Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Facing a Scary-Sounding Dental Disease

June 22, 2016

Q. What could cause a horse to develop equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) and is there anything I can do to prevent it from getting worse?

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Senior Horses and Choke Risk

June 15, 2016

Q. Do older horses that eat senior feeds have a higher risk of choke?

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Turnout and Sleep Schedules

June 08, 2016

Q. Could being stalled during the day and turned out at night cause sleep problems for horses?

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Bone Spur Prognosis

June 01, 2016

Q. Our gelding's broken hock has healed with what the veterinarian calls bone spurs. He believes the spurs could be rubbing against our gelding's tendon, causing pain. What is the long-term prognosis for injuries such as these?

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Helping an Easy Keeper Breathe Easy

May 25, 2016

Q. My 20-year-old Thoroughbred has respiratory allergies. Is there anything I can do to help him breathe easier while wearing a muzzle?

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Re-evaluating Therapeutic Shoeing

May 18, 2016

Q. If a horse has been wearing therapeutic shoes long term but has started to have soundness issues after two years of going well, is there a point you'd recommend going "back to basics" to evaluate and pinpoint the issue's root cause?

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Equine Footwear for Road Riding

May 11, 2016

Q. I have a young horse just being started in harness for carriage driving. She has only done light work in harness on the roads. What can I shoe her with that will provide her with some protection for the concussion?

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Gelding Behavior

May 04, 2016

Q. My gelding has been dropping his penis more than usual. I have had him checked by my vet and he found no obvious issues. Could this be a behavior issue related to him being turned out with my mare?

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Geldings that 'Drop' During Training

April 27, 2016

Q. Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?

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Keep Horses Away From Creeping Indigo

April 20, 2016

Q. What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse?

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Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass

April 13, 2016

Q. After a horse has had a bout with laminitis, can she be brought up slowly on grass again, for say, 20 minutes daily? If so, how soon can this be done?

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Is My Horse a Tick Magnet?

April 06, 2016

Q. When I brought my two geldings back to the barn, the dark bay was covered in what seemed like hundreds of deer ticks while the chestnut maybe had five ticks. Why would there be such a difference in tick numbers if they were in the same pasture?

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Club Foot Heritability

March 30, 2016

Q. The farm I work at has a mare with a club foot. Her mother did not have a club foot, but I am told her sister and her yearling colt did. Is club foot an inherited condition?

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

March 23, 2016

Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.

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Positively Playful

March 17, 2016

Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?

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Swayback in a Young Horse

March 16, 2016

Q. A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.

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Metastasizing Melanoma

March 09, 2016

Q. Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system, and if so, is there any treatment available?

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Why Does My Horse Stumble After Jumping?

March 02, 2016

Q. My 9-year-old Belgian jumper is starting to lose his balance frequently after jumping. What kind of exams can I do to make sure everything is okay?

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Why a Veterinarian Should Vaccinate Your Horse

February 24, 2016

Q. Why can't we give our horses their vaccines ourselves? My barn friend said my shots won't count if I give them myself.

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Zika Virus: Are Horses at Risk?

February 16, 2016

Q. Zika virus recently made news for its reported link to human birth defects. But can this WNV relative affect horses?

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My Horse Keeps Eating his Himalayan Salt Block: Is he Okay?

February 14, 2016

Q. An equine nutritionist explains how to ensure your horse gets an appropriate amount of salt.

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Thrush Prevention

February 10, 2016

Q. We have been getting a lot of rain and flash floods lately. My 13-year-old Paint gelding is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. How do I treat thrush and how can I keep his feet dry?

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Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

February 03, 2016

Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?

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Vaccination Recommendations for PPID and EMS Horses

January 27, 2016

Q. How should a senior horse with equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome be vaccinated?

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Staying Sound Post-Tendon Injury

January 20, 2016

Q. My OTTB has recently recovered from a bowed front tendon injury. What can I do to help him continue to stay sound in his new career?

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