Our vaccination guidelines are tailored to each individual horse’s needs based on lifestyle, disease prevalence and vaccine history.

Clients should understand that:

  • Vaccination alone does not prevent all diseases; vaccinations minimize the risk of infection or the severity of the infection but do not prevent disease in all circumstances
  • The primary series of vaccine and boosters should be administered prior to exposure- vaccines are not effective immediately after administration, your horse needs to build an immune response.
  • Although rare, there is potential for adverse reaction to vaccines, the nature and severity of the reaction varies from one horse to another and one vaccine to another.

Core vaccination recommendations that all horses should receive:

  • Rabies
  • West Nile
  • Eastern and Western Encephalitis
  • Tetanus

Risk based vaccination:

  • Rhinopneumonitis (Herpes)
  • Influenza
  • Botulism
  • Strangles
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Pneumabort (pregnant mare vaccine)