Horses that survived the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina still may need special attention to assure their continued health.
"The first thing to do is check for injuries," said Dr. Clint DePew, horse specialist with the LSU AgCenter. "The second is to make sure they get fresh water."
DePew said horses that have been standing in water for a time are susceptible to respiratory problems and perhaps some latent diseases. In addition, standing in water can lead to hoof problems.
"The key is to clean them up," DePew said. He suggested using an iodine solution on the hooves to kill fungus or bacterial growth and washing the legs with a mild bleach solution.
"Actually, you should wash all the body with an iodine-based shampoo or a mild bleach solution," the horse specialist said.
In addition, the Internet site Horseman's Guide of the South Central Region has information on possible evacuation sites, and some may still have space for more horses. Go to www.lahg.net and click on Hurricane Information Page for more details.
DePew said most places will take only healthy horses. Horse owners should have a health certificate or be able to get one along with a current Coggins test to be allowed in most shelters.
The Horseman’s Guide also suggests checking for other stipulations, such as bringing your own feed, hay or other supplies.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture