Ga Dept of Agriculture


Equine Health

Old Horses in Winter

Horse owners; please be mindful of the cold temperatures that are upon us. Horses that are old and thin need more attention at this time year. Along with their normal care, they need shelter and possibly a winter blanket to help stay warm in the cold, wet and windy weather. Fresh hay for them to munch on at night will help keep them warm. Horses must have a source of fresh water. Maybe a little salt sprinkled in their feed will help them to drink more on cold days. Skinny horses do not have any fat to insulate them from the cold, so you can help if you do these simple things. Remember, humane care is having an end plan when it is time. Finding an old horse, that can’t get up, down in the mud on a freezing, rainy night happens too often.

Let’s help keep these horses warm this winter.

Thank you,
Inspectors of the GDA Companion Animal/ Equine Health Section

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Companion Animal / Equine Inspectors


Equine Health

Mat Thompson - Manager
Tel: 404-656-3713


Our equine health section is responsible for enforcing the Humane Care for Equines Act, the Equine Act of 1969 and excerpts of the Animal Protection Act. Enforcement of these laws is achieved through the inspection of equine sales, abuse complaints, stables and events.  We also manage the Equine Infectious Anemia Control Program.

The equine industry is also monitored for Equine Infectious Anemia through the enforcement of the Equine Act of 1969. Regulations require a negative test within the last 12 months on all equine sold, traded, given away or moved for change of ownership. All equine assembled for exhibitions, rodeos, trail rides or other activities must also have a current, negative Equine Infectious Anemia test. Any equine testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia must be quarantined at least 200 yards from all other equine, euthanized and buried, or shipped to slaughter.

The need for protecting the welfare of equine prompted the passing of the Humane Care for Equines Act in 1992, which requires that all equine are provided with adequate food and water, and are treated and cared for in a humane manner.

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Equine Industry Automobile Tag: You may have admired the “horse” license tags on vehicles you've seen on the road. Horses are an important part of our state's heritage and economy and Georgians are able to buy the specialty “horse” tag in support of the Georgia equine industry. Learn more about getting this specialty plate at your local Motor Vehicle Division.



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