Sponsored by Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD of
An ideal lay up farm is safe for the horses, near enough for horses to get in and out and near excellent full service veterinary facilities. The entire layup portion of the farm should be able to be enclosed so no horse could get loose off the property.
The farm needs facilities in which increasing “exercise” can be obtained. For stall rest the farm needs to have safe airy stalls that can be cleaned thoroughly to reduce potential cross infection. For confined turn out small pens bout 24’ by 24’ that are mud free and daily picked out should be considered. Increasing turnout could be provided by smaller individual grass paddocks. Hand walking should be done on a forgiving but not too deep flat surface.
Skilled professional help should be available for basic vital sign observation and recording, nutritional expertise to follow out specific nutritional requirements for individual patients, bandaging, medication administration and horse handling. The farm needs to be willing to provide owners, their agents and rehab team with timely reports and planning information.
Skilled veterinary care needs to be available for routine and emergency appointments.
The farm needs to have transportation available to get patients to a tertiary care facility in case of an emergency such as colic. This faciltiy should be within 30 minutes for the best outcome. This facility could provide follow-up imaging for specific rehab lameness case. Skilled farrier service should be available on an as needed basis and be able to consult with the client’s veterinary and farrier team and carry out the needed rehab shoeing.