"Horses make a landscape look beautiful." - Alice Walker



Keeping your horse healthy is an important part of our service goals.

Physical exam

A yearly physical exam is recommended. The exam is an important tool in establishing your horses personal preventative health care schedule. Abnormalities may be discovered and treated before they become bigger problems. An evaluation will be made of your horse's weight, and the ideal weight for your horse's breed and body type will be discussed. A soundness exam is also valuable for performance horses. Gait abnormalities are best treated when caught early. Swelling of joints, tendons, or muscle may indicate an underlying problem.


Vaccinations should be personalized based on your horses age and potential exposure risk. Attending competitive events, traveling with your horses, or living at or next to a boarding stable increases your horses exposure to communicative diseases. The following table outlines current core vaccinations recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

Core Vaccination Guidelines
Tetanus toxoid Eastern & Western Enceph. West Nile Virus Rabies
Adult horses annual annual(prior to peak mosquito season) annual(prior to peak mosquito season) annual
Pregnant mares 4 weeks prior to foaling 4 weeks prior to foaling 4 weeks prior to foaling 4 weeks prior to foaling
Foals 3 shot series
1. 4-6 months old
2. 4 weeks later
3. 10-12 months old
3 shot series
1. 4-6 months old
2. 4 weeks later
3. 10-12 months old
3 shot series
1. 4-6 months old
2. 4 weeks later
3. 10-12 months old
2 shot series
1. 6 months old
2. 4 - 6 weeks later

The following table outlines risk based vaccination guidelines. Contact our clinic for recommendations for other vaccines such as Strangles, Potomac Horse Fever, and Botulism.

Risk Based Vaccination Guidelines
Influenza Rhinopneumonitis
Adult horses Every 6 months If < 5years old, every 6 months
Performance horses every 6 months
Pregnant mares 4 weeks prior to foaling 5, 7, 9 months gestation
Foals 2 shot series
1. 6-7 months old
2.11-12 months old
3 shot series
1. 4-6 months old
2. 4 weeks later
3. 10-12 months old


A yearly dental exam is highly recommended. Dental problems can affect your horses weight and performance. Young horses may need to have wolf teeth removed and check for retained caps as the permanent teeth erupt. Dr. Weich has both power and hand floats, a full mouth speculum and the advanced training to provide personalized dental care for your horse.

Nutritional Consultation

What to feed your horse can be a confusing subject. The right hay, grain and supplements for your horse varies with the horses age, use, and availability and affordability of the feedstuffs. Consult with Dr. Weich on what and how much to feed your horse for his best performance and longevity.


A routine deworming schedule is a must for your horses health. In general we recommend deworming every two months and using fecal exams to help determine the efficacy of your horse's deworming program. Consult with Dr. Weich for types of dewormers recommended, recommended frequency of deworming for your horse, and use of fecal exams in determining deworming schedules.

Retail and Frozen Raw Pet Foods

We carry a few supplements and products that we use for our own horses and dogs.These include Platinum Performance products for your horses and dogs, Geneflora a probiotic for dogs, ProBalance - a vitamin mineral supplement for dogs, and frozen raw pet foods for your dogs. Frozen raw diets carried include Bravo and Primal. Call for availability. We also are a distributor forPorta-Grazer feeders for your horses.

Diagnostics and Elective Surgeries


Medical services available include a thorough physical exam; diagnostic laboratory work with overnight results in most cases; and recommendations for appropriate treatment. Intravenous (IV) fluid support is available when needed.

Horses can be tested for metabolic diseases such as Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Disease (PPID), also known as Equine Cushings Disease. This metabolic disease is being diagnosed more frequently as the number of geriatric horses in our practice has increased. Classic symptoms include a long, curly coat that does not shed properly. Other symptoms can include excessive thirst and urination, sweating, muscle loss, laminitis, bulging eyes, and susceptibility to infections such as tooth abscesses. Treatment for PPID is more affordable and effective today than it was in the past. Another metabolic disease, insulin resistance, can also be identified with laboratory tests, and can be controlled with special diets.


Lameness exams, including trot outs, flexion tests, use of hoof testers and diagnostic nerve blocks can be performed by Dr. Weich. Those horses requiring diagnostic radiographs are referred. Treatment protocols such as joint injections, intravenous (IV) Legend™ and intramuscular (IM) Adequan™ can be done by Dr. Weich.



Prebreeding exams and cultures are done routinely. Uterine infections are treated as needed. Rectal exams are done to determine the stage of the reproductive cycle, ovulation, and pregnancy.

Postpartum mare care and neonatal foal care

A favorite ranch call is our well baby check and a postpartum exam of your mare. Well baby checks include a physical exam, checking for cleft palate and umbilical hernias, and observation for normal functions. A blood test on the foal for adequate antibodies from the colostrum is recommended to determine if treatment is necessary for Failure of Passive Transfer. The mare is checked for placental retention, vaginal tearing, and adequate milk supply.

Elective Surgery

Elective surgeries performed in the field include small mass removals, Caslick surgeries, and castrations. Dr. Weich has done thousands of horse and burro castrations for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program through the years.

Emergency Care

The High Sierra Veterinary Clinic is available for emergency care for horses. If you have an emergency with your horse please call Dr. Danette Weich's cell phone at 760-384-8971.

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program

BLM burros Danette and mustang,Coso Dr. Danette Weich has had the pleasure of working with the Bureau of Land Management, (BLM)'s Wild Horse and Burro Program at the Ridgecrest corrals since 1988. Dr. Weich's services for the BLM have included blood draws for Coggins test, vaccinations, advise on herd management, treatment of sick or injured wild horses and burros, and too many castrations to count. Dr. Weich has also had the opportunity to attend wild horse and burro gathers on the China Lake naval base, the Panamints, Death Valley and surrounding areas.

After years of working with the wild horses and burros, Dr. Weich adopted a yearling, dun, mustang filly from the Carter reservoir herd in northern Nevada from the 2003 gather. Coso has become a wonderful saddle horse and is a beloved companion.

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