Three reasons to avoid storing medications at the barn

Pills, pastes and liquids are adversely affected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity.

Unless it’s climate-controlled, your tack room is not the best place to store your horse’s medications long-term. You may want to keep small quantities on hand at the barn for ready use, but pills, pastes and liquids are adversely affected by environmental extremes. Here are three reasons why storing medications at the barn is a bad idea:

Pills and powders may give no outward indication of the adverse effects environmental extremes may have on them.

1. Temperature and humidity fluctuations in barns can alter the composition of medications. Liquid and paste medications may become clouded or separate as they freeze and thaw, but pills and powders may be affected with no outward signs.

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2. Medications that have gone through multiple or extreme fluctuations may no longer be safe or effective.

3. Expiration dates are determined by testing after storage in optimal conditions, so those may no longer be valid.

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